In establishing the value of a house, everybody knows the three most important factors are location, location, location…. To achieve beauty in your decorating, the three most important factors? texture, texture, texture. Of course color, pattern, etc. are up there too. But let’s just focus on texture today. Driving down our road this morning I noticed a smattering of flattened bright green horse apples. Beneath […]
Most homes have that room. You know the one. Oddly shaped, huge honking plaster fireplace. Too little wall space, too many windows and doors. Or maybe it’s just me? Our family room is mission impossible. The fact that we have a 7,000 foot long leather sectional doesn’t help matters much. But we’re not moving anytime soon (I hate to even utter those words…they always come […]
Summertime in our kitchen means blue and white. I’m not a big “holiday decorator” but love to change things up seasonally. I’m very fickle when it comes to decor, but one thing that I never tire of is blue and white. It’s so classic. The fun for me is finding and collecting it. Every single piece I own has come from thrift stores or garage […]
Wow you guys. Thanks so much for the sweet comments and facebook and pinterest love! As promised, I’m back today with the details. I’ll try my best to remember everything but if I leave something out, just ask in the comments. Okay…the details. You know the expression, “The devil is in the details” meaning the details are the hard part? The details are my favorite […]
Just sharing photos today…details are coming tomorrow!
tap tap tap… is thing thing on??? Boy did I have a nice, long blog break! Thank you for all the nice messages and emails making sure I’m okay. I’m A-Ok. Excited for a new year…I love fresh starts. Speaking of fresh, I’ve been refreshing our kitchen adding touches of white, silver, grey, and some shimmery mercury glass. I found this antique trunk at my friend’s […]
The cottage bath is finished. It’s not a makeover because it’s been a hodge podge since we moved in over a year ago… I was stalled for several months searching for the perfect cabinet for towels. Once I found it, everything else fell into place. Starting with the antler makeover. They just make me smile. The interior of the cabinet (previously a horrible red color) […]
Way back in the spring, I purchased the coolest cabinet from my friend Mary THE Urban Farmgirl AKA The Queen of Pinterest. I went to Kane County Flea Market with NO intention of buying a piece of furniture. But I couldn’t help myself. Mary created this unique cabinet by removing the drawer sections from a vanity and stacking them. I’m sorry, but my brain does not […]
Decorating the new-to-me writing desk in all things horsey sure was fun. I know, I know. I usually don’t love themes either, but what’s the fun of living in a farmhouse without a few “farmy” touches? While in Target a few weeks ago, I fell in love with these framed ribbons. I’ve had this oil painting for a long while and thought he looked at […]
One of my favorite vignettes is located in our powder room. It occurred to me that I’ve never shared photos. The french pine cabinet is from the 1800′s and was an estate sale find from last year. I loved it at the sale, but when I got it home I realized it was super short and I didn’t have a spot for it. So it […]
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