Valentine’s Day Decor in the Living Room

Cottage Style Living Room

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day at your house? I don't do a whole lot but I like to bring in touches of pink and red. It's like a decorating transition period between Christmas and spring time. I hauled my Paris Poster back out and added red and white pillows to the love seat.   You might remember the penmanship poster that used to be on this shelf at Christmas.   I had simply taped it onto another piece of artwork. It makes … [Read more...]

How to Make Decoupage Wood Slice Art

DIY Wood Slice Art with Botanic Print

We've had a mild winter week here in Illinois. Mid 30-degree temps and little wind. The other day when I went out for a run, I actually heard birds chirping and a little bunny rabbit ran across my path. It put me in the mood for spring even though I know that's at least 2 months away. To keep the spring feeling going, I created simple decoupage wood slice art with nature prints. I love any project that brings nature inside. Whether it's … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ On Sutton Place

Traditional Style Dining Room in Blue and Yellow

You know how realtors have Open House Sunday when you can take a tour of houses for sale, whether you're in the market for a new home or not?  Well, I feel like this Charming Home series is like a virtual Open House, except the homes aren't for sale. I look forward to featuring a different home each Sunday and this week I'm happy to say we'll be touring Ann's beautiful home at On Sutton Place. Ann's traditional style living room is indicative of … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Style and Book Winner!

White and Wood Farmhouse Kitchen

A little over a week ago I offered a giveaway for the beautiful book, New Farmhouse Style. Thanks to everyone who entered and for all your kind words in your comments. I was truly moved and encouraged. I wish I could give a book to everyone! The winner is Kay L who wrote, "I love seeing your post in my email box! Always a joy."  An email has been sent to Kay and now ... a few more examples of farmhouse style! Farmhouse Kitchen by Englewood … [Read more...]

Why I Love Pink Gerbera Daisies

Pink Flower Arrangement of Pink Gerbera Daisies

I love flowers in all shapes and forms but when it comes to favorites, my heart belongs to simple cottage style flowers. Impatiens are my favorite garden bed flower for their charming sweetness, ease of care, and variety of colors. Inside the house, one of my favorite cut flowers is pink gerbera daisies, among a few other top contenders. They're just so pretty! They have happy faces and their pink color is so cheerful. My mother is the one who … [Read more...]

12 Outdoor Dining Space Ideas


Now that the outside of our house is finally painted, my next goal is to create an intimate dining space in the backyard. Our yard at the back of our house is small and there's really not much you can do with it. We own the lot next to our house so the vegetable gardening, games of catch with the grand kids, or other outdoor activities take place in that lot, or what we call our "side yard." I've decided in 2015 to turn our backyard into a place … [Read more...]

DIY Pink Frosted Votive Candle Holders

How to make pink frosted votive candle holders

Today I have another easy DIY project for you. One thing I like about do-it-yourself projects is that you can customize them and create a one-of-a-kind look. Or sometimes when you can't find what you're looking for at the store, you can just make it yourself. Today I'm sharing how to make DIY Pink Frosted Votive Candle Holders. Yours don't have to be pink ... you could make them any color you like to go with your decor. Since it's close to … [Read more...]

Decorating Dessert Plates with Sharpies

Stenciled Dessert Plates. See food safety info at the end of the post.

If you've been around Pinterest for any length of time, chances are you've seen photos of mugs, bowls, and plates decorated with Sharpies. This looked like a fun project to try so I did a bit of research before decorating dessert plates with Sharpies. I found some really helpful information that's critical to the success of this project. (See food safety info at the end of the post.) This was a fairly easy project to do and if you're not … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Fox Hollow Cottage

Cottage Style Living Room

Another beautiful home awaits your eager eyes today! Fox Hollow Cottage is another of the first home decor blogs I started reading. I have always loved Shannon's easy breezy style with her light-filled spaces and fabulous DIY projects. Her charming home is filled with her personality and great style. A welcoming front door flanked by cottage style windows greets visitor. Cheery flower pots and a pretty wreath hint at the beauty that awaits … [Read more...]

My Simple Valentine’s Day Vignette

Spray Roses in Enamelware Pitcher

Valentine's Day isn't just the holiday of love ... it's the holiday of pink! Pink is the color of nurturing, compassion, and unconditional love. It's always been a favorite of mine and I love using it in a simple Valentine's Day vignette. Today I'm joining fellow bloggers for a Valentine's hop. You'll find their blogs at the end of the post. For my vignette, I created simple wall art and brought in some roses.   Beautiful, soft roses in … [Read more...]

Featured on Creative Trends Series!

DIY Farmhouse Decor in the Kitchen

This is just a quick post to let y'all know that some of my decorating loves are being featured today on the Creative Trends series by Terry's Fabric in the UK. They recently interviewed me about my favorite home decor trends and you can probably guess what I talked about. Of course, farmhouse style is at the top of my list but you'll also find some of my favorite fabric choices, colors, and projects. Be sure to head on over and check out the … [Read more...]

How to Make a Paper Heart Banner

DIY Valentine Paper Heart Banner

Valentine's Day is just a month away and I created my first decoration for the holiday of love. It's a very simple paper heart banner that you can make in less than an hour. I'm using it in a Valentine's Day vignette that I'm sharing in a blog hop this Saturday. You don't need a lot of supplies to make this paper heart banner. Decorative scrapbook paper, a piece of colored twine, scissors, pencil, and glue.   Cut out a heart to trace; … [Read more...]

Tour a Charming Beach Cottage

See a tour of this remodeled 1946 charming beach cottage!

Today I have a special treat for you! I found a remodeled charming beach cottage over at Houzz and just have to share it with you! At only 950 square feet, it packs a decorating punch with its bright and airy appeal. I think you'll love the simplicity and easy style of its cottage decor. This Laguna Beach cottage was remodeled by Clark Collins of Collins Design and Development. The goal was to keep the 1946 cottage as true to its original … [Read more...]