5 Easy Tips for Decorating a Fireplace Mantel

  Decorating a fireplace mantel that is the focal point in the room can sometimes feel a bit intimidating. If you’re like me, you look at the beautiful mantels in Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens and think, “why can’t my mantel look like that?” Now it can with our 5 easy steps! The […]

Create a Rustic Easter Table

  The warmth and coziness of rustic decor lends itself to holiday celebrations when family and friends gather for the most special and memorable occasions of the year, and our rustic Easter party is one of our favorites. Our family loves our traditional Easter brunch and egg hunt, which sometimes takes place outdoors and other […]

Let in the Light!

There’s no rule that says rustic bathrooms need to be dark. In fact, the bathroom is one place in a rustic home where you might want to lighten up a little. We bought a beautiful antique Edwardian shelf last month at an auction, and that, combined with the promise of spring (soon, please!), got my […]

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The ABCs of Rustic Decorating

We’re so excited about all the references to “rustic luxury” in the 2015 decorating trends articles we’ve been reading! This one especially caught our eye: Rustic Luxury – How to Get this New Décor Trend at Home! Posted on Better Decorating Bible by SuzyQ When we think of rustic design and home décor, we usually […]

Cozy Up With a Warm Friend

The holiday decorations are packed away for another year, and many of us are looking to the long, cold months of winter ahead. Lucky for us, rustic homes take on their coziest and most comforting aura now as frost glazes the window panes and the snow piles up outside. The bedroom is an ideal spot […]

Something to Crow About

Doesn’t this photo make you want to giggle? Red & white is just so cheerful!  We found the rooster and hen figurines at an auction last week, and they made me think of a couple of other red & white enamelware pieces we got over the summer. Put them together with a vintage tablecloth, red canister […]

A Snug Read

There’s nothing more fun than gathering pieces from a few different sources to make a vintage vignette. We found these awesome children’s books from the 1940s in an antique store in Erie, Pennsylvania. The pair of beautiful red oil lamps are from a second-hand shop in North Tonawanda, New York, and the wool plaid afgan is […]

Great Finds!

We went to our first estate auction yesterday.  Lots of rustic vintage and antique items. We came away with 15 treasures – our biggest haul ever! Most of the folks there seemed to be interested in farm equipment, which left the “smalls” and household goods to us.  The prize is the prettiest hand-stitched wedding ring […]


Bottle This

I fell in love with this photo on Pinterest, (are you addicted like I am?) from a Russian website.  I wanted to see if I could create something similar, so this weekend, I hunted up vintage and antique bottles at an estate sale and a couple of local antique stores. It’s amazing what you can […]


Iris Apfel

I just watched the best 3 minute video about decorating I’ve ever seen, on One King’s Lane.  You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Q8FPbSAsc Ms. Apfel is a 92-year-old doyenne of decorating and fashion, and is currently offering 800 items from her collection of furniture, accessories and jewelry for sale on One King’s Lane. Here are […]