I am so excited today to show you my Spring tour as part of the Hello Spring blogger home tour hosted by Carrie from Lovely Etc. And be sure to make it to the end of this post for a $400 giveaway! Usually I run out and get plants for my porch, fresh flowers and accessories for my home and Spring it on. Well this year I wasn’t quite ready to get my plants, and I decided to limit purchases that were just for the tour to a couple bouquets of fresh flowers. Everything else was done using only what I had. I wanted to create a simple home tour and show Spring can come to your home just by making small changes that keep it feeling fresh.I have to admit I really hate giving my style a name… it’s hard to put a finger on it, but I do know what I like. When I collected all of my images the things that stood out to me were vintage pieces, bohemian accents, and fresh natural elements. Also before we begin, in case you are new here, I should tell you that we have 3 dogs, most recently having adopted a deaf miniature schnoodle puppy who needs a little extra love and attention. Because of this, we have our kitchen and dining room gated, and as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t remove the gates or put the dogs outside because it rained on my shoot day. So the result is a true real life tour, but a picture heavy one at that.
Let’s start in the kitchen, where the colors are always vibrant and creating a Spring vibe is a cinch.I was so inspired by Justina Blakeney’s kitchen to bring plant life to my open shelves. They add a nice fresh green that sings of the season. I had my little aloe plant in a tin already there, as well as a tiny cactus, but I added two larger plants to the top shelf, relocating them from my bedroom where they had been in the window this winter.I just love the way the pothos cascades down the shelves.I love the way the plants seem to catch the light a bit as well.Also, I want to mention to the left of the door that leads outside, I’ve added new artwork. A friend from high school opened his own printing press, and creates amazing prints and letterpress items. The colors and sentiment on this print were perfect for my kitchen: A Yawn is a Silent Scream for Coffee. Check out his shop, Dogs & Stars Letterpress!Across from the doorway sits our refrigerator, industrial shelving unit, and a minty vintage filing cabinet we use for bread, glassware, and more. I added a painting I purchased 8 years ago to the top of the cabinet as the colors and scene are perfect for the season.The kitchen opens to the dining room with our industrial island as the segue between the two. The two spaces are unified by their cohesive lighting, colors, and styles. On the island we keep all sorts of kitchen mixing bowls and colanders we use on a daily basis. The crates hold the necessities- small electrics in one, large cutting boards and sports water bottles in another, and dog leashes in another. And Snowball loves to rest on the bottom shelf, so we added a Merlin Mat from Janery for her to relax comfortably. (more on that later!)On the island I added a jadeite bowl filled with pears (Danjou are my favorite and I love them crispy and green!) and golden delicious apples.There’s nothing like using decor from your own refrigerator or pantry, right? I just love the Spring colors in these fruits, I had to snap a few pictures!Also on the island is a vintage crate we always keep there with bottled water (and there’s some wine hiding back there). The enamel pitcher was already there, too, but I added some $5 grocery store flowers.To give you a better idea of how the dining room and kitchen flow, here’s a shot that shows their unity. It also shows Catcher & Snowball’s unity- see them snuggling?I had plans to add some greenery to the glass bottles on my dining table, but nothing in our yard had any green leaves yet. So I decided to bottles were pretty enough on their own.As you can see the dollhouse we’ve been working on for Dollhouse Therapy is staying here in the dining room. We also picked up another one recently and it’s currently pink, so I thought it was perfect in here as a touch of Spring.On top of the blue cabinet, with the plant sitting next to it, it sure looks like Spring to me!And of course the other side of the dining room reminds me that beach days are not too far off now.These paintings always put my soul at ease. Even with dogs running amok and our spaces baby gated. 😉 Now that the days are finally starting to get a little longer, our living room gets so much sunlight throughout the day, and I’ve moved several of our houseplants here for the season. I had to move our money tree because Snowball enjoyed attacking it when it was in the dining room.I shared my Spring bohemian modern mantle a couple weeks ago, but here it is again in case you missed it.This space is one that we spend a lot of time in as a family and I wanted it to be a little more open, so I’ve been working on rearranging a bit and removing our tall bookcases that were behind the navy sofa. I’ll be sharing more on that later, but for now, I added all of the books from them to the pipe built-ins Chris and I created. I also folded all of our blankets and stacked them away for now in hopes we won’t need them as often.Besides bringing many of our plants in here, I also added my other grocery store bouquet- hydrangeas- to the coffee table.I selected this bunch because I loved the hints of green. I placed them in a vintage Crown glass jar next to a stripped candlestick I made, and a pair of antlers I painted.
Chris’ desk area was totally cluttered, so I
shoved all of his stuff in places he can’t find it freshened it up a bit and added a plant in a pot Emmy painted.This poor snake plant isn’t doing too well, so I am hoping the move into the living room will be a good thing. I also added these glass nesting tables I won when I won the coffee table. I didn’t think I’d be using them but they’re perfect-functional yet they feel airy and open still. See them sitting back there between the chair and sofa?
It’s amazing what small changes can do to freshen up a space.
I can’t wait to share what artwork is hanging behind that sofa… but for now here’s the view from sitting on that sofa.I want to share one more space with you today that’s been getting a little Spring refresh, and that is our master bedroom. The last time I shared it I was winterizing it with a wool blanket. For Spring I brought back out my vintage white bedspread, and went all white with bedding and furry white pillows all from Ikea.
I was just craving a fresh white textured palette.
I did leave my little doily dreamcatcher hanging and it brings a splash of green in.I also restyled the top of my dresser, and added some jewelry organization, inspired by my friends Emily at The Wicker House and Alice at Thoughts from Alice.
On the other side I added a sweet white deer I painted years ago.Of course there is still a major dose of color in this space from my turquoise dresser. Over here, I simply added my glass head to the vignette, because I had removed it from the other to create the jewelry display.So now I have my collection of glass body parts…. I am not sure what that says bout me. Try not to read too much into it, OK?If you can believe it, I actually had one more space I was going to share with you, but picture overload already! So Come back tomorrow to check out my guest room and office space. Now be sure to check out all of the other homes on this amazing tour, and enter our giveaway for $400 smackeroos!!!!
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