Vintage Gardening Book Giveaway

July 21, 2017

Better Homes And Gardens Garden Book 1954

Earlier this summer, my husband and I spent a lovely day in the sweetest harbor town just east of my own. We walked the docks, looked at boats, window shopped and stopped at a few yard sales and church fairs. At one of them, I spotted this very cool vintage book tossed in a box.

It's a 1954 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book.

How To Create A Cottage Style Garden

July 18, 2017

Butterfly Garden

When we moved into our 1920's beach bungalow over a decade ago, I knew immediately that the yard required a makeover. The interior was full of lovely quirks and rustic charm and I wanted that feeling to spill right outside into the yard. I pictured colorful wildflowers, garden gates, bunnies, birds and a storybook view from every window...a cottage style garden for our cottage style home.

Unfortunately at the time, there was just a lawn and a bunch of overgrown shrubs. 

Outdoor Makeover| How To Replace Patio Furniture Slings

July 15, 2017

Outdoor Patio Chair Sling In Natura

Ah...summer. It's the season I wait for all year long. I am a true summer girl and I try to hold on to every second of it. I adore the warm air that hits me in the morning when I open the patio door, the smell of the salt air, the late sunsets and the sand between my toes.

I am outside as much as possible.

Shop 'Till You Drop Or Not

July 10, 2017

When it comes to shopping, are you a browser? Are you a shop 'til you dropper? Or not? I used to love browsing, meandering through the aisles for hours, looking for unique pieces to fill my home or my closet. However, as the kids got older and my free time became more and more limited, I found that getting in the car, fighting traffic and crowds, was less and less appealing.

Cottage Style Summer Living Room

July 8, 2017

Cottage Style Summer Decor Tour

It's July and I've finally finished updating my living room for summer. It's about time, right? A few weeks ago I shared my plan for this room and while I had hoped to get it together earlier, well, summer got in the way. 

The more time I spent outside, the less important this room became. 

Summer Accessory Makeover

July 3, 2017

Outdoor Bronze Metal Lanterns

Ah summer, my favorite time of the year! The weather has finally warmed up here and we are outside enjoying our yard. During this short season we try to spend as much time on our patio and covered porch as possible. Stands to reason, that I want those spaces to look just as pretty as the ones inside my home. 

I pay attention to comfort, color scheme and accessories. When you are trying to create a great room, inside or out, they all matter.

To me anyway. 

It's Summer...Isn't It?

June 30, 2017

Beach Photo

Hello friends! I hope you are all enjoying some fabulous summer weather and free time, wherever you may be. Here, not so much. Between the chill in the air and the fact that school just got out, I can honestly say that it doesn't feel like summer at all.

I sleep in fuzzy pjs, I have had the seat warmer on in my car almost every evening and I have not put even one toe in the pool yet this year.

Too cold.

I also haven't had time.

How To Get Along With Your Sewing Machine

June 27, 2017

Best Tips and Tricks For Sewing Machines

So it turns out crowdsourcing really works!! A few weeks ago, I reached out to let you all know what a terrible seamstress I am and how my machine and I fight constantly. Boy oh boy, did I get a lot of advice.

And you know what? It worked!! I employed a few of the tips and this weekend when I sat down with my machine there were no problems.

At all.

What To Read Now | My List

June 15, 2017

Summer Reading List For Everyone

This weekend we took advantage of the fact that the kids were home and schedule free and we escaped to the beach. Yes, I know, we live at the beach, but visiting another beach is always fun. We gathered shells, walked in the sand, shared several delicious meals and I read. It's not something I often have time for, but for some reason when summer rolls around I read.