We’ve Got Spring Fever!

Posted in Gardening, Home Decor
on April 6, 2016

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!

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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.

Spring with us!

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.

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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!
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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.

 

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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:

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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? 😉

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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—IMG_5601_2IMG_5681_2

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.

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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.

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IMG_8260-1I 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 😉 .

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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.IMG_8520

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.

Spring with 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!

Spring with us!

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!

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With Spring in full swing, the light I fell in love with a year ago is back! My indoor plants are loving it too.

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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.

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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). IMG_5485_2 IMG_5500

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!
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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.

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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!)
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The air quality in this room must be SO good. 😉

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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 🙂

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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!

 

As promised, all of the lovely ladies involved in today’s blog hop are linked up below. Here’s a preview of their posts:


Kellie: Gratefully Vintage       Jamie: My Ideal Mess       Wendy: Life on the Shady Grove


Dara: Hood Creek Log Cabin       Jess: Honey n’ Hydrangea       Sarah: She Holds Dearly


Brittany: Indigo & Honey       Heather:  One Horse Lane       Layla: My Sunset Avenue


Kirsten: Bright Yellow Door       Rachel: Beautiful Treasures Blog      Kendra: Kendra Bester Design


Keila: Home and Hydrangeas       Hannah: The White & Wood Blog       Beth: 1111 Light Lane


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    April 6, 2016 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Kellie

    OH, Brittany!!! EVERY SINGLE picture was beautiful to look at. I love your house on the hill. & wow!!! what perfect natural light you have. The wood work is beautiful and can we talk about those stools, what a find! I also love that tool box you purchased for your wedding! I want one!!! they are so great to decorate. I have loved doing this blog hop with you. You are a generous, kind and oh so talented blogger! We all couldn’t have done this without you!!

    April 6, 2016 at 11:44 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Wow!! What a fantastic comment to find! You are SUCH a sweetheart. Thank you 🙂 It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and blogging with you! I can’t wait to see what else this journey brings us

      April 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply
  • Layla

    Girllll, you are my green thumb inspo!!!! Teach me your ways! I always get so much inspiration from your posts. I love how you stress the importance of using things you already have, not being wasteful and appreciating the original integrity and character of your home. the woodwork throughout is stunning. But seriously, when is the gardening class because sign me up! 😉

    April 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      😀 😀 😀 Heyyy Layla! You made me smile and laugh with this. Thank you!! It’s funny about gardening, my mom has been an avid gardener my whole life. She was always trying to get me outside with her to dig in the dirt and I just was NOT into it. Until I bought a house–and now it brings me so much joy! I don’t have any kids or pets yet. I’m warming up with plant babies hahaha I have so loved meeting you through all of the IG fun. House twins for life 😉 I’m heading over to your post now!

      April 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Sarah | She Holds Dearly

    Oh, I just love your home! Your couch is drop dead gorgeous and your photography is stunning. I love that you included little bits of gardening advise and that you got to repurpose such a meaningful piece like your tool box from your wedding!! xoxo

    April 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply
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  • Evamarie

    Ms. Brittany – love this! From the gardening tips to the creative use of the toolbox (which I totally want to purchase now for my wedding!) Stunning photography as always 🙂 Your blog always brings a smile to my face! xo Eva

    April 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      My sweet Eva Diva! Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to read the blog!! xo

      April 6, 2016 at 4:21 pm Reply
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  • Keila

    Friend, this is amazing!!!! I’m dying over the little toolbox! I also love the peace and serenity gathered from your living room! I’m hoping to get my thumbs as green as yours, wish me luck! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    April 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Keila, peace and serenity is definitely something I aim for and it means a lot that you see it! Thank you friend 🙂 You can TOTALLY rock the gardening scene, it’s really not as hard as people think–you got this!

      April 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Brittany! What a beautiful post! I feel like i really got to see inside your head and love that it was so purposeful! Everything is so light and airy and lovely! I have enjoyed getting to know you better! xoxo

    April 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Heather, you’re so great–thank you! That means a lot to me 🙂 Can’t wait to see what else is in store for us this week!

      April 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • kendra

    WOW! Your place is amazing and all your pictures turned out great. I makes me really want the spring weather here in Toronto. It is still snowing and I am wishing I could be planting some flowers and hanging out on patio. Your post is really setting the mood for spring 🙂

    April 6, 2016 at 11:07 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Thank you so much Kendra!! That means a lot coming from you–you’re such a talented designer! Spring will be with you before you know it. Maybe you can start seeds inside 🙂

      April 7, 2016 at 4:51 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    Oh Brittany I love this so much!! Your house on the hill is just perfect. I admire your clean and edited style. Thank you so much for everything and for joining in on another blogging adventure!

    April 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Such a wonderful compliment, ah! Thank you. It’s been a great adventure so far, can’t wait to see all the great photos this week with our hashtag!

      April 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • Beth Light

    Such an awesome post Brittany! I love the gardening tips – and learned about “root bound” plants – never knew!! Your home is so gorgeous and I love all the spring touches you added – beautiful job! xo, B

    April 8, 2016 at 7:41 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Thank you Beth!! Yes, make sure you do it or your plants won’t live as long xoxo Loved getting to meet you through all of this!

      April 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply
  • Dara [Hoodcreeklogcabin]

    It’s all so pretty Brittany! Great idea to paint your window boxes. Your home is so bright and I just love all of your wood!

    April 9, 2016 at 6:35 pm Reply
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