I love scrolling through pictures of pretty spaces so I am excited to share a small tour of a fellow blogger’s home. Melanie, from the French Cottage, is local so I was able to visit her house in person and snap pictures to share! Melanie has an education in interior design and her home definitely reflects that.  She also is a woman after my own heart with her DIY projects!  She is ambitious too – she tackles woodworking projects.   Let’s take a look!

The front room in her home is a playroom for her son, but it’s definitely not neglected in terms of design.   What I like about this room is that it has features specifically for her young son, but there aren’t toys everywhere!  Everything has a place and the feel is more sophisticated than an elementary school room.  And of course, I always love stripes!

She built and installed both the shelves for the books and the large chalkboard pictured above.

Her son’s bedroom is playful and bright and, while everything has a place when it’s time to put things away, you can tell he still feels comfortable playing here too.

The floor plan is an open one, so the family room and dining room are open to each other at the center of the house.   More DIY projects abound in these rooms too.

The map of Memphis on the back wall belonged to Melanie’s parents and she took it home and built a frame to mount and hang in her home.

I loved this framed message displaying the Wi-Fi login information!  What a great idea that I will be borrowing for our house too.

The star of the dining room is the shelving unit.  Melanie designed and built these shelves herself!  They are beautiful AND functional–look how they store all of her entertaining items.

Melanie also has a talent for landscape architecture.  Her two level yard is beautiful with lots of flowering plants, herbs, and multiple spaces to relax and entertain.

 I totally enjoyed touring her home and need her to come over and help me with my backyard!! To see more of her home and projects visit the French Cottage blog!


This year I changed out the outdoor furniture on the deck.   A few years ago, I repainted a pair of adirondack chairs for the deck.

Unfortunately, they did not weather the seasons well and ended up peeling.

I decided to part ways with them and go for chairs that require less maintenance. This time around I went with plastic instead of wood. These chairs are a little more modern, but I still love them!

They are the Skarpo chairs from Ikea.  And since it is now summer time, I also made a few other changes.  I replaced our old grill that had rotted with this new CharBroil grill. I found it on a local garage sale group for a great price!  It happens to be brand new so check out your local market before buying from a big box store.


I also hung outdoor string lights in our screened porch. I purchased the outdoor lights from Target.   I just love the vibe they create at night!

Those are my only changes outdoors for the season this year.  I look forward to enjoying a few dinners al fresco!

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