10 Stairway Design Ideas ~ Humpdays with Houzz

10 Stairway Design Ideas

Do you have a home design element that you absolutely love? Maybe it's fireplaces or garden tubs. For me, it's stairways! I don't know why, but I've always had a thing for beautiful staircases. So today I thought I'd share a collection of stairway design ideas that I found on Houzz. Traditional Staircase by Cambridge Architects & Building Designers LDa Architecture & Interiors Where do I start with this staircase? I love everything … [Read more...]

DIY Botanic Print Art Project

DIY Botanic Art Print Project

I don't consider myself much of an artist but I do like to tinker with creating pretty things. At least, I hope they'll be pretty when I'm finished with them. Today I'm sharing an easy DIY botanic print art project. Earlier this month at our local flea market I ran across this beautiful botanic artichoke print and was inspired to turn it into an art project. Here's my finished project, a botanic print framed in book pages. I love botanic prints … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Makeover Challenge

Fall Vignette with Baby Boos and Leaf Garland

Have you ever created a thrift store makeover from some little trinket you found at Goodwill or Thrift Savers? Have you ever had someone send you a flea market find to creatively re-purpose? Well, that's exactly what a group of us bloggers did, thanks to a "Swap it Like It's Hot" challenge from Charlotte at Ciburbanity. We each sent a thrift store find to someone and I can't wait to see what everyone received and how they transformed their … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Unexpected Elegance

Living room in an elegant country style

This is the last Sunday in September and I can't believe how quickly this year is coming to a close! I also can't believe I've been featuring my Charming Home Series for 6 months now. Seems like it started just yesterday. Today's tour is a fun one (aren't they all?) as I'm featuring Angela from Unexpected Elegance. Angela's living room has all the right touches to it. Tufted furniture, a painted mantel, baskets, and pretty plants. All the … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour 2014

Fall Home Tour - the Dining Room

Welcome to my early Fall home tour! I'm honored to be sharing my decor with a group of other amazing bloggers this week (you can see the links to their Fall home tours at the end of this post). Since it's still September, I'm transitioning into Fall decorating. I plan to add more autumn inspiration to my home throughout October so I hope you'll come back and visit if this is your first time here! So come on in ... I'm so glad to have you … [Read more...]

10 Fireplace Ideas ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Cottage style fireplace painted white - perfect for shabby chic lovers!

The days are shortening and the nights are cooler. It's not quite cold enough to turn the heat on, but the warmth of a fireplace sure would be enjoyable. For today's Humpdays with Houzz, I'm featuring a collection of 10 fabulous fireplace ideas. Let me know which one you would choose for your house! Eclectic Living Room by Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snyder A charming stone fireplace looks like it's straight out of an English countryside … [Read more...]

Apple Upside Down Cake

Fall Recipe - Apple Upside Down Cake

When the weather cools it never fails. I get severe cravings for baked goods. Maybe baked goods just help me through the process of mourning the loss of summer. Since apples are in season, I thought I'd try out a recipe for Apple Upside Down Cake. (I'm joining a group of bloggers for Festival of Fall week - see the schedule below!) Mmmm. Baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon mixed in. I used Jazzy apples for this recipe. I'd never heard … [Read more...]

Celebrating Fall with a Busy Week

White Ironstone in Dining Room Hutch

Today is the first day of Autumn and I hope you'll join me in celebrating Fall all this week. Today officially starts a week-long tour of over 30 blogger homes decorated for Fall. My home tour is on Friday and at the end of this post you'll find the line-up for today's tours. Then tomorrow I'm joining another group of bloggers to bring you some delicious recipes perfect for ushering in the Fall season. So I hope you've got some time to grab … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Daisy Mae Belle

Vintage Style Dining Room

Today's charming home tour has loads of vintage appeal and I always enjoying visiting Melissa's blog over at Daisy Mae Belle. I'm sure many of you are familiar with her talent and style, but it's always fun to take another look, isn't it? So without further ado, let's step inside Melissa's pretty home! Lots of interesting details greet you at the front porch! A lattice screen creates a bit of privacy for the seating area, complete with porch … [Read more...]

Fall Decorating on the Front Porch

Place mums in a stoneware crock for instant country fall decorating style.

Fall isn't officially here for a couple more days but I think it's safe to say that autumn has arrived in Illinois. Today was sunny and near 70 degrees. The perfect day! I just got back from a couple days in Vegas ... a business trip so no secrets to share! It was 97 degrees in Vegas so today's temps were a relief. I'm sprucing up my front porch with a little fall decorating. I figure it's time. For instant country style, place mums in a … [Read more...]

Hallway Decorating Ideas ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Hallway decorating ideas - a farmhouse hall gives great examples

Hallways can be a real challenge to decorate. If they're narrow (like mine) there's not much you can do with them. If they're dotted with doors, you're limited in what you can hang on the wall. Today I've collected 10 hallway decorating ideas from Houzz. Farmhouse Hall by Acton Home Builders KISTLER & KNAPP BUILDERS White beadboard and yellow wallpaper create a charming farmhouse hallway. White cafe curtains pair with lantern style … [Read more...]

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...]