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Cozy Living Room Update Part 1: Affordable Linen Curtains

Part one of our cozy living room update was the addition of affordable linen curtains.

Linen Curtains

It’s been a while since we’ve done any updates to our living room. A few years ago we did a big update in this space with an accent shiplap wall, new furniture & rug, a larger television, and updated the lighting. Since that time, we haven’t done much with our living room other than change the décor on the bookshelves. Well, it’s time our cozy living room gets a little love and an update!

View of the Living Room

Lately, I’ve been looking at the television wall in our living room and realized it felt kind of cold. Cold is not how I want our home to feel! Quite the opposite. I always want our home to feel inviting, warm, and cozy. I started to brainstorm ideas on how to warm this space without having to start another project or spend a lot of money. (This would probably send Dave over the edge since the kitchen project is still not done!).

Cozy Living Room

So, I decided the first step in updating our cozy living room would be the addition of curtains to the windows that flank our television! I knew I wanted to add linen curtains that were affordable and did not break the bank. (Stay tuned for more updates to this space in the coming weeks!)

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Cozy Living Room Curtain Rods & Curtains

Once we decided to add curtains to our living room television wall, I began the search for affordable curtain rods and curtains. Curtain rods and curtains can be pricey, especially if you have many windows to cover. We were only adding curtains to two of the windows in our living room, however I still did not want to spend a lot of money on curtain rods or curtains. Once I started shopping around, I realized there are some beautiful, inexpensive options available when it comes to both.

Window Curtains

I stumbled upon these affordable brass finished curtain rods from the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection at Target. The updated modern-farmhouse style with the brass finish were the perfect rods to warm up our cozy living room. Oh, and the price was right on budget too!

A couple other curtain rods I love from the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection is this French return curtain rod in matte black, and this classic steel curtain rod in an antique brass finish.

Neutral Linen Curtains

Curtain Shopping Tips

Before shopping for curtains, there are a few things you should decide upon beforehand to make your shopping experience a little easier.

  • Budget – How much are you willing to spend?
  • Style (Drapes, Valances, Shades, are just a few examples)
  • Material – Are you looking for thick, heavy curtains or light, breathable ones?
  • Length – Measure windows to know which length to purchase (we will talk about this more further down).
  • How do you want your curtains to hang? (Rod pocket, grommet, pinch pleat, tab top, tie top, etc.)
  • Light Filtering – Should the curtain filter or block light.
Curtains & TV

I found our affordable 95″ natural linen rod pocket living room drapes on Amazon! I was shocked that I found curtains I liked on Amazon. Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised that the curtains exceeded my expectations.

A few more inexpensive linen curtains I found on Amazon were these linen light blocking curtains to filter light in a room, I loved the lace trim detail on these linen curtains, and these white linen pom-pom curtains were super cute.

Living Room in Neutral Colors

These affordable curtains for our living room really cannot be beat! Two panels come in each package (four panels in total), the material is high quality (linen blend), and the color was exactly as described.

Linen Curtains

Why I Purchased Four Curtains For Two Windows

I purchased a total of four curtain panels and hung two panels on one side of each window for a couple of reasons.

  1. Our cozy living room is small. We do not have a lot of square footage or wall space in this room, I did not want the curtains to overwhelm or make the room feel even smaller or too heavy.
  2. With the television in the middle of the wall, I did not want the curtain panels to obstruct the view of the television (hubby would not like that).
  3. Doubling up curtain panels makes it appear as if it’s one long panel, thus elevating the look of your room and the appearance that you’ve spent a small fortune on wide curtain panels!
Modern Farmhouse Lamp & Curtains

The Proper Way to Hang Curtains in a Cozy Living Room

Did you know there is a right way to hang curtains, and most importantly a right way to hang drapes?!

View of the Living Room

Curtains should not hinder your view out of the window or make your windows appear smaller. Curtains should accentuate your windows and make them look longer and taller.

Cozy Farmhouse Living Room

Here are a couple of things to remember to hang curtains properly:

  • Install the curtain rod about 8-12″ above the window frame. Measure from the window frame and not the window casing.
  • Install the curtain rod about 8-12″ beyond the window frame (not the casing) on both sides, also known as the stack width.
  • The curtains should hit about 1/8″-1/4″ from the floor, or puddle about 4-6″.
  • Remember to frame the window to accentuate it. The curtains should not cover the window when they are open.
Linen Curtains on a Brass Curtain Rod
Curtain Puddling on the Floor

In our living room, we did our best to follow these guidelines. However, the wooden beam to the left of one window and the bookshelves to the right of the other hindered us a little. Just remember to use these tips as a guide and not a rule!

Cozy Living Room

How to Elevate Curtains in a Cozy Living Room

There are 3 simple ways to elevate your curtains to make them look cozy, beautiful, expensive, and high end.

Farmhouse Living Room

Iron the Curtains

Iron the curtains before hanging them. Although it can be a bit time consuming, it is well worth the time when you are able to hang nice, flat, ironed panels.

Affordable Linen Curtains

Double Up Your Panels

This is something we discussed earlier in this blog post. A simple way to elevate and make your curtains appear fuller is to double up on curtain panels. If you have the room on either side of your window, add two panels to both sides of the window (remember to account for this when hanging your curtain rods). Or, if you have a wall similar to mine, stack two panels on one side of the window.

Neutral Home

Curtain Clips for a Cozy Living Room

This is my favorite way to elevate rod pocket curtain panels!

Built-in Bookshelf

You may be asking, “What is a curtain clip and what are they used for?” Curtain clips are used to hang any type of curtain panel. Simply clip the ring to the panel. Curtain clips are a great way to add 1-2 inches to drapes, since the clips allow the fabric to hang just below the curtain rod.

The general rule is to use seven curtain clips for every one panel that is about 52″ wide.

Curtains & Television

To figure out where to place the curtain clips on the top of the panel, add small pencil marks on the back of the curtain every 7-8″ to evenly space the curtain rings. Then simply attach the curtain clips to the panel for a relaxed, floppy look and hang the clips on the rod. Or, what I like to do is pinch the curtain panels where I am going to place my curtain clips for a more polished look.

Here’s what I mean and how I like to add curtain clips to curtain panels:

Pinch the Curtain
From the back side of the curtain, along where the curtain rod would be inserted, measure out where the curtain clips should be placed. On either side of the measured marks, pinch the fabric (the back side of the curtain should be facing out).
Curtain Clip on Curtain
Add the curtain clip to the pinch or fold in the fabric. Continue until all 7 clips have been added to the curtain panel.
Curtain Ring
By adding clips to the curtains this way, the clips will not visible when the the curtain is hanging on the rod.

These are the warm gold curtain clips I purchased. I love how the curtain clips create a polished and almost pinched pleat look to these affordable linen curtains.

Window Curtains

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Cozy Living Room Update

And that wraps up our first cozy update to the living room! What do you think of the addition of curtains to this space? Any guesses on what the next update will be to our cozy living room? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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Summer Home Tour

Welcome to our summer home tour! I am excited to be joining 30 talented bloggers this week to give you a little peak into our homes styled for summer. I love a little peak into people’s homes, don’t you?! Summer is our family’s favorite season! Summer for us is all about simplicity, relaxation, and comfort. I think you will find these same elements in the décor throughout our home.

Kitchen

If you are coming here from Kim at Shiplap & Shells beach cottage summer home tour…welcome! Kim’s home truly embraces the feeling of summer. I look forward to opening our home to you and showing you around our cozy home! A big thank you to Kelly at The Tattered Pew for including me in this summer home tour event!

After my home tour, I hope you will check out the other summer home tours linked at the end of this post. I know you will find endless inspiration in their beautiful blogs!

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Welcome to Our Home

If you are new here, let me introduce me and my family! Hi, I’m Heidi! We are a family of four living on the south coast of Massachusetts. Our home is a labor of love, which we built from the ground up almost 15 years ago. We are DIYer’s, so the projects around our home are endless. Our latest DIY undertaking has been our kitchen. My husband says this will be the last major project in our home, but we will see about that (wink, wink!). We live about 20 minutes from historic Plymouth, Massachusetts and we enjoy heading there on hot summer nights for dinner and drinks by the ocean.

Our Family

One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “Where did the name Eleanor Rose Home come from?” Eleanor Rose Home is named after our dachshund-mix rescue, Eleanor Roosevelt. She is the apple of our eyes and the epitome of love, homeliness, coziness, and togetherness. Eleanor embodies all things I wanted the blog to represent! You can read more about me and the story of Eleanor Rose Home here.

Eleanor Rose Home

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about our family, it’s time to get this summer home tour started!

Kitchen Summer Home Tour

The kitchen is the heart of our home.

Farmhouse Kitchen

When you walk through the front door into our home, you enter the kitchen. As I mentioned earlier, our kitchen is currently under renovation. We still have a few things left to do including building the oven vent hood, painting & hardware updates to the cabinets, and wallpaper to hang. But for now, I am enjoying all that we have accomplished so far!

You can view the progress of our renovation in my Instagram highlight labeled Kitchen Renovation.

My hope is to have the kitchen completely finished by the end of this summer (fingers crossed)!

Kitchen
Flowers & Muffins

My vision for our kitchen remodel was an open & airy farmhouse-cottage style kitchen with a combination of warm woods & cozy whites. It has been so fun seeing our vision slowly come to life!

Kitchen

To create that cottage vibe, we installed beadboard around the entire kitchen including the backsplash. I love the texture the beadboard adds to the entire room. We painted all of the beadboard Alabaster in an eggshell finish by Sherwin Williams. Picking a shade of white paint was no easy task, but I am so happy with the color we decided upon! Alabaster is the perfect creamy shade of white for our home.

Summer View
Kitchen

My favorite part of the entire kitchen renovation is this open shelf area with hanging pegs! I wanted to have an open shelf in the kitchen so we removed the cabinet that was here. It was amazing how much lighter and brighter the kitchen became by simply removing that cabinet!

To style this shelf for summer, I placed a few red ranunculus in a cream colored planter and added a couple of blue & white striped hand towels for just a small touch of red, white, and blue.

I loved the addition of the basket to the hanging pegs as well. The texture of the basket against the texture of the beadboard really makes this area pop. Also, who doesn’t love a little scallop detail?!

Kitchen Shelf
Framed Art
Kitchen

These glass bon bon jars are one of my favorite additions to the kitchen! I love the functionality and uniqueness they add to our countertops.

Glass Canisters
Kitchen Cabinets

In this corner of the kitchen by the stove, I have a cookbook holder. I like to leave a particular cookbook open to the page that contains a recipe of my grandmothers. I love that every time I walk by the open cookbook it reminds me of her and her delicious homecooked meals.

A great way to keep your home cozy is by adding items of sentimental value into your décor, pieces that are unique and special to you and your family.

Cooking in the Kitchen
Family Recipe

From this view in the kitchen you get a small glimpse into the rest of our downstairs, which includes the library and living room.

Homemade Muffins

Let’s head over to the next stop in our tour, the living room!

Living Room Summer Home Tour

Our living room is small and cozy. Just how we like it! We enjoy unwinding here at the end of a long day with our feet up with an exciting movie on the television or a good book in our hands.

Living Room

Our entire first floor is open. The sofa console table we have on the back of our living room sectional helps to create a more defined living room in an open downstairs.

This console table is one of my favorite pieces to style & play with in our home. I love changing the décor on this table often. For summer, I added an old white olive bucket with a mix of blue & white hydrangeas, chamomile, and stock along with a red bow for a festive 4th of July arrangement.

I added a few of my favorite books in shades of blue to our console table for another pop of my favorite summer color!

Summer Hydrangeas

When building our home, we added built-in bookcases along with two window seats to one wall in our living room. The window seats are one of Eleanor’s favorite places to nap and keep watch for mom’s deliveries (she is not a fan of delivery drivers!).

I like to keep our bookshelves simple for the summer with a collection of our favorite books, a couple of faux green plants, and a few baskets for texture. To add texture and dimension to the bookshelves, I face some of the books with the pages facing out and randomly alternate them on each shelf (this has been slightly controversial on social media!). I just love the the texture it adds to the bookshelves.

You may notice a few gold bunnies on the bookshelves as well. Gold bunny figurines are a year around décor staple in our home!

Living Room
Built-in Bookshelves

I love adding small pops of blue to our home for summer, and one of the easiest ways to do that is with throw pillows. I like to purchase pillow covers and change those on our throw pillows seasonally. The blue script pillow cover here, is the just the right amount of blue for summer in our neutral living room.

Above our living room sectional, we have three large wooden signs with photos of Nadalee & William from a couple of years ago. I love these photos of our children and the natural backdrops of the photos are perfect for a summer home.

Living Room Sofa
Summer Flowers

That completes the tour of the first floor. Let’s head upstairs to our master bedroom!

Master Bedroom Summer Home Tour

We did a small refresh of our bedroom a few years ago. The refresh included installing Summer Squall wallpaper by Ellie Cashman as an accent wall behind our bed. This wallpaper is absolutely stunning with it’s large bold flowers and it’s incredible lifelike attention to detail.

I love the challenge of keeping this wallpaper suitable for all seasons and holidays!

Master Bedroom

I added this pink & white block print/stripped quilt to our bed for the summer. The bright pink color is what sold me, and I loved how the small floral block print complimented the large floral print wallpaper.

Cozy Bedding

Summer is the perfect season to play around with bold colors and patterns that you might otherwise might be nervous about trying! Summer is full of bright, vibrant colors so it’s the perfect season to experiment with colors in your home.

Summer Quilt

To style our nightstands, we clipped wild roses from our woodline along with a few peonies we have growing in our backyard. Shopping our yard for natural décor is one of my favorite activities. It is like a treasure hunt and the bonus is it’s all budget friendly!

Bedroom
Floral Wallpaper

We purchased our bedroom furniture a few years ago from a local New England furniture store. The furniture gives the perfect French farmhouse-cottage vibe to our bedroom.

I wrote a blog post last week with 10 tips to refresh your bedroom for summer. You can check out that blog post here for a few great tips and to see more views of our bedroom!

Bedroom
Summer Bedding
Master Bedroom

Thank You for Stopping By

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of our home as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you. I would love for you to visit us again, it was so fun having you here!

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Cindy at Cloches & Lavender is the next stop on this summer home tour. Cindy is a fellow dachshund lover and her home is filled with beautiful, unique, vintage pieces which makes her home feel warm and inviting. Be sure to visit the other homes in our summer home tour too, links included below. Happy Summer!!!

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Hydrangeas
Bedroom

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Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew / Cottage On Bunker Hill / She Gave It A Go

Cottage In The Mitten / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

Tuesday’s Tours

Thistle Key Lane / Midwest Life & Style / White Lilac Farmhouse

My Thrift Store Addiction / Willow Bloom Home Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Wednesday’s Tours

Bricks ‘n Blooms /Amy Sadler Designs / Peacock Ridge Farm

White Arrows Home / Pasha Is Home / The Ponds Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

Simply2Moms / Country Peony / Southern Home and Hospitality

Shiplap and Shells / Eleanor Rose Home / Cloches and Lavender

Friday’s Tours

Le Cultivateur / Lora Bloomquist Create & Ponder / Noting Grace

My Family Thyme / Vintage and Grace Living / County Road 407

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Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day is a few short days away and unofficially kicks off my favorite time of year…summer!

With Memorial Day this weekend, I thought I would share with you a few ideas that you can use to add that patriotic feeling into your home all summer long from now, through 4th of July, and all the way to Labor Day. I’ve had so much fun adding pops of red, white, and blue around our home that I hope you will do the same. I love that these colors serve as a reminder to me of how lucky my family is to call the United States home and how thankful I am for those that have served and are serving to protect our freedom that we can so easily take for granted.

I hope these ideas inspire you to add a little patriotic flair into your home this weekend as well as provide a reminder of what this upcoming holiday is truly about.

Patriotic Bouquet
Summer Flower Arrangement
Patriotic Summer Bouquet

Memorial Day Décor Ideas

Simple touches are my favorite ways to incorporate patriotic décor into our home . Small splashes of red, white, and blue are you all you need to make your home feel festive.

Patriotic Wreath
Welcome Home
Outdoor Patriotic Décor

Make the entrance of your home patriotic.

For our front door, I took the spring wreath we already had hanging on our front door and added a red, white, and blue pennant to the center of the wreath along with a red and white stripped bow. I simply hot glued the pennant to the grapevine base of the wreath (I kept the wreath out of the elements for 24 hours to ensure the hot glue would hold) and after the 4th of July, I can gently remove the pennant from wreath and use the wreath on its own for the rest of summer or store away and use again next spring. The red and white stripped ribbon was wired when I purchased it. I wanted more of a free flowing ribbon, so I removed the wire from the ribbon. After cutting the wire out of the ribbon, I loved how floppy the ribbon became and how the edges of the ribbon started fraying. It was exactly the look I was going for with this wreath. For a video on how I removed the wire from the ribbon, check out this reel I posted on Instagram.

American Flags
Outdoor Patio
Outdoor Entertaining

Decorate with flags.

Flags are the easiest way to add red, white, and blue to your décor. I added a small planter full of red geraniums and white petunias to our outdoor bistro set, then inserted two medium sized American flags. I also added a small mason jar filled with small American flags to the table as well. Here are a few other ways you can decorate with flags; hang or drape them on walls or tables, small flags on wooden sticks can be placed in vases and displayed on a mantle or as a centerpiece for your tablescape, or simply place a few small flags into a floral arrangement. Make sure to purchase flags made in the USA! For links to the American made flags I used, click here.

Summer Flower Bouquet
Olive Bucket Filled With Fresh Flowers
Living Room

Create a patriotic seasonal bouquet.

Grab a seasonal bouquet of flowers from your grocery store and add them to a unique vessel. Or, make your own bouquet with stems from your grocery store or cut stems from your own backyard! For this bouquet, I purchased blue hydrangeas, white stock, white freesia, and chamomile (I love that these look like little tiny daisies!). I arranged the cut stems inside of a glass vase, and then placed that vase inside of this white vintage looking olive bucket. For the perfect pop of red, I used the same red and white stripped ribbon I used on the wreath for our front door, and tied that onto the bucket handle. You could even add a couple of small flags to your bouquet to make it even more festive!

Memorial Day Food Ideas

Who doesn’t love All-American fare in the summertime?! What is better than a grilled hamburger, a sweet ear of corn, a slice of cold watermelon, or a delicious ice cream cone on a hot day! Here are a couple of desserts my family enjoys on Memorial Day & 4th of July as well.

Flag Fruit Pizza
Flag Fruit Pizza
A Bite of Flag Fruit Pizza

A few years ago, I started making this flag fruit pizza for 4th of July. It’s so delicious and festive that I’ve started making it not only for 4th of July but Memorial Day weekend too. It’s simple and easy to make on a hot summer day, tastes amazing, and what other dessert looks like the American flag! Give this recipe a try, I promise it will be a crowd pleaser! The recipe I use is from Graceful Little Honey Bee and can be found here. (Recipe Note: Missy pipes whipped topping between the rows of strawberries, I do not do that.)

Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade Ice Cream & Cookies
Stars & Stripes

Last week I shared with you a delicious homemade vanilla ice cream recipe served with star sugar cookies. What is more Americana summer than a bowl or cone of ice cream?! Find my homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, here. It’s creamy, smooth, and oh so refreshing on a hot summer day!

Patriotic Fruit Salad
Star Shaped Watermelon
Fruit Salad

This fruit salad couldn’t be easier to put together, and who doesn’t love fruit salad served at a cookout! It’s refreshing and you feel a little less guilty eating all the hot dogs and hamburgers when you have a little fruit on the side. This fruit salad will be the “star” of the cookout with watermelon pieces cut into adorable star shapes. Simply take a metal star cookie cutter (will be easier to cut with a metal cookie cutter than a plastic one), cut into 1/4″-1/2″ slices of watermelon, then place your star shaped watermelon pieces into a bowl. Sprinkle in some blueberries and raspberries and you have a side perfect for your get-togethers this summer!

Remembrance

Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. Of course, it’s a weekend to get together with friends and family for BBQ’s and cookouts, but it’s also a time to remember and honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I am fortunate that I have never lost a friend or family member serving in the military, however there are so many that are not as fortunate. Take a moment this weekend to remember those that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom & liberties. Here are a few Memorial Day events taking place locally (check your local newspaper or town Facebook groups for events happening near you) and nationally this weekend to observe the holiday.

Garden of Flags

If you live in the metro-Boston area, consider visiting the Boston Common where a display of 37,000 American flags will dominate the landscape.  This garden of flags, put in place each May by Massachusetts military heroes, honors the memory of the Massachusetts service members who have given their lives to defend the United States and our freedom. For more information, click here.

Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day parade televised nationally on most major networks Monday, May 30th at 2 pm. For more information, click here.

Memorial Day Concert

National Memorial Day Concert televised nationally on PBS Sunday, May 29th at 8 pm. For more information, click here.

Outdoor Entertaining
Fruit Pizza
Patriotic Bouquet

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy the long three day weekend…I know we will.

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Cozy Updates to Transition Your Home From Spring to Summer

Summer still seems pretty far off into the distance here in the northeast but that is not stopping me from styling our home for summer or wishing for hot days, sundresses, and sandals. Summer is such a special time of year that to me, the longer we can enjoy it, the better.

What makes summer so special? For our family it is no school for two months (hello no homework!), warm air, heading to the pool & beach for swimming & sunbathing, taking & enjoying vacations, firing up the grill daily for hamburgers or hot dogs (or other Americana cuisines), the smell of freshly mowed grass, and life in general just seems good. Maybe it’s the abundant sunshine & heat, but summer just feels different than any other time of the year or season.

And while we all might be spending more time outdoors during the summer months, our homes should reflect the season and there are a few, simple things you can do to update and add that feel-good summer feeling to your home. What summer looks and feels like to you may be different than what summer feels like for me & my family, so what I am sharing today can be customized to fit the style of your home and what you love. Think of this as a jumping off point to start bringing those summer vibes to the inside of your home. I’m welcoming summer with open arms!

Summer Living Room
Summer Greenery
Summer Table Styling

Splashes of Blue for Summer

Blue has always been one of my favorite colors to decorate with so I enjoy adding splashes of blue throughout our home when I style it for summer. Let’s not forget…I have a bathroom with blue wallpaper and a bedroom with a blue floral accent wall, so my love of blue runs deep! However, the rest of our home is neutral so adding these little pops of blue here and there for the warmer months is fun and refreshing. Why is blue a summer color and why do I find it so refreshing? Think about summer vacations. Where do most of us go on vacation during the hot summer months? Typically somewhere near a body of water such as a lake, river, ocean, or even a pool. And what do most of us wish for on vacation besides rest and relaxation? I would venture to say bright, blue, sunny skies to enjoy the cool refreshing water we are vacationing by. The common denominator…. the color BLUE! Blue water and blue skies. If blue is a color you have never used in your home, I challenge you to give it a try, especially during the summer months. Here are a few examples of how I’ve incorporated the color blue into our home.

Pops of Blue
I styled books with shades of blue to our console table to add height and visual interest.
Blue Striped Ribbon on a Swan
I tied a simple blue grosgrain ribbon to the white swan centered on our console table.
Blue Lettered Throw Pillow
I placed a white throw pillow with blue lettering to the couch for just a small pop of color.

Seasonal Florals & Greenery for Summer

I have flowers and greenery in our home all year long. I love the freshness and coziness that they bring, and so our home is always filled with some sort of fresh flower. While I like to have fresh flowers, I can’t keep a house plant alive! So, in our home we have fresh flowers and faux plants. It’s ok to have a mixture of both. The key to creating a summery home with florals is to style your home with summer-blooming flowers. The easiest way to do this is to bring the flowers and greenery you have growing right in your yard, into your home! Bring some of that outdoor beauty inside. Some of my favorite summer flowers are hydrangeas, peonies, and dahlias. These flowers have big, beautiful blooms that will fill up any vessel quickly. However, if you don’t have flowers you can cut in your yard, I’ve also been known to cut down flowering weeds & wildflowers along our woodline. Sometimes weeds & wildflowers can be just as beautiful, and the best part…they are free! (Just be careful you don’t get into poison ivy or anything else you may be allergic too!)

If you are someone who would rather invest in a flower that lasts season after season, there is always faux! They last forever and you can reuse them year after year. Just make sure you change your faux flowers each season so that your home stays current and fresh. Afloral has beautiful, realistic looking faux florals. They might be slightly more expensive than some other more popular craft stores, but they are worth the investment. Their flowers are incredibly realistic looking! Here are a couple of my favorites for summer; this beautiful ivory dahlia, this gorgeous cream white peony, this stunning taupe beige rose, or this amazing soft green snowball flower.

Hydrangeas
I purchased these hydrangeas from Trader Joe’s but once our hydrangeas start blooming I can cut a few growing in our backyard!
Cherry Blossoms
These cherry blossoms are not summer blooming, however I wanted to share with you that we cut these down on the side of the road in a wild growing tree. These are so beautiful and they were free!
Blue Floral Vase
This pink dahlia was cut from my garden. Do you see I styled it in a blue vase?!

Treats for Summer

Some of my favorite summertime memories are from when the kids where little and I was a stay at mom.

On the days in the middle of summer when it was too hot to go outside, I would make homemade Wendy’s Frosty’s. We would curl up on the couch in the cool air conditioning and watch Harry Potter movies all afternoon while sipping on our Frosty’s. Or, after a long day by the pool we would skip dinner and head to the local ice cream shop for bowls of ice cream to fill our bellies.

It’s these simple summer memories that I love, and think of often, which is why I love making treats for my family in the summertime. There are just a couple of requirements for a true summertime treat. One, they should be easy to make and two, should feel refreshing on a hot day. Some of our families favorite summer treats are strawberry shortcake, homemade ice cream (check out the rosemary ice cream I made last year here), s’mores (I made s’mores donuts last year here), Frosty’s (my favorite recipe for that here), ice tea, and a good old fashioned glass of lemonade (adding recipe below).

With summer on my mind, I made homemade lemonade yesterday and boy was it delicious! It really had me wishing for heat, humidity, and the pool! What are some of your favorite summertime treats?

Homemade Lemonade
Kitchen View
Homemade Lemonade

These are just a few updates you can make to your home to welcome summer into your home. Some of my other favorite things to do include opening the windows. There is nothing better than letting the fresh air into our home after months of being buttoned up from the cold. Change your bedding! Swap out the heavy blankets and duvets for lighter more breathable fabrics to help you stay cool on those hot summer nights. I love cotton and linen fabrics during the summer for their breathability and texture. Have fresh herbs available. There is nothing better than snipping a few fresh herbs from the garden and adding them to a meal. Swap out artwork. Choose art that features summery blue skies, tranquil blue water, or any other picture that just speaks summer to you!

Table & Hutch Styled for Summer
Books
Wooden Bucket of Cherry Blossoms

Tell me, what does summer feel like to you? What do you do in your home to bring that summer feeling inside? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Refreshing Summer Lemonade

Lemonade

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 8-12 lemons)
  • 5-7 cups Water
  • Ice (optional)
  • Lemon slices (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Create a simple syrup by bringing 2 cups of water and 2 cups of water to a simmer in a small pan at medium heat. Whisk occasionally.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved, remove pot from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Pour the lemon juice and simple syrup into a large pitcher.
  4. Add about 5 cups of water to pitcher and stir well. Add more water if needed to obtain desired taste.
  5. Chill for 1-2 hours or add ice cubes.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices.

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The Next Chapter in the Story of Eleanor Rose Home

A new chapter is beginning in the story of Eleanor Rose Home. A chapter I’ve been nervous about sharing. This new chapter consists of big life changes for me and my family, which is exciting and scary rolled all into one big ball of mixed emotions. I’ve known about this new chapter in this story for a while now, several months to be exact, but I’ve kept these upcoming changes close to my heart and have only told a few friends and family closest to me. I’ve eluded to these “changes” recently on social media, and have had quite a while to think about and decide how I wanted to make this announcement to the world. I thought I would share the next chapter on social media but after contemplating and mulling things over, I decided the blog was the right place to share my story. For me, writing something down is easier than trying to talk about it. This blog has become a sort of journal to not only share our home but also a place to share my thoughts and feelings. It’s my creative outlet and a lifeline when things get tough, especially over this past year. So, it only made sense to tell you what I have to tell you here, in my journal, my creative outlet, and my safe space . Now, in order for me to tell you about the next chapter of my life and Eleanor Rose Home, I have to start with the current chapter and the moments over the last couple of years that I have come to realize as pivotal to this next chapter and the changes ahead.

As many of you know I work for a landscape company that I have been with for almost seven years. I was hired as the office assistant in the fall of 2015, with no office or administrative experience. At the time, I just needed a job to get me out of the house while the kids were in school. I am the type of person who has to stay busy…all of the time. If I am not busy, I am not happy. Without kids to take care of during the day, I found myself bored and shopping (I did a little too much shopping)! So I found this part time job. And, I feel in love. I loved being outside of the house with people similar in age to interact with, I loved having control over the work I was given, I loved the responsibilities and I loved the work load. I loved my job so much that over the years I went from working 20 hours a week to 40 hours and more as the kids got older. I received multiple promotions through the years; from office assistant, to administrative assistant, to project manager, and finally operations coordinator. In a mostly male dominated industry, I was proud of the progress I made and the path I had forged as a woman in a managerial role. In my position, I helped create and roll out company policies, became involved in almost every department and aspect of the company, and I worked directly with the owners. The years went by and I was happy. I thought I had found my calling.

Then, in the winter of 2020, COVID. Looking back at the past couple of years, COVID is pivotal to this story and the trajectory of my life going forward. Once lockdowns started happening, it was decided that most of us in the office would start working from home. I packed up my desk and brought everything home. It was a scary time. Everything was uncertain; there was no school, Dave and I were worried about our jobs, and life was at a stand still. I was only supposed to be working from home a couple of weeks, but as with so many of us, I worked from home much longer. Working from home, and with the kids home too, my love of home and family was reignited. I truly fell in love with our home again and spending time with my little family. After running around for so many years, it was nice being home with no place to go. I had the time to play around with the décor in our home, think about and complete projects that we had been putting off, and I was able to cook meals for our family (and eat together as a family) again because I finally had the time. The longer I worked from home, the more I began to realize that I had been putting work first over everything else in my life the past couple of years. I was starting to see things in a very small, new light.

In the summer of 2020, there is another pivotal turn. I returned to the office. After working from home for a few months, it was a hard transition being out of the house again. Once I began to get used to being away from home, it did feel good to get out of the house and to be with my co-workers, but deep down I missed being home. That summer I received an email at work from one of our landscape customers stating her home was going to be featured on a local television show. She wanted to make sure her home was manicured before the shoot. In typical Heidi fashion, I emailed her right back, letting her know that was not a problem and to let me know if there was anything I could do to help her get ready for the television shoot. She responded with an invite for my boss and I to be a part of the show, which caused my stomach to almost fall out of my body (an extreme panic attack ensued). I didn’t want to be on the show, I wanted to help her get ready for the show (you know like fold the laundry, organize a closet, style a coffee table, add some items to shelf)! I told my boss that he and I had been invited to be a guest at this filming, and of course he said we have to do this! In a meeting with my boss shortly there after, I was explaining to him how I didn’t want to be on the television show (we did end up going, see photo below!) but wanted to help style her home since I love home décor and had always wished I could do something more with that. He said, “Heidi, why don’t you start a blog?” At that moment, a light bulb went off in my head. It was something I had never thought of that before. Why don’t I do that?! A few weeks later, on September 24, 2020, I wrote my first blog post (read that here)!

This photo was taken during the filming of an episode of Home, Life & Style in the fall of 2020.

I wrote one more blog post that fall and then stopped. I was back to working from home, William was in school remotely, and life became busy. I wanted to write more blog posts but I kept procrastinating, coming up with excuses, and frankly I just became lazy & unmotivated. After a winter of no blog posts, it was now the spring of 2021. We had a very small work party to celebrate a few employee milestones. At that party, a couple of people were talking about blogging. Starting a blog or writing a blog post, I am not exactly sure what the conversations were. However, hearing those conversations made me think. If they can write blog posts, why can’t I? Why do I keep procrastinating? Why am I not blogging more regularly? And so, the wheels in my head started turning again and I knew I wanted to start posting blogs on a regular basis.

During COVID, I started visiting Instagram. I had never really been interested in Instagram before. But being home with a little more time on my hands, I started going on the app daily. I found some accounts I really loved, and looked forward to seeing their stories or their squares on a regular basis. Most of the accounts I followed had blogs too. I started to put the pieces together. Maybe that was the missing link for me? Maybe if I started sharing our home on Instagram, maybe I would blog more and stay consistent with it? I started thinking about how I could share our home. Some of the pictures I saw were similar to the way I decorated or styled things in our home. If they can do this, why can’t I??!! Then on May 13, 2021, I took the plunge and shared my very first photo on Instagram as a business account. It was scary and exhilarating! I had opened a door that I knew nothing about. I had no idea how to take a picture, what to say, or what to do, what hashtags to use, or if anyone would see my photos. However, after that first post on Instagram, something came alive in me. It was a feeling of happiness and contentment that I had never felt before. It was as if I had found my calling, I had found what God had intended me to be all along.

While I felt happiness with this new found passion of blogging and posting on social media, work was another story. Work became extremely busy in the spring of 2021 and I found myself short staffed, running trying to do the work of five people, with everything falling apart around me. I became unhappy and resentful. It was a feeling I had never felt in my position before. I continued to struggle through work from spring into the summer. It did not get better, I was still understaffed and overwhelmed. There were days I wanted to just leave and never look back. If felt easier to just give up. There were days I sat at my desk and silently cried but still I continued to push through. During this time, I noticed I was having panic attacks on a daily basis and I didn’t feel good or like myself. One would think I would have realized my not feeling good and panic attacks was related to my stress at work, but I did not put two and two together. I am not a quitter and thought I could push through and somehow get to the light at the end of the tunnel (where the light was, I have no idea!). I was finally able to hire an assistant sometime during the summer, which started to relieve some of my stress and anxiety. Then, a short couple of weeks later, she gave her notice. I had reached my breaking point. I called my boss and told him that I needed to resign, I could not do it any longer. We talked through it and I decided I would stay on in my position, and hopefully things would improve. But, still I struggled through work the last few weeks of summer.

Even though work was heavy, crazy, and exhausting I had something else that was keeping me sane and afloat. My blog and the community I had found on Instagram. Through the summer of 2021 my account on Instagram continued to grow and I began to meet some amazing friends. I started posting blog posts on a weekly basis, my website was getting more traffic, and my blogs were getting more views. I started receiving offers from businesses to collaborate, and so I started to view the blog and Instagram as a business and a way to earn an income on my terms and my schedule. Dave and I began discussing me stepping down from my position at work and devoting more time to Eleanor Rose Home. It was not an easy decision, we talked about this for weeks. We had come to rely upon the steady income my job brought to our family, but I kept coming back to the same question, at what cost? Was a weekly paycheck worth my unhappiness?

Sometime during the month of September 2021 during a one on one meeting with my boss, I told him I wanted to step down from my position. I had not planned to say that to him during that meeting, but something inside of me knew it was the time and the place and I was ready to move on. I felt an enormous relief finally sharing what I had been feeling for quite some time, it was as if the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders. I gave the company six months to find my replacement, and told them I would be willing to step down into a part time role in a more flexible position if they wanted me to stay on. They agreed.

And so as with any story, when one chapter ends, another one begins. Starting next week, there will be a new chapter in the story of Eleanor Rose Home. I will start my new part time position at work, with the rest of my time devoted to Eleanor Rose Home. I would be lying if I didn’t say this new adventure is meet with mixed emotions. I feel sadness leaving my position behind along with everything I have achieved over the years and I will miss my coworkers that I won’t be working closely with anymore. I also feel a scared at the unknown. I’m entering unchartered territory, and there is no guarantee what I am embarking on will be successful. But the emotion that is most prevalent is happiness and excitement. I have never been so excited for something before. I cannot wait to see where Eleanor Rose Home goes now that I have the time to devote to developing, networking, learning, and all the things that go into creating a thriving business. I have big plans, and it feels like the world is my oyster!

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Going through these last couple of years was difficult, but looking back, without all of that, I would not be where I am today. If I was not the operations coordinator for a business, I would not have the business knowledge that I have today. If COVID never happened I would still be plugging away at my 9-5 job. Without the push from my boss to start a blog, I would not have started Eleanor Rose Home. I am truly grateful for all that I have been through and the lessons that I have learned. It has molded me into the woman I am today, and it has only made me stronger.

I hope you will continue to follow me on this journey. It is your support that has given me the courage to write this next chapter and I look forward to sharing the chapters ahead with you that for now, remain unwritten.

Links to products featured in this post can be found in our new “Shop Our Home” page. I hope this page makes shopping our home a little easier for you! I do earn a small commission when you make a purchase from one of our LTK links. Your support helps me continue to create meaningful content for you! Link to the family sign from Heritage Sign Co featured in this blog post can be found here!

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The Tale of an Easter Bunny Pillow

What better way to welcome spring than with a Spring Fling Blog Hop! I am joining a few Instagram/blogger friends this week to bring you tons of spring and Easter inspiration to start off this new season. Continue reading to the end of this post to meet my talented friends joining me in this blog hop, along with links to their blogs and blog posts!

In keeping with the “hopping” theme, this week’s blog post features one of my favorite purchases this spring, an embroidered bunny pillow. I thought it would be fun to take this pillow and have him hop around the house from room to room to show you how versatile one cute, little bunny pillow could be. When I saw this pillow, I fell in love with the intricate, embroidered details and the memories it evoked of Easter growing up. I think it was the embroidery on this pillow that reminded me of the Easter dresses I would wear as a child, and that took me down a rabbit hole of other, Easter memories.

One of my favorite springtime memories is my mother reading my sister and I Beatrix Potter stories. Sometimes, the three of us would curl up in my parents bed and my mother would read us one or two of our favorites stories which included The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Two Bad Mice (we loved the mouse named Hunka Munka!), and the Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle the hedgehog washerwoman. We also loved reading the book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. I would imagine living in the little cottages within the stories and how cozy and warm they would be (my love of all things warm and cozy started as a child)! I also remember going to bed Easter eve with curlers in my hair, and my sister and I waking up early Easter morning to search for our Easter baskets that the bunny had hidden. My sister and I would eat the candy from our baskets in the wee hours of the morning filling our bellies with Peeps, chocolate eggs, and jelly beans before sunrise. Once our parents awoke, we would put on our Laura Ashley Easter dresses with our curly hair and head off to church for Easter service. After church, we would go on an Easter egg hunt (the gold egg with money inside was the egg to search for) and then dine on Easter dinner which typically included honey baked ham, creamed corn, homemade dinner rolls, and deviled eggs (my least favorite food ever!!!). The day would end with naps on the couch, The Ten Commandments playing on the TV, and Easter baskets full of empty candy wrappers. Isn’t it funny how one little bunny pillow brought back so many fun Easter memories from my childhood?!

My sister Carrie (left) and I (right), Easter 1987.

While it’s fun going down memory lane, let’s get this pillow hop started! The first stop, is the library and a basket full of blankets. I always have a basket or two (or sometimes three) of blankets near the areas we relax and unwind. I love being able to pull out a blanket when I am feeling cold to snuggle up with on the couch (Eleanor does too!). A basket full of blankets adds coziness to our home even on the coldest of days. I placed our bunny pillow in this basket of blankets next to the couch in the library. He looks so cute and cozy snuggled in the basket, and the embroidery of the pillow adds a pop of color against the white couch.

The second pillow stop, is our entryway. Our entryway is small, with little space to come in and remove shoes and jackets. So, I added a small vintage chair in warm wood tones here so that we have a spot to sit down after coming in or a place to hold a backpack after school.

Adding the bunny pillow to the chair here provides a little touch of whimsy and coziness to our entrance. I love all of the textures in this space; the embroidery of the pillow, the old wood of the chair, the olive leaf wallpaper, and the basket overflowing with fresh, white hydrangeas. Adding layers of textures makes this space feel cozy, welcoming, and a place I want to come home too just like the cottages in the stories my mother used to read to us!

The next stop on our hop is our master bedroom. This may be my favorite place that I styled our embroidered bunny pillow! He looks adorable nestled amongst the duvets on our bed, as though we’ve had him for years. This pillow may have been made specifically for our bedroom (thank you Target!) to match the floral wallpaper and our white bedding! This bunny pillow would be so cute in a nursery or styled in a little girls bedroom too.

The final stop on our hop around the house is our living room, the most lived in room of the house. I would be lying if I did not tell you this little pillow has been thrown around the room a couple of times and has held up beautifully! I love that this pillow is a small touch of Easter and goes with our neutral décor perfectly. The embroidery of the bunny pillow coordinates so well with the other stripped and patterned pillows on our couch.

So, that’s our hop around the house! You’ve seen an Easter bunny pillow styled in a basket, in the entryway, in the master bedroom, and our living room. I hope I’ve inspired you to add this cute, versatile, and cozy bunny pillow into any room of your home! He will fit in with just about any décor, neutral or otherwise!

I could not wrap up this blog post without including a couple photos of Eleanor Roosevelt. I was photographing our bedroom, left for a few minutes, and came back to her on the bed snuggled with the pillow. She looked so cute, so of course I had to take a photo or two! This bunny pillow could also serve as a pillow for your furry friends, Eleanor certainly thinks so!

Looking for more spring inspiration?! A few friends of mine are sharing their spring blog posts today as well! Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest is sharing how to make a unique table runner with grass, Stacey at Green Valley Gable is sharing 10 Easter ideas for your country cottage, Brittany at White & Wood Grain is sharing the best smelling simmer pot recipes to freshen your home, Diana at Diana Marie Home is sharing DIY garden cloche, Shannon at The Little White Barn is sharing 4 fun ways to use an Easter basket, Cynthia at Vintage and Grace Living is sharing 5 easy ways to decorate your entryway for spring, and Ali at Country Chic Homes is sharing a touch of spring.

Links to products featured in this post can be found in our new “Shop Our Home” page. I hope this page makes shopping our home a little easier for you! I do earn a small commission when you make a purchase from one of our LTK links. Your support helps me continue to create meaningful content for you!

I look forward to sharing more of my home with you and inspiring you to have a well loved home! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LIKEtoKNOW.it.