Patio Makeover – My Backyard Oasis

Outdoor patio oasis

When we renovated our house seven years ago, we added a beautiful blue stone patio. I've always envisioned my patio would one day become an outdoor oasis - the perfect place to escape with an ice cold lemonade (margaritas on the weekend!) and a good book. The perfect place to host backyard bbq's, family dinners and late night s'more … [Read more...]


Sunshine & Happiness – New Sunroom Sofa

Love this beautiful Article mid century sofa

Sunshine and happiness ... rainbows and a new sofa. These are the things that make me happy (in addition to ice cold margaritas and free finds on the side of the road). Ever try to work with your old furniture in a new house. It doesn't really fit but you put on a brave face (while crying inside) and make it work. That's what was … [Read more...]


I Designed a Tree House!

Colorful Tree House

What girl wouldn't love her own treehouse where she can escape. I would. But since I don't have one, I had fun designing one for French-American actor Gilles Marini's daughter. You may know Gilles from the Sex and the City movie, Brothers and Sisters and Dancing with the Stars (he was runner up). Bonus: he loves to recycle, upcycle and trash … [Read more...]


My Backyard Oasis – The Game Plan

Backyard oasis

  To know me is to know I love nothing more than sitting outside on a beautiful day with an ice cold margarita in hand. I've dreamed of creating an outdoor "room" where friends and family can gather for barbecues, music and inappropriate laughter. I've got a great space to work with. Pluses include a large bluestone patio that's big … [Read more...]


Decorating With Mason Jars – My Favorite Ideas

Mason Jar Window Treatment

I've never realized how many things I've used mason jars for until I gathered many of them together here. Some are old, some are new, some are green, some are blue (I'm such a poet), but there are so many uses for them. Here are some of my favorite ways I'm decorating with mason jars around my house ... 1) Mason Jar Window … [Read more...]


Foyer Update – A Whole New Look

Textured woven bench

Do you ever get stuck in a rut. You put a few pieces of furniture in a room and there they sit ... seemingly for all eternity. It's good to shake things up once in awhile and look at each room in a whole new light.   When I spotted this fun woven fabric bench, I knew I had to have it (plus I'm sharing some more of my favorite … [Read more...]


What a Crock Side Table

Crock Table

I found this crock at an estate sale. It was the kitchen garbage can! Of course I had to rescue it from a life of rotten banana peels and coffee grounds so I scooped it up for $50. It's HUGE and was made by National Pottery in Roseville, Ohio. I love the red wood and metal handles. The 12 means it can hold 12 gallons. I … [Read more...]


Spring is in the Air Home Tour

Spring house decorating ideas

Spring is in the air. I'm not talking about the pollen that has me running for Zyrtec ... I'm talking about budding trees and the promise of patio sitting, book reading (did you know there is a new Harry Potter book coming out this summer that I just pre-ordered), cocktail sipping weather to come. My house is alive with color, greenery, … [Read more...]


Vintage Glam Bedroom Makeover

Gray vintage glam bedroom

My girls turned 16 in November. That means drivers permits (I have the ragged cuticles and bald patches to prove it). It also means time for bedroom updates - my birthday gift to them! My girls are identical twins but they definitely have their own distinct personalities. Olivia was born exactly one hour before her sister (don't worry, … [Read more...]


Colorful Spring Living Room Refresh

Spring mantel

I've been in a decorating rut since I packed away the last piece of Christmas tinsel. It's time to crawl out of that rut and add some fun spring color and personality into my living room.   BEFORE (even Sushi is ready for a change - and a new bone) ... AFTER - a spring refresh (I'm sharing links to all of my favorite finds at … [Read more...]


Under $20 Christmas Decor