Design and Travel Posts

#diy, Affordable, Gardening, Native Plants

The Easy Garden

My hubby, Jim and I have successfully created both small and large gardens. In today's post, I share what we have learned from our gardens, as well as helpful resources like gardening books and our local garden extension office. Understanding your site and selecting the right plants will help you create a beautiful garden, whether… Continue reading The Easy Garden

Glacier Park Trails, Hiking, Travel, Vacation

Triple Divide Pass

During our Northwest Montana trip this year, we spent time on one of our all-time favorite trails - Triple Divide Pass. This trip, we wanted to explore spots new to us, including a day boating on Flathead Lake. In today's post, I'll share our impressions for this trail, as well as a brief overview of… Continue reading Triple Divide Pass

#diy, Affordable, Interior Design

9 Tips for WOW! Interior Spaces

I have always had a eye for design. It took training and practice to learn and implement functional, beautiful interior design into our home. In today's post, I share nine design fundamentals created by Kelley Carter, which will help you create interior spaces that feel finished, welcoming and uniquely you! Follow these tips to ensure… Continue reading 9 Tips for WOW! Interior Spaces

#diy, Affordable, Interior Design, Personal Style

Personal Gallery Wall

Our Coastal Modern home renovations are almost done, so we had time to choose photos, design and install a gallery wall in our dining room. My husband, Jim and I are lucky to live near the beach in South Florida, so when we take vacations, we prefer to visit the mountains. Over the past 20… Continue reading Personal Gallery Wall

#diy, Bathroom Design, Interior Design, Remodel

Primary Bathroom Reveal

How it started The original bathroom had brown tile and paint, as well as a brown vanity making it dated and depressing. The scary part was the water-soaked shower floor and bad sink plumbing, which we found after taking the bathroom down to the studs. It also felt small, so we took out a linen… Continue reading Primary Bathroom Reveal

#diy, Color Design, Interior Design, Organizing

How to Create a Bedroom Mood Board

Having a beautiful and restful bedroom provides a wonderful start and finish to your day. Simply making your bed and putting away clothes is a quick and simple way to keep a bedroom looking nice. A peaceful retreat that serves your needs will be different than mine. Two of our must haves include an attractive… Continue reading How to Create a Bedroom Mood Board

#diy, Interior Design

6 Easy Tips for Wonderous Walls

Using Wallpaper, stencils, and paint are all effective ways to create a mood and a desired visual effect in a room. Today's wall treatments offer a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures. So many choices!! In today's post, we will discuss the following factors for choosing wall treatment options: Style, Size, Tempo, Visual Effects,… Continue reading 6 Easy Tips for Wonderous Walls

Hiking, Travel, Vacation

Maple Loop Trail – North Cascades

Maple Loop was our favorite trail in North Cascades, Washington and I would definitely recommend that you explore it for yourself. It was a magical day, which included spotting some wildlife and stunning views. North Cascades This park offers lots to do and an opportunity to escape the crowds. You can certainly see plenty of… Continue reading Maple Loop Trail – North Cascades

Color, Personal Style

Personal Style Refresh

I recently updated my closet, which included donating and recycling a lot of my existing wardrobe. During this process, I realized that I had clothes that were not flattering, nor in my color palette. Just like most folks, my body type and wardrobe has changed dramatically over the years. In school, a mean girl once… Continue reading Personal Style Refresh

Architecture, Interior Design, New Home Build

Something is Missing – Accessories!

A common question posed on social media Interior Design groups involves the finishing touches in home interior spaces. The group members have found the perfect paint color, sofa, table, and rug, but “something is missing.” Those missing elements are usually accessories. Accessories add personality, warmth, and that special touch that a well-designed room requires for… Continue reading Something is Missing – Accessories!

Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen Layout, New Home Build

Dream Kitchen Layout

Our kitchen is open to the dining and living areas, so we want it to look fantastic! Design Everyone dreams of a beautiful kitchen, but more importantly we all want our kitchens to function in a way that makes cooking and clean-up enjoyable and easy. My husband Jim and I have designed our Mountain Modern… Continue reading Dream Kitchen Layout

Architecture, Interior Design, New Home Build

Mountain Modern Design Inspiration

I find websites like Pinterest and Houzz provide wonderful inspiration ideas for our Northwest Montana home. The two-story ceiling in the living and dining will make for a dramatic Swan Range mountain view. The fireplace and TV wall, as well as the window seat will make the living spaces cozy. Our design calls for a… Continue reading Mountain Modern Design Inspiration

Architecture, Interior Design, New Home Build

One Step Closer to the Dream

We just had a local company open up our Swan Range views to the North Jim and I have been working hard on our Mountain Modern house design via SketchUp. While we're making real progress on the computer, I wanted to show you some actual progress we've made at the build site. As you can… Continue reading One Step Closer to the Dream

Affordable, Travel, Vacation

Travel Deals – Eight Ways to Save

Maybe you're on a tight budget, love a bargain or simply want to take several trips a year, whatever the reason, today's post provides money saving ideas for your next vacation. My hubby, Jim and I are pretty good at saving money and living below our means. We live a simple life and most of… Continue reading Travel Deals – Eight Ways to Save

Travel, Vacation, Water Adventures

Flathead Lake

We spent the day on Flathead Lake's clear, cool waters surrounded by majestic mountains on both sides of the lake. This magnificent lake is 15 minutes from our property and an hour south of West Glacier, Glacier National Park. It was a calm day, perfect for kayaks, but we rented a boat, so we could… Continue reading Flathead Lake

Glacier Park Trails, Hiking, Travel

Explore Northwest Montana

Oh, how we love this bit of paradise! NW Montana is special for many reasons, including the mountains, lakes, people, and abundant wildlife. We've planned a two-week trip this July and we can't wait to hit the trails. Glacier National Park is big, so you will want to plan time on the West and East… Continue reading Explore Northwest Montana

#diy, Home Office, Interior Design

Creative Office Spaces

Whether you have a dedicated home office or just want a small space for paying bills and being creative, you will want to consider several elements when creating your perfect spot. These elements are function, location, filing, storage, and decor. In today's post, I will help you set up your workspace and navigate through paperwork,… Continue reading Creative Office Spaces