Monday, July 25, 2016

~Tips for Brightening your Home~


I hope you had a wonderful weekend and I'm happy to be part of a Bloggers Home Tour put together by Summer at She Leaves a Little Sparkle where we are talking about "Tips for Brightening your Home"  Welcome all of you who are coming from CC and Mike's wonderful blog where I love her photography skills!

I'm using this opportunity to share a few photos from my youngest daughter Brenna's room.  She had cleaned it so nicely one day(which being 16 years old is a feat in itself)  and I had these lovely blue lace leaf hydrangeas blooming that I thought would look so pretty, so I grabbed my camera before all the clutter reappeared!

Her room sits on the sunny side of our house and has white walls along with mostly white furniture....which in my opinion always brightens everything:-) The blue and white striped bedding adds some color along with these beautiful blooms.

I think fresh flowers brighten not only your home, but your mood as well and I love to add them everywhere in my house especially in the Summer months. 

On the wall opposite her bed sits this white slip covered chair with a pillow for another pop of color in the room and we put ruffled sheer curtain panels which allow lots of light to be able to spill inside.

I added slip covered sofas in the living room a few years ago and was amazed at how much brighter this space became.

My last tip is adding ironstone to cupboards and shelves for a clean and bright look

I hope I helped give you some ideas on brightening even a small area of your home that you were having trouble with and I hope you take the time to stop by Kellie's beautiful blog Gratefully Vintage 


"Please visit my other friends' blogs for more lovely home pictures and great tips!"


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

~Simple Cleaning~


I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.  It's back to reality around here and my home is in need of some cleaning with all the activity of the kids being home all Summer.

Do you ever come across cleaning products that you love and want to share it with everyone.  I had been hearing about Murchison-Hume and once I tried their products, I was hooked!

Not only are they great, there are many different products to choose from and they come in these lovely brown bottles so you don't even have to hide them underneath the sink.  I love the grapefruit scent and Murchison-Hume is graciously offering 20% off their products to my readers.  Just hop on over to their website and add the code "Charm20" to your order.  

On another note, I've really been enjoying working outside in my garden lately and am missing all the peonies I had this year.  My hydrangeas are starting to bloom though and I love this stage when they first start out.  It's always fun to watch them change color as Summer goes on. 



I also recently came across an amazing website Vivi et Margot Charlotte has some amazing French products.  I started a new collection of French cheese molds and this one is from her store.  Love it for both holding soap or on this shelf in my bathroom where this air plant fits perfectly inside. I highly recommend stopping by and browsing all of her wonderful items. 

Enjoy your week!

Friday, May 20, 2016

~White Blooms~


White blooms will always be my favorite, especially in Spring.  Enjoy!  xoxo K.

I love how these Snowball Viburnum blooms start out with a hint of chartreuse green to them......   

......and then after a couple weeks turn all white.

This vintage galvanized sink is perfect for filling buckets with water and then arranging the blooms.

One of my favorite plants in Spring is "Saxifraga Touran Limegreen"with it's green foliage and tiny white flowers.

I like to enjoy the added greenery inside among my ironstone and enamelware for a while before I plant them in pots and urns out on my porch.

These white camelias are one of the first bushes in my yard to bloom and always a welcome sight after the cold Winter months.  

My Bridal Veil Spirea bushes are just gorgeous when all in bloom and all the green foliage is perfect to add as filler in bouquets throughout the Summer.

And here is one area where the snowball blooms from the sink ended up.


I hope you are all having a lovely week!

Monday, May 9, 2016

~Lilacs~


My lilacs are done blooming for the year, but I wanted to share a few photos with you to reminisce about how beautiful they were. Enjoy! xoxo K. 

Before I brought them into the house I wanted to take some photos of them inside this fishing basket attached to my vintage bicycle because I can imagine back in the day riding down a windy country road and coming across a lilac bush where you could cut a few branches to take home and enjoy.

My sister graciously gave me some of these beauties because her bushes bloom earlier than mine since we live at a higher elevation and I knew mine weren't going to have very many blooms this year for some reason:-(

The fragrance in my home was so intoxicating!

This variety of paler purple blooms came from my bush and were a lovely addition in my bathroom next to my claw foot tub.


I also added a couple bouquets of them on in the vintage loving cup trophies I have sitting on the nightstands on either side of my bed where their aroma helped lull me to sleep at night. 

Lilacs are such an old fashioned, timeless flower and I really do miss having them in my home to enjoy, but will patiently await them to bloom again next year:-)

Have a lovely week!