On Sutton Place | The Front

On Sutton Place | The Front Exterior | tour of the front yard, landscaping and porch | Ideas for updating a 1960's traditional home.

One of the things I like most about the street where we live is that it's quiet and peaceful. The houses aren't big but the yards are, for the most part, well-tended. Our neighborhood was built in the 1960's and is in great shape considering its age. Our house does have a few challenges. There are a lot of trees so there is constantly debris to be dealt with in the yard. We've made so many updates, but … [Read more...]

Decorating with Flowers

Decorating with Flowers | Easy ways to add charm and personality to your home by adding fresh flowers to your decor.

One of the things I love most about summer is being able to bring fresh flowers indoors from my garden. It took years of trial and error but I now have many plants that provide abundant blooms. I wouldn't call it a real cutting garden, but it's getting close. Decorating with flowers is easy and over the past few years I've shared some ways to add garden blooms to your decor. I've gathered up what I have so … [Read more...]

All Things Summer | DIY, Crafts, Recipes and more!

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Summer. It means something different to everyone. To me summer means long days, warm nights, green grass, gardening and fresh from the farmer's market produce. It means slowing down just a little. Today I'm here with my All things Creative team to share over 100 ideas so you can make this the best summer ever. It's a mixed bag of DIY projects, crafts, recipes and much more. So sit back, pour that glass of … [Read more...]

Last Minute Patriotic Decor Ideas

Easy Last Minute Patriotic Decor Ideas | Simple ways to add the red, white and blue to your decor! No planning required and super quick!

Celebrating the patriotic holidays is an American tradition...and it's the perfect time to get together with family and friends. Some get a three day weekend which makes it even better. Those celebrations don't have to be elaborate or mean a lot of extra work. Make it easy and keep it simple. Here are some last minute patriotic decor ideas and the starting point is, of course, flags.Little American flags on … [Read more...]

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream | So easy and you won't believe how creamy and fresh it tastes. No ice cream maker required!

Homegrown strawberries in the Midwest states are like peonies...they come and go so quickly that if you blink you might miss them. Some years I have missed the strawberries all together. Luckily, last week I happened upon a road side fruit stand and they had an amazing supply of fresh, homegrown strawberries. I got 2 quarts without knowing exactly what I was going to do with them. I decided to try my hand … [Read more...]

Summer Printable | Garden Blooms

Summer Printable | Garden Blooms | Free Chalkboard printable to use in your summer decor, for crafts, cards or screensavers.

Today marks the first day of summer...and I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate with a summer printable and some pictures of what's blooming in my garden. I wish I had more blooms to share but things are a little behind.  The peonies and dianthus are long gone. They came and went so quickly I didn't even get pictures of the peonies in bloom. Here they are in bud...and I actually love the buds … [Read more...]

Lemonade Icebox Cake

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Summer and lemonade are like Bert and Ernie or peanut butter and jelly. Chips and dip...Lucy and Ricky. They just go together...so when I found this Lemonade Icebox Cake recipe I knew it was a great choice for an easy summer dessert. Emphasis on easy. The hardest part is waiting the six hours it takes for the cake to set up!The sugar from the cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture somehow soaks into the graham … [Read more...]

5 Summer Porch Decor Ideas | bHome Summer Open House

5 Summer Porch Decor Ideas | Easy DIY ways to add a cozy feeling to your outdoor space and make it function like an indoor space. Simple touches that make a big difference!

Welcome, once again, to my back porch...and a very special welcome to the first ever bHome Summer Open House! I'm sharing 5 summer porch decor ideas and then at the end, I'll be linking to a few other talented bloggers who are posting their summer homes too. There are four of us today and the line-up for the rest of the week is incredible. I'll be coming back every day to update the schedule so by the end … [Read more...]

Installing a Rain Barrel

Directions for installing a rain barrel. Shows what extra supplies are needed with pictures and sources.

Hi everyone!  I'm back.  For those of you who didn't see my post on Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, my name is Elizabeth and Ann is my mom.  I'm here to do another guest post on the newest addition at my little house:  a rain barrel.  The landscaping at my house has been a work in progress over the last four years.  When I moved in, I had ivy ground cover EVERYWHERE, no idea … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Daisy Wreath

Make it! Easy DIY Daisy Wreath for your front door. Anyone can do this with basic supplies from any craft store. Adds great curb appeal too!

Just in case you still don't have a summer wreath on your front door, I'm here today with one that's super easy...in fact it could be the easiest wreath I've ever shared. There's something about daisies that makes me smile. They have perfect colors and can slip in to any style decor. This easy DIY daisy wreath is budget-friendly and the supplies can be found at any craft or discount store.Here's what you … [Read more...]