July 28, 2014

BLOG TOUR AND THREE BLOGS THAT I LOVE

Hi Everyone,
Today I am participating in a blog tour that you have probably
seen going around blogland.
First, I want to thank Julia at Vintage with Laces for her
very kind introduction last Monday.

~ here's a little peak at her blog ~
This is Julia's creative space so you know some wonderful
things are coming out of that room!

Look how she covered the drawers of this chest with
vintage atlas pages ~ isn't that just so cute?

And look at this bag ~ I mean, how creative is that?

Stop by Vintage with Laces to see more of Julia's
amazing creations.

Now I get to answer 4 specific questions about myself  ~
okay, try to control your excitement!!

1.  What am I working on right now?
I am primarily working on freshening up a couple spaces in our home.
I recently put a fresh coat of paint on two of our living room walls
so of course that called for changing the wall decor ~ still working on that.
Also, I have felt like adding some warmer colors to our master bedroom
so I have been looking for some inexpensive ways to do that with bedding
and accessories.  I love shopping around for just the right touches.


2.  How does my work differ from others in this genre?
My style of decorating doesn't differ all that much from many others,
after all, I get a lot of inspiration from all of the creative bloggers out there.
I do think I put my own personal touch on things.
 I use a lot of blue in my home.  It is my all time favorite color.
I love the soft shades of blue and I'm starting to see more of that
in other bloggers' homes.


3.  Why do I write/create what I do?
I have always been a nester, even as a child I loved to create cozy spaces.
When HGTV came along, my passion for decorating really took off.
Also, I have always loved to see inside other people's homes so when I
discovered decorating blogs, I was hooked.
Initially I started my blog out of curiosity about what other people would think
about my decorating style but of course it has become much more than that.
It's a wonderful community of people who share a common
interest and are so supportive of each other ~ love that!


4.  How does my creating process work?
I am a very visual person so I am constantly looking around my
home and thinking of things I would like to change or improve
 or how I could use something I already have in a unique way.
Honestly, the decorating part of my brain just never shuts off!  : )

Now I am very happy to introduce three bloggers to you.

First up is Lori of THRIFTY DECOR MOM.
  Lori lives in my home state of Ohio and we found each other
shortly after I first started blogging.
  Lori has a beautiful home and you would never
know that it has all been done on a thrifty budget.
You should see how she (with some help from her very handy hubby) 
turned their dining room into a library ~ so pretty.
  Lori loves the color aqua so you will see that throughout her home.  
Creative organization is also something I admire about Lori.
She has such great ideas for storage and organization while making it all 
look beautiful and without spending a lot.

I recently discovered the blog RESTORED TREASURES TOO.
This is Rhonda's blog and she also lives in Ohio.
Rhonda is a very talented lady.  She loves to restore treasures that she finds
 while out junking into beautiful pieces for her home.  Also, as a self-taught artist,
 she has painted gorgeous murals in clients' homes.  You can click
 on the "Murals" tab on her blog to see some of them.
Sometimes Rhonda and her hubby team up to build amazing things
like a headboard made with old shutters and a settee from a twin bed frame.
Recently, Rhonda and her husband created a beautiful and functional
pantry that you must see ~ you will be very envious!  : )

Another blog I am loving is LOVE MY SIMPLE HOME.
Julie is not from Ohio but I won't hold that against her! : )
I really love the whole idea that you don't have to live in a 
mansion or have the most expensive things to love your home.
Julie has filled her house with items that she loves and have special meaning
 to her.  She uses inexpensive finds to create a beautiful and comfy home.
  She can even make a cardboard box look good!
You should see how Julie refreshed her small entryway this spring
with some shabby, colorful pieces and beautiful fresh flowers ~ really pretty.  
Julie gets a little help from her kitty manager too ~ I can relate! 

I hope you have time to visit these three ladies.
I think you will love them as much as I do!

Thank you so much for joining me on the tour ~ I hope I was a good guide!  : )
The tour will continue next Monday throughout the land of "blog" - hee, hee!

~ joining ~

July 15, 2014

A HOUSE ON A LAKE

Many of us dream of having a beach house but when you don't live
anywhere near the ocean, a house on a lake might be a more realistic possibility.
Lake houses or cabins tend to be a little more rustic and cozy, I think, and there's
something to be said for being surrounded by tall trees, the sounds of nature,
and possibly a few critters.
Here are a few lake houses I found on Houzz.
  Some small, some bigger, some more rustic than others.
Take a look and let me know what you think.

PLEASANT LAKE, NEW HAMPSHIRE



http://www.houzz.com/projects/53512/Pleasant-Lake--NH-Cottage-Renovation

WOMAN LAKE, MINNEAPOLIS
                                                
                                                
                                              
                   http://www.houzz.com/projects/43614/Woman-Lake

PINE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA



http://www.houzz.com/projects/334049/Camp-Callaway
                            
ORCAS ISLAND, OREGON
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http://www.houzz.com/projects/2559/Orcas-Island-Cabin

PRIVATE LAKE IN MAINE



http://www.houzz.com/projects/155289/Private-Lake-Getaway

Would you like to have a house on a lake (if you don't already of course)?
Do you like any of these houses or have a favorite?

There's just something about them that is very appealing to me.
I love our home but when our kids are grown, it would be kind of nice
to have a place where they could bring their families that would be
like a little vacation and there would be fun things for all of us to enjoy.
Doesn't that sound nice?


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July 11, 2014

THINGS I'M LOVING THIS WEEK

Hi Everyone,

Here are a few of the little things that have given me joy this week.

 ~ a wire basket in the softest shade of blue ~

 ~ fresh baked muffins ~

~ watching my daughter play softball ~

~ pots of impatiens in the morning sunlight ~

~ a pretty blue plate found on Etsy . . .

. . . that looks great with my other two plates ~

What are you loving this week?

♡   ♡   ♡ 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!


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MY ROMANTIC HOME ~ SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY






July 6, 2014

TOWN AND COUNTRY LIVING FEATURE

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday weekend.
We are having the most gorgeous weather ~ it's wonderful!
A parade, fireworks, and a little frozen yogurt ~ what could be better?


Today, I am so fortunate to be featured at
Town and Country Living as part of Jennifer's 
Charming Home Series.


Jennifer has a very charming home herself and it really means a lot to me
 to be featured on her blog.  So take a look HERE if you have a chance 
as well as all of the other homes she has featured.

Thanks again, Jennifer!

~ HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY ~