Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Peaceful Porches

A front porch is my favorite part of a home. Not only do porches boost curb appeal, but they provide a calm space where you can enjoy a little fresh air in the comfort of your own home. Some porches are spacious enough to host a small get together, while others have just enough space to put a chair or two. Big or small, all porches can be turned into a beautiful place to relax. Here are a few of my favorite porches:

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens
Photo: Mary Elizabeth Inspire
Photo: Coastal Living
Photo: Southern Living
Photo: The Berry
Photo: La Dolce Vita

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dog Days

If you have a dog then you probably agree that dogs are very important members of a family. So why should their bed be any less comfortable or stylish then ours? It shouldn't. That's where these good looking dog beds come into play. Whether you're all about pattern or can't live without monogramming, there's certainly a dog bed out there that's perfect for your home.

Photo: Frontgate
Photo: Garnet Hill
Photo: Harry Barker
Photo: LL Bean
Photo: Orvis

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bright White Bathrooms

When in doubt, bright white is the way to go when it comes to a bathroom. White is a color (or lack thereof) that will never go out of style. Accent an all-white bathroom with touches of black, natural wood, or pops of color. With a backdrop of white, it's easy to make updates without spending a ton of money. Switching out accessories can give the space a whole new look.

Photo: Architectural Digest
Photo: Ashley Whittaker Design
Photo: Design Sponge
Photo: House and Home
Photo: House Beautiful
Photo: Houzz
Photo: Nine and Sixteen
Photo: The Style Files

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Egg-cellent Decor

With Easter right around the corner, it's time to create some egg-cellent decor. Dying eggs has always been a fun Easter staple, but recently I've come across some great variations on the classic craft. Try dying eggs with natural ingredients for a lighter, less vibrant look.

After painting or dying your eggs, decorate them with paint and a very fine paintbrush. Create patterns and shapes, or spell out a word across multiple eggs. If you're looking for a more dazzling approach to egg-decorating, cover your eggs in glue and roll them in glitter. You can never go wrong with a little glitter.

Not into decorating real eggs? Create your own eggs from scratch using fabric scraps and a little stuffing. Pick some fun colors or patterns and sew strips of fabric together to form an egg shape. Before sewing them closed, stuff your eggs with batting. The great thing about these eggs is that you'll have them year after year.

Fill a glass vase or bowl with your newly decorated eggs for instant Easter decor!

Photo: Better Home and Gardens
Photo: Design Sponge
Photo: Martha Stewart
Photo: Retro Mama
Photo: Bower Power