Vintage Painted Furniture at The Painted Drawer

DIY Home Decor. Painted Vintage Dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

One of my favorite decorating staples is vintage painted furniture. I've been painting furniture for years, but it wasn't until a couple years ago that I found out about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, thanks to several blogs that I'd been reading. Chalk Paint is a dream to use and is my favorite choice for painting vintage finds; it dries quickly, is easy to distress, and comes in beautiful colors. Someone who's a master at beautifully painting … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Aqua

DIY Home Decor. Kitchen in Aqua and White.

Colors come and go much like fashion. One day a color is in ... one day it's out. Aqua seems to be a hot color right now. You see it everywhere! But I always get confused as to what's aqua and what's turquoise, so I looked up their definitions and guess what? The definitions weren't consistent. Sometimes aqua is listed as bluish-green; sometimes it's described as greenish-blue. The same is true with turquoise ( listed it as being … [Read more...]

DIY Bleached and Glittered Pine Cone Ornaments

Bleached and Glittered Pine Cone Ornaments. Easy to do and adds an elegant yet natural touch to your holiday decor.

Yes, I'm getting started with Christmas early this year. Every year I wait until after Thanksgiving and then I feel rushed and pressured. Not this year. I vowed to start with a few DIY Christmas decor projects and these bleached and glittered pine cones are a favorite of mine. Pine cones are special at the holidays since they do come from Christmas trees! I put my own little twist on the proverbial pine cone ornament by first giving them a bleach … [Read more...]

Bookcase Makeover

Bookcase Makeover from plain white to a painted two-toned application

Today we just finished painting the outside of our house and you'd think I'd be sick and tired of painting, but I decided to paint my little bookcase in the family room. I have a big change coming soon to this room but more on that in a future post. For now, I'll just share my bookcase makeover. Here's the "after" ... I wanted my bookcase to have a little bit more drama than before.   Here she is before her makeover. Not bad ... but not … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Design Dreams by Anne

Cottage Style Kitchen

Are you ready for another charming home tour? I know I am! Hubby and I are almost done painting the exterior of the house and I'm exhausted! It's been a long haul but I'll talk more about that later. So I'm ready to settle in and share Anne's home from Design Dreams by Anne. She is such a sweetheart and I love her practical and very pretty style. We're gonna start with Anne's light and bright kitchen, which I love! Anne paired white cabinets … [Read more...]

My Home in Creatively Christmas Book and Giveaway!

Creatively Christmas Book Giveaway

For some of you, the news that my home appears in Jennifer Rizzo's new Creatively Christmas book isn't new news. I wrote about it a few weeks ago ... but that was before I had a copy of its beautifully adorned pages in my hands. Last weekend I went to Jennifer's book launch party and came home with several copies ... one of which I'm giving away here on my blog! For her first book, Jennifer Rizzo did an amazing job. I can't believe all the work … [Read more...]

10 Dreamy Day Beds

Dreamy Day Beds

When my daughter Bridget was little, she wanted a pretty day bed. I promised to get her a white iron one to match her pink and white bedroom. She loved that bed and so did I. Sometimes I think about replacing one of our love seats with one. For inspiration, I compiled 10 examples of dreamy day beds from Houzz. Traditional Porch with Wooden Day Bed A Scandinavian day bed is pretty, but I don't know if it's ideal for sitting upon. You 'd have to … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Flea Market Finds

Vintage Christmas tree in a trophy cup

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? This year I'm planning a few weeks early because my home is on a virtual holiday tour the first week in December and I want to be well prepared. I have a decorating theme in my head and was on the hunt for vintage Christmas decorations at our monthly local flea market. Surprisingly, not a lot of vendors had Christmas decor out, so I'll have to go back for the November market. But I did manage to find a few … [Read more...]

Under the Eaves Farmhouse Bedroom

Farmhouse Bedroom with Wedding Ring Quilt

This past summer I ordered a dust ruffle from Joss and Main for one of the beds and would you believe I never bothered to put it on? Until today that is. The reason why I procrastinated is because I didn't feel like lugging the heavy mattress off the bed to put the skirt on. I finally buckled up and wrestled with that awkward mattress to get the dust ruffle on. While I was at it, I decided to change the bedding up a bit in our little farmhouse … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Remodelando la Casa

Traditional Kitchen at Remodelando la Casa

Have you been enjoying my Charming Home Series so far? It's been fun for me to feature different home styles each week with all of you. There are so many amazing houses out there that I'll never run out of material! I do get permission from each person before showcasing their beautifully decorated spaces ... and lucky for me no one has turned me down so far!  Today's charming home tour hails from Maryland. Meet Cristina from Remodelando la … [Read more...]

Halloween Decorating Ideas


Fall is the season of transitions ... the exit of summer, the turning of leaves, the cooling of temperature, and the shortening of days. There's a lot going on in the month of October, and it ends with a bang when we celebrate Halloween. Today I'm joining 14 other bloggers for a Halloween tour to get you in a frightful mood with a few Halloween decorating ideas before the trick-or-treaters arrive! Normally I'm not much of a Halloween … [Read more...]

10 Charming Breakfast Nook Ideas

10 Charming Breakfast Nook Ideas

Who doesn't love a charming breakfast nook? It's a cozy and inviting place to start your day off on the right foot. Even if you get up on the wrong side of the bed, enjoying a creamy cup of coffee in a sunny nook is sure to brighten your day. Compliments of Houzz, I've got a collection of 10 charming breakfast nook ideas for you. Traditional Kitchen Breakfast Nook A cottage cute breakfast nook to enjoy a vanilla latte with family or … [Read more...]

How to Make 5 Minute Mason Jar Candles

How to make 5 minute Fall candles

If you need a quick and easy Fall decoration that's economical and looks pretty too, then you've come to the right place! Using just a few items, I'll show you how to make 5 minute mason jar candles for Fall that create cozy appeal in your home as the days grow shorter. You don't even need to melt any wax for these charming candles. Whenever I need a fast and easy decoration, I typically turn to mason jars. They're so versatile and I have a … [Read more...]