opening the porch

Does your porch become a “catch-all” during the winter?  A place where everything lands, to be “put away another day”?  Well, that’s my screened-in porch from November to April. Yesterday, the sun was shining into the porch in such a beautiful way, that I wanted to sit and relax there, but it was such a mess, and so dirty from six months collection of dust … Continue reading opening the porch

bringing spring inside

Spring is slow coming this year.  With very cold nights and brisk days, everything is hesitant to make an appearance.  Usually by now, at least the forsythia are starting to bloom. Since, it is still brown and drab outside, and the calendar officially says it is spring, I decided to bring out the spring decor and make it cheerful inside.  I started with the kitchen, … Continue reading bringing spring inside

repainting the living room

Since gardening keeps me busy three seasons of the year, I save all my inside home projects for the winter months.  I find if I schedule enough of them, I am scrambling to get them all finished before spring, and it makes the winter go fast. Over Christmas break, I repainted the kitchen.  That leaves me the living room and the utility/laundry room to finish before … Continue reading repainting the living room

my little pine forest

I saw this idea in a magazine while standing in line at the grocery store a few weeks ago.  I wish I could remember which magazine it was, so I could give them credit.  I like how theirs turned out better than mine, but I changed up a few things.  In the end, I like them enough to share them with you. I didn’t have … Continue reading my little pine forest

bedroom baubles

As I age, every year, I do a little less decorating for Christmas.  I still enjoy doing it, but my tastes have become much more simple with time.  I have slowly parted with many decorations that had been collected down through the years, and replaced them with items that make a more subtle statement, take less space to store, and less time to get out … Continue reading bedroom baubles

christmas mantel

Every year I tend to do something different on my fireplace mantel, usually involving the traditional color of red.  This year however, I chose to go all natural and very simple. I started with some beautiful faux greens that I found at a yard sale some years back.  Then I added this lovely bronze moose that I purchased at the flea market last spring.  I … Continue reading christmas mantel

a bowl of christmas baubles

In the corner of my dining room where my wine rack sets, this year I have decorated with a bowl of vintage ornaments in some rather unusual Christmas colors. This is one of my fall serving bowls, but I decided to use it because it was deep and would hold a lot of ornaments.  I already had some orbs in it made of natural textures … Continue reading a bowl of christmas baubles