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    Crushing on Cremone Bolts

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    Add vintage style and character to cabinets, doors, and furniture with beautiful cremone bolts.


    When it comes to historic homes and buildings, it’s the architecture and hardware that most of us are crazy about! Over the years as I “studied” French and vintage decor in interior design books and magazines, I started noticing interesting cremone bolt hardware on windows, cabinets and furniture and I knew I wanted to incorporate them somewhere in our 100 year-old home.  For inspiration, I did some research on cremone bolts and found some beautiful images of how cremone bolts have been used historically as well as how they are making a comeback in decor. Read more

    Interior Decor and Styling, Vintage Style

    Pin Away Wednesdays: Coastal Style and Beach Cottage Decor

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    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

    Home Improvement and DIY, Interior Decor and Styling

    5 Sustainable Flooring Ideas for a Stylish Updgrade this Summer

    If you’re looking to revamp one room in your home why not add some stylish new flooring? There are also plenty of eco-friendly options available if you’d like to minimize the environmental impact. You could opt for a stylish jute rug, or recycled carpet for an eye-catching feature. There are also several practical alternatives that will still have an elegant finish. The key is to look for something long-lasting that has a timeless style. Here are five sustainable flooring ideas for a fantastic upgrade this summer.


    Keep cool with recycled tiles

    One of the best eco-friendly flooring options, especially during the summer, is tiling. This is because tiles are usually made from a mix of recycled materials such as glass or porcelain. They will also help keep your floor cool in the warmer months. You have various options with tiled flooring. You could opt for a stunning mosaic feature, or fill the entire flooring with uniform, or patterned tiles. Recycled or reclaimed brick is also on trend, but brick floors are timeless as well. 
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    Recycled or reclaimed brick is also on trend, but brick floors are timeless as well. 


    Sustainable carpets

    You could choose sustainable carpet for your new flooring. This is made from natural fibers and sustainable resources. Nowadays, carpets are much easier to maintain and many are stain-proof and water-resistant. If you do have an accident or spillage, you can alway enlist the help of Carpet Cleaning services and they’ll have your flooring looking good as new. Carpet also provides excellent insulation.


    Opt for stylish rug

    If you’re looking for cost-effective decorating ideas rather than replacing the entire flooring then you could go for a stylish rug. For an eco-friendly choice, check out artisanal markets and designers that use sustainable materials. Popular materials for rugs include jute, hemp, banana silk, and ethically-sourced wool. You could also go down the second-hand route and see if you can find any fabulous vintage pieces. You might just discover hidden treasures.

    Birch lane area rug


    Alternatives to wood

    There are several alternatives to standard hardwood flooring that are more sustainable. You could opt for cork or bamboo, for instance. Cork is actually a bark so the tree doesn’t need to be cut down in order to harvest it. Bamboo, on the other hand, is technically a grass. There are several benefits of bamboo flooring. It’s very durable but won’t have the same detail as wood. Here are a few more pros and cons of bamboo flooring. You could even look into sourcing reclaimed wood for flooring and other decorative pieces. This may be a little more pricey but will make a stunning feature.


    Natural linoleumThere are several benefits of natural linoleum flooring.  It’s made using linseed oil, cork powder, and other organic renewable materials.  Not only is it an environmentally-friendly choice, it’s incredibly durable and low-maintenance. You can also get linoleum in a wide variety of colors and styles. Linoleum will work with modern decor but seen as it’s been popular since the Victorian era it will also go nicely with antique pieces and more rustic designs. You can choose the right type of flooring to match the style of the rest of your interior.


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    For more flooring inspiration, check out The Best Flooring Choices for Your Home.


    Which type of flooring do you have in your home? Are you looking for an eco-friendly upgrade? Let me know in the comments! Thansk for visiting!

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

    Furnishing Your New Dream Home on a Budget: Checklist to Consider

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    Hello dear readers and welcome back for another post in my Home Ownership 101 Series. People often ask how I have achieved such a beautifully furnished home with “expensive antiques” and a high end look on a “teacher budget.” The fact is, I never let being on a limited budget dictate how I wanted my house to look. Instead I have always found budget friendly ways to achieve the decor look I wanted for less. Over the years I have made frugal purchases by shopping yard sales, thrift shops and consignment stores as well as many DIY makeovers on furniture and decor. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links. Read more