Style Scouting: Vol. 129

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Style Scouting. My Sunday post where I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me that I found online.

white heart doilies on brown paper lunch bags
photo: Tidbits

If you read my post on Friday then you know I was enjoying a few days of warm spring-like temperatures, well they are long gone. Overnight dramatic change, it is now freezing and raining out. We are spending the weekend cozy inside with a fire going in the fireplace.

Then tonight it’s all about football. Having grown up and spent most of my life in the Philadelphia suburbs you can guess who Ed and I will be rooting for tonight – Go Eagles!

And if you are going to be watching the game, take note of the flyover before the game starts. The jets are going to be flown by an all-female naval air crew in celebration of 50 years since women were allowed to be Navy pilots…. Go Navy! If you are new to my blog then you may not know why I am a Navy fan too. :-)

Posts You May Have Missed This Week:

Now onto the links I found this week:


Tour this French country farmhouse for color inspiration.

I like everything in this beautifully styled home, especially the powder room sink.

This architectural portfolio.


A few easy to make Valentine’s Day ideas.

Home Improvement

I didn’t think I would ever want to add this color gutter to a house, but the color looks just right on these homes.


A healthy Valentine treat that is cute and so simple to make in a few minutes.

These red velvet brownies are easy to make for your Valentine with a surprise in every bite.

I have heard of making chocolate cake with coffee, but not red wine? I wonder how this cake tastes?

Fashion & Beauty

I couldn’t pass up this marked down blouse. It’s my color and I love the neckline.

On My Mind

A BIG YES to this.


Kristen Harmel has become one of my favorite authors for books set in France during WWII. She announced she was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2023 and is donating part of the proceeds of her new book, The Paris Daughter to breast cancer research. You can read more about her story here.  

Fun & Interesting

Did you know there are 6 things you can buy at Costco without a membership?

I do this to my bed every morning, do you?

Something to Think About

Behind the Scenes: The rat race of the big reveal.

The news footage and numbers are heart wrenching, if you are looking for a way to help, here are 11 things you can do to help the earthquake victims.

Will next week be just as crazy?

Oh… So Stylish Finds

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  1. As always I found so many things that resonate with me on your Sunday posts. LOVE the black gutters. To me they’re like eyeliner on a house.
    Like many, I have missed the personal side of blogs. I was pleasantly surprised to read your post last week. It’s nice to feel connected on a more personal level.
    I’m also a fan of the airing-of-the-bed technique. Some days I even remember to come back and actually make the bed! ;-)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Gayle – I love your reference to the black gutters as eyeliner to a house. So true! I am happy to hear that you and many other readers enjoyed my more personal post. I know I prefer blogs where the blogger shares life stuff often, so it was about time I got back to doing more of it.

  2. Intrigued by the black gutter article. I have a brick ranch with a black roof and white soffits and gutters. I KNOW it would look better with black gutters, but as always, one thing leads to another. First black gutters and soffits, then the trim, windows, doors garage door all would have to be painted black and anything aluminum would need to be replaced because up north painted aluminum does not hold up well.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carol – I totally understand your reasoning behind not wanting to paint one thing only to have to have it mean painting everything else. Sometimes being content with what we have is the best feeling. It also makes life easier and less expensive. :-)

  3. Diane, I read your entire newsletter every weekend! It’s my Sunday treat! Imagine my delight when you linked to a friend’s blog, HeartWork Organizing by Darla DeMorrow! I also read her emails every week!
    Thanks for such interesting links every week, and so many great ideas!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Ceil – Darla and I go way back to the early days of blogging. She is from the Philadelphia suburbs like I am. We met in 2010 when we were in a Philadelphia blogger’s group that met once a month. Since I moved to SC I haven’t seen her as much. It makes me happy to know you enjoy my Sunday post. Thanks for telling me. If you see Darla, tell her I said hello.

      1. I am also in the Philly suburbs, at one time, I think you may have lived just a few miles from me! Darla and I met at a networking meeting a few years ago and she has done webinars for my membership and has shared articles for my digital magazine, she is a smart woman!!!

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Ceil – I lived in the Lansdale area in Towamencin township near North Penn HS and the Lansdale turnpike interchange. The blogging group that Darla and I were in met at the Sheraton in King of Prussia. It was run by JoLynne Shane who is a fashion blogger. I learned so much about blogging at these meetings back in the early days of my blog.

  4. Stay cozy!!! We are lucky here in AZ with temps in the low 70’s. Great because we’re hosting the Super Bowl and a major golf tournament!! Lots of people visiting the valley right now.
    Love that you mentioned the all female Navy pilots for the flyover today ❤️. Just awesome!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Lynn – When I write my posts that include the weather in my town, I always think of others who are living in the opposite weather. :-) We were watching both the golf all afternoon and then the Superbowl.

  5. Great finds this week!
    I love the second home! 😍
    Great tip to let the bed breath a bit before making it. I’m going to try this vs my typical making the bed as soon as I get out of the bed.
    We had to replace our gutters almost two years ago. We had replaced our shingle type roof with a black metal roof and the runoff was to much for the original 4” gutters so we went with black gutters and downspouts! OMG! What a difference against orangy/red brick we have on our 70’s rancher. We already had black shutters. All of the neighbors commented how modern and updated our home looks now! I painted all of our exterior doors black as well. Love how our exterior looks now and the brick looks so much better. I’ve even decided to not paint it. 😄
    Have a great week!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Vanessa – Your home’s new black metal roof, gutters and painted doors sound like they made a huge improvement to your 70’s rancher. I bet it looks very modern. The big plus for you is the changes made you like the color of the brick more that you no longer feel you need to paint the brick.

  6. Loved your post. I read many of the same novels as you do.
    I too love Kristen Harmel’s books and will definitely purchase the newest.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – I am on a book reading binge lately and am looking forward to the new Kristen Harmel book. I wish I could read it now, but will have to be patient. :-)

  7. Great selection of articles. Also love that beautiful banana leaf lamp featured in your Amazon store. Have a great week.

  8. Carla from Kansas says:

    Yes. Blogging not social media.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carla – YES to that! I am so onboard with blogging and not social media.