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 […]

Dessert Bar Inspired by the Orient Express

A dessert bar set up on a vintage buffet

Create a vintage-style dessert bar inspired by the luxurious Orient Express of the 1930s. Dinner Club Dessert Bar Are you part of a neighborhood or friends dinner club? My neighborhood has had one for about 30 years. My husband and I joined when we moved to our house 22 years ago. We meet monthly, and […]

Transitioning Christmas Decor to Cozy Winter Decor

Cozy winter decor on a kitchen counter

You can transition your Christmas decor to cozy winter decor to last through the long winter months. How long is your home full-on Christmas? Christmas decor is so warm and cozy. The glow of twinkle lights, the warmth of cozy throws and pillows, the peaceful feel of greens everywhere–all of these elements are tough to […]

A Holiday Tour of Five Festive Homes

European farmhouse style kitchen featuring range hood decorated for Christmas

Have you finished you holiday decorating? Maybe you’re hosting a holiday party and you have one last space that needs some holiday cheer. Or, you’re hosting out-of-town family and friends and need some inspiration to create a warm and festive welcome for your guests. Or, maybe, like me, you just love to look at beautiful […]

Christmas in Green Holiday Home Tour

A tablescape and sideboard in candlelight in a grandmillenial style dining room

Green makes an appearance in my home in every season, so it’s no surprise that my decor theme is Christmas in green. When paired with white, silver and gold, green feels more elegant and festive for the holidays. A slow start and a challenge I  always start my Christmas decorating with my mantel. I had […]

DIY Cordless Roman Shades

DIY cordless roman shade using mini blind hack

You can create custom-looking DIY cordless Roman shades with basic sewing skills and a mini-blind hack. Roman shades offer a convenient solution for tricky window situations. Because they only take the space of the window itself, they are good for small areas where drapes might be in the way. They also offer a great way […]

Upcycled Buffet Lamps

Upcycled buffet lamp shown on sideboard

With a little paint and some Rub ‘n Buff, these buffet lamps became the perfect addition to my antique sideboard. I recently replaced my beloved hutch with an antique sideboard in my dining room. The hutch covered most of the wall and didn’t allow the new wallpaper to show. My china filled the open shelves […]

Elegant and Easy Christmas Decor Ideas

Vintage ornaments in an antique glass compote displayed on a coffee table

With a few simple materials or inexpensive store-bought decorations, you can create elegant christmas decorations for your home. Creating elegant Christmas decor for your home can be daunting. I want my home to look unique and not like I bought the latest trendy items and plopped them on every surface in my house. You can […]

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without a Complete Reno

Budget-friendly kitchen updates

You don’t have to gut your kitchen to achieve an updated look.  Full-blown kitchen renovations are expensive and messy to live through. Sometimes a gut-job is the only option, but if your cabinets are in decent shape, and you’re happy with the basic layout of your kitchen, there are options to update without a complete […]

How to Make a Simple Lined Curtain Panel

Table at window in cottage room with homemade curtains at the window

Sew a simple lined curtain panel that is the basis for a variety of styles The right curtains can make a room! They can be the star and set the tone for the space or they can serve as a backdrop to bring elements in the room together. You might choose a beautiful vintage floral […]