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Charming Beach Cottages

I’ve been subscribing to the magazine Coastal Living for several years, and, to be honest, Coastal Living’s home tours bore me. The homes are always perfectly nice in a professionally decorated way, but they tend to lack personality and originality.  I was  pleasantly surprised, however, when I opened the June edition of Coastal Living and found not…… Continue reading Charming Beach Cottages

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A Look at Dutch Doors

There is something very appealing about a dutch door. When the weather starts to get warm it must be wonderful to open the top half of your door and let the sunshine and breeze flow inside your home. Dutch doors have been popular in this country since colonial times. They were commonly used as front…… Continue reading A Look at Dutch Doors

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Small Changes in our Home and a New Camera

Remember when I did Tuesday Tours of our apartment in January and February? A few little things have changed in the apartment since then, so I thought I’d share some updated photos with you. I purchased a DSLR camera recently (the Canon EOS Rebel T6), so the quality of my photos should start to improve.  I…… Continue reading Small Changes in our Home and a New Camera

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The Watercolor Interior Renderings of Mita Corsini Bland

My 13-year-old daughter enjoys making watercolor paintings of interiors, first sketching the scene in pencil and then adding color and lighting effects with paint. She was looking for inspiration on the Internet one day and came across the watercolor renderings of rooms by New York artist Mita Corsini Bland. She saved many of the images that…… Continue reading The Watercolor Interior Renderings of Mita Corsini Bland

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10 Good-Looking, Budget-Friendly Floor Lamps

Lighting has a tremendous effect on a room’s appearance. Sometimes, we need more than a table lamp and a ceiling light fixture. A floor lamp is often not only the best choice for functionality, but also an opportunity to add a sculptural and decorative element to a space. Floor lamps are generally expensive; their prices…… Continue reading 10 Good-Looking, Budget-Friendly Floor Lamps

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Weekend Links: Best of the One Room Challenge Reveals

Happy Mother’s Day weekend everyone! This week the participants in the One Room Challenge revealed their newly decorated spaces. I mentioned in a Weekend Links post a few weeks ago, that the One Room Challenge is a challenge for designers and bloggers to totally redesign one room in their home over the course of six weeks. There…… Continue reading Weekend Links: Best of the One Room Challenge Reveals

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A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

A dear friend brought me with her to visit the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens this week, and it was a treat! Lake Forest is a lovely leafy suburb about an hour’s drive north of Chicago. The home being used as the showhouse was built in 1922 and is an arts and crafts style estate designed by…… Continue reading A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens