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Swaddle Yourself in Blankets

– Posted in: Fall Season, Your Home
Fall Decorating | Swaddle Yourself in Blankets

While the outside temperatures are still rather warm in our part of the country, we are keenly aware that cooler weather is on the way.  Lately, I have been rather busy getting our home ready for fall.  It is the perfect time of year to bring out all the blankets you can get your hands… Read more

Gathering Fall Foliage

– Posted in: Fall Season, Your Home
Fall Decorating | Gathering Fall Foliage

Are you ready to celebrate autumn’s arrival?  One of the easiest ways to add color to your home is to gather fall foliage.  I simply walk outside and find a few branches that still have leaves and acorns attached.  I bring them in, give them a delicate spray wash, and arrange them in vases.  Place… Read more

Fall is a Great Time to Raid your Craft Closet

– Posted in: Fall Season, Your Home
Fall Decorating | It's a great time to raid your craft closet!

When the first chill is upon us, that is a sign that autumn is fast approaching.  Before the temperatures drop, I start planning on ways to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for our home.  Luckily, there are many inexpensive ways to feather your nest.  Now is a great time to raid your craft closet… Read more

Pile on the Pillows for Fall

– Posted in: Fall Season, Your Home
Pile on the Pillows

Now is the time to start getting your home ready for the coziest season of the year.  One of the easiest decorating ideas for fall is to pile on the pillows!  They are such an inexpensive and fun way to introduce autumnal hues and textures into your living areas.  Nubby fabrics ablaze with the colors… Read more

How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales, Your Home
Household Chores | How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

Lampshades can sometimes be difficult to dust, especially if they are pleated.  While a vacuum with a dusting-brush attachment will certainly work, I have found a much simpler solution.  It is not as cumbersome as using a vacuum, and most people already have one sitting in their toolbox – a clean paint brush.  I have… Read more

Whitehall and American Whitehall Glass

– Posted in: Your Home
Vintage Dishes | Whitehall | Cup & Saucer Set

The Whitehall collection of dishes are great to use every day, and are very durable.  Over the years, especially when doing my photo comparisons and research for Fostoria American, I started to become very fond of the Whitehall pattern.  While they didn’t measure up to the high quality and craftsmanship of Fostoria glass, they certainly… Read more

Ladderback Chairs

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Cottage Style Decorating | Ladderback Chairs

If you are a fan of the “Cottage Look”, then you might want to consider adding a Ladderback Chair to your furnishings. Cottage-style decorating is a mix and match style – allowing great freedom in combining flea-market finds with family treasures and modern pieces of furniture.  Ladderback Chairs have a clean and simple design, which makes them one… Read more

Football Party Free Printables

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales, Your Home
Football | Free Printables | Go Team! | Printables designed by Michelle of www.Printabelle.com

Are you ready for some football?  The football season has arrived, and with that comes tailgating parties and robust celebrations at home. If you want to get your “A” game on when it comes to football decorating, you should definitely take advantage of some of these Football Party Free Printables! A special thanks goes to Michelle of Printabelle.com… Read more

How to Set Up and Stock a Home Bar

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales, Your Home
How to Set Up and Stock a gorgeous Home Bar

I was recently clearing off a buffet table to use it as a refreshment area.  Behind this table, I have a narrow rustic ledge that goes down the entire width of a large window and wall.  I decorate this ledge a few times during the year, depending on the holiday or theme. I thought it might be fun… Read more

Spice Organization

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales, Your Home
DIY | Spice Organization | Storing spices UPRIGHT versus sideways allows for twice as many spices, and with great visibility and easy access.

Okay, I’ll admit it – I like to mix it up like anybody else … but not when it comes to my spice organization.  To accommodate my vast array of cooking spices, my husband made a few modifications to one of my kitchen drawers.  It has been a blessing ever since.  Now, I can see and reach all… Read more