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    Five Popular Countertops Choices For French Country Kitchens


    Hello everyone! I am back again for another post in my interior decor and styling series. As summer creeps closer and closer, the old kitchen countertops we have now will soon be a thing of thing of the past. The only problem is that I still haven’t decided exactly what type of countertops to use, because I like so many different ones! While looking through Pinterest I found a lot of pretty French Country kitchens with a variety of countertops. While they all are beautiful, durability and price are big factors. For this post I decided to look into five popular countertop choices for French Country kitchens.


    French Country Balloons


    1. Marble

    Marble is 100% natural stone. These countertops are stunning, but they are also considered “high maintenance,”  because they will require a sealant every few years. They also chip and stain easily. Even a few drops of wine or other acidic liquid can etch the surface, while a piece of metal jewelry can scratch the surface. With proper care however they will last and will definitely increase the property value of a home. Price: $100-150 per square foot


    farmhouse gray and white kitchen

    Petite Haus


    Rustic Kitchen with Marble countertop, Furniture Classics LTD French Country Ladderback Side Chair (Set of 2), High ceiling



    2. Slate

    Slate countertops are very durable. Th non-porous surface makes them easy to clean and slate requires less maintenance than other natural countertop choices. Slate does not easily harbor bacteria which is great choice. $50-$65 per square foot for tile; $100+ per square foot for slab

    Traditional Kitchen with Flat panel cabinets, Inset cabinets, Shaker Cabinetry, Ultracraft, One-wall, Hardwood floors, Slate


    Slate countertops and apron sink in farmhouse kitchen.


    3. Granite

    Granite countertops are made from a naturally occurring composite of quartz, mica, and feldspar. They are durable, but they can also crack or chip if something is dropped on them, and it is very difficult to repair a chip. They also require a sealant every six months or so.  Price: $60 to $100 per square foot.

    Traditional Kitchen with Destiny: Amherst Cabinets, Limestone Tile, Granite countertop, Pendant light, Glass panel, Paint 1



    French country kitchen makeover| cabinets trimmed out to ceiling| crown molding| white cabinets| travertine tile backsplash| granite

    Savvy Southern Style


    Kitchen Countertop Materials Comparison: QUESTION: I'm in the process of making the decision on kitchen countertops. I love the look of marble, but I'm worried about the maintenance. We


    4. Butcher Block

    Wood countertops give a beautiful warmth to the kitchen, but they are also high maintenance. They need to be resealed every six month to avoid mold and bacteria growth. Butcher block counters do not typically increase resale value because of the problems that come along with maintenance. however there are now gorgeous faux wood laminate countertops that can give a kitchen the same look with minimal upkeep. Price: $45 to $100 per square foot


    Gorgeous Kitchen




    Modern European Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Design Ideas 23


    4. Concrete

    Natural concrete countertops are super popular thanks to Joanna Gaines, but they have to be custom poured and take time to cure. They are extremely durable, and cracks and chips can be easily fixed. Like other natural countertops, they will need to be resealed every few months. Price: $65 to $130 per square foot




    Love the concrete countertops, copper farmhouse sink, and rustic woods



    When you’re busy scrolling through Pinterest and looking for kitchen inspiration, you will likely find other options that suit your decor preferences. The infographic below will you a few more ideas too.

    Infographic Design By Econ Granite


    Today I shared five choices for French Country kitchens. Of course there are many other beautiful options for farmhouse and cottage kitchens too like corian, quartz, soapstone, and high end Formica.

    Do you have a favorite countertop preference or experience with any of these materials? Let’s talk countertops!

    Have a great weekend!

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    Cleaning, Organizing, and Life Hacks, Interior Decor and Styling

    Clearing The Clutter: Sometimes Less Is More In Decor

    Tips for clearing clutter and minimalist farmhouse style decorating


    Happy April everyone! I can’t believe how fast March flew by! This week I have finally started on some serious spring cleaning and de-cluttering. We have been working on several projects around the house and everything has been messy and cluttered, causing me to have a cluttered mind as well! Lately I have really started thinking about making some drastic changes to my decor, which is right in line with clearing the clutter. Read more

    Interior Decor and Styling

    Inexpensive Ways To Refresh Your Living Room For Spring


    A budding forsythia is an early sign that winter is over, but you can make it feel like spring anytime with Pier 1's brightly blooming Artificial Forsythia Branch.

    Pier One

    The sun is shining, the weather has finally warmed up and that happy spring feeling is in the air! There is just something about spring that energizes us and makes us want to “nest” around our homes. It’s a great time to do some deep cleaning and to update the decor. The great news is that there are a few simple and inexpensive ways to create a whole new look for spring, and it’s especially easy in a living room. Here are three inexpensive ways to refresh your living room for spring.

    Spring Home Tour - Decorating the living room

    Making Home Base


    Embrace The Sunshine

    Switch out heavy winter drapes or curtains with dark colors or patterns for light weight sheers or neutral, natural fabrics. You can also simply remove blinds and curtains altogether if privacy isn’t a concern. The goal is to let in as much natural light  as possible.

    general palette/style (downstairs, living room)

    Amber Interior Design



    Rearrange The Furniture

    This time of year it’s also nice to change things around a bit by trying out a new furniture arrangement. There are different ways to arrange just about any room, and if your living room is feeling a bit “tired” you can move furniture around to create a whole new look and feel…for free!


    Arranging furniture - simple and practical tips, advice, and inspiration to make furniture arranging easy!

    Swanson Homes | Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

    To save time (and your back!) practice drawing out different arrangements, using precise measurements when possible. This way you are not wearing yourself out or scratching up your floors moving things back and forth trying to see what fits where.

    Furniture Arranging Tricks! • Great tips and ideas on arranging furniture!



    Change Up The Decorative Accents

    Use inexpensive pillow covers in light neutrals or bright, springy colors to refresh your living room for spring.

    The top home trends for Spring 2018, according to Pinterest.


    Along with trendy farmhouse or boho chic style covers, there are also many beautiful spring themed covers.


    223 Likes, 14 Comments - Bianca Martino (@withlavenderandgrace) on Instagram: “flower market | grain sack style pillow cover available with or without patches. Like all my…” #diypillowcoversvintage


     White Bicycle Flower Vintage Spring Home Decorative Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover Cotton Linen

      Bicycle Flower Vintage Spring Home Decorative Throw Pillow Cover 



    Magnolia Home Hanover Area Rugs by Joanna Gaines


    In addition to pillows, using a new (or different) area rug can make a space look brand new. If a new rug is not in your budget, you can purchase a gently used rug from a clean consignment shop and have it professionally cleaned by a carpet cleaning company, or simply buy or rent a carpet cleaner to DIY.  In most cases this will be a lot cheaper than purchasing a new rug. Still there are many inexpensive options online.

    What to do when you can't afford Joanna's rugs...

    Farmhouse Made


    If you are looking for other decorative accent pieces but don’t want to spend a fortune, then it’s time to treat yourself to a day of junkin! Search for old artwork with floral graphics or botanical prints, pretty baskets, or vintage dishes with spring colors or floral patterns. You can also use some free printables online and frame them for your mantel or to hang as wall art.

    Four free vintage botanical prints are the perfect way to decorate for spring!

    Refresh Living

    Enjoy Spring Flowers 

    Don’t forget to refresh the living room with some spring flowers or branches, fresh or faux!

    House Beautiful


    White Dogwood Stem (46") - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 5 of 5

    Dogwood Stem Hearth & Hand With Magnolia 


    Styling tip from Joanna Gaines: Add water to artificial flowers for a realistic look.



    Today I have shared some simple and inexpensive ways to refresh a living room for spring. I am trying all of these ideas out this week and hopefully I will be sharing my spring living room refresh post soon and I would love to have you back for a visit to see what I have come up with.

    How is your spring decorating coming along? I love to hear from you my friends!

    Enjoy the sunshine!


    Interior Decor and Styling

    Neutral Gray Paint Choices For A Whole House Makeover

    Hello dear readers! Today I am exploring some neutral gray paints for our bedroom and possibly for the bathroom. I have stumbled across a couple of beautiful gray/grey paints that would be amazing for a  whole house paint scheme as well. Let’s take a look at a couple of beautiful neutral gray paints.

    Using neutral paint colors is one of our favorite ways to warm up a room. Picking the best neutral color scheme for your home is the first step, but we'll also show you how to decorate with gray, beige, and white decor.

    Source BHG

    Last year we finally found the perfect neutral, off white color for the downstairs of our house, so I am not looking to repaint it at this time. However, I was browsing Pinterest for serene gray paints that will work well in our bedroom and upstairs bathroom. I love the color in the living room pictured below.

    While I am unsure of the exact color, it might be something similar to Edgecomb Grey by Benjamin Moore. Revere Pewter, one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular colors, is close, but a bit darker.

    Benjamin Moore MasterBath color - Revere Pewter walls, Edgecomb Gray ceiling



    Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173, noted by the pinner as a beautiful warm gray.


    Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore


    I really like Edgecomb Gray.  It seems to be a great whole house neutral paint color.

    Benjamin Moore Edgecomb-Gray

    I really like Edgecomb Gray. It seems to be a great whole house neutral paint color. The kitchen pictured above has a beautiful designer look, but it doesn’t “feel” cold to look at.  It seems to be a great whole house neutral paint color. To me is almost a creamy gray, and would be beautiful in a kitchen since it is not too dark.


    Living room - Color Edgecomb Gray, I like the sofa with 2 chairs, big mirror


    I absolutely love this living room painted in Edgecomb Gray.


    Edgecomb Gray is right below Revere Pewter in the Benjamin Moore paint deck, but Edgecomb Gray has more yellow in it than Revere Pewter and less pigment. It’s a wonderful alternative to beige and much more versatile.


    It is gorgeous in a bright and airy foyer as well.


    Inspired Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray method Montreal Contemporary Living Room Remodeling ideas with accent table built ins

    Here the gray wall color is barely noticeable, almost passable for white. It is a very classic color!


    New England Farmhouse Neutral Paint Color Scheme | Edgecomb Gray Family Room #familyroomdesignpaintcolours

    Nina Hendrick


    Neutral walls, crisp white sheets and black bedroom doors.

    Source Rowe Spurling Paint CO.

    I really think this color would be beautiful in our bedroom, even though we have dark woodwork. The Edgecomb gray would contrast nicely. I think it would be very tranquil and promote sleep. Now I just have to find the right mattress!



    I stumbled upon Rowe Sturling Paint Company online. They share a lot of gorgeous design inspiration, including a round up of beautiful bedroom paint colors.

    Benjamin Moore edgecomb gray - Google Search


    The Edgecomb Gray or even Revere Pewter seem like tranquil neutral grays for our bedroom. I am definitely wanting to create a bedroom that promotes rest and relaxation. Now to find the perfect mattress! Finding the perfect mattress is a lot trickier than finding the perfect paint, so I will definitely be checking out mattress reviews here at

    Interior Decor and Styling, Thursday Favorite Things

    Farmhouse Inspiration At Thursday Favorite Things

    Farmhouse Decorating Ideas At Thursday Favorite Things

    Hello and welcome back to Thursday Favorite Things! I am blessed to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and a wonderful group of bloggers as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly blog party. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!  If you are looking to grow your blog, make new friends, and be inspired each week, this is the place to be. If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave me a comment with the number of your link up. Before we start the party, here’s what I have been up to recently:


    I shared a post on Elegant Kitchen Update Ideas as part of my Interior Decor and Styling series.

    elegant kitchens french country farmhouse kitchen updates


    Breathtaking 29 French Country Kitchen Modern Design Ideas Pairing stone slab countertops with a pure stone tile backsplash is an extremely popular appearance. If you don't have a current kitchen backsplash, it's the suitable time to have an excellent chance and add elegance and attractive one for only a few...

    Elegant Kitchen Update Ideas



    I also shared a tribute post dedicated to Reverend Billy Graham, which featured two of my latest junkin’ finds, a vintage Billy Graham book and the first peek of my beautiful antique church pew.

    Collecting Vintage Books Spiritual Books Peace With God By Billy Graham

    Peace With God by Billy Graham



    Now for some beautiful farmhouse inspiration from

    last week’s Thursday Favorite Things!

    French Vintage Living Room & Foyer - Before & After - So Much Better With Age

    Jamie at So Much Better With Age shared the most amazing before and after of her French Vintage Living Room filled with French country and French farmhouse decor.


    Giving character and farmhouse chippiness to a mirror, How to Give a Farmhouse Chippy Look to a Mirror

    Mary at The Boondocks Blog showed us how to give a farmhouse chippy look to a mirror with paint.



    Spring Home Tour 2017 - Life on Kaydeross Creek Mixed metals, rustic spring decor

    Colleen at Life On Kaydoss Creek took us on an amazing virtual spring home tour filled with farmhouse decorating inspiration.


    DIY Farmhouse Tray From a Repurposed Cabinet Door

    Michelle at The Painted Hinge shared  DIY Farmhouse Tray from a repurposed cabinet door.


    fusion mineral paint chair makeover

    Joy at Artful Homemaking shared a beautiful chair makeover using fusion mineral paint.


    Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. Now it’s time to share your Thursday Favorite Things!

    Home Improvement and DIY, Interior Decor and Styling

    Elegant Kitchen Update Ideas

    elegant kitchens french country farmhouse kitchen updates

    It’s getting closer to spring, and I am becoming more indecisive about which direction I want to go with some of the kitchen updates we are planning. It seems the more I search, the more options I start to consider. While I love my cozy, homespun cottage, farmhouse style kitchen, there are also those more glamorous French Country and modern kitchens that seem to catch my attention on Pinterest and in magazines. While I probably would never go for a “high end” look (simply because I could never part with my vintage kitchen junk!) I am looking for easy ways to make some elegant changes to the kitchen. Since staying within our budget is always a priority, I decided to create a post to share some elegant kitchen updates that can work in any kitchen regardless of budget. Even if all of these updates cannot be made at once, just one or two can add  elegance. And just for extra inspiration I have thrown in some gorgeous and elegant kitchens as eye candy!

    Luxurious White cabinets to ceiling, nice have to have big drawers, Be still my heart!!!!


    Elegant Kitchen Updates

     Cabinet Doors And Hardware

    Before ripping out fixtures or tearing the cabinets from the walls, you might want to think about simply upgrading the kitchen cabinets. You can update your kitchen without spending too much money simply by changing the cabinet doors. Rather than replacing the entire cabinets, you can resurface the doors, repaint them or even replace them altogether with doors that have glass windows. 

    Kitchen cabinets - like the interesting look of not all the cabinets being at the same level.


    If you choose to repaint your cabinets, consider a bold color such as black for cabinet bases. You can even remove upper cabinets altogether and use open shelves instead for drastic new look. You can then repurpose the upper cabinets for storage in the basement or a craft room.


    Whether you're starting from scratch with a new reno (lucky!) or just looking for a simple update or refresh for your kitchen, changing up your hardware is a small way to make a big impact



    Transform standard builder grade cabinets into custom with the addition of rope molding, paint & glaze (and maybe a little crown molding on top) - the blog doesn't tell you how to do it, but with Pinterest, it shouldn't be hard to find out... by holly


    By sanding down the cabinet doors and restaining or varnishing them, you can give them a completely new look. Adding molding and trim is another great way to achieve the look of high end cabinets for a fraction of the cost.  For some great tips on sanding and varnishing wood be sure to check out: If you don’t want to repaint, resurface or repaint your cabinet doors you can simply change out the hardware for a drastic update.



    Update The Countertops

    If you new countertops are in your budget then you can certainly change the whole look of your kitchen and give it a designer edge by purchasing high end marble or granite from Either could give your kitchen a designer edge and ensure it looks absolutely fantastic.

    That arabesque backsplash is gorgeous!


    If granite or marble isn’t in your budget, you can try DIY Giani Counter Resurfacing to achieve a high end look on a budget.

    Image result for giani white diamond countertop paint


    Add A Unique Feature

    Consider adding a unique feature that will make your kitchen feel more elegant. An appliance garage can keep your kitchen cabinets and countertops clutter free while concealing appliances that are used daily and making them easily accessible.

    Declutter with an Appliance Garage ... " Include an electrical outlet at the back of the cabinet for convenience."


    Microwave, toaster oven, coffee appliances all together and hidden behind doors. Love this!

    You can also keep unsightly garbage cans hidden by installing a pull out trash can in an island or underneath a cabinet.

    Step by step tutorial on how to take a existing drawer and door and turn it into a pull out trash can. This will save you hundreds of dollars!


    Update The Backsplash

    While beadboard is perfect for farmhouse and cottage kitchens, consider tile or brick for a touch of old world elegance.

    Breathtaking 29 French Country Kitchen Modern Design Ideas Pairing stone slab countertops with a pure stone tile backsplash is an extremely popular appearance. If you don't have a current kitchen backsplash, it's the suitable time to have an excellent chance and add elegance and attractive one for only a few...



    Chip and Joanna make over a large mid-century home, taking full advantage of a hefty renovation budget to create grand, luxurious spaces that are classically elegant with a touch of French country.



    copper range hood tuscan kitchen french country kitchen brick backsplash


    Add Glam Lighting

    Could I just transplant most of this kitchen to my house? CA kitchen reno in which I love almost everything.


    Adding a glamorous light fixture or chandelier in place of a pot rack or utilitarian light is a really easy way to add elegance.

    Girly fun:


    Use Fresh Flowers

    Last but certainly not least, displaying a bouquet of fresh flowers is probably the quickest and easiest way to add beauty and elegance to a kitchen. While flowers can’t be called an “update” they can certainly keep the kitchen looking bright and fresh.

    3 tips for buying flowers and a beautiful spring bouquet under $15 - You know what is on my everyday, every week shopping list? It is something that is right th...


    Granite Countertops - Even though this material is in just about every kitchen these days, people are starting to favor countertops that are more versatile and low-maintenance, like quartz. "Granite is durable, I will give it that, but it lacks the beauty of marble or the sleekness of quartz," Crowell told Trulia. See other decor trends to say goodbye to in 2018 at


    As with any home renovation project or makeover, simple changes can have a huge impact. While I am still not sure which of these elegant changes I might want to incorporate when we start our kitchen makeover, I am certain I will be using fresh flowers as often as possible! I hope you have enjoyed these ideas and photos I have shared today. As we move forward into the makeover I will be sharing a few more inspirational kitchen round up posts as well. Now I am off to explore all the link ups at Thursday Favorite Things to see what fun ideas other bloggers are sharing. Be sure to come over and check out the party, it’s so much fun! See you there!


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    Home Improvement and DIY, Interior Decor and Styling

    Ten Cozy Reading Nook Ideas

    Reading Nooks Book Nooks #readingnook #farmhouse

    Creating a cozy reading nook is a great way to utilize extra space and create charm in your home at the same time. Whether large or small, a reading nook is a place to escape the stress of every day life and do a little extra dreaming. Just before selling our previous home, we converted an underused coat closet into a beautiful and useable book nook. It became one of our family’s favorite features of the home, but we didn’t get to use it for long. Since we enjoyed it so much I am looking for ways to incorporate a book nook or reading area into our current home. Here are 10 cozy reading nook ideas I am using for inspiration.

    Cozy Reading Nooks For Lounging-16-1 Kindesign

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