Fall Decorations: Home Tours

I love home tours and being able to see all the different ways people decorate their homes.  So, come along with me as we visit seven of my favorite blogger’s homes and see all their fall decorations . Vanessa over At The Picket Fence talks about how getting out the fall decorations heralds the start of the fall season for her.  And just like when she was a little girl, her daughter now eagerly awaits the inaugural lighting of the orange ceramic pumpkin candle holder that used to belong to her Mom.  I enjoyed touring her beautiful home, but more than that, Click Here To Read Full Post →

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover Ideas

I’ve been thinking more and more about making over our kitchen.  When we bought our house, a kitchen makeover was part of our plans.  The cabinets are what I call black.  They aren’t really black, but a very dark (“cheapy” looking) composite material.  Not very pretty. When I’m working on our house, I like to look at Pinterest and different blogs I follow for inspiration.  It makes it so much easier to imagine what our house might look like to see what others have done. Below are some of the ideas I’m thinking about for our kitchen makeover: Wood Floors: We’re Click Here To Read Full Post →

Fall Front Porch Ideas To Inspire You

Since the weather has turned colder and rain is on the way, I started thinking about fall decorating and a good place to start is with the front porch.  Of course, the web is the first place I go for inspiration and I found seven fall front porch ideas that I thought I’d share with you. Refresh Restyle decided to keep it simple utilizing mums and pumpkins, both easy to find at your local store.  It was a good choice because they seem to pop against the brick entry.  I also love the fall wreaths which look great against the brown Click Here To Read Full Post →

Cottage Style Decorating

What do fresh flowers, wicker furniture, comfortable couches with slipcovers, painted bead board and wood floors have in common? They are all part of a relaxed, comfortable, cozy, style of decorating called Cottage Style Decorating. I love Cottage Style Decorating because with this style you don’t have to be afraid of making a mistake.  Anything goes, old, new, vintage, that favorite collection, or family hand me downs.  You can just let your personality guide you and choose those things that you love being around, things that make you happy or evoke a favorite memory. What are some of the elements Click Here To Read Full Post →

How To Decorate Cottage Style

One of my favorite home decor styles is Cottage Style. It is very versatile and includes a number of different styles in addition to what is commonly referred to as Cottage Style.  These include Farmhouse, French Country, Coastal or Beach, Romantic Cottage and English Cottage. There are certain characteristics common to all these styles and some that are peculiar to each. So, what should you look for when decorating in each of the different cottage styles? Farmhouse: This style is relaxed and casual and has a simple, functional design reminiscent of farmhouses from times gone by. Included are white painted cabinets, Click Here To Read Full Post →

Farmhouse Dining Room Inspiration

I’ve been wanting to add some farmhouse charm to my dining room so I put together a collection of farmhouse dining rooms for inspiration.  It’s easier for me to figure out what I like and don’t like when I can see a picture.  It’s also easier to pick out the different elements that I think might work in my own home. The dining room from Farmhouse5540 that Town and Country Living shared, just says “farmhouse” to me.  Again a farmhouse table and matching chairs with a perfect vintage centerpiece.  Another element of farmhouse design is the white ironstone collection in the Click Here To Read Full Post →

Decorating With Quilts

Throughout time, the making of quilts has been a popular past time.  In the early years, it was mostly for utilitarian purposes to provide warm bedding.  In the 1800’s, it also became a way to get together with friends as quilting bees became popular.  Quilting went out of style during the 50’s and 60’s and eventually regained popularity as pretty fabrics made especially for quilting became available. The quilt above was pieced and hand sewn for me by my Grandmother in 1969.  Many of the scraps used to piece the quilt were from my aunts sewing projects.  The yellow and Click Here To Read Full Post →

Jamalea Corre Heirloom Figurine

“Victoria” was one of the first things my husband purchased for me after we were married and it is still one of my most cherished possessions! I think the amazing attention to detail is what made me fall in love with the Jamalea Corre collectible porcelain figurines the first time I saw them. They were exquisite! I would just stand and stare at each one in the display case. I was absolutely fascinated. “Victoria” was purchased in the little Danish town of Solvang, CA in 1982. She was hand crafted by Jamalea Corre’ using a technique developed by Italian artists Click Here To Read Full Post →

Vintage Decor Shopping

One of my favorite pastimes is shopping at antique stores and malls for vintage decor. It’s sort of like a treasure hunt and I find it very relaxing. I usually don’t have anything in particular in mind that I’m looking for, but you never know what you will find. It’s a great way to find unique home decor. At this particular antique store, we purchased an antique maple dresser that both my husband and I love. We also found this pine side table that now resides in our dining room.  I sometimes prefer vintage furniture to new.  It is usually Click Here To Read Full Post →