How to Paint Pine Cones

Fall Arrangement of Baby Boos and Painted Pine Cones - all in a wooden dough bowl

Pine cones are a great decorating resource because you can find them for free on the ground! The only problem is, they're always brown. So I thought, why not paint them? You can easily customize pine cones with the paint color of your choice. This post shows you how to paint pine cones ... it's so very easy! Once your pine cones are painted and dried, pair them with other objects in a wooden bowl. In no time you'll have a pretty centerpiece … [Read more...]

Painting Our Victorian Farmhouse

Painting a Victorian Farmhouse

Sometime in the middle of the summer we started painting our house. It's a big job because our 140-year old Victorian Farmhouse is all clapboard siding and lots of trim. The temperatures really dipped this week and now we're scrambling to finish the paint job. Luckily I bought paint that's good in temps as low as 35 degrees. Normally you'd paint the house starting from the top down. But we just bought the new ladder that hubby is standing on … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ So Much Better with Age

French Style Dining Room

Have you heard of Industrial Beachy French style? If you've ever visited Jamie at So Much Better with Age then the answer is probably yes since she coined that term to describe her decorating style. Jamie loves vintage and anything French, which you'll see as we take a tour of her charming home. Jamie loves neutrals and her choice of muted colors looks great with her dark wood floors. The dining room hutch on the far wall looks rich against … [Read more...]

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce ready for freezing

This is my second post this week about tomatoes so you can safely guess that I'm frantically working to do something with our garden tomatoes before they spoil. In the midst of all the food prep we're still painting the outside of the house. To say that I'm feeling a bit crunched for time is an understatement. So I was happy to find a simple recipe for homemade tomato sauce that I could freeze as opposed to canning, which takes more … [Read more...]

Tuscan Style Tomato Soup

Italian Tuscan Style Tomato Soup

My little veggie garden performed pretty well this year and our tomato plants are busting at the vines with heavy fruit. Last week hubby and I picked all the ripe 'maters and hauled them into the kitchen for cooking and freezing and eating. I found an easy recipe for Tuscan Style Tomato Soup and decided to whip up a batch. This tomato soup is a little different from others. It's light and clean with a true tomato flavor.   The original … [Read more...]

Country Style Fence ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Country style fence - white picket with a gate

One of these days I would love to get a new fence. I like our rustic style fence in the backyard but it's really more shabby than chic. I found a collection of pretty, country style fences on Houzz for inspiration. Let me know which one you like best! Traditional Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts Here's the typical white picket fence. I've always adored houses with a picket fence out front. And I … [Read more...]

Late Summer Vignette with Sunflowers

Late Summer Vignette with Sunflowers

When I went for my morning run today I had to wear light gloves; it was that cold. I wore shorts, but my fingers would've been too cold without a little protection. I am so mourning the departure of summer, as I do every year. Luckily the store still has sunny yellow sunflowers to brighten my home. I created a late summer vignette with sunflowers and a spray of tiny yellow flowers. I love these beautiful, sunny flowers and decorate with them … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Florida Beach Cottage

Coastal style kitchen in Florida Beach Cottage

Today's charming home tour is a little different, but still inspirational. I kinda screwed up my own schedule and didn't have a blogger's home for today. I have a calendar and everything, so it was just oversight on my part. But have no fear ... I have an adorable Florida beach cottage for you to tour. Simply click on any photo to be taken to the entire home tour at Houzz. Beach Style Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers … [Read more...]

Autumn Abounds Link Party and $260 Cash Giveaway

Fall Centerpiece created with Candles lined up on French Baguette Board. Add wine corks, berries, and flowers.

Are you ready to link up your Fall decor, craft, or recipe to the Autumn Abounds Link Party? Or simply visit some of the Fall inspiration shown in the links at the end of this post! Your link will show up on 13 blogs. Not only that but there's also a giveaway for $260! Yesterday was the Autumn Abounds hop and I shared this Fall Centerpiece.   Enter below for the $260 Giveaway! The Link Party is after the entry form. a Rafflecopter … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Centerpiece

Candles on a French Bread Board

School has begun, the days are starting to shorten, and Fall decorating is on my mind. Today I'm joining some blogging friends for the Autumn Abounds blog hop. We're all sharing seasonal decorating inspiration. I've chosen to create an easy Fall centerpiece that you can easily do yourself. When the days get shorter, I enjoy lighting more candles throughout our home.   For this easy Fall centerpiece, I simply lined candles up on a … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fall Decorating ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Outdoor Fall Decorating

This is the time of year when my summer flowers start to fade. Yes, they're still blooming but they don't look as fresh as they used to. So I purchased some mums from our local farm market to replace them. For a little outdoor fall decorating inspiration, I turned to Houzz. Traditional Landscape by Boston Photographers Mary Prince I love the mix of mums, kale, pumpkins, and hay bales in this landscape. The color on the ground will rival the … [Read more...]

DIY Fall Wreath and Free Leaf Printable

DIY Fall Wreath and Free Leaf Template Printable

Today I'm joining a group of amazing bloggers to bring you oodles of Fall decorating projects and each one comes with its own free printable! How great is that? I'm sure you'll find at least one Fall project you'll want to try! My tutorial for all of you is a super easy (I love super easy) DIY Fall Wreath along with a free leaf printable for you to download. This DIY Fall Wreath is such a quick and easy way to add color in your home.   It … [Read more...]

15 Historic Homes in Geneva Illinois

Historic White House in Geneva Illinois

It's been a while since I've shared a walking tour of historic homes but I finally managed to head back to my hometown of Geneva, Illinois to photograph 15 beautiful houses for you to enjoy. Geneva is where I was born and raised and now we live about 10 miles away, so it's just a hop, skip, and a jump from our driveway. A classic white house celebrates summer with hanging ferns and a tiny sailboat in the garden. This house reminds me of similar … [Read more...]