Valentine decor ideas for the month of February

A heart shaped napkin on purple transferware china with white roses in the background

Do you like to add Valentine decor to your house? Today, I’m joining four blogging friends to share decorating and entertaining ideas for the month of love! From table setting ideas to centerpieces to romantic vignettes, we’ve got you covered. Your home will feel like love is in the air! An elegant touch In my […]

Easy Heart-Shaped Napkin Fold Tutorial Using Napkin Rings

A napkin folded into a heart shape on a vintage plate stack

Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for you and your sweetheart or hosting a February dinner party, this easy heart-shaped napkin fold tutorial using napkin rings will elevate your table and up the Valentine’s vibe. They would be fun for a Galentine’s lunch, too! A heart-shaped napkin for every February event My husband and I […]

My Painted Kitchen Cabinets After 11 Years

Painted kitchen cabinets

I have received a lot of questions about how my painted kitchen cabinets have held up. We started our kitchen renovation 11 years ago with a kitchen cabinet paint job. Many additional changes have happened since then (you can read about some of them here and here), but the painted cabinets have remained, and I […]

Tips for Styling Fall Scented Candles

A fall scented candle styled using books and sticks.

They say that the sense of smell is most closely linked to emotions and memory. Fall is my favorite season, and the scents of seasonal warm spices elicit fond memories for me.  Some of my favorite memories include: sitting on fresh hay riding through the pumpkin patch to find the perfect prize for carving, visits […]

Ideas to Decorate for Fall in Shades of Green, Brown and Gold

A room that shows ideas for decorating for fall in shades of green and brown

Traditional fall colors in shades of orange and red are beautiful for the fall season. I love to see them in nature and in other people’s homes, but I like to be surrounded by calmer colors. So, I take a non-traditional route and decorate in a color palette of green, brown, gold and white. I […]

Three Ways to Style a Vintage Kitchen Cabinet

Vintage kitchen cabinet painted green and filled with vintage tea set

Welcome to the Virtual Book Club! I join three bloggers during the fourth week of each month to share our interpretation of a different book. On Thursday, we share a home-decor related post and follow on Saturday with a culinary post, both inspired by the month’s book. Bringing back memories This month’s book club choice […]

Tips for Planning a Fundraiser Inspired by The Help

A table set for a fundraiser event with roses and crystal.

Welcome to the Virtual Book Club! I join three bloggers during the fourth week of each month to share our interpretation of a different book. On Thursday, we share a home-decor related post and follow on Saturday with a culinary post, both inspired by the month’s book. The Help by Kathryn Stockett If you’ve read […]

Design a New Kitchen Island for a Budget-Friendly Update

Kitchen island update with brown-tone stain and green surrounding cabinets

Replacing your kitchen island is a great way to give your whole kitchen an updated look. Design a new kitchen island for maximum function and new storage. Rethinking the kitchen layout We recently replaced our kitchen island, but we reused the existing island. Let me explain. Our 90s kitchen came with a kitchen desk. The […]

Easy Homemade Beef Stew

Easy beef stew in a soup tureen on a dining room table

This easy homemade beef stew is tasty and makes a great meal for a chilly evening. Welcome to the Virtual Book Club—Culinary Version. I join three bloggers during the fourth week of each month to share our interpretation of a different book. On Thursday, we share a home-decor related post and follow on Saturday with […]

An English Country Bedroom Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Emma”

An English bedroom showing a bed in front of a window with a lace curtain

A English country bedroom inspired by the country house that is the setting for Jane Austen’s Emma. Welcome to the Virtual Book Club! This month’s book is Emma by Jane Austen. Many of the scenes in the book are set in Emma’s English country house. I have chosen to update a guest bedroom inspired by […]