Hi there friends! Currently I am working on a little makeover in the boys playroom. In the design process I found some incredibly stylish side tables that were also really affordable. What I love most is that these tables can easily work with any design aesthetic and can be mixed & matched with each other. Some of you may remember I gave our playroom a makeover last year. You will be happy to know I (we) still love it but there was one piece that I added recently that has given it a whole new, added functionality. We finally got a sleeper sofa!! Yay!! Now we actually have a room dedicated for guests if/when they come visit, lol. Before, our guests had to sleep in bunk beds, I am … [Read More...]
Hello readers of City Farmhouse! I am Erica from Designing Vibes and I am so honored to be guest posting for Jen today and sharing my 1980's rancher turned modern farmhouse tour. The fact that Jen has let me take over for her today is actually quite surreal. You see...when I began my DIY journey almost four years ago, Jen's coffee table hack was the first woodworking project I had ever completed. Shortly after completing that project, I caught DIY fever and decided to sell my new construction cottage for a 1980's dump(I mean fixer upper). I started my blog, Designing Vibes, as a way to share all of my home improvement projects and decor hacks. Of course I am the genius who decided … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! Boy am I excited to finally be sharing my brand new, custom sectional with you! If you remember I revealed my top picks from Interior Define a few months back and you were kind enough to help me in the decision. It wasn't an easy one because I loved them all but...I decided to go with the Sloan. I couldn't be happier with the style choice, it works perfectly in the space and is incredibly comfortable! The entire process was simple and the customer service, outstanding. The only tough part was waiting but if you have ever ordered custom furniture then you know that it is par for the course. And if you are at that point where you are contemplating custom then you already … [Read More...]
It's blueberry pickin’ season here in New England. Last week my girlfrands and I ambled the grounds of Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm, pluckin’ fresh, fatty bloobs right off the bush whilst savoring the sunshine and harvests of summertime. With warm rays beating down on our faces, naturally spirited refreshments—a.k.a. gin cocktails—were on my mind. Smoothies, too, duh (I swear I’m a healthy person ). Nevertheless, I just knew these precious, ripened bloobs would make for a fine homemade hard lemonade, and without a doubt, a cocktail that’s alluring and easy on the eyes. Me; I’m a gin girl. It has to be a delicious, clean tasting gin. Gin mixed with berries is one magical … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer! I don't know about you but I am always on the hunt for light, finger foods in the summer time that are easy to make. I have been making the most delicious appetizer lately and if you like a good wedge salad, then you will LOVE this recipe! Basically it's a wedge salad on a cucumber and let me tell you they are insanely GOOD, addicting in fact! They are also gluten free, which is nice because even if you are not, usually someone at our summer gatherings is. Many of you might be growing cucumbers in your own garden this summer and you know when they grow, they grow. So now you have another yummy recipe for your plentiful crop. … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I have been slowing making updates to my family room over the last month in preparation for the arrival of my new sectional. It actually came yesterday, eek! Oh my gosh, it's GORGEOUS!!! I still have a few more things to do, so bare with me. Some of the updates include art, pillows, a refresh on a piece of furniture, some new accessories and more. In searching for new art for above my fireplace I found a clever way to create affordable and original art without the high dollar price tag using my favorite Etsy shops. I found about 8 new shops I absolutely love that sell original art. I am going to share the links below the image, then I will share what to do with the … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! Lets talk house. Almost everyone has one, a room that hardly gets used. We seem to have our favorite spots in the house and whether out of routine, comfort and/or habit we stick with those pretty consistently. The kids have them, we have them and even our pets have them. Am I right? But what happens to those spaces that look great but no one wants to use them? I think the only plus side to having an under used room is, it stays clean! That has to be worth something, right?! Can you guess what ours is? Yup, it's the patio! It seems crazy to not use this space but to be honest it has been a work in progress and this is the first year I feel like it's actually done. But … [Read More...]
One of my favorite early–June blooms is garden sage. Her grey-green, fuzzy, oblong leaves and woody stems stand two-feet tall with lavender-colored flowers that the resident bees just loooove. If you fancy yourself an edible garden, sage is a pretty perennial “subshrub” I’d highly recommend. With sage blooms come all the feels of summer. Independence Day is just around the bend and, girl, you know the gatherings are soon to roll in—picnics, potlucks and barbecues, OH MY! What shall you bring?! Look no more. This avocado tortellini salad with fresh vegetables and garden sage is as fresh as it is filling and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Whether you're after good potluck … [Read More...]
Happy almost weekend friends! I am going to keep this short and sweet. It’s Friday so I am sharing my favorites, everything from bath suits, to books and podcasts. I have found so many cool things over the last few weeks that I thought a round up was in order. First up, lets talk bathing […]
I am going to honest, although I absolutely LOVE Instagram, it has gotten me a little discouraged lately. The ebb and flow of this richly loved platform can make one crazy. I can break it down, maybe you can relate. First off, sometimes I wonder if anyone is seeing my posts or if anyone cares. Secondly, it seems the posts that get the most engagement and connection are the personal posts which I am a private person. Lastly, I am not sure I can compete with what everyone else is sharing. This is what I have been telling myself for a few months now. Well….last week while running I was listening to THIS podcast and decided to do something about it. At the end of the day, it’s not about the numbers but connecting with all of you.
It’s a blessing and a curse that a previous homeowner decided to plant mint in our backyard. This very invasive patch is half-near impossible to stave off, but has provided the freshest, most aromatic herbs for many a mojito. Gosh darn, good for sumthin’.
Hi there friends! With summer around the corner I thought I would share some easy decorating tips and ideas to get your home ready for the season. This year I joined in on the fun with the Summer Colors Tour hosted by my friend Jennifer. This is a great time of year to create a casual retreat, a place to put your feet up, smell the flowers and take pleasure in being home again. So I crafted spaces within my home that are conducive for enjoying the simple things in life.