American Dream Builders

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I have a confession. I am seriously design challenged. I mean, seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I know exactly what I want.  In my mind and when I see it. Thankfully, my husband is the yin to my yang, the perfect compliment. I often tell him the masters degree he earned with his years in […]

3 Steps to Create Classic Curb Appeal

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about sprucing up outside. The air is beginning to become crisp and cool, trick-or-treaters will soon be knocking on your door for candy for Halloween, quickly followed by guests for Thanksgiving, and then Christmas! Can you believe it?     So, it is the perfect time […]

Visiting the Bosch Design Center

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A while back, I was invited by Bosch to work with their company to conduct an in-home test of their newest model of dishwasher, the Bosch 800 Series with a 3rd Rack. Since my husband and I installed a Bosch dishwasher in our home when we built our house eleven years ago, I know the […]

How to Set a Traditional Easter Table

As you may know, I am a contributor on Houzz where each month I create an Ideaboard around a specific idea or theme. This month, with Easter fast approaching, I decided to focus on a few of my favorite things for setting a beautifully traditional Easter table. Bright whites, pastels, sparkling glass and silver, it […]

Kitchen Design Style Quiz with Cultivate + $200 Giveaway

When my husband and I were designing and building our home, I spent most of my time pouring over kitchen and entertaining area designs. I knew I spend most of my time in the kitchen and whenever we entertain, it seems that most guests gather there as well. I had a few requirements – open […]

Pillow Love

A while back I noticed that all of my throw pillows on my sofas were looking tattered from years of being tossed about and well-loved on by a little boy. Years of the fringe being pulled and fiddled with and the pillow repeatedly being thrown into the air like a baseball tends to have that […]

Enamelware {Houzz Ideabook}

  I’ve become quite addicted to enamelware. New, vintage, worn, or in perfect condition – I love it all. My personal favorite has always been pure white with edges in blue or red, but I’m also drawn to creamy, dreamy colors as well. This month, my contributed ideabook for Houzz is all about enamelware!   […]

Outdoor Party Lighting {Mingle Monday}

Last weekend, my husband and I hosted, along with a few other couples, a wedding party for our nephew and his soon to be bride. As soon as we decided that the party would be held in our back yard, I knew I wanted to use plenty of lighting for the evening party.   My […]

Hydrangea Lovin’ {Mingle Monday}

  My Grandmother always had the most beautiful hydrangea bushes near her porch. As I would run past on my way to her door, blue snowflakes would seem to fall from the heavy globes forming a varying blue blanket on the ground. Her cat, Albert, peeping through from under the bush, would pounce at the […]

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Caldrea Citron Ginger

I’m a sucker for perfume. My bathroom counter and dressing table have a collection that includes a pretty varied assortment picked up based on my mood. With my love of perfume, I guess it’s no wonder that I love room sprays, candles and such. But, for my home, I get rather picky. I’m a lot […]