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My top 10 posts published in 2017

Gift Ideas For Travelers

Gift ideas for those who travel or are full of wanderlust

LOVE these fun gifts for travelers

Christmas at Night

A nighttime tour of our Christmas decor, plus nighttime Christmas memories

wood lantern with led candles

Dreaming of Snow - Our Christmas Home Tour

Snowy Christmas decorations with a farmhouse vibe

pine cone wreath and snow covered paper house

Evergreen Vintage Farmhouse Christmas Tablescape

Ideas for using natural elements for a simple Christmas tablescape

natural farmhouse tablescape

Cozy Christmas Front Porch

Simple ideas for a cozy, natural,welcoming Christmas front porch

vintage stoneware crock with fresh cut evergreen branches

Modern Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover Reveal

See the reveal of our guest bedroom makeover as part of the One Room Challenge.

Modern farmhouse bedroom makeover

Favorites from the Magnolia Hearth and Hand collection from Target

I want all of it, but these are my favorites from the new Hearth & Hand Collection by Magnolia.

Modern Farmhouse Style Bedroom Accents

 Makeover progress in our guest bedroom

Love this vintage style, modern farmhouse bedroom!

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2018

Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2018

courtesy of Benjamin Moore/John Bessler

One Room Challenge - Modern Farmhouse Bedroom Design Plan

See the design plan for our guest bedroom modern farmhouse makeover

modern farmhouse bedroom ideas

How to update a brick fireplace with a unique paint technique

How to give your dated brick fireplace a fresh new look with paint.

how to paint a brick fireplace

5 Ways to Decorate With Candles

Thank you Chesapeake Bay Candle for sponsoring this post. All text and opinions are mine.

Discover five heavenly candle scents plus tips for decorating with them.

Fall candles on the hearth

Hip, hip, hooray! It's candle season! Not that you can't burn a candle any time of the year, but they're especially nice in the fall and winter months. They add a cozy factor to your home that you just can't get any other way. Candles are one of my favorite fall items, so when I was contacted recently about partnering with Chesapeake Bay Candle and writing a post featuring their  Heritage Collection, I happily said yes. 

Fall Mantel with Plaids, Metals, and Farmhouse Charm

Ideas for decorating your fall mantel and more from 25 home bloggers.


Happy fall, y'all! Well, it's not officially fall yet, but in our house and in the homes of many of my home blogger friends, autumn has arrived! We're sharing ideas for decorating your home for fall including mantels, tablescapes, wreaths, printables, and porches. So many great ideas! You'll see sneak peeks and links to my friends homes at the bottom of the post so be sure to drop by and visit them throughout the week.

Eclipse Party Ideas

Are you ready for the big eclipse of 2017? If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of people who live or will be going to the "Path of Totality" to view the total eclipse then you'll want to be prepared. Officials are predicting heavy traffic throughout the path during the eclipse which means you'll want to get where you're going in plenty of time and be prepared to stay for a while. We'll be gathering with lots of friends and family to view this historic event and will have eclipse related foods and drinks to make the event into a party.

Love these eclipse viewing party ideas! Food, drinks, and music!

15 Things to see in Seattle and The Pacific Northwest

Top places to visit in Seattle and surrounding areas in Washington & Oregon

Sightseeing in Seattle

We just got back from an EPIC vacation in the Pacific Northwest. I say epic because the hubs thinks he's Clark Griswold and likes to visit everything within a 500 mile radius. I'm serious...we put 2,000+ miles on our rental car in 9 days and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't too much. It was amazing and overwhelming and exhausting and exhilarating. And I'm not sure I'd do all of this in one trip again, but here are some great places to visit in Washington & Oregon. 

20+ Fresh Ideas for Decorating with Blue and White

Ideas for decorating with the ever-classic combination of blue and white.

Great ideas for blue and white decor.

Lately I've really fallen in love with classic blue and white decor. Not in huge doses, but instead little bits here and there since I tend to get tired of too much of any one color these days. One of the best things about decorating with blue and white is how versatile it is. It can be classic, vintage, coastal, masculine, and more. Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite ways to decorate using this classic color combo with the help of some of my talented blogger friends.

Featured Home at Southern Hospitality

Hello friends! Just a quick little note to say hello and invite you to visit the lovely and talented Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, where I'm honored to be the featured home. She's been blogging since 2007 and always has the best ideas. 


5 Simple Ways to Monetize Your Blog

A few tried and true ways to allow your blog to provide pocket change and then some.


Blogging as a business. Who would have thought?? When I began blogging in 2011 there weren't many people making a income from it. Sure, there were some who had figured it all out early and were doing great, but as a whole, people didn't do blogging for money. It was for fun, therapy, an outlet or portfolio. But it still required hours of work just like a "real" job.

Patriotic Sunflowers Printable Art


Colorful sunflowers and plus a free printable. 

Love these sunflowers and lavender.

Sunflowers and summer go together like milk and cookies. We always love having flowers in our house, especially sunflowers. They add such a summery vibe to the house when added to a pitcher or vase. 

Fresh Georgia Peach Ice Cream Recipe

The best peach ice cream recipe. Ever.

homemade peach ice cream recipe

Summertime is the perfect time for making ice cream. And when it's peach season there's nothing like fresh homemade peach ice cream. I've made homemade ice cream many times before but this was my first time using peaches. Now I'll be making it every year. It's yummy and easy to make.

Summer tablescape and a big announcement

 Summertime tablescape ideas with red, white, and blue

 red, white and blue table setting

Hello, friends! I've been MIA a bit recently because I've been working on something really big that I'll share at the bottom of the post. But first, I want to show you our summertime table. It's somewhat patriotic and a whole lot of casual, and it fits our style to a T! See what you think!

A welcoming front porch with spring flowering branches and vintage items

Simple changes to the front porch for spring.

red wagon with flowering branches and vintage sap buckets

Our front porch has been ready for spring for a couple of weeks now, although the calendar isn't quite there yet. With the mostly warmer temps we've had recently there have been plenty of flowering branches to cut and display here in my old red wagon. It's so fun and easy to decorate it for each season.

Crafter's Delight - craft supplies giveaway!

Craft supply giveaway including fabric, stencil, wall decal, ceramic knobs, and more!


You guys know that I have way too much stuff, right? Well if you didn't, now you do! These days I'm whittling down my stash and parting with some of my goodies. And you're in luck because my friend Kathy at Petticoat Junktion has organized a giveaway with some of my crafty blogging friends and we're all giving some goodies away!  You can see the list of generous bloggers at the bottom of the post, so be sure to visit all of them and enter to win their giveaway.

Blush and Bashful - spring accents in the living room

Simple spring decor ideas for the living room.

blush decor

It all started with a trip to Target. That sentence has gotten me into trouble so many times before! My youngest and I went there to find bathing suits because they were on sale. And I made the mistake of venturing over to the home decor department. They had the prettiest pillows and covers at the best prices! Needless to say, I came home with more than bathing suits that day.

How I gave our entry a 20 minute spring makeover

Our little entry gets a simple springtime refresh.

blue mason jar with yellow daffodils

It's not officially spring yet but don't tell that to all the flowers and bushes blooming in our yard. I've been cutting and clipping them and bringing them inside and added several of them to our entry and other places in the house. I also made a couple of other simple swaps in here to make it feel more like spring. Read on and let me know what you think!

9 Easy ways to make your home feel like spring

Simple tips for adding spring touches to your home.


Spring is such a glorious time. It's a new beginning, an awakening of sleepy flowers and trees, and the end of what's usually a long, cold few months. If you're ready to embrace the season and add some spring touches to your home, then here are some very simple ways to do it.

6 Proven Ways to Grow Your Blog's Pageviews

Simple, proven ways to get your blog noticed and increase your pageviews

ways to increase your blog pageviews

You've worked hard to set your blog up and it looks great. You've written wonderful posts with beautiful photography. Your content is amazing! But your audience? Crickets. You want readers to be able to find your awesome content, but how?

Increasing your blog pageviews and getting seen takes time but there are some proven ways to do it. These simple tips will work on any platform. And best of all, they're all free or very cheap to do!

Add Some Wow to Your Walls with Joanna Gaines' New Wallpaper


If you haven't considered using wallpaper in a while or ever before, you might change your mind after seeing these beautiful new designs from Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Home Wallpaper. Not only are they pretty in color and design, they're also completely removable (except the grasscloth) in large strips. They're perfect for an accent wall, powder bath, or any space you want to add some classic prints and colors. 

15 Styled Bookcases That Will Make You Want To Redecorate

Beautifully arranged bookcases for every style of decor

15 styled bookcases

Built-in bookcases can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they're wonderful for storage and displaying favorite items. On the other hand, it can be a real challenge to make them look nice and not too cluttered. If you struggle with styling your bookcases to look good then you should know that you're not alone. I have a hard time with it too and am planning to give ours a makeover soon so I've been looking for inspiration. Today I'm sharing some beautifully styled bookcases that are full of lots of great ideas. 

22 Gorgeous Painted Interior Doors that Aren't White

20+ painted interior doors that will inspire you to add some personality to yours.


With the trend towards white and neutral walls and decor, rooms can begin to look dull before you know it. A quick and easy way to add a pop of color and personality to a space is by painting the door. Much like painting a piece of furniture, it's a way to add color without making a big commitment. And it's easy enough to change if you get tired of it. Here are some gorgeous interior doors with paint colors that will add instant character to your room.

Surprisingly affordable secrets for updating your blog design

Tips and tricks for giving your blog a designer look without breaking the bank.

designer blog templates

Deciding on the style and design of your blog can be really stressful and expensive. A clean aesthetic and professional look is important and you want it to reflect your personality. There are a few different ways to make sure your blog looks like a million dollars, but you don't have to spend very much at all.

Small Laundry Room Refresh - $100 Room Challenge

The reveal and total cost for our low budget laundry room refresh.

small laundry room ideas

Finally. Our little laundry room makeover project is finished! And it's so much brighter and fresher in here that it's making me want to redo several more rooms. Does that ever happen to you? Redo one thing and then you want to redo so much more. I like to call it the domino effect and it happens to me all. the. time. For now, let's focus on the refreshed teeny tiny laundry room.

Laundry Room Makeover Progress plus Free Printables

Free printable artwork plus our nearly complete laundry room makeover.

I love this adorable laundry room that she updated for less than $100! I need that drying rack!

This past week has been a rough one at our house with some awful plumbing issues and I'm so glad I had this little oasis of a laundry room to look at. Who would have thought a laundry room could make me smile so much? 

Low Budget Laundry Room Makeover Week 2

See the progress of our laundry room makeover


It's been uber cold here and that's always a great time to stay inside and do indoor projects. It burns calories and keeps me warm. Win, win for me! I've made lots of progress in our tiny laundry room low budget makeover. In case you missed last week's post, I'm participating with a couple dozen home bloggers in a $100 Room Makeover Challenge, organized by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry, and am giving our little laundry room a facelift.

A Laundry Room Makeover Plan for less than $100

See how we're giving our laundry room a new look on a budget.

How to give your laundry room a refreshing makeover for less than $100.

If you think your tiny laundry room can't be pretty or efficient, I'm here to tell you differently. Our laundry room barely has enough room to open the washer and dryer doors but that doesn't stop me from wanting it to be as nice and efficient as possible. This month I'm participating in a fun challenge that involves giving a room a makeover for $100 or less, organized by Erin at Lemons, Lavender & Laundry. I've chosen to spruce up our little laundry space. It's a double win for me because several of the things I'm using are from my stash which helps me in my decluttering/purging efforts and costs nothing! Woot!