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Outdoor Bar Ideas + Surprise Makeover Guest

Flea Market Chic-Outdoor Bar Ideas BHG Style Spotters Feature

 Hi friends! Thank you for your sweet words about my summer tour, in case you missed it, you can find it HERE. Summer {other than Christmas} is my favorite time of year to decorate. It is relaxed and casual with an emphasis on time spent catching up with family & friends. And summer wouldn't be summer without entertaining outside.  Having a place to set up drinks and food is ideal for such summertime festivities so I thought I would share some creative outdoor bar ideas that will inspire you on your next yard sale adventure. You can read the full article over at Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters HERE. I also have a surprise!!! I am taking someone special with me to the Lowe's … [Read more...]

Summer Tour of Homes

Summer Tour of Homes 2015 feature

Hi friends, thank you all for coming on over today to take my coastal farmhouse tour. A big thank you to Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage   for including me in this amazing group of summer house tours! If you are coming from The Inspired Room , wow right?! Melissa has such a signature style and it is always a treat to see her home. Living steps from the bay this is a great time of year to decorate and organically infuse all that I love about where I live {Eastern Long Island} into my home. We spend most of our summer days at the beach, so driftwood, seashells and anything else found along the beach are just a few things you will find throughout my home this time of year. Welcome to my … [Read more...]

Dining Room Chair Reveal

Shop the Greyson Collection at Arhaus.

 Hi friends! Some of you may have been curious after my dining room chair post as to which chairs I selected for my makeover so I thought I would finally share, drumroll please....it was the Greyson Chair! Are you surprised? When asked which chair should I choose, the votes were definitely spread out but most of you thought I should either go with one of the wood chairs or the slipcover. To be honest I loved them all, I wish I could have ordered all of them:). Even though the selection wasn't easy I kind of knew what I was looking for and wasn't. Although I do love slipcovers I wanted to change it up a little from THIS look. I also knew I wanted fabric to offset the amount of hard … [Read more...]

Coordinating Paint Colors

Rooms for Rent Paint Swatches Feature

When it comes to picking out paint colors, it's one of my favorite things to do. I know some cringe and shutter at the thought of picking out paint colors, but heading to the paint stores and to look through all the swatches makes me incredibly happy! I love comparing colors against one another, seeing which ones have more of a yellow undertone vs. a red one. I've been known to repaint a room a time or two just because I wasn't a fan of the undertone, the right shade makes all the difference in the world. Last time I shared with you how our living room transformed. The before, the progress, and the after. After looking through my collection of favorite rooms, and noticing the all white … [Read more...]

Lowe’s Spring Makeover Update & Design Plans

Lowe's Spring Makeover Deck Design Board Feature

 Happy Friday friends! I wanted to give you an update on the Lowe's Spring Makeover and also share my design plans & ideas with you. First off, THANK YOU to all of you who submitted your projects and opened up your heart and home to us. I wish I could have chosen all you. After selecting the deserving homeowner in the Hartford, CT area I got right to work. My mind was overflowing with ideas as I wanted to give this first time homebuyer an outdoor space she would love and could cherish for years to come. Take a look at the before.... The homeowner loves to entertain but wanted a space that was casual & stylish at the same time. The challenge for me with these 2 areas was designing … [Read more...]

10 Vintage Inspired Coastal Wall Trends

Vintage Living-10 Coastal Wall Trends Feature

Hi friends! Show of hands who is ready for summer?! Me!!! When I imagine a summer house I can't help but think of relaxed, rustic and natural décor with a coastal influence. There isn't a need for things to be perfect, fussy or overly staged but rather a desire to create a peaceful retreat that feels comfortable. Layering in vintage details with your décor can give you that cozy coastal aesthetic most are looking for in the summer. I am over at Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotter blog today sharing just the thing-the top 10 coastal wall trends for this summer season. You may even have some of these items already in your home & just need a fresh perspective to change things up a … [Read more...]

Love For Outdoors & Giveaway

Outdoor Living Tropical Paradise Feature

Hi friends! Are you ready to be inspired by the outdoors again? I have teamed up with World Market to transform my farmhouse front porch into tropical paradise perfect for summer living. I will also be sharing some amazing decorating ideas from Justina Blakeney and a fabulous giveaway! Sounds exciting doesn't it?!!  Welcome to my colorful and cheerful tropical inspired paradise....  I am usually one to stick with neutrals but not in the summer. Color and pattern excite me especially after a long winter. The Paradise Fiji Collection completely took my breath away and the tropical pillow on my DIY sofa inspired the color palette for this space & the idea that outdoor living can be bold, … [Read more...]

Dining Room Design-Curtains + Paint

Dining Room Curtains + Paint Feature

Hi friends! I hope your week so far has been a good one! The weather has been absolutely perfect here on Long Island and we have actually made it to the beach a few times already, yay-at last! Since I am wrapping things with my dining room makeover I thought I would share some additional design details. In my last post I wrote about what went into selecting my dining room chairs, which I can't wait to reveal with you btw, I think some of you may be surprised:). Picking paint + curtains is the toughest and also the most exciting part for me, I think because of the vast array of choices and also I tend to change my décor SO often that I want it to have that wow factor but also be neutral at … [Read more...]

Dining Room Chairs That Fit Your Personal Style

Dining Room Chairs That Fit Your Personal Style Feature

 Hi friends! Lets talk personal style. A few months ago I began a little house tweaking, wanting my kitchen nook and dining room to feel more like "my style." Moving into our home 4 years ago I was not entirely focused in on what my personal style was. I knew what I liked but maybe not so much what I LOVED. I realized along the way when you know what you love and can't live without then your design choices have more longevity and you don't want to change them so often. I had the opportunity to work with Arhaus recently and what a dream come true. Their furniture quality and aesthetic has always captivated me. I selected a few items from their site, dining room chairs and THIS beautiful … [Read more...]

Bar Cart Refresh + A Little Rattan

Bar Cart Refresh With Rattan Feature

Hi friends! Recently I added a planked wall to my kitchen and repainted the entire space. Wow, what a huge difference it made. Before the space felt dark with a large north facing window and now it feels open and bright. Slowly I am getting there with the many updates I took on and excited to also share the dining room progress next week. But for today I wanted to show you the bar cart area and how the planked wall & rattan mirrors now gives it a farmhouse chic aesthetic, exactly what I was looking for. These gorgeous rattan mirrors are HERE. When I spotted them it what like "AHHH!", you know that feeling of "yes, that is it!" ,  I knew from that moment they would be perfect. This … [Read more...]

Vintage Living-Displaying Your Collections

Vintage Living-Dispalying Your Collections feature

Hi friends! When we first moved into our home 4 years ago I had tons of ideas but didn't know where to begin, I was overwhelmed with it all! After a great deal of thought I decided to tackle my built-in area in my dining room first, which at the time was a large empty nook, you can see it HERE. My brother-in-law said he would help me {after much begging:)} so it was a good way to get my feet wet. After my built-in was finished it was beautiful but I must be honest, it intimidated the heck out of me!!! Styling open shelving and displaying collections always seemed so out of my reach, that was until I started practicing & experimenting.  I am over at Better Homes & Gardens Style … [Read more...]

Coastal Farmhouse-Get the Look With Pillows

Coastal Farmhouse-get the look with pillows feature

  Hi friends! Happy Monday! I am so thrilled to be a part of Inspire Me DIY Challenge hosted by THIS amazing girl. All week we have been tackling our projects, some either we had been putting off or just needed a little motivation to finish. There has been lots of peeks throughout the week on IG so I know they are going to be great, excited too see & be inspired! That is really what this challenge was ALL about, to inspire one another. My project this week-to create a coastal farmhouse look in my family room with pillows. With each season I try to change the look by simply switching a few pillows, it's one of the easiest ways to change the look of your space. You don't need to buy all … [Read more...]

Tips On Adding Spring Decor

Rooms For Rent Moss Wreath Feature

Hello City Farmhouse readers!! I'm back today to share with you some of my go-to's for adding spring decor into your homes. It's always nice to freshen things up for spring, and I love changing out my decor as the seasons change outside. Sometimes though it's not always easy to decorate as the seasons change without feeling like your home was totally over taken by seasonal decor. Now don't get me wrong, I love to decorate just as much as the next girl, but today I'm going to share with you my simple approach to decorating for spring. Adding Green: I L.O.V.E. fresh flowers anytime of the year in my house, but nothing says spring is coming more than bringing in some fresh flowers. I add … [Read more...]

Open Shelving Styling-Tips + Tricks

Arhaus Shelf Styling  Feature

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a great start! I have something exciting going on at my house today which I can't wait to share more, wish me luck! In the meantime I wanted to share a post I wrote for Arhaus on the Art of Open Shelving Styling. This is a whole new look for me, part of the mini kitchen/dining room makeover I have been working hard on. Hop on over to Arhaus for all of my tips and tricks to achieving a balanced and aesthetically pleasing curated look. Have a beautiful day! … [Read more...]

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