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"A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away."

Antione de Sainte-Exupery

Has your wood outdoor table seen better days? Read on to learn step-by-step tips on how to refinish an outdoor wood table. I purchased our outdoor farmhouse table at Walmart several years ago and still love the look of it. However, I have done nothing over the years to protect it from the elements. It […]

Delicious grilled fruit and veggie recipes to try this summer. Fantastic picnic and summer potluck recipes!  Summer heat is cranking up alongside our grills! Try some of these delicious grilled recipes this season. Be sure to pin the collage for easier reference, and click over to pin from the original source for individual recipes. You […]

Gorgeous white steel pergola and outdoor patio styled in a french country motif! Great pergola styling ideas, tips, and tricks. This post is created in partnership with Backyard Discovery. Backyard Discovery offers quality, durable, ready to assemble outdoor play and patio equipment constructed with exceptional materials. Use code Homestories10 to save 10% off your purchase […]

30+ DIY Wedding Gift Ideas that newlyweds would love to receive!  Due to so many restrictions on gathering in 2020, the upcoming wedding season will be twice as abundant. Therefore, cute and affordable wedding gift ideas are also needed in abundance! Most couples will of course be registered for gift items on major shopping sites […]

Delicious and flaky puff pastry hand pies filled with chicken, herbs, and Boursin cheese, perfect for an elegantly casual dinner. My teenagers love them and call them “gourmet hot pockets”! I had the honor of attending the BH&G Stylemaker virtual event this year, and one of our sessions included a delicious demo by Boursin Cheese. […]

Are you looking to add a pergola to your home, or do you have one and need help with styling and flowers? This post is all about pergolas!  I have wanted to add a pergola to our backyard for several years, and thankfully, my pergola patio dreams are coming true! I’ve been gathering inspiration and […]

Paint your interior doors! This is a quick project that will dramatically change your space.  Painting your interior doors is a great way to dramatically change a space with little time and money involved.  A quart of paint is often all you need for 2-3 doors! I’ve rounded up some examples of neutral paint themes […]

Summer is the season of sunshine, the perfect time for relaxing around a beautiful outdoor tablescape! Grab these outdoor table setting ideas and learn how to set a beautiful citrus outdoor table, perfect for summer brunch! This post is created in partnership with Walmart.com. Post contains affiliate links. I buy most of my Walmart items […]

Twinkle lights, vintage-inspired glassware, warm wood table accessories, and flowing linens set the scene for a memorable meal at this elegant outdoor summer table! Read on for affordable table setting sources and styling tips. This post is created in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops. All sources listed can be found in-store at Christmas Tree Shops. […]

Looking for gorgeous paint colors for your front door? Read on for front door paint color suggestions and inspiration pictures!  Deciding on a color for your front door can feel like a big decision! The great news about paint is that it is relatively inexpensive and with just a little elbow grease you can change […]

20 DIY Teacher Gifts that teachers will love!  The school year is coming to an end! A great way to celebrate the end of the year is by sending your child’s teacher a sweet gift to say thank you. These ideas range from super simple printables to putting in just a little bit of time […]

Looking to refresh your living room space for spring? Check out these gorgeous spring living room decorating ideas!  Spring is a great time to spruce up your most commonly shared living spaces! The change of season inspires putting away the heavy linens and winter shades and opting instead for some pinks, blues, and greens. This […]

Come take a peek at all these delicious strawberry recipes!  Strawberry season is upon us! Several local berry fields are opening up around me, which makes me think about all things berry-related! I’ve gathered up some delicious recipes for you to try this season. Browse through these recipes by clicking the blue/gray links, and be […]

Bring the cottagecore trend into your space this spring with these beautiful and incredibly affordable cottage decor finds!  This post is created in partnership with Walmart.com. Post contains affiliate shopping links. What is Cottage Style and the Cottagecore trend? Cottage style celebrates simple living, and romanticizes a pastoral life. It is light, airy, personal and […]

I searched Amazon to find the most beautiful and stylish french country inspired decor, so that you don’t have to! Shop my curated collection of recommended affiliate-linked finds! What is Modern French Country Style? Modern French Country decorating style is a thoughtful balance between soft neutrals, cozy and rustic textures, linen furnishings, combined with sleek […]

It is finally spring! Let’s celebrate with some gorgeous spring table decor!  It is no secret that I absolutely adore decorating tablescapes, and spring is the perfect season in which to show off nature’s beauty. You’ll find gorgeous ideas in this post for tables of all sizes, indoors and outdoors! Let’s jump in together and […]

I was recently interviewed and asked to share my decorating 101 advice and thought it would be fun to share my answers here with you on the blog. Each one of these interior decorating questions could use their own blog post to properly answer, but I did my best to succinctly answer each question. If […]

Come on in and gather inspiration for your porch or patio this spring!  Warmer weather is upon us, and that means more time spent outdoors sipping your favorite drinks on the porch or patio. Browse through these gorgeous ideas for this upcoming spring and summer season. Be sure to click over to the original source […]

Learn how we made a custom two-sided DIY faux wood beam, perfect for open concept rooms with varying ceiling heights! Use this tutorial as inspiration for creating your own custom, two-sided beam. The Kitchen Design Process I have made numerous changes to our kitchen during quarantine this year including: changing the hardware color and faucet […]

Looking to move on to spring? Read ahead for some early spring decorating tips!    It’s the time of year when it is confusing as to what temperature it will be from one day to the next, and our houses may still have snow one day and the brightest of sunshine the next day. Our […]

20 Spring Wreaths, Baskets, and Door Decor!  Are you ready to start crafting for the spring season? I know this post is a tad early, but it’s always helpful to have time to plan ahead. Browse through these gorgeous spring wreaths and gather inspiration for your own wreath. All of these wreaths have tutorials to […]

Looking to add an accent wall? Browse through these 30+ Accent Wall Ideas!  One of the best ways to create a focal point in a room is with an accent wall! Accent walls add texture, color, and even joy to a space. Let’s take a look at some inspirational accent wall ideas. Please click the […]

Shop my curated collection of some of the most stylish cat and dog accessories on Amazon! Stay-at-home orders have changed the way we collectively do life. We work, eat, entertain, learn, shop and play much more at home than ever before, creating much more time to spend with our pets! If our cats and dogs […]

Winter doldrums have you feeling down? Keep the winter blues at bay by bringing spring into the home today, starting in the bedroom! Here are some inspiring spring bedroom tips and decorating ideas for your spring bedroom refresh. We may have a few months to go before the temperatures climb, but I’m definitely ready to […]

These 10 cute DIY Valentine’s Day cards with treats for kids are sure to bring smiles!  My boys are currently 16 and 14 and sadly class Valentines are officially a thing of the past! I started this blog back in 2008, and over the years created many cute and original Valentine’s Day treats with free […]

Looking for gorgeous paint colors for your kitchen island? I have some great ideas for you!  Painting your kitchen island is an easy and budget-friendly way to transform the look and feel of your kitchen. With just a quart of paint and a few hours of time, you can repaint your island the color of […]

Sometimes you need to see things from a new perspective! Consider switching the furniture between two rooms in your home to create spaces that feel refreshed and new to you. This works best with two similarly-sized spaces, but you might be surprised how your furniture works in a new room. Come see how I swapped […]

Come see how I inexpensively changed the look of my kitchen hood to a shiplap hood with wood trim using some wood, a chop saw, liquid nails, a nail gun, paint, and stain! Due to the custom nature of this project, this blog post isn’t my typical step-by-step tutorial and is meant more to be […]

New Year, New Pantry! Well, maybe not a brand new pantry for most of us, but brand new organization ideas for you!    January is usually full of expectations and resolutions that we have every intention of keeping, but we all know sometimes those expectations can be out of reach. If organizing your pantry is […]

A smaller laundry room requires out-of-the-box thinking and inventive storage solutions. Using beautiful and functional organizing options, let’s explore several creative ways to get your laundry room in shape for the new year! Fill the awkward space above laundry cabinets with useful storage baskets. Use woven bins and baskets to hide clutter, keep laundry organized, and looking […]

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