Ways To Add Farmhouse Style To Your Home

I love cottage style, but more and more I’m leaning toward farmhouse decor. Not only is it very popular, but it reminds me of simpler times and treasured visits to my grandmother’s house when I was a child. Even though it was a simpler time, it was not necessarily easier.  My grandmother churned her own butter, raised chickens, canned her own food, “put up” food in her freezer, and purchased eggs from the neighbor across the street.  Not that I want to do that, but it brings to mind a more self sufficient time when things didn’t have to be Click Here To Read Full Post →

10 Christmas Tree Ideas

I love seeing how everyone decorates their Christmas trees this time of year.  There’s so many great ideas that I always find something new I want to try on my own tree.  So, I put together a collection of 10 Christmas trees from some of my favorite blogs to inspire us. I love the pops of red berries and the burlap tree skirt over at Ella Claire. I don’t know what I like best, the Christmas tree over at Salvaged Sister & Mister or all the cute things she has under the tree. The Little Red Brick House tree has just the right touch of Click Here To Read Full Post →

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 a few of my favorite blogger’s homes and see all their fall decorations . Kristen from Ella Claire decided to simplify her fall decor this year by bringing in “simple fall touches” from outside and from her garden.  She added pops of color by bringing in branches from outside and sunflowers that Kristen and her daughter found at the side of the road. Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane likes using a neutral palate to decorate her home. 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 →

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

I was first introduced to the Jamalea Corre Heirloom Figurines on a trip to the Danish community of Solvang, CA.  I think the amazing attention to detail is what made me fall in love with them 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. How The Jamalea Corre Figurines Were Made: Jamalea hand crafted the figurines using a technique developed by Italian artists during the 17th century.  After years of research, she was able to replicate their painstaking multi-media processes which required Click Here To Read Full Post →

Christmas Village 2015

I always leave my Christmas village up at least through January and February and it becomes part of my winter decor.  This year, I decided to display it in my china cabinet.  I wasn’t sure if it would work or not as there is no access to an electric outlet so I couldn’t light up the houses. I’m really happy with the way it turned out though and we have really been enjoying it. After I get all the houses in place, I add small evergreen trees behind and in between the houses. Then I sprinkle artificial “snow” on the Click Here To Read Full Post →