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1/21/2015
Our home has four sets of built-in shelves. Luckily, bookshelves are one of my favorite things to decorate because they offer a chance to display what you love in a way that adds character and depth to a space. I've picked up a few tricks along the way as I've carefully filled each nook and cranny with items that are beautiful, meaningful and functional. 1. Pick a color palette.... More
1/2/2015
Our Instagram fans loved both dazzling holiday lights and quiet country scenes in December. The five most-liked pictures of the month:  1) A magical barn capture in Batavia, Illinois, by @frenchlarkspur (http://instagram.com/p/wRGKl_mzVB/).  2) Wreaths adorn Lanterman's Mill in Youngstown, Ohio. By @bluemeadowmist (http://instagram.com/p/w907d8GzVL/). 3)... More
12/29/2014
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to finally reach that ever-popular New Year's resolution—must get organized! A chalkboard wall calendar, featured in our January/February issue, will help do the trick. You just need a free weekend, a few supplies (listed below) and a blank wall in a home office, mudroom or kitchen. We used: Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint in 1101 Fennel... More
12/24/2014
From Midwest Living's Reflections: Midwesterners on Their Region "Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles." From the 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street, written by George Seaton, born in South Bend,... More
12/17/2014
I admit that I often wait until the last minute (aka Christmas Eve) to wrap presents. Sheets of red and green papers go flying. Tape gets stuck to the floor. Bows are slapped on haphazardly. Not this year. I'm vowing to get my wrap-a-thon done early—and to take the time to make packages look a little extra-special. If you're with me, try these pretty gift-decorating ideas using... More
12/10/2014
Festive poinsettias tug on our holiday heartstrings, but few of us still feel that love come January when those brightly colored foil pots are tossed out with the Christmas tree. If you’re looking for a less-expected plant gift with more staying power, here are five sure to thrive for months, if not years. 1. Christmas Cactus Named for its bloom time, this easy-care succulent... More
12/8/2014
Fireplace mantels are a focal point of any living room, especially when decked out for the holidays. One of my favorite ways to dress up the mantel is to arrange simple, natural touches like fresh greenery, boxwood clippings and pinecones. They make it easy to change your look with just a few additions. Here are three easy mantel looks I came up with using my favorite fresh-cut... More
12/3/2014
Oh, Christmas trees, such pleasure do they bring us! We are always trying to come up with new and creative ideas to decorate your home at the holidays. If you read our Christmas issue, you saw our Tree-mendous wall decor story about clever alternatives to the traditional tree. We had so much fun with this idea that we overproduced for the story. Here are the ones we... More
12/1/2014
Snow blew into the Midwest in early November, and our Instagram fans loved photos of the changing seasons. Our five most-liked pictures of the month:  Lansing, Michigan, kicks off the holiday season with a bang at the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. Photo by @brettrking (http://instagram.com/p/vzMGOEmzUX/). Snow day in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, by @samo_wamo (http://... More
11/12/2014
Thanksgiving has a special place in my heart. Life is so busy—my family is running in multiple directions on any given day—but on Thanksgiving we stop and concentrate on one another. So I set out to create a welcoming table where people want to sit, have that extra cup of coffee and converse. Here are four simple tabletop ideas that can add friendly warmth to mealtime. 1.... More