Bird Art Prints

Owl Print by Carol Gilbert

Do you like unique art? Are you looking for something not everyone else has hanging on their walls? Check out these bird art prints that I just LOVE!

I first came across the work of Ohio artist Carol Gilbert when I was visiting a neighbor. She had the cutest bird prints on her dining room wall. Of course, I had to inquire where she got them and she told me she bought them at our […]

My New China Cabinet

China Cabinet

Why do you need a china cabinet, you might ask. Well, I’m one of those crazy people who wished for and received beautiful Spode china at our wedding. When I was growing up and we would watch period piece movies, I used to admire the British in India with their blue and white china. I always knew that someday when I had a home I wanted to be just as elegant.

I don’t know that […]

Gorgeous Table Cloths


Table cloths are an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of a room.

My favorite store to buy table cloths has a great sale going on right now!

20% off all Patterned Table Cloths, Table Runners, Napkins and Placemats 3/17-4/9 at!

In fact, I always include one or two on my birthday and Christmas wish list. The quality is fantastic and the table cloths still look great after many, […]

Mantle Makeover – Nature Theme

Mantle After

After Christmas, I was ready for a change from my usual winter mantle display. After a web search, I found the perfect inspiration at Better Homes and Gardens. I was instantly attracted to all the nature objects.

Here’s the empty canvas.

Here’s the recreated version of my mantle inspiration.

Here’s how it all came together.

I used two pictures I had previously purchased at TJMaxx. I found the driftwood at a pet store […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas


Come with me on a tour of our home to check out the Christmas decorations. We’ll start upstairs in our library/music room.

The “big tree” covered with lots of sparkly gold ornaments.

Christmas Pyramid given to us by my parents on one of our visits to Germany.

Clara’s pink tree.

Nick’s Buckeye tree.

Idea for Displaying Kid’s Art

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those beautiful pictures your children color for you? You don’t want to offend them by not displaying their artwork, but if you’re like me you don’t like a cluttered fridge. Well, here’s my solution to this problem.

Find an empty wall space (I chose a stairway) and hang a picture wire across. Use clothespins or clips to hang up those treasured pictures. Rotate art as […]

Spoon Collection – Travel Momentos

I love to travel and visit new places. I’m sure, growing up in Germany has something to do with that. In Europe, going to another country was just like driving to another state here in the US. As a child, I remember many vacations in Austria, Switzerland and France.

When John and I got married, we went to Cape Ann in Massachusets. We didn’t have much money, but I was able to pick up a […]

Decorating for Fall: Mantle Decor

Last week I shared how to create custom artwork. This week let’s complete the look by choosing mantle decor. Here’s your chance to have some fun and get creative. Think about the things you like about fall: pumpkins, goards, leaves, scarecrows, little critters…

For inexpensive decor, go on a nature walk and pick up some feathers, nuts, leaves, sticks. You could display your items in a glass vase or bowl.

Some other places I like […]

Decorating for Fall: Wall Art

Today’s fall decorating idea is to create custom artwork.

Last year I was on the hunt for a painting for our mantle. After searching in every store I could possibly think of, I realized that I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for at a price I could afford.

So, I created my own artwork. I bought a canvas and 4 tubes of paint.

To start out, I painted the striped […]

Decorating for Fall: Pillows

I love fall, the colors, smells, cooler days, baking and apple picking. I also love to surround myself with things that remind me of fall. For the last couple of years I’ve been changing around the decor in our home with the changing seasons and for holidays. It’s exciting to get out the bins of decorations that have been stashed away for a year and pull out all those “goodies”.

This series is full of […]