Today, I’m excited to join 14 wonderful bloggers in sharing our Spring Home Refresh with you all! It’s time to shake off the cobwebs and feel light on your feet again! Time to wake up with the sun and breathe in the fresh air!
My love of this season has grown so immensely ever since we bought this house of ours. After months of being cooped up inside, I’m ready to shift my focus to the outdoors. I want to get my hands in that dirt and feel the sun on my back. We happily take out the storm windows and replace them with screens to get the air flowing through our house again. Right now, our yard has bundles of daffodils popping up all over the front hill and behind the house in little corners.
The Dogwood trees have tiny buds on them too!
It inspired me to run out and buy pansies this year (which is surprisingly a first for me). I wanted to do a little spring-time display to welcome us home.
All of my beautiful flowers were root-bound. They’re fine, just need a little care before repotting them. Make sure to check yours out too!
TIP: If your spring flowers look like these, make sure to break those roots apart gently and loosen them so they can grow freely in their larger containers.
I also thought I’d try planting some bulbs with the pansies, since they hadn’t been planted in the fall and were sprouting green. We’ll see what happens! If they don’t come up, I want the pansies to still look purposeful so I planted them in thirds like this:
In my usual fashion, I used some things I already had to create this front entry vignette. However, I have been stealing from my container collection to use indoors for my ever-growing house plant collection. So I was in need of a larger option for outdoors. I found this whicker-looking one from HomeGoods for only $30! The liner comes out so it can also be used as a storage basket. I love when there’s more than one justification for a purchase, don’t you? 😉
The tool box was actually purchased for our wedding. It held mason jars full of flowers, and I loved how it welcomed people to the space. Why not keep that going by using it at home? I used left over seedling pots from the nursery to put inside the different slots. (Free is nice, no?) Here’s how it looked at the wedding:
Our welcome mat from last year was pretty shot, so I scooped up a new one from Target. I couldn’t resist this precious saying—
I went a little overboard at the nursery and bought an entire flat of pansies. So I had to get creative with where to use them all! The toolbox was a perfect solution after I had filled the window box and the other two containers.
Speaking of window boxes… ours have been with the house for many many years (the original owners left them for us to continue their tradition of filling them seasonally!) So they were in need of a little TLC.
I gave them a quick coat of ‘Antique Brass’ metallic Rust-oleum. They’ll end up being replaced eventually, but for now, they’re looking a little spiffier 😉 .
Voila! A very inexpensive makeover to these will stretch their life at least one more season. I love small successes like this one that show you don’t always have to have something new or to spend a lot to create something pretty and joyful.
That idea continues inside our home. A skill that I’ve been slowly developing is creating a beautiful space by working with what I already have. I love using pieces that are truly versatile, that I can move room to room and they still work. If I’m going to spend on something new, I want it to be something that I won’t get sick of quickly. I want it to fit both my aesthetic and my husband’s. I want it to be good quality. And I want it to spark joy. Those are the things I run through in my mind before buying. It helps tremendously to do this so that I don’t waste my money on something that truly isn’t right for us.
You’ll see that in our “Spring Home” most of the pieces have stayed the same from the Fall and my Winter. That’s because those pieces were so well thought out. We will build upon our collection of beautiful items over time, but I take a lot of pride in what we already have. Gifts, estate sale finds, and some new gems! Overall, my idea of ‘springing up’ inside is to declutter, lighten things up, and breathe some life back into the space. My focus shifts more to the outdoors at this point, so as long as my home is feeling light and fresh, I’m good!
It’s taken years to find the sweet spot between my husband’s outdoorsy, masculine style and my polished, feminine style. We started off so far apart and over the last 5 or so years of living together, I find it almost second nature while I’m shopping to pick up things that fit both of us. It’s been an evolution!
Finding our house was such a blessing, and probably the biggest challenge when it came to blending our two styles. Greg wanted something a little larger with privacy and as much land as we could get. I wanted a Cape.
And I wanted lots of natural light. We looked at so many houses before finding our ‘little house on the hill’ that sits on 2 1/2 acres, has two garages and is flooded with sunlight. Hallelujah!
With Spring in full swing, the light I fell in love with a year ago is back! My indoor plants are loving it too.
This room looks the same mostly.. aside from that giant plant next to the television that I had to have and some lighter throw pillows and blankets.
I put the faux fur ones away for now and added a teeny tiny pop of color with the blue patterned pillow (that I found on clearance at T.J. Maxx and it’s down-filled which I love).
The stools, I talked a little about in my a previous post (here) and I’ve since moved them to the living room for extra seating. They fit perfectly!
Much of the character of this space is in the bones of the room itself. It’s doing a lot of the heavy lifting! The natural light, the original woodwork, the fireplace. There’s a lot of built-in charm.
The only branches to have green on them in our yard, also are filled with thorns. Ouch! But they do look pretty and fresh sitting up on the mantle.
My mom gifted me this sweet little Swedish Ivy AND the gorgeous etched glass candlestick. How pretty! I love how the whites look against all the wood on this wall. Adding something light and bright helps balance all the dark tones on this side of the room.
Update: those stems were already moved to another room and replaced with this sweet little blue fern (haha don’t judge!)
The air quality in this room must be SO good. 😉
And for a touch of Spring in our kitchen I have these beautiful hyacinth from a friend. They’re SO fragrant and make me happy while I make my coffee each morning 🙂
I am positive that our house will keep changing during these upcoming warmer months. I’ll probably incorporate some more color in the summer time, especially. I really enjoy the process of making our home true to us as well as switching things up to keep my husband on his toes. 😉 Stay tuned and thanks so much for stopping by!
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