Roadside Rescue Game Table

Trash to Treasure Game Table Painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Hubby and I have officially started painting the outside of our house. And let me tell ya, it's a lot of work ... lots of scraping and some boards need to be replaced. Not to mention we have a lot of trim to paint in a few different colors. But before all that got started, I gave a roadside rescue game table a makeover. Here she is ... my trashy little table-turned-treasure sitting all pretty on my front porch.   Hubby found this … [Read more...]

Charming Vintage Home Tour ~ Q is for Quandie

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Today I'm so excited to share a charming vintage home tour with you ... ... from the blog Q is for Quandie! Linda is a girl after my own heart, with a love of all things vintage! Take a look ... This is Linda's summer cottage that sits on her property. She currently uses it as a photo staging area for her furniture makeovers.   ... Like this gorgeous sideboard Linda painted in French Linen. Each and everyone of her furniture … [Read more...]

Tour through Blogland

How I create a spring vignette in my cottage style farmhouse

If you read a variety of blogs you may have noticed the "Tour through Blogland" series. Bloggers write a bit about themselves and some will share a couple of their favorite blogs to visit. Cynthia at Cloches and Lavender asked me to partipicate. Cynthia just moved into this new home she and her hubby planned together. I can't wait to see the inside once she gets everything put in its place! So ... onto the questions I'm supposed to answer … [Read more...]

Collection of Summer Decorating Inspiration

7 Ways to Add Summer Style by Town and Country Living

We've had wonderful weather this summer! In fact, I have yet to turn on the air conditioning. I think that's a first for me. Usually we've had steamy 90 degree days by now. With summer comes the opportunity to guest post on some of my fellow bloggers' blogs, with everyone busy taking vacations. This week I guest posted at 3 other blogs and want to encourage you to visit those blogs and take a look around. They're all fabulous blogs filled with … [Read more...]

A Day at Lake Shabbona

Geese on Lake Shabbona in Illinois

Not too too far from our house is beautiful Lake Shabbona, named after Chief Shabaney of the Potawatomi Nation. The lake is situated in the middle of Lake Shabbona State Park and is home to a variety of fish, including muskie, blue gill, bass, catfish, and more. When I was just a wee girl, my grandparents would take me and my bamboo fishin' pole here to catch blue gill. I wasn't that into fishing, but I enjoyed trips here … [Read more...]

10 Adorable Garden Sheds ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Red Cottage Style Garden Shed

Gardening has always been one of my favorite hobbies. For me, the yard and landscape is like a blank canvas to brush a sea of flowers on it. I love digging up perennials, dividing them, and moving them around. The garden is ever-evolving and never ceases to be a work in progress. Keeping garden tools organized makes the job easier, and it's even more enjoyable if you have an adorable garden shed to store them in. So I turned to Houzz for … [Read more...]

Enjoying My Garden in July

Purple Coneflower in July Garden

Wow. I can't believe we're more than halfway through July. I want summer to slow down because I'm a warm weather gal and I feel so alive during the summer months. The earth is bursting with flowers and plants, the birds are singing, the butterflies are winging, and I feel like Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder! Almost every day I take a little walk through my gardens because they're always changing. So without further adieu, here's my garden in … [Read more...]

Country Style Decorating from Hometalk and Me!

Farmhouse Kitchen Sideboard at Town and Country Living

For at least 20 years I've been a fan of country decor and it's certainly changed and evolved during that time. Country style decorating has become more sophisticated and its horizons have broadened. Today you'll see country decor in cottage, farmhouse, and even modern style homes ... yes, there's actually a style called Modern Country! Country style decorating is all about comfort, practicality, and beauty. To share my love of this flexible and … [Read more...]

Charming Suburban Home ~ Golden Boys and Me

Ikea Billy Bookcases serve as kitchen island embellished with fancy corbels

Today's charming suburban home is the perfect example of how to marry comfort and beauty for today's busy lifestyle. Courtney at Golden Boys and Me proves her resourcefulness as she leads you through DIY projects in her home ... some of which are truly genius. I love her sense of style and use of color. She's created a warm and welcoming haven in which to relax and enjoy! Courtney's cozy comfy family room displays a touch of Americana. A large … [Read more...]

Beautiful Oriental Lilies in the Garden

Easy to grow pink Oriental Lilies

Yesterday when I came home from work I saw a flash of beautiful pink out in the garden. That's when I realized my oriental lilies were in bloom. Just a couple of the buds were open. And now today, several of them are blooming their hearts out ... and they're just gorgeous! So pretty! I had to grab my camera and try to capture their beauty.   I have both white and pink lilies out in the garden. The white blooms are huge ... about 6-8" … [Read more...]

Mild and Creamy Guacamole Recipe

Mild and Creamy Guacamole Recipe. Warning ... it's addictive!

Would you believe me if I told you I never ate guacamole until a few years ago? It's true! Avocados were never a part of my childhood diet ... we never had them in our house. Ever. Since Mom said avocados didn't taste good, I simply believed her and never tried them.   But one day a few years ago I tried an avocado. And I loved it!! Which then led me to eat some guacamole.   And I loved that too! This week hubby and I made mild … [Read more...]

Summer on the Front Porch ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Collection of 13 Front Porches

Summer is front porch sittin' time ... that is, if you're not at the beach, peddling a bike down a shaded trail, or enjoying a picnic with family and friends. When I have a few moments to myself, I love to sit out on our front porch. It's peaceful and shaded and perfectly situated to capture summer's breezes. For today's Humpdays with Houzz, I'm sharing a collection of refreshing summer porches.   Beach Style Porch by Chicago Interior … [Read more...]

How to Create a Summer Coastal Centerpiece

Summer Coastal Centerpiece with Candles and Seashells

Cool blues are always a refreshing color palette when it comes to summer decorating. As part of the summer edition of Seasons of Home, I'm sharing a very simple tutorial on how you can create a summer coastal centerpiece in just a few minutes. Seasons of Home is a group of bloggers who share seasonal ideas throughout the year. Be sure to visit the other ladies listed at the end of this post for even more summer inspiration. And now, here's the … [Read more...]