Easy DIY Decorating Ideas Using Ribbon


After being away last week, a weekend trip to see our oldest daughter, and heading into NYC for an event today - my mind is still in August vacation mode. Instead of a new project today,  I rounded up some easy decorating ideas using ribbon that I have posted about since I started my blog. I love ribbon. It is not only pretty and festive... it is cheery, colorful, and affordable. You can do so much more with it than wrap a package or tie in your hair... ...plus...No sewing involved! Embellish a newly painted piece of furniture with a color coordinated ribbon.  For this stool, I … [Read More...]

Vacationing With My Sibs in OCNJ


Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week. I have been having a very good one. This is where I have been hanging out this week with my siblings and their families. Growing up, my family always went to Ocean City, NJ for the month of August. Since our mom and dad have passed away, it was nice to hang out with my brother and sisters in a place that holds a gazillion fond childhood memories for each of us. Like this one... My mom took this photo of my siblings and I when we were vacationing "down the shore" in the summer of 1969.  Left to right - I am third in line. It was the summer … [Read More...]

Behind Closed Doors: Organizing Ideas


Here on the blog, I usually show you the parts of my home that are in full view for all to see.  Today I thought it would be fun to show you a few things that are behind closed doors.  They are in the areas that I see on a daily basis that keep me organized, but that no one else who enters my home would see, unless of course they started snooping around, opening cabinet doors and drawers.  I have a few friends who love to do this and, if you are like them, you will enjoy. Behind door ... No. 1 I have shown you the fabric memo board that is on the front of one of my kitchen cabinets. Now … [Read More...]

How to Decorate So You Feel at Home


Today I am taking part in the How to Decorate series hosted by Beth at Home Stories A to Z.  If you are new here and coming from Sand and Sisal – Welcome to In My Own Style. There are 25 talented bloggers joining the series sharing all week, so be sure to follow along and see… 

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What Would You Do With This?


A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review an item from a new online vintage decor shop, Painted Fox Treasures. Of course I said yes and headed to the site. After looking at all the items the shop carries, I chose this vintage reproduction hardware bin.  I like not only… 

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Hatbox: Decorative Closet Storage


Are you ready to celebrate the first day of Summer?  I am and just in time. All week I have been concentrating my efforts on getting my work schedule planned for the next two months. When that was done, I switched gears and headed up to my clothes closet to purge and organize so my… 

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Catching Up

Creating a Meaningful Home

The Spring of 2014 is coming to a close. It has been a crazy busy one for me – all good – very exciting actually, but has me re-evaluating my time management. With Summer officially starting this Saturday I have been setting up a summer calendar for everything I need to get done in a… 

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Destination: Anna Maria Island


Happy Monday… Today I bring you greetings from Anna Maria Island, but before I show you what a fabulous time I had with 5 other bloggers for an awesome 4 day girl escape getaway, I wanted to say congrats to the 5 winners of the Duluth giveaway I held last Monday.  You can find the… 

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To: Diane… From: Dad


To help celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, I have a “reverse” Father’s Day gift to share with you, a gift that was from my dad to me. My dad passed away last December. He was 87. This is the first Father’s Day that he won’t be around and I didn’t need to find him a… 

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What’s In My Carry On Tote

Travel tote bags

Today I am sharing  something with you that fits perfectly in my life.  It is pretty new to me and I had no idea how much it was going to become part of my day-to-day comings and goings. From the market, to the beach, to the airport.  I am now the very happy owner of… 

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How to Build a Fieldstone Garden Wall


Happy Friday – are you ready for the weekend? Do you have any plans to work on the landscaping around your home?   If so, I have a project that can be done in a day or weekend with a little planning ahead. I have gotten so many emails asking about the low fieldstone garden… 

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Summer Tour Of Homes 2014

Bloggers Summer-Tour-of-Homes-2014

If you just arrived from Finding Home - Welcome to my blog, In My Own Style If you are a long time reader   – hello again.  Today I am taking part in the Summer Tour of Homes that Gina from a Shabby Creek Cottage is hosting all week long.  5 bloggers  x  5 days = 25… 

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The House In My Head


Do you have a house in your head?  You know the one that is perfect for the way you want to live right now down to the smallest detail – I know I do and I have been thinking about it a lot lately.  It would be different from all the other houses I have… 

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I Can See Clearly: Stylish Sunglass Case


Summer’s here… the sun is shining  - which means you have an excuse to update your shades. I have another reason why I want to update my sunglasses this year- one that I am pretty excited about. I got reader contacts 2 weeks ago and no longer need my cheap-o bought at a flea market… 

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Perfect Picnic Dessert: Apple Crisp Recipe


I’m back… back to reality after a wonderfully relaxing and fun four day vacation that I will share with you next week. I was surprised when I heard someone at the airport say… “Have a nice holiday”…I thought, “What holiday?” and then it dawned on me – Memorial Day weekend – that’s what holiday they… 

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Trav’lin In Style: Monogrammed Luggage Tags


Today is the day I have been eagerly waiting for…it is the day I start packing…packing up the winter blues and heading to the land of sunshine and warm gulf waters. Back in February I got a ticket to paradise along with 5 other bloggers.   Tomorrow we leave for Anna Maria Island for fun… 

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How to Turn Hydrangeas Pink or Blue


I love hydrangeas! They are my favorite flower. I have them planted in my front and back yard. When I first planted them many years ago they were a brilliant purple pink. Not quite blue, not quite purple, not quite pink – they were just right. Imagine how disappointed I was last summer when they… 

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How to Make Stackable Floor Pillows


I have been craving color…  I thought it might be a Spring thing, but right after the holidays when I took the colorful Christmas stockings down that hung on the mantel, that area around the mantel was looking a bit bland. I have been wanting to add color in some form or another, but with… 

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My Little Indulgences

Today I want to share a few of my little indulgences with you … We all like to buy ourselves something little every now and then – like fresh flowers or a chocolate bar. As much as I love these – they don’t hang around for long. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought it… 

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