Decorating with Dishes

My love of dishes goes way back. When we were deciding which house to buy years ago, I was so taken with the wall of glass door cabinets in one house, that we bought it posthaste.  The rest of the house was stuck in 1978, but those cabinets spoke to me. I pictured them filled […]

How to make a Halloween wreath decoration

Halloween will be here before we know it! When I think of Halloween, my first thought is always of that amazing smell pumpkins make when they’re lit at dusk. The smell of the pumpkins, the light fading away from the day, the families all outside—it’s magical. As a kid, it was all about how much […]

New decorating ideas for vintage silver

If you love elegant, old world style, vintage silver just might be for you. I know I personally love it. Most of what you find for sale is silver plate and not solid silver. Solid, or sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver, has become quite expensive over the years. If items were 100% silver, they […]

How to create a tiny succulent garden

Over the last couple of years, Scott and I have gotten much better about keeping house plants alive. So much so, that we’ve found a handful of tried and true hearty plants that we find— dare I say?—difficult to kill! That said, I’ve personally always found it hard to resist succulents, and now that we’ve […]

Before & After: Bachelor Pad Basement Redesign

Today is the last stop on our bachelor pad redesign tour! We’re finishing up with the basement—an area that is very manly and I wanted to keep it that way. The basement is a place for gaming and hanging out—more of a bonus room than the upstairs living area. The need for almost black-out conditions […]

Changing the view for a special cause

Scott and I spent the majority of our summer volunteering for a cause that always has been near and dear to our hearts—pet rescue. When Chicago-based dog rescue One Tail at a Time asked us if we could help with the design of their new Adoption Center, we couldn’t say “yes!” fast enough! With four […]

10 Things you can add to your porch to make it cozy

I love living on my porch at the farm. Feeling the soft breezes,enjoying the smell of fresh-cut hay, and seeing the deer at dusk is my idea of heaven. Since I spend so much time on my porch, I have really tried to make it an extension of our home. Here are 10 things you […]

DIY chair upholstery – Dining room chair makeover!

When you’re working with a small budget, but desperately need new chairs for your dining room table, what do you do? Well, you go thrift shopping of course! Odds are you’ll find beautiful mismatched chairs that will fit well together—after a quick little makeover. The before . . . . . . and the sleek, modern after! It […]

Dress up your furniture with DIY slipcovers

  Have you ever priced custom slipcovers? They are often very expensive. I always make my own, not only to save money, but because I have very definite ideas about how they should look. So why not make your own? If you decide to take the plunge, here are a few tips to make the […]