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 →

Bread Recipes: Serve With Your Favorite Soup

What is the one thing that is the perfect addition to a cup of soup or chili?  For me it’s a nice fluffy roll, biscuit or cornbread.  Since I recently posted a collection of soup recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, I thought I would followup with a roundup of bread recipes that I want to try.  (Be sure to click on the name of the bread to go to the recipe) How about Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls from An Oregon Cottage.  They are light and fluffy and taste “oh so good” with the addition of butter and Click Here To Read Full Post →

Fall Soup Recipes: To Add To Your Collection

This time of year when the leaves start falling and the days get a little cooler, I start thinking about adding warm, comforting soup recipes to our daily menu.  Soups are not only great for a quick meal, but are nourishing as well.  So I decided to visit some of my favorite blogs and put together a collection of new soups I want to try and I want to share them with you so you can try them too. (Be sure to click on the name of the soup to go to the recipe.) Let’s start things off with a 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 →

Summer Flowers In My Garden

One of my favorite things this time of year is being able to walk around outside in my garden and enjoy all the summer flowers that are blooming.  I love my backyard and I’m only able to enjoy it for a few months each summer, so I like to take advantage of the good weather. I couldn’t believe all the blooms on my blue hydrangea this year.  I’m almost embarrassed to tell you this, but for about the first three years we lived here neither of my hydrangeas had any blooms at all. Then, I read online that the blooms 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 →

10 Front Porch Ideas

The front porch is the first thing people see when they enter your home.  I think we all want to create a front porch that makes people feel welcome as well as create a place where we can enjoy relaxing and spending time.  I put together these tips and ideas to make it easy for you to create a welcoming front porch you’ll love. (If you click on a link in this post and purchase a product, I may receive a commission.  Click here to read my full disclosure.  Thank you for your support!) 1)  Freshen Up The Front Door With 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 →

Outdoor Dining

Here in the Pacific Northwest, warmer weather and summer are slow in coming.  We have started to see a few warmer days and more sun and that has me thinking ahead to being able to enjoy outdoor dining again this year. Our last house had a wonderful deck out front and my husband and I enjoyed many meals outside. I don’t know why, but it felt like a picnic even when we didn’t go anywhere. Then after dinner we used to just relax and watch the traffic go by. It reminded me of times gone by when people would sit Click Here To Read Full Post →