All About Home Link Party, Summer

    All About Home Link Party #157

    Hello and welcome to the 157th All About Home Link party! I am just able to “party” for a brief time this evening, as I am super busy getting everything ready for students on Wednesday! Today was my first day back to work for teacher training and getting my classroom ready for a new school year!  I am looking forward to some tea time later tonight to check out the party in more detail. I can’t wait to see the mix of summer and fall posts during this transitional time of year!


    Debra and I love getting together each week to host this fun party, and are are looking forward to sharing inspiration with you! Before moving on to the features, here’s what we’ve been up to:


    Enjoying Peaches in Recipes and Decor

    In between getting ready for school to start, cleaning house, organizing closets and school clothes shopping, I have just tried to take a little break from blogging any new posts to enjoy what is left of the joys of summer…including peaches. Since August is National Peaches Month, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at this fun older post I shared. Warning: You might just start craving peaches!


    Debra shared a wonderful post on Farm Animals in French Country Decor.



    Now here are some beautiful links from last week’s party:


    Free Sunflower Watercolor Prints . Vintage yellow and green books with a printed sunflower and twine

    Free Sunflowers Watercolor Prints~ My Hubbard Home


    Late Summer Touches ~ Let’s Add Sprinkles


    Updating Thrifted Treasures with Paint ~ Decorative Inspirations





     Thanks to everyone who visited last week. Enjoy the party!

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    August Tabletop Delights at Thursday Favorite Things

    Happy August and welcome to Thursday Favorite Things! I am thrilled to celebrate my fourth year co-hosting this fabulous weekly link party for bloggers and blog readers with Katherine of Katherine’s Corner and a fantastic group of bloggers!


    If you would like to make some new friends,  grow your blog audience, or just find some weekly inspiration, this is the place to be! *Bloggers: Please leave a comment with the number of your link up for a chance to be featured at next week’s party. The hosts are all looking forward to what you’ll share this week! (If you missed the last party and the AWESOME features, you’ll find it here.)  To get the party started, here’s what I ave been up to:


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    With the exception of the All About Home Link Party on Monday, I have not done any blogging this week. I desperately needed to take a few days off to enjoy summer and to do a little school clothes shopping before school starts in two week.  I still don’t want to think about it! I am however getting things together for an August refresh around the house and a Sunflowers themed blog hop coming up on the 16th. My post on Summer to Fall Decorating with Sunflowers has lots of beautiful inspiration for August decor.

    Now here are some beautiful features from last week’s party!


    Bee-cause of Flowers ~ Everyday Living



    Oranges on a Summer Tablescape ~ Whispers of the Heart



    close up of warm baked peach with brown sugar crumble and vanilla ice cream

    Easy Baked Peaches with Brown Sugar Crumble ~ My Family Thyme



    Peach Rosemary Jam on a serving tray in Ball mason jars

    Savory Peach Rosemary Jam Recipe ~ Flour on my Face



    Blackberry Honey Lemonade ~ Nancy C



    Summer Nectarine Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes ~ Comfort Spring



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    Allergy Friendly Organic Foods and Recipes, Summer

    Healthy Gluten Free Crock Pot Peaches Recipe

    Are looking for an easy, healthy dessert to enjoy without guilt? Do you or a friend or family member want to eat a little bit cleaner or have a gluten or dairy allergy issue? I’ve got you covered with my Healthy, Gluten Free Crock Pot Peaches!



    Hello friends and welcome to another fun Pinterest challenge! This month we are switching things up a bit with a peaches dessert recipe hop instead of our typical decor or DIY theme. If you love peaches as much as I do you will find plenty of recipes to pin today! Read more


    Simple and Festive Christmas Decorating Tips

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…SUMMER! Well, this summer might just be a bit too hot for many of us and thoughts of cooler, frosty December mornings seem like a welcome relief! If you are dreaming of cooler days or if you just love Christmas 365 days of year and want to get a head start on holiday preparations, you’ve come to the right place! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more

    Summer, Vintage Style

    Coastal Cottage Decor with French Vintage Style


    Welcome friends! Do the current high temperatures most of us are experiencing have you longing for cool ocean breezes and refreshing dips in the ocean, lake or pool?  Is it too hot where you are to even go outside at all? Today several blogging friends and I are sharing how we are still keeping our homes looking lighter, brighter,  and “cooler” by creating coastal vibes indoors before transitioning to the warm and cozy colors of fall. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more

    Summer, Thursday Favorite Things

    Beautiful Summer Decorating Ideas at Thursday Favorite Things

    Summer decorating and home decor ideas by top bloggers


    Happy JULY and welcome to Thursday Favorite Things! I am thrilled to celebrate my fourth year co-hosting this fabulous weekly link party for bloggers and blog readers with Katherine of Katherine’s Corner and a fantastic group of bloggers!

    If you would like to make some new friends,  grow your blog audience, or just find some weekly inspiration, this is the place to be! *Bloggers: Please leave a comment with the number of your link up for a chance to be featured at next week’s party. The hosts are all looking forward to what you’ll share this week! (If you missed the last party and the AWESOME features, you’ll find it here.)  To get the party started, here’s what I have been up to:


    beach decor coastal decor beach house decorating beach house decor vintage nautical vintage beach seashells decor


    I just got back from a wonderful beach vacation and I am missing my beloved seaside already! I have been busy unpacking, doing laundry and tending to my garden (luckily very little loss despite the hot weather here while we were gone). I haven’t had time for a new post, but I have been gathering “Pinspiration” for a fun coastal-themed blog hop on Friday. Here is one of older posts full of gorgeous beachy and nautical inspo: Pin Away Wednesdays: Coastal Style and Beach Cottage Decor.


    I hope you will stop by tomorrow to see some beautiful and refreshing coastal inspo. Maybe all the “breezy” beauty will help us all mentally beat the summer heat!


    Now here are some beautiful features from last week’s party!


    It’s Time for Tea and a Monthly New Series ~ Everyday Living


    Vintage French wicker tray on the wall. Guest Bedroom With French Country Accents.


    Guest Bedroom with French Country Accents ~ Thistle Key Lane


    Summer Garden Updates ~ Masterpieces of My Life



    Midsummer Entry with Blue and White Transferware ~ Common Ground






    Guest Bedroom Saga- I think We Have a Winner ~ A Stroll Thru Life



    How to Make Flower Pots Look Amazing ~ Everyday Edits


    Curbside Table Flip ~ Simply Beautiful by Angela



    Window seat with European inspired pillows and Belgian linen slipcovered dining chairs in a breakfast area of a French country kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #breakfastroom #belgianlinen #windowseat #serenedecor

    When You Need the Perfect Linen Slipcovered Chairs ~ Hello Lovely Studio


    Bonus Feature

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    Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix ~ Artful Homemaking




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    All About Home Link Party, Summer

    All About Home Link Party #153

    Hello friends and welcome to the 153rd All About Home Link Party! I hope your week is off to a great start! It’s hard to believe that a week ago I was partying with you from my beach condo…time flies when you’re having fun! Summer really needs to slow down. I love fall, but I am not ready for school. I am totally “All About Home” (and garden) right now, so I am enjoying every day of my break and spending more time in blog land with allof you. I am so happy you stopped by this week! Read more

    Junkin' Finds, Summer

    Favorite Thrifted Garden Finds in the Backyard Cottage Garden

    Summer is here and it’s time to hit the junkin’ trail for thrifted vintage treasures for the garden!

    Today I am excited to be  joining a few fabulous blogging friends for a monthly get together with a thrifted theme! It wasn’t hard for me to come up with a round up of my own several rusty, crusty, shabby vintage thrifted garden treasures I have collected over the years that give my garden extra vintage charm and unique style. You will find links to my friends’ amazing thrifted posts at the end of this post. Read more


    Nine Beautiful Summer Porch Ideas


    Summertime, and the livin’s easy! As a choir teacher, how could I resist “singing” such a fitting attention getter for today’s round up of nine fabulous summer porch ideas? Who doesn’t love easy summer living on a beautifully styled porch or patio? If you are looking for some serious inspo for styling your outdoor spaces, eight friends and I are sharing some of our favorite ideas today as part of a fun summer porch round-up! A special thank you goes out to Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse for organizing this fun get together.  Let’s start porch hopping over at Rachel’s beautiful home!


    1. Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse

    Rachel always decorates with the best rustic farmhouse and vintage finds indoors, so why would her summer porch be an exception? I would love to just “shop” her porch! Her use of baskets, galvanized goodies and geraniums along with chippy-shabby treasures makes me want to hit the junkin’ trail and local nursery to create similar looks for my back porch.  Aren’t those pink geraniums buckets just pure simple farmhouse summer perfection? For more of Rachel’s creative porch ideas as well as some useful tips for cleaning and maintaining a summer porch, check out her Five Summertime Summer Porch Tips.


    2. Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest

    Robyn shared an absolutely unbelievable before and after outdoor space in her post, Curb Appeal on a Budget. I love how she decorated the space with thrifted finds and kept the styling light and bright. Aren’t those lanterns just awesome? This looks like the perfect spot for enjoying some glorious Florida summer sunshine! That chippy swan can just float on upstream to my Kentucky porch any time!



    3. Karianne at Thistlewood Farm 

    Karianne is always inspiring with her amazing style both indoors and out! Just one look at her inviting summer porch makes you want to head on inside to check take in her gorgeously designed spaces. I am swooning over those urns topped with plant tuteurs, and that mirrored door creates a magical illusion of additional gardens to explore! For more creative ideas, check out Karianne’s Seven Simple Summer Outdoor Decorating Ideas.


    4. Wendy at WM Design House

    If you know anything about me, then you certainly know I love historic homes full of character and gorgeous decor with stories of their own. I would love to spend a sunny afternoon sipping tea on Wendy’s lovely 1897 front porch chatting all things home and garden, and imagining the stories her beautiful old home would tell. Head over to Wendy’s blog where she shares several ideas for summer porch decorating as well as some lovely sentiments in her post, Life is Better on the Porch: The Joys of Porch Life. 



    5. Kristin at White Arrows Home

    My friend Kristin never fails to inspire when she shares all the creative ways she seasonally decorates the porch of her dreamy North Woods Cabin. Her Summer Porch Decor in Blue and White  porch looks so refreshing and stylish! The color scheme is perfect for the porch of her cabin situated near a lake. I love all the ferns and flowers!


    6. Ann at Dabbling and Decorating

     If this was my backyard view, I would never want to leave! Ann has created the perfect outdoor space for enjoying her  picturesque Vermont landscape with family and friends by designing the perfect backyard patio with a conversation set and firepit. I love her furniture choices and the stone patio! After reading Ann’s post and looking at all of the gorgeous photos, I am ready to plan a trip to Vermont! 



    7. Mary at Life at Bellaterra

    Mary and her husband have created a magazine-worthy back terrace at their stunning 1910 Arizona home with a little creativity and elbow grease. After cleaning and DIY repairs, Mary styled the terrace perfectly with pops of green (my favorite color!) and lovely outdoor furniture and accessories. You’ll love the before and after!


    8. Stacy at Bricks and Blooms

    My friend Stacy is a gal after my own heart with her passion for gardening and thrifting for vintage finds!  Just take a look at the landscape and potted containers surrounding her new home! Stacy’s porch is perfect for relaxing and enjoying all of the gorgeous flowers. Recently she shared the coolest vintage find repurposed as a planter in her post, The Prettiest Thrift Flip Idea for the Front Porch. “Stroll” on over to see beautiful summer porch with a very unique planter!


    9. Beinvenue Summer! Welcoming Summer with French Country Style 

    Lastly, I happy to welcome you to our 100 year-old yellow brick porch! When Rachel asked if I’d like to participate in today’s porch round up I was hesitant because I haven’t styled our summer porch just yet. This time of year in Kentucky we are just finishing up a month of our yearly “Pollenapocalypse” so I never attempt to style our porch until mid-June. However, we were welcome to use older posts, so I was excited to revisit my French Country summer porch from a couple of years ago. Check out the post to see how I decorated our one hundred year old porch with a nods to my love of gardening and French Country style: Beinvenue Summer! French Country and Garden Style Summer Porch Tour. 


    Summer Porch Tour French Country Cottage Garden Style Summer Porch Tour


    I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of nine summer porch ideas as much as I have. Be sure to check out each individual post for all the details and tons of amazing photos. Now that the worst of the pollen is over, I will be borrowing several of these ideas to use on my front porch and back patio. I will be sharing my outdoor spaces as soon as they are finished up.

    Have you styled your porch for summer already? I love hearing from you!

    Thanks for visiting today!


    Interior Decor and Styling, Vintage Style

    Pin Away Wednesdays: Coastal Style and Beach Cottage Decor

    beach decor coastal decor beach house decorating beach house decor vintage nautical vintage beach seashells decor

    Welcome back to my Pin Away Wednesday series! In just a few days our family will be at the beach for our annual  vacation and I can hardly contain my excitement! I thought today would be a perfect time to share highlights from my Coastal Style and Beach Cottage Decor Pinterest Board. Because I am a beach lover and dreamer of coastal dreams, (one day we plan to retire near the beach) this is one of my favorite boards. If you love beautiful beach decor and vintage coastal treasures too, get ready to pin away!


    …For the love of the Sea and all things beachy!

    Shabby Chic Beach Cottage on Casey Key, Florida – Beach Bliss Living - Decorating and Lifestyle Blog

    Beach Bliss Living

    One of my favorite decorating styles is French vintage coastal, or at least that is what I call it. Bascially it’s a combination of coastal treasures and vintage shabby chic, brocante and vintage French found objects. There is something so romantic and magical about this style! Read more

    Interior Decor and Styling, Vintage Style

    How to Achieve the English Country Kitchen Look

    English Country Cottage Kitchens English Kitchen Style


    Quintessentially English, the humble country kitchen is a look many aspire to. Whether you dream of the classic English country farmhouse with stone flags, wooden beams, and Hunter wellies warming by the stove, an Edwardian terrace with ornate tiled flooring and high ceilings with intricate cornicing, or perhaps a modest new build with the pre-requisite French doors opening to an English garden, a perfect kitchen with English country vibes is a look that can be achieved in any property, old or new.*This post contains affiliate links and/or collaborative content. Read more

    Home Improvement and DIY

    Which Home Improvements Take Priority When You’re Trying To Sell?

    When you’re looking to improve your home, one of the most important guiding principles is to make sure that you keep your purpose in mind. Are you improving it so that you feel more comfortable and at home? Because you want it to meet your changing practical needs? Or because you’re looking to sell and want to get the most money that you can? If it’s the latter, then certain improvements are going to be much more in sync with those goals. Here, we’re going to take a look at a few that you should keep in mind. Read more

    Home Improvement and DIY

    Home Decor Hacks Anyone Can Use

    Everyone wants their home to look nice, which sometimes means changing things around the house. The thought of that could be anxiety-inducing, however. You mightn’t know where to start or what to change. Then there’s how much it could end up costing you.

    Nobody wants to put up with that. Thankfully, a few home decor hacks can make it much simpler and quite affordable. Three particular options can be quick and easy to do, especially once you know what you’re doing.

    While you could need to put a little bit of effort in, it’ll pay off dividends in making your home look and feel more comfortable.

    Home Decor Hacks Anyone Can Use: 3 Quick-And-Easy Options

    1. A New Rug

    If you have wood, stone, or tile flooring, you’d be surprised by how much of a difference a nice rug will make on the room. Picking up the right option is essential to this. There are more than a few options to choose from, such as Amber Lewis rugs.


    Choose pillows and other decorative accessories to coordinate with the rug for a cohesive look.


    Birch lane area rug



    2. Chalkboard Drawing Board

    Did you know that you could turn an entire wall into a chalkboard? Doing so doesn’t need to take as much effort as you’d think, as all it needs is a special chalkboard coating. While this will be more expensive than typical paints, it’s still a quick and easy home decor hack to make a room look nicer.

    Less than Perfect Life of Bliss

    With this, you can draw on the wall whenever you want. You’ll change its appearance with ease without needing to worry about any more costs. If you want, you could even go with a whiteboard option instead.

    3. Painting A Feature Wall

    A feature wall ties a room together while drawing more attention to itself and making everything look a little nicer. It also helps to add a sense of more space when you’re in the room. You don’t need to put too much effort into this, and it can be much simpler than you’d think.

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    Simply painting it a contrasting color from the rest of the room could be all you need. When you’re doing so, it’s best to follow a few rules of thumb. The most notable of these is to make sure the color you choose is darker than the other walls. Doing so creates more depth and makes the room seem larger.

    You could even add a few highlights or patterns to make it look nicer.

    Home Decor Hacks Anyone Can Use: Wrapping Up

    There are more than a few home decor hacks you can use to make your home look and feel more comfortable. Figuring out where to start can be difficult, but each of the above can be welcome changes to your house.

    Before you know it, your home could feel completely different. Since the above shouldn’t take much effort to do, there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from taking advantage of them.