Choosing My New Exterior Paint Colors

Front door painted in Rivulet by Sherwin Williams

This weekend was really busy and I got a lot done. Took the grandkids to the park and watched Peppa Pig together, Visited Dad in the hospital, went to the flea market, And oh yeah ... painted most of the front porch. Are you ready to see the new exterior paint colors? (I should note here that it was a 3-day weekend.) I went bold! Oh yes I did. This vivid aqua color is outta my comfort zone. But I saw a photo that inspired me to be … [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...]

How I Turned My Farmhouse Porch into a Mini Retreat

Mini Retreat on a Farmhouse Porch

Summer is my favorite season of the year and I relish sitting on our front porch enjoying the gentle breezes and listening to the birds sing.  We have huge trees surrounding our home so the porch stays fairly cool and pleasant ... unless it reaches a sweltering 90 degrees with buckets of humidity. This week I'm joining a group of other bloggers to bring you the "Elements of Summer" tour and I thought it'd be a perfect time to share how I turned … [Read more...]

Charming Farmhouse Tour ~ Farmhouse 5540

Farmhouse Dining Room and White Ironstone

Nothing tugs on my heart strings like a charming farmhouse that exudes beauty through its simplicity. It is, and will always be, my favorite type of house. Utilitarian in nature for the type of life the farmer leads, you won't find fancy and elegant things. But what you will find is a peaceful beauty in everyday elements that are both functional and appealing. With great excitement I bring you Farmhouse 5540 ... perhaps the best example of a … [Read more...]

Charming Shabby Chic Farm House ~ Heaven’s Walk

Shabby-Style-Front-Porch

If you love farm houses as much as me, then you are going to LOVE today's featured home, which is the second feature in my new Charming Home Series! And if you love the shabby chic style, you'll love it even more! Laurie at Heaven's Walk has the most romantic and charming farm house I believe I've ever seen. She has a gift for adding soft, romantic details to every room. But why believe me?  Come see for yourself ... Laurie's front porch is a … [Read more...]

Spring Decorating in a Farmhouse Dining Nook

Spring decorating in a farmhouse dining nook

Snow, snow, go away! I'm trying to push away winter by adding bits of spring decorating throughout our home, and I went all out in our farmhouse kitchen nook. This week I'm joining some beautiful bloggers in the Seasons of Home Spring Tour ... aka "Blooming with Color." The weekly schedule is at the end of the post, so be sure to visit their pretty blogs for spring decorating and recipes. When I think of spring color, I think pastels … [Read more...]

Finding The Heart of the Home

Farmhouse Kitchen Sideboard

You've probably heard the old adage, "The kitchen is the heart of the home," but I don't think this necessarily applies to everyone. We all have our "heart of the home" ... that thing or elements that makes our home a cozy refuge from the world. This week I'm joining a few blogging buddies as we share how we pour our hearts into our home. For me, that means breathing beauty and soul into my living spaces ... filling my home with things I … [Read more...]

It’s a Farmhouse Christmas!

Farmhouse Christmas at Town and Country Living

Christmas is just two weeks away and I haven't bought a single present yet. Not a one! But my country farmhouse is pretty much ready to go for the holidays! I've been busy decorating and today I'm honored to be on a Farmhouse Christmas tour with 8 other lovely bloggers. You can see all 9 homes today! The links to their blogs are at the bottom of this post. But since you're here ... let me share my Farmhouse Christmas tour with you before you … [Read more...]

My Farmhouse Porch is Anxious for Spring

Farmhouse Porch

A light snow is falling today and my soul yearns for spring.  I miss the smell of fresh dirt and newly mowed lawns. I want to see green leaves sprouting on the trees and colorful pops of flowers in the garden. Hubby and I have deemed this summer as the season of working on the outside of the house. We plan to paint the exterior and add some new landscaping ... maybe install a new patio too. But the weather has to warm up first. Yesterday hovered … [Read more...]

Spring Tiptoes through the Living Room

Living Room

While we were getting 10 inches of snow outside, I was fluffing the living room with a few touches of spring. The longer days are cheering my spirits despite the fact that Old Man Winter is hangin' on for dear life. I brought in a few greens and changed the arrangement on the shelf above the loveseat. Look closely and you'll see our precious Puddy lurking in the dining room. He's our rescue kitty and he's been such a good little boy. We found … [Read more...]

Embracing the Farmhouse Kitchen

Farmhouse Kitchen Items

When I think of farmhouse kitchens, I think of my grandmother and also Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show. Remember the episode when Aunt Bee and Clara entered the pickle contest and Aunt Bee's pickles tasted like kerosene? Just like Aunt Bee's kitchen, my grandmother's was simple yet comfortable. It's where all the important conversations of the day took place. Her kitchen was truly the heart of her home, which is the same characteristic I try … [Read more...]

My Experience Being Published in an Italian Decor Magazine

Shabby Chic Magazine

Less than 2 months ago I received an email from Annarita Triarico, an Italian journalist working for Lotus Publishing. She wanted to feature my home in one of their magazines, "Gli Speciali di Casa Chic."  At first I thought it was a joke, but I looked at their publishing site and realized it was a legitimate request. Unfortunately, this magazine is not for sale in the United States, but I'll receive several hard copies of my own. As you'll see … [Read more...]

Turning an Awkward Space into Something Useful

Entryway

If there's one thing I wish my old farmhouse had, it's a designated foyer. When you open the front door you immediately step into the living room. No transitional space to hang your coat and purse before entering the rest of the home.  So I've had to figure out a way to create an entry of sorts ... an area that's not part of the general seating and conversational area in the living room. I've rearranged our living room a gazillion times and I'm … [Read more...]