Chicago Trip Report

I know we’re all knee deep in Thanksgiving planning (myself included) but Tom and I are just back from another trip to Chicago, so can you handle a trip report? We’ve been to Chicago many times, but this was one of our favorite trips so I want to document some of the things that made […]

Thanksgiving Tables

Are you thinking about Thanksgiving yet? Since the leaves around here have started changing, and the fall temps seem to have arrived to stay, I’ve got Thanksgiving on my mind. Thanksgiving tables to be exact. For our table this year, I know a couple of things for sure. One, that I’ll be using my vintage […]

Mix and Match Bedding

Can we talk bedding for a minute? I’ve always struggled with it. I think it’s because I tended toward bedding “sets” which ended up seeming too matchy – matchy for me.  Recently, however, we found ourselves in need of a new bed and that purchase inspired me to revisit our bedding.  I knew I wanted a […]

A Place to Call Home (x 2)

Coffee table books about houses and homes have become one of my favorite things to collect. I look for them at estate sales, ask for them as gifts, and occasionally treat myself to a new one. Two new favorites were released in the last couple of months and – coincidentally – they have the same […]

Blue Willow

I have such a thing for dishes. They may be one of my love languages. I’ve written before about brown transferware and white dishes. I also have some green Bordallo Pinheiro plates that I love.  Recently I saw some blue and white dishes paired with red and white linens on Pinterest, and the combination was […]

Around the House

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I love a good secondhand find. I’ve done my fair share of shopping at estate sales and on Craigslist, but recently I tried shopping an online auction and came away with this little chest for my living room. It was a local […]

Summer Book Report

Last week was our public library’s big annual used book sale, which they conveniently hold in the gym of the community college near my house. My mother-in-law and I spent an hour or so browsing through the books, and I came home with the stack pictured above. A couple of notes about my picks: Two […]

A Few Estate Sale Finds

I did almost no estate sale shopping over the winter. I saw nothing in the ad photos that motivated me to leave my house in the early AM, which is when you have to get there to get the good stuff.  But just when I began to wonder if I had completely lost my estate […]

Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Packets Recipe with Some Tweaks

Last night we had a rare weeknight dinner for six, a mixed group of family and friends. I made these grilled shrimp foil packets from Delish.com and they are without doubt going to be a summer go-to for us. I’m already eager to make them again! Delish says they “take their inspiration from the beloved (but […]

A Family Baby Shower

Back in February, my sisters-in-law and I threw a baby shower for our niece Emily. I had forgotten how much fun baby showers are. It was a treat to host this one. My sister-in-law Julie (the other Julie in our family) and I created a shared Pinterest board, started pinning all things baby shower to […]