Style Scouting: Vol. 198

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.

screen porch reveal from The Heathered Nest
photo: The Heathered Nest

As hard as I tried this past week, I just couldn’t find the energy to get a project or post done. Summer has ramped up in many ways – It is officially summer, Family coming to stay, my sister’s arrival and the heat just for starters. Then it’s vacation and travel time.

I may not be paying attention to my projects around the house to-do list, but I do have one for all the food shopping, planning, and packing I need to do. So much to plan and get ready for – so little time. :-)


Have you seen Elsie’s historic home tour?

Do you know the 60 – 30 – 10 rule?

A YMCA camp transformed into a family home.

The pros and cons of no upper cabinets in a kitchen.

Ideas on how to decorate empty corners in a room.


Tips for installing a stair runner with a landing.

Wait till you see this! So creative and colorful!


The case against a performative pantry.

Home Improvement

This home addition came out great – what a nice space to have to use all year round.

Would you miss this room?


This looks like a delicious way to enjoy grilled shrimp.

Relive your childhood memories with these creamy and citrusy orange dreamsicles.

This classic “cook-out” food is getting popular again.

Fashion & Beauty

This knock-off of a $150 Sezane dress is only $25 dollars and so flattering.

Fun & Interesting

Grow stronger with age – fitness in retirement.

I collect these and agree that they are fun to collect and use as conversation starting decor.

Something to Think About

Try adding one or more of these can be good for your mental health.

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley

Oh… So Stylish Finds

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  • I just replaced my travel mirror that cracked with this one. I need it allow me to see clearly when putting on makeup in hotel bathrooms with bad lighting.
  • I love this lamp, but not the price. Now I have to come up with a way to DIY one to resemble it.

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  1. For Nancy, there is a way on apple products to have a link open in another page without leaving this site. I tap and hold the highlighted link until a window pops up and In the window it gives the option to open in a new window. I do this on iPad and my apple laptop. Hope that helps. Diane have fun with your family.

  2. I insisted on a real dining room when we built our house 30 years ago. We don’t entertain much (empty nesters) but when we do, I’m grateful to a separate place to eat and relax without looking at the “mess” in the kitchen.
    I collect those cardboard coasters and have them attached to the powder room walls. Family and friends pick them up for me when they travel.
    That serving/bar cart would be perfect for our deck or as a movable island in my brother’s cottage at the lake.
    Enjoy your time with your sister.
    Our 50th wedding anniversary is this Saturday. Our daughter and family from Colorado should arrive this evening and other family later in the week. We’re hosting a family cookout Friday evening and a catered event elsewhere for 40+ guests on Saturday.
    Your decorating tips help me make the most of what I already have and use in different ways. Thanks!

  3. Melanie R says:

    Hi Diane, I enjoy your Sunday links very much, but could I ask you a favor? Could you make them so they open in a new window? It’s a pain to click on a link and then have to click back to get back to your website to go on to other links. I end up only looking at a few of them because of this. Thanks so much!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Melanie – I recently changed how the links open because I had readers who read the post on their phones like it when they can simply press the back arrow on their phone to get back to the post and not have to reopen the post again. I wish I could do it both ways. I will see if I can find a way to do both, although I don’t think there is, I will make sure. I can change it back and see if anyone writes and complains. It is hard to try to make everyone happy. 86% of my readers do use their phones to read my blog. Do you read on your phone, desktop or laptop?

  4. Hope you enjoy your family visit as well as have a great vacation. Sounds like lots of fun in the sun!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – The past week and into this week, life is all about helping my sister and her family get settled into their new home. Then next weeks its all abou tthe grandkiddies, then the following week it is family vacation time on the NJ shore. The blog will be a little quiet for the next few weeks until I get back from vacation. I hope you are enjoying a good start to your summer so far.

  5. Lots of great links and I, too, love that lamp. We host family and friends frequently on a beautiful large dining table so a separate dining room is a must for us. Also my husband and I both came from middle income families (nothing like the article tries to suggest that only wealthy folks had dining rooms and servants!) that celebrated Sunday Suppers often and want those memories for our children and grandchildren. When not dining our family likes to do puzzles. And I sew so the table works for cutting out fabrics, especially draperies. We currently live in a partially open concept great room, kitchen, open upstairs loft and I can’t wait to move to a traditional home of separate rooms where one can read, work, watch TV, pursue hobbies, chat with a friend while others are home. It is too noisy in this home unless you retreat to a bedroom.

  6. Kate @ Centsational Style says:

    Wonderful links as always Diane, so inspiring! I hope you’re enjoying your summer, relaxing and vacationing with family!

  7. About that dining room. I don’t entertain, but I always found them odd. Totally separate room, schlepping food. If they are placed correctly, they make great offices or craft areas where you’re not stuck down the hall in the bedroom somewhere. We puzzle – a lot. So I’d make one into puzzle, book/reading room. Otherwise a nice great room would suffice that could be large enough to house a table. :) But then I’m an old fashioned table in the kitchen girl! I find it quaint – and as I said, I don’t entertain.