Expert Challenge Designing A Room With Carpet

Today I'm sharing a guest room makeover at the beach house and I am inviting you in to stay awhile! Stay and be inspired and who knows, maybe I'll offer up the room for a blog retreat or a reader get together some day!

mirror with seashell garland

You can see just a hint in the mirror, and if you've seen our beach home in previous posts you'll know that I've had it for awhile. In design and remodeling I always feel that there are some pieces worth keeping and some definitely NOT, so let's see what I've kept and what is new and how the room turned out just to our liking...

Blissful Weather and Outdoor Dining In The Garden

With the beautiful weather winding down for us in South Florida, we are taking full advantage of eating out here in our garden. Our pea gravel patio way out in the back that we actually named because I am a romantic through and through.

outdoor dining table with floral garland

The evenings are still cool enough to tolerate and perhaps it will be this way until Easter, that is only a couple of weeks away now. I'm hoping so and today I'm excited to be sharing spring entertaining ideas with a talented group of bloggers.

10 Ways To Add Romantic Style To Your Home

Do you consider yourself to be a romantic in nature? You, candle lit dinners, chocolates and a nice glass of wine? What about your decorating style? Today I'll be sharing 10 tips taken from my own signature style that is casual, soft and has subtle touches of romance without being over the top.

ranunculus in mason jars

Beach Home Demo Day and Home Style Saturdays

Happy weekend friends! Today I'm sharing Home Style Saturdays with a sneak peek at a guest room makeover that I just finished up at our beach home. We have been renovating here and...

guest room beach home shabbyfufublog

I'll be sharing more soon, but right now I'm deep in the dust of DEMO DAY and having to tend to that. For now I'm turning it over to my friends, so let's find out what they've been up to...

How To Make Blueberry Muffins With Easy Crumb Topping

Life seems so rushed lately, but I do make time to create healthy meals and snacks as often as possible. With just the two of us to cook for now and my husband not being a super picky eater, it gives me the freedom to make breakfast for dinner.

Sometimes...dinner for breakfast is served and he's good with that too.

blueberry muffins crumb topping

Blueberry muffins are often on the menu here and I always bake them myself. I'm an instinctual cook, but of course when it comes to baking you need to follow recipes or your baked goods can flop. Today I'm sharing a recipe for delicious blueberry muffins that I created, based on a recipe that I have had in my recipe box for years!

Paris In Bloom - A Book by Floral Photographer Georgianna Lane

Ahhh Paris. Especially in the spring and most definitely when everything is in a glorious state of bloom and rebirth! Whether you've been able to experience this in person as I have on numerous occasions or not, today I'm talking about a book that is such a visual treat.

I have "known" photographer and author of this book for some years now through the world of blogging and social media and have always been enamored with her style and work through the lens.

How To Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

I've talked a lot about shopping your own home and I believe that many of you do just that. You are busy moving this and arranging that until it suits your needs or the season.

french modern style living room

When it comes to furniture arrangement it might be a different story though, since much of your furniture might be on the heavy side and you don't want to break your back dragging things around. That's where help of a husband, a friend or neighbor may just come into play, but thinking ahead of how you use your room can save you time and backaches.

20 Ways To Try The Shibori Tie Dye Method

Right now I'm sitting on my sofa in the family room which I recently updated and talked about in this post. It's a bit chilly outside for our southern spot and I'm wrapped up in a blanket.

This blue blanket has become my favorite and a spot where I sit with the 3 dogs piled on the sofa while I work on my laptop or read a book. The rich indigo blue color is perfect for our family room

A Fast Track To Adding Blue Accents In Your Home

I like blue. That might be an understatement because actually I LOVE blue! Back when my husband and I built our first home I was on a fast track with the English floral train.


I was enamored with the style on prints of Laura Ashley (whom he gets confused with and calls Rachel Ashwell:-) and there was a shop conveniently located close to our home. Pre-internet and pre-child days when I had more time to actually go to physical stores and enjoy shopping adventures with my husband and/or my friends.

How To Customize A Flower Bucket With Pretty Fabric

I was that wild woman who was the first in line yesterday at Trader Joes when the doors opened up at 8:00 a.m. Knowing that this time of year my favorite elusive bloom takes a fast path from California, I've been patient.

Calling every day for the last few days. When I went to pick them up after the associate at TJs told me they were in this morning, I couldn't hop into that convertible of mine fast enough and expecting the blooms to be in the orange and yellow family like they generally are, I was pleasantly shocked to find pinks and whites. I have a quick 10 minute tutorial for you today if you are a flower lover like I am...

How to Achieve A Spring Look In A White Room

The season of spring often means color in the world of decorating and design. But it's a conundrum for me, as I decorate in mostly white on white in our Miami home!

In comes the flowers...beautiful flowers that maybe one doesn't see as much of in other seasons and are reserved by nature for the most glorious season of rebirth and bloom. 

table setting decorations for spring

Today I'm sharing my dining room all set for a spring brunch in the Styled For Spring Home Tour hosted by my sweet friends Randi from Randi Garrett Design and Jen from Decor Gold Designs. If you are coming here from either of their posts and are new to my blog, I welcome you in and hope that you'll sign up for the mailing list below if you like what you see! Let's get started with my tour!

Spring Home Tour Coastal Style At The Beach

I have a few new things to show you today and am excited to be part of the Spring Home Tour with sponsor Annie Selke's Pine Cone Hill . I'm talking about a few updates to the Beach Home and there are several of us in this tour, so I encourage you to see what my friend's have to show as well! If you are coming over from the talented and darling Jen at Stylehouse Interiors, welcome in...

I've been at the beach place over the weekend and although it appears that I've been relaxing, looks in this case can be deceiving! We have taken on a lot and that includes working on some remodeling at the Miami house as well as the beach place (as it's become affectionately known on my Instagram page:-), but when you have a place on the ocean it's relaxing just to breathe.

French Flair In A Box Unwrapped

This past week I was so happy to receive some beautiful gifts from three of my fellow entrepreneurial girlfriends and as I write this today I am feeling like I'm in France. Honestly one of my favorite aspects of the on-line life is the sisterhood that can be found...

French coffee cup

How To Decorate A Room Beautifully With Blush Pink in blush pink. I have always loved the color pink (as you may have noticed) and pretty much all shades of it have caught my designing eye at one time or another. Apparently designing a room with blush pink is now en vogue with the millennials, or so my daughters both tell me.

beautiful living room blush pink and navy blue

I'm not just talking little girl's rooms or baby nurseries but full on big name interior designers and places that we love to oogle over like Anthro are posting plenty of pink! These days I do it in small doses...

How To Use Saltwash Paint Additive For Upcycling

I am truly not a hoarder, but when it comes to certain possessions I have a strange vision of what it might be in the future. I save things that have a purpose to repurpose! Like this beauty...

flower bucket of tulips

Graciously given to me by my friends at Trader Joes when I make a decent sized purchase of flowers. Sometimes you simply have to ask.

5 Proven Ways To Extend Your Flower Budget

Are you tempted every single time you head in to do your grocery shopping? You know how they purposely try and woo you over to the dark side with the candy prominently put at the level of your eyes at the check out? I used to work in retail marketing and...

spring flowers on a mantel

of course that's a trick as old as the hills, but not what I'm focusing on today. I'm talking about the beautiful blooms that seduce you with color and at this time of the year lots of fragrance. You can really be thrifty though with just a few tricks of display, and here are 5 of my favorite budget stretching tips.