How to Get the French Farmhouse Look (Minus the Roosters)

3 beds in a row

Today, I have the good pleasure of sharing a success story with you. It's especially exciting because Anita is not only a colleague, but a friend. You may have seen the Decorating Tips and Tricks videos we've done together. You may even follow her blog, Cedar Hill Farmhouse. If you have, then you know that Anita is a very talented decorator and … [Read more...]

The Secret Appeal of French Country Style

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I can't help but think about how this is the last "normal" weekend before the holiday rush.  It makes me feel like I need to savor every minute of it, starting tonight.   We'll start of this chilly weekend with a warm pot of chicken and dumplings, shared with friends of course.   And I think I'll have my favorite night-cap;  (does … [Read more...]

A French Country Dining Room

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There were two floor plans in our neighborhood that were in our price range. One had a dining room. One did not. I wanted a house with a dining room. Soon after we moved in, I felt that the dining room was "begging to be painted." In the house before, I had painted the hallway in a beautiful terra-cotta color that I wasn't ready to part … [Read more...]

If You Give a Girl a Rug

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  My daughter has tumbling on Wednesdays.  Since it's just an hour, I typically run errands nearby until it's time to pick her up.  Sometimes I find myself browsing the aisles in TJ Maxx, which is what I did last night. I had picked out a blouse that I liked and found some ankle pants to wear with my tall boots, when I noticed the row of … [Read more...]

French Country Decor in the Breakfast Room


I knew I had to have it when Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours, posted it on Facebook. And this one too. Then, a few days later, I snatched this one out of Pamela's hands too. The younger me would have had them hung the second I got them home.  The forty something me waited a few weeks. While age has slowed me down a bit, it … [Read more...]

Updates on My French Country Kitchen

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  The inspiration for my french country kitchen decor is the warm wood tones and rustic color palette of French Country design. Elements ranging from aged copper to terracotta tiles to wheat colored baskets remind me to the french countryside. The French lifestyle seems to embody living life to the fullest by working hard and … [Read more...]

Copycat Challenge: Kitchen Storage


  I wasn't quite sure what my copycat project was going to be until a few days ago when Peggy @ The Decorating Files shared a post entitled "5 Stylish Kitchen Storage Ideas."   Better Homes and Gardens Taking a perfectly pretty door off of the cabinet was a bit out of my comfort zone... But, it was a good excuse to finally get … [Read more...]

Shopping the House – Budget Decorating

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When I first showed you my breakfast room, I was planning to buy a lamp to set on the side table. Instead, I decided to shop my house. and replace the lamp shade. With that simple switch, the lamp has gone from cottage chic to french country, and I'm lovin' the new look. Until next time, Sharon I'm linking up … [Read more...]

playing dress up

One thing this 80's girl loves, is hair.   I'm always looking for fun, stylish ways to wear my hair.  So, it's no wonder that I can't get enough of the hair tutorials at The Small Things blog. Today, I decided to try the "side front twist". … [Read more...]

high five friday

Last week, I found a link party over at From My Grey Desk, called High Five for Friday where you share five things "that make you go hmmm", no wait, wrong era, wrong platform.  You share five things that you're enjoying in life. So, here's my "high five" for Friday. … [Read more...]

Breakfast Room Tour

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I really enjoy our breakfast room.  It's sunny and bright just as a breakfast room should be.  It's taken some time for me to decorate it to truly reflect my style, but it's really close now.  Perhaps a few more accessories and I might call it done.  But if we wait on me to consider the room finished, you'll never get to see it.  So, here it is in … [Read more...]

Beautiful Buffet

I've finally settled on what to put on my buffet.  There was nothing wrong with what was there. It just wasn't me. I'd been waiting to decorate the buffet for Debbiedoo's Magazine Copycat Challenge  until one day, I "let go" of the notion that  keeping this vignette full time wouldn't work because it wasn't "real"...  just something pretty to … [Read more...]

Chicken Wire Canisters

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Come into my kitchen.  I have something I want to show you today. With all of the pictures and posts about chicken wire lately, I was starting to feel a little envious.  Then, last night as we were unloading groceries, I looked over and saw my "canisters" and realized, "Hey, I do have my very own chicken wire!" The realization brought me a sense … [Read more...]

Roosters and Sunflowers

french country rooster

Rise and Shine!  That's what the decor in my breakfast room says to me. The sunrise pours through the windows in the morning, showing off the vibrant gold sunflowers and stirring the roosters to "cock-a-doodle-doo." Roosters Rooster prints 1, 3 and 4 (from top to bottom) all came from  thegraphicsfairy Sunflowers Until next … [Read more...]