How to Easily Dry Hydrangeas

Thank goodness for hydrangeas that are beautiful despite belonging to me. Why? Because I'm anything but a gardener and definitely don't have a green thumb. In fact, I've said before that I have a black thumb even though my mom can grow anything. Apparently it's not hereditary. But fortunately that doesn't matter because my hydrangeas thrived this year and I even figured out (by accident) how to dry them. So if you love hydrangeas as much I do and want to preserve them to enjoy year round, read on for the simple how to.

Tiny 1890 California Cottage - Beautiful Home Tour

Hello, friends! Do you ever watch the television shows about tiny houses? We've been watching them for a while now and although they look really cute and efficient, I'm just not sure we could do it. Downsize? Yes. Micro size? No. That's why I love today's featured house so much. It's 970 square feet but has everything 2 people would need. Built in 1890, it's a total charmer. Read on for a tour of this cute cottage.

Friday Favorites 8.26.16

Happy Friday, friends! I hope it's been a pleasant and productive week for you. It's been a busy one around here but I still made time to peruse the web and find plenty of inspiration to share with you. I've rounded up ideas for fall decor, a yummy recipe, a tutorial you'll appreciate, a dreamy little house, and a big birthday celebration. Read on to see it all.

11 Must-Haves for Back to College




If you're a regular reader, then you know that we dropped off our oldest daughter for her 3rd year of college a couple of weeks ago. It gets a somewhat easier each year, but it still makes me a little teary-eyed. The fact that she's very happy there and has a great group of friends makes us feel much better about it. And knowing that all it takes is a couple of clicks on her computer and she can have anything she needs delivered right to her is also comforting. 

11 Must-Haves for Back to College. I never would have thought of some of these but they're great ideas!

Starbright Farm - Beautiful Home Tour

Hello, friends! Today I have a very special treat for you on the blog as part of the new Sunday Open House series. (To see last week's tour go HERE.) It's a 3-for-1 farm tour that includes an amazing stone farmhouse plus the guest house and barn. And it's owned by a professional photographer so the photos are simply stunning. It's the stuff pinterest was made for. Get settled in a take a tour of this lovely place but be warned, it will make you want to move to Maryland!

photo by Helen Norman

Friday Favorites 8.19.16

Another week, another bunch of beautiful spaces on the interwebs. Yes, it's true. I spend way too much time looking at dreamy homes and getting inspired for our next project. But it keeps me out of the pool halls (at least that's what my dad says). Here's a roundup of eye candy found this week. There are design ideas, organizing tips, DIY advice and more. So grab your coffee and come see some beautiful images. 

Such a charming dining room decorated in French farmhouse styel.

Bullet Journaling 101 - Tips for Beginners

Bullet Journaling tips for beginners

If you've been on Pinterest, Tumblr, or Instagram recently then I'm sure you've seen bullet journaling. It's the perfect mix of artsy and organized and is a very popular trend these days. Part planner, part sketchbook, it's a way of taking your calendar and to do list and making it reflect your personality. And here's the best part - there are no hard and fast rules. My oldest daughter has been bullet journaling for some time now and I asked her if I could show off her work and get some tips for us wanna bees. Fortunately she said yes and I'm sharing that with you today.
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