When people think of Ohio I very much doubt the word “coastal” comes to mind.  How wrong they are!  If you know your geography, then you know much of the northern border of Ohio lies along Lake Erie.  Many people who live in and between Toledo and Cleveland spend their summers boating, swimming, and fishing on Lake Erie.

Many of you know how much I love using coastal inspired artwork to decorate our home.  A few months ago I stumbled upon an extremely talented local artist – Michelle Brunner.  Michelle creates the most beautiful acrylic paintings of coastal Ohio life.  From the moment I saw her bright, colorful and impressionistic style I was hooked.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Michelle and we share many of the same passions for home decor, fashion, and a coastal inspired life.   I have been wanting to do a post about her artwork for some time so when Michelle reached out to do a collaboration I was ecstatic!  Below she shares a little bit about herself as an artist!

ACS_0062ACS_0059Growing up I spent my summers on the Lake Erie Islands and along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. I fell in love with the waves, islands and carefree life along the lake.  That feeling of being on the water carried over into my paintings.  My paintings reflect life on the islands.  Hollyhocks along the lake, hydrangeas in front of adorable cottages and sailboats racing across the lake.  I paint these scenes in an impressionistic style using acrylic paint to amplify these restful landscapes.

ACS_0061ACS_0064I have always loved art especially color and line.  Art class was my favorite class in school.  This inspired me to eventually make art education a career.  I received my Bachelors of Science in Art Education at Bowling Green State University and my Masters in Education in Technology from Cleveland State University.  I have taught art for over a decade at Perrysburg High School in the historic town of Perrysburg, Ohio. 

ACS_0066ACS_0068My style is somewhat abstracted and impressionistic.  I like to focus on color and my emotional reaction to a scene.  My paintings are completed mostly by intuitively laying down color and brushstrokes.  My aspiration is to have the viewer experience the joy I felt while painting each subject.  I want to bring the spirit and life of being along the lake into my paintings for my viewers to enjoy.

ACS_0060Michelle and I have teamed up to give one of our lucky followers a spring print of Michelle’s art!  To enter, simply follow us both on Instagram (Michelle/Shannon) and comment what you love most about the coastal life!  Winners will be selected randomly on Thursday!

Be sure to check out Michelle’s website and shop her beautiful prints!




It’s officially the most magical time of the year!  Christmas has always been my favorite holiday – the twinkling lights, cozy nights by the fire, Christmas movies (Elf is my fav!), the decor, carols- I love it all. [Read: Getting presents].

Owning our house has made Christmas decorating that much more fun! [And expensive].  We decided to amp up our curb appeal this year with more lights and more Christmas cheer.  Our inspiration for this year was New England/Coastal Christmas.  Our style of house is very Cape Cod so this theme matches perfectly.


I love this class look of a simple ribbon with a hanging wreath in front of the windows.  It’s so classic New England.  And, my mom always put wreaths in front of our windows growing up so it’s nostalgic for me!


I was in charge of hanging the wreaths and the garland around the door.  Hubby was in charge of stringing white lights all along the edge of the roof. [Once again, risking my life in the pursuit of decor].  Check out a glimpse of the finished look below!


We hope you are having the most magical holiday season!  Next week we will be sharing our interior Christmas decorations!


Shannon [and Rob]


Happy Fall!

The Solt household loves this time of year!  Crisp air, cozy sweaters, Buckeye football, red wine, plaid and flannel, booties, all things pumpkin…what’s not to love?!  Plus, I have an excuse to change up the home décor a bit! [That’s what I don’t love]

I have not accumulated a whole lot of fall décor yet.  The past two years I’ve just bought fresh pumpkins and gourds from the local grocery store and displayed them around.  I have some beautiful glass pumpkins from Pier 1 my mom got us for our wedding, but other than that, I haven’t invested in many pieces. [We may differ on the definition of “many”]

This year I decided to finally invest in some fun pieces that will fit in nicely with our décor.  I found some awesome white, blue, and gold themed pumpkins and signs at Target (gotta love the $3 bin!) and Hobby Lobby that match perfectly with our current décor.

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I started with the dining room, which is definitely my new favorite room.  I’m so happy with how everything is coming together in this room.  The last items on our list to complete this room are art pieces and a rug.  We are taking our time and being really intentional about picking out the art because these are investment pieces and we want to love them!


My goal for decorating this room for fall was for it to be simple and fun. [And here I thought she was going for a glittering pumpkin patch] I didn’t want anything too fussy or over the top since it’s such an elegant space.  The white and blue glass pumpkins are perfect against the gold table runner.


So there you have it! I’ve linked the different pumpkins below so you can shop them! Happy decorating! [Pumpkins on a boat? Really?]


Shannon [and Rob]

Blue pumpkins | White Pumpkins | White and Gold Pumpkins (similar) | Gold/Orange-ish Pumpkin
Also, my top is from Loft!