Weathered Bench Container Garden

Weathered Bench Container Garden_3

A couple summers ago, I discovered two weathered benches in an old shed at my parents' farm that I decided to bring home with me. I managed to paint the larger one a bright yellow color for the Outdoor Extravaganza last year, and it eventually made its way to our front porch. The other smaller sized bench ended up being shoved under our deck and somewhat forgotten about. Last week, I finally pulled it out in an attempt to give it new life as part … [Read more...]

Lounging Around: Our Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor Living Space with Lounge Area

Last July, we got most of the foundational pieces in place for our outdoor living space. However, when it came time to finish the decorating, most of the outdoor decor was picked over and I had to put the process on hold. This year, I decided to be ahead of the game and started picking up pieces when they first started arriving in stores. With seasonal items, I've learned it's best to nab them before they're gone.   Perhaps it was … [Read more...]

Spring Front Porch- Adding Cottage Charm + Giveaway!

Spring Front Porch- Adding Cottage Charm

Thank you to Balsam Hill for sponsoring today’s post in the spirit of Mother's Day. As always, opinions are 100% my own. Until last week, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to pull out my flip flops again. Winter had been hanging on ever so tightly, and the opportunity to do any outdoor spring decorating hadn't presented itself. By this time last year, we had our patio furniture out of storage and I had picked up quite a few plants from our lo … [Read more...]

DIY Roman Shade Using Spoonflower Fabric

Spoonflower Fabric Projects Collage

When we first moved into our current house more than 10 years ago, I had lofty ambitions to create custom window treatments for every room. I managed to sew drapery for our living room, kitchen, and dining room, and even sewed a roman shade for our bathroom. Then, the busyness of life got in the way and those plans came to a halt. For years, I've wanted a patterned roman shade in my office, but paying the hefty price for a custom one was … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

Easter is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to create a new tablescape for our family gathering. After this long harsh winter, nothing makes me happier than seeing the freshness and vibrancy of green mixed with natural elements of Spring. This year's table is all about embracing simplicity. Putting a tablescape together for Easter can be cheap and cheerful. I always like to mix the old with the new in any decorating … [Read more...]

Style vs. Practicality in Home Decorating

Blue and White Living Room  Serena & Lily

I had this gorgeous blue and white living room photo sent to me the other day by Serena & Lily showcasing their new product line available starting on Friday, and I immediately knew it would inspire some of the changes we're going to make to our main floor. As mentioned on Monday, we are starting at the front of the house (laundry room, powder room and entryway), but our attention will then turn to the adjoining living room and … [Read more...]

First Home Project Plans for 2014

Bistro towel bar- Restoration Hardware

As mentioned last week, I've been working behind the scenes on the blog to bring everything up to date and clear out anything that no longer serves a purpose. It seems like every facet of our lives needs a re-working some time or another, doesn't it? My birthday is this week (it's a biggie), and I find myself thinking about what I want to leave behind as I enter a new decade, as well as what has been serving me well and will be carried forward. … [Read more...]

Office Makeover {One Room Challenge Finale}

Office Makeover- DIY Art Canvas, RANARP work lamp, Printer's Keyhole Desk

The One Room Challenge may be over, but I'll still be carrying on with my office makeover. When I joined this series on October 2, I set out to cure my case of 'Decoritus Interruptus' and I'm happy to report that I'm on the road to recovery! Each week I've made progress in one way or another, and thanks to the brains behind this series (aka Linda of Calling it Home), I'm that much closer to putting a check mark beside "organize and decorate my … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge Office Makeover {Week Five}

File Box with Chalkboard Label

My One Room Challenge office makeover is nearing the final week and there's still so much to do! However, I know if I hadn't committed to this series, the projects I've been wanting to do for over a year would still be on my to-list. Instead, I've been able to cross a few off, and that's progress. Accountability really is the best motivation, isn't it!     If you've been following along since the beginning of this … [Read more...]