Style Scouting: Vol. 181

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.

Simple Spring Mantel

Now that we are approaching spring, Ed and I have been spending a lot of time outside getting a few things fixed and cleaned up around the exterior of the house and the yard.

They are not fun tasks – adding new drainage pipes on the side of the house where it is like a river when it rains.

And for me, sealing our very long concrete driveway.

Both jobs were needed, but projects that don’t make a visual difference, just good for maintenance.

I am hoping to get back inside this week to start adding new color to two rooms, maybe even three if I can decide on a color. 

Now onto the links I found for you this week.


This Maine waterfront cottage built for two. If you like it, the designer has a brand new decorating book out entitled, Home At Last.

Not sure I would have ever thought to use the mint color in a kitchen, but it looks very inviting and liveable in this home.

For when I win the lottery. :-) I could live all day in the kitchen.


This easy frame DIY will add a bit of Springtime freshness to a room.

This cute Easter DIY to hang on a door or wall.

This daybed that looks like a sofa came out so nice.

This is one place where wallpaper looks great. You can also use fabric to to the same.


If you kitchen organizing lacks organization, have you tried this method to help get the space organized once and for all?

Watching & Reading

I just ordered this book, have you read it?


Bacon lovers – have you twisted?

And speaking about twists, how about this twist for a batch of mashed potatoes.

Blueberries and oatmeal never looked so good.

Fun & Interesting

Grab your smelling salts! Colin Firth set hearts aflutter as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the soaking wet shirt he wore in one famous scene is now going up for auction.

I know I am a “baby boomer”, but am never sure about the other birth year terms until now.

I laughed out loud reading this – I am sure you will relate.

Ha! Could you pass the Presidential Physical Fitness Test today? As a kid I aced everything, but could never do the “flexed arm hang”.

Something to Think About

Have you heard the term, Microdosing? Smart and doable for all.

How to stop avoiding your problems.

Why do we have a leap year and why is it in February? If you are wondering, 2024 is a leap year. In a few days we will have an extra day, Thursday, February 29th.

“A quiet life isn’t a dull life. It’s an invitation for joy.” – Simplify on FB

Oh… So Stylish Finds

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  • I like that this tote bag has a crossover strap and comes in many colors.
  • I am picky about having just the right firmness and loft in a bed pillow. I buy more than one of this one so when it needs replacing, I have a backup.
  • I didn’t need an outdoor pillow, but when I passed this in an aisle at Lowes, I had to have it.
  • I had a shirt just like this back in the 80’s! Should have kept it as it is in style once again.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing my simple ways to keep the kitchen organized, Diane, I really appreciate it. We definitely need to seal both our driveway and our back patio before the summer heat sets in. You were so smart to get yours out of the way! Hope you have the best spring season and can’t wait to dive into these links. Big hugs and thank you again, CoCo

  2. Barbara Pilcher says:

    I’m still grinning at the McSweeney’s post. “This is where things get tricky.” Hilarious. I’m forwarding it to all my techy friends. Thanks for all these links.

  3. Michele M. says:

    Diane – I squealed out loud about that pond scene shirt of Mr. Darcy’s up for auction. Oh be still my heart. I must’ve watched that entire series a hundred times by now. I watch it all the time. My husband teases me so over it. LOL.

    As for that laugh out loud thing? I hadn’t a clue what she even was saying. So it was “funny not funny.” : – )

    I managed The Gap in the 80s. I love that rounded color denim shirt. But a washed out denim shirt on sale for $52 dollars. How I miss the 80s prices, right?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Michele – I miss those 80’s prices too for fashion. :-). The laugh out loud post that you didn’t find funny, is probably because you might not email and share files with people, companies and brands. Everyone uses different ways to send their files. Some programs and apps are not easy to learn how to use, have to be added to a computer when you really don’t want it and are beyond frustrating. The scenario the author wrote about in the post, happens to me on a regular basis, especially when Google Drive is used and I have to use it to send files. So frustrating.

  4. Diane,

    Perfect timing. We are downsizing and moving. Excited with mixed feelings as we built this home 36 years ago. The kitchen organizing tips are so helpful as I am a baker. I am loosing 1/3 of my storage space and my amazing dish drawers. So many tips that post provided are similar to the ideas I found yesterday at The Container Store. I will be re-reading that part of your post a lot this week.

    I loved the post about picture hanging. All of my pictures are wrapped for the move and your tips will give me support as I figure out what goes where. We will have a lot of windows so I will have to get creative.

    Sure hope the emotional part of this journey is not too difficult. We have been admiring a twin-home development for 18 months. They are never for sale. Made an offer 40 minutes after it was on the MLS (Valentine’s Day) accepted the next day and closing February 29. Moving day is March 5. Wish me luck!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi June – Sorry for my delay in replying to you. How exciting that you are moving and so soon – tomorrow!! Know that you will have stressful days, but once in your new home and the boxes have lessened, you will get a new energy that will spark your creative juices. Enjoy your new home and I hope moving day goes smoothly.

  5. The Darcy clip cut out him getting out of the water?

    1. Great post of many interesting articles. I am definitely a baby boomer who is looking forward to reading the book you suggested!

  6. Anonymous says:

    What a great post Diane, so many things and I just bought that book, looks really good, thanks for that. x