Don't you love it when you drive down the road on a beautiful breezy day when the sun is shining bright and you see one of those bigger-than-life American flags waving out over the road with all its might?  Or how about passing a house with the front porch festooned with red, white, and blue bunting, and giant urns filled with red geraniums and lots of small American flags?  These are the kinds of sightings that make my all-American heart beat faster. I wanted to create that same kind of feeling for the Fourth of July with mason jars and flowers. And I'm pretty happy with the … [Read more...]

    Are you getting too serious with your home decor? That's an honest question.  I know I'm guilty of being too serious... of working too hard at getting just the right furniture, window treatments, colors, style, texture, and art for our homes.  It's pretty serious business just choosing the "right" paint color. Today I'm going to nudge you to put a bit of whimsy in your home and, at least for summer, have fun with your home decor. Since it's summer and we often dream of spending time at the lake or ocean... I'm going to show you how to add a whimsical coastal touch, and some fun … [Read more...]

  I've been impressed with many IKEA Rast Hacks floating around the internet. There are so many truly creative ideas. So when I was approached by Hickory Hardware I leaped at the opportunity to put my creativity to work. Shortly thereafter, an IKEA Rast dresser was sent to my home along with a $25 Visa gift card to purchase supplies for the hack.  Knobs for my Rast Hack were provided by Hickory Hardware. No other compensation was received.     A new baby girl in the family gave me the perfect excuse and idea for transforming this small (24 3/8 x 27 1/2") 3-drawer pine dresser into … [Read more...]

  Today I'm joining up with some of my blogging friends for an extravaganza of Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas Each blogger has chosen a different theme and because my niece is having a baby mid January, I thought it would be fun to create a mason jar gift for her. Since my niece has selected green and pink for her baby girl... that became my color theme for the gift. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do when I got started.  But, in shopping for the gifts to put inside the jar I came across this green rubber bath ducky and knew that it was the key to decorating my mason jar. Polka dots … [Read more...]

Today I'm joining some of my blogging friends for a tour of Thanksgiving tablescapes and centerpieces.  You'll find all the details at the end of the post. Many of my friends say Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. There's something to be said for a holiday that's about gratitude, celebrated around the table with a special meal, isn't there? This year I won't be hosting Thanksgiving.  I'll miss doing that.  However, I won't miss creating a lovely tablescape and centerpiece.  That's because I created one for a good friend of mine.  I had so much fun putting together this simple but spectacular … [Read more...]

  This year I'm not going to be celebrating Thanksgiving at home.  But, I cannot pass on the decorating.  A good friend and I were planning a day together and I asked her if I could put together a centerpiece and something fun for her sideboard in her style and do a photo shoot of it at her lovely condo.  She said, "Yes!" My friend decorates mostly with grays and silvers and blacks, and her walls are the loveliest shade of cool blue, warmed with beautiful rich wood floors.  Except for a few red accents, she stays within that color palette.  With that in mind I went shopping. When I'm working at … [Read more...]

 I'm pleased to partner with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social to introduce you to FolkArt® Stencils & Paints.   Add the feeling of fall to your home in unexpected ways.   Often when we think of fall decor we think of pumpkins, gourds, and colorful leaves. May I challenge you to think outside the box? I sure did when I created these fun, stenciled, animal print plates. Don't you agree....they're fabulous and unexpected? Certainly for my home decor. Today I'm going to show you how to use stencils, so you too, can create fabulous unexpected fall … [Read more...]

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Blueprint Social and the wonderful people at Plaid Crafts who sent me FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk to use for this furniture makeover and provided compensation. The tutorial and opinions are all mine.     Remember when it was below freezing and the snow was driving sideways and the drifts were rising an inch and hour?   Way back then, my friend Alice asked me if I would be willing to help her paint her antique washstand.  We live in the same area and there was no way I wanted to drive a half an hour in the crazy winter weather we were having … [Read more...]

  This was not the year for me to be spending time at the water's edge, wiggling my toes in the soft warm sand. Yet, my heart was yearning for the beach.   What's a girl to do? Create a coastal vignette!     It all started with my glam clam that had a makeover. She looked mighty fine on the sideboard sporting her new color combo along with a sea of shells and beach glass. There was one missing element, though.  A seascape on the wall.     My stash did not include a lovely painting of a lake, beach, or sea. But, my stash did include a picture that I picked … [Read more...]

I couldn't wait any longer. It was time to get out my can of spray paint and indulge in a little coastal decor DIY makeover!     This summer I really started missing the Great Lakes. I'm a 'Mitten State' girl who grew up a bicycle ride away from Lake Michigan.  And more recently we lived 20 minutes away from Lake Erie and 40 minutes from Lake Ontario.  Spending time at the beach in the summer is one of those things that renews my spirit. Since I wasn't going to be making the trip to the beach, I decided to bring the beach home.  It may not be the same.  But, I have had a ton of fun … [Read more...]

  Can you believe this....     was this?     Found clam turned glam with gold!     Darlene of Fieldstone Hill Design has had a weekly post where she challenges her readers to {DITTO} something in home decor or fashion.  Last month, she invited a select group of bloggers to her first bloggers' {DITTO} challenge.  A few of my favorite bloggers like Edie and Melissa were in the group.  For June, Darlene opened the invitation to anyone who wanted to participate in each month's design challenge.  You, too are invited to take the challenge and link up your … [Read more...]

  I've had my ear to the ground and it seems that people are saying Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday.   There are no gifts involved, no fireworks - though I'm sure it's pretty deserving.  It's a holiday reserved for gathering and gratitude.  Really...that makes it pretty special.  Unless you're spending it alone. Most years I'm too busy to do more than think about what my Thanksgiving table will look like, let alone plan what will be eaten from the plates on the table.  But, not this year.  I have had time to do a little tablescaping....and exercise that thankful heart muscle while doing … [Read more...]

A sweet dear friend inherited a mahogany sideboard, china cabinet, and table several years ago which really weren't her style.  After I moved out-of-state, she asked me if I would like the furniture, saying that the pieces would look great in my "new" house.   After a 4-hour trip her heirlooms easily made themselves at home in my house. The sideboard fits perfectly in the dining area of my great room and the table opens out so I can seat 14.  Perfect for all my entertaining.  Happy me!     This furniture, though good quality, was not in perfect condition.  And the sideboard, in all its … [Read more...]

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