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Showing posts with label freshening up for spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label freshening up for spring. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring at Our House | Photo Tour


Welcome!  Each season I've done a little photo tour of our house.  Because I decorate in mostly neutrals, it really gives me the chance to transform our house with the addition of seasonal colors through flowers, pillows, etc. 

Tours from the past :
Holiday Home Tour
Autumn Tour
Fall Front Porch







DIY pillows inspired by our trip to Seaside... step-by-step later this week!


Mike's painting... also from Seaside.  I love the fresh clean palette it adds to the room.










Tours from the past :
Holiday Home Tour
Autumn Tour
Fall Front Porch

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Living Room | Freshening Up for Spring


Fresh Face Lift for Spring | Home

Yes, we've had an extremely mild Winter.  I am still sooo ready for Spring.  To get our house one step ahead of Mother Nature (maybe she'll get the clue) I have 'freshened up' our living room for Spring.  Gone are the warm winter pillow cases and throws - welcome fresh white (and striped) linen.  I took it a step further this year - I replaced our framed prints above the mantle to reflect a brighter season. 

This year, instead of just hanging your spring wreath on the front door, try giving your family room a fresh face life.  It might seem a little silly to redecorate your home for every changing season, but little changes can go a long way.  It is amazing how replacing a couple of pillows and swapping out artwork gives our living room a completely fresh and airy feel. 


What's that?  You don't have a budget for redecorating every 3 months?  Try making your own pillow cases.  I made the white and pale blue striped linen cases from 1/2 yard of fabric ($15).  They couldn't be easier to make - I made them both in about 20 minutes.  It requires a folding, ironing and sewing two straight lines.  No zippers, no buttons.

I'll be posting the DIY instructions later!

I made this smaller pillow with a horizontal stripe going the length of the pillow.  For the larger pillow... 


I used the fabric vertically. 


I had plans to over the ottoman, too, because I thought it was too dark and heavy for Spring.  Once I put the new pillows in place, the room already felt so much lighter that I didn't need to do the ottoman.

By the way, we made the ottoman/bench ourselves just like we did for the one in Emma's Nursery - just a different size and shape.


Flowers, of course, brighten any room.  These were from Mike for my birthday last week.


Didn't he do a great job?  White parrot tulips, purple hyacinth, peach garden roses and green viburnum. 

Don't feel confident in your floral arranging skills?  Put them in a pitcher!  I like how casual and effortless arrangements look in a pitcher - like you gathered them from your own garden and just plopped them in.


Here is the freshened mantle - two new prints, two new candles.  Aren't these candles fabulous?  They are Anna Candles (www.annacandles.com), $24.  I got them at a little boutique in Woodstock, Vt.  They are a little out of the box for me - but I love the little bit of whimsy they give the mantle.  


I always use botanical prints - for some reason they are the only type of artwork I'm really drawn to.  I love these white flowers on a cream background.  I found the image online and printed them myself.  I tear the edges of the printed paper so they appear to be out of an old book.  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Home | The Living Room | Fresh Spring Update


As you probably remember, we finally got furniture for our living room last Christmas. I wanted to freshen up the cozy Winter decor to give way for Spring. So, I started by removing our brown velvet pillow covers and replaced them with white linen.




Above : I updated the bookcase by removing the dark color books and adding touches of light blue - frames, and artwork. I also added this pale blue pillow to brighten our leather chair.


I have a large bunch of blooming branches in the corner on our blanket chest and a light blue journal in the rattan basket on the coffee table.

I love the white cable-knit pillow cover from pottery barn.
Mr. is checking it out...


This pie safe is displaying my new Napa Home & Garden pottery pieces from Red Cedar Country Gardens and some glass apothecary jars.



Here are some botanical prints. I like to display flowers and plants that actually grow on our property. Top : Dogwood, Bottom : Peonies


Here we have a magnolia.


And here are my ferns down the hallway.


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