Simple Budget Friendly Spring Tour: Part 1
Hello. friends! I have so many mixed feelings today as I head into a week where I will be posting my spring home tour in two parts. My initial feeling on the timing of these tours (which have been on the calendar since last year) is that it’s slightly frivolous and silly to be sharing it in such a time of crisis in our country. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that now is a time that we truly need our homes to be our sanctuaries, and if I can in any way help you to create a safe retreat for your family then taking you on my tours will be worth it. We are currently doing No-Spend March, so I put together my tour using items I already had on hand, plus a few basics that were given to me as part of the video tour I did with MindBodyGreen. My wish today and tomorrow (when part 2 is up) is to inspire you to declutter and simplify, and decorate with items you already own so that your home will be your haven during this time. I want to thank Krista at The Happy Housie for hosting today’s tour, and encourage you to visit all of the other homes that I’ve linked to at the bottom of this post. Now let me welcome you into my simple budget friendly spring tour: part 1. Today we’ll be checking out our small front porch and entry, as well as our master bedroom and bathroom, and our youngest’s bedroom. (I’d share the other kid’s bedrooms but just imagine typical teenager rooms with clothes all over the floor, and you’ll have the basic idea. 😉 ) Come on in! (A note about affiliate links: I carefully select useful and budget friendly pieces for my home and am excited to share those with you through these links. I do earn a small commission made through qualifying purchases, and appreciate that support as it helps me continue to run my blog! I’ve added shoppable links below each section for you, as well as a source list at the bottom of this post.)
We moved into our 1960’s rancher in January of 2019, and have been making it our own ever since. One of my favorite makeovers to date was our super budget friendly porch makeover. A year later, it’s still going strong and looks very similar.
As you can see, the rainbow pom pom wreath I created is gracing our door this spring, and makes me smile.
Back in February I purchased some pansies for our planters and thanks to the fact that they let me know when they need water by dramatically wilting, they are thriving… or, surviving anyhow! When flowers or plants don’t wilt, I tend to neglect them and then one day they’re dead… so here’s looking at you, pansies! Thanks for telling me what you need, ladies.
Just beyond this pink door lies our small but mighty entry. To be honest, I did nothing to this entry to decorate it for Spring. It’s so small that there isn’t much that can be done for the season, but I wanted to share it because it’s one of my favorite little places in our home.
Thankfully we have room for a shoe bench, because with 5 of us under one roof, we have a lot of shoes! Last fall, I added a vintage rug remnant. I love this piece because the color and size are perfect, and it salvages otherwise damaged rugs.
Just off of the entry are the living room and the kitchen, both of which I will share tomorrow, but here’s a little peek. Also you can see the cute little vintage mirror I found for $2 at a yard sale last summer. It’s in the “check your teeth before you go out in public” spot.
Now let’s head down the hall and into my master bedroom.
We painted this room black last year, and then added the color block, and I can honestly say I have zero regrets. I am still very much in love with the color blocking today as I was when we first painted it. Paint is my favorite tool when it comes to changing the look of a space on a budget.
I’ve made a couple of subtle changes for the spring. First of all, I removed the throw pillows so the bed would feel less cluttered, and I love not having to toss that pillow on the floor at night when I go to bed. I mean, I know that throw pillows always look so cozy and inviting, but we rarely use them.
On my own nightstand, I added a photo from when my big kids were babies, taken during spring time. I also added a little vintage swan dish, and a vintage brown bottle with a camellia from our bush.
I decluttered my husband’s nightstand for him and added a plant because plants make people happy. You’re welcome, honey. This plant was in our bathroom but I love the touch of green here for the spring.
Above the bed is my absolute favorite part… Our jackalope got a little spring flair as well in the form of a fresh camellia flower. He’s living his fanciest life and he knows it- just look at his expression.
My husband’s dresser was also restyled with one little switch… a sweet little egg painting my parents gave me.
Isn’t that painting just so cute? I don’t have much blue going on this house like we did in our old house, but it’s a fun touch of the season.
On the wall perpendicular to Chris’ dresser sits my own dresser. I didn’t really change anything about it for this season, but I did finally put away the clothes I had piled on top, so that counts.
This bedroom truly is my sanctuary and I am grateful to have it at this time. I sit in here each night to read and unwind, and that bit of solace helps restore me after a busy day. I also sometimes snuggle in here with the kids to watch a show or movie, and I am thankful that we get to do that.
One other thing I wanted to mention that I changed out for this season is the quilt on our bed. Previously, we had a very heavy fleece blanket, but I folded it and tucked it away under the bed and replaced it with a beautiful lightweight modern grey quilt. It’s been the perfect weight for spring.
To the other side of Chris’ tall dresser sits our small master bathroom. Below you can see the skinny doorway that leads to our humble space.
Last year we gave this room a super budget makeover, and made it much more livable. I hope to one day give it a proper overhaul, but for now it will do.
It’s truly amazing what a can of paint, and new accessories and fixtures will do!
A couple of years back we started using white towels, but to be honest, they had yellowed so badly and always looked so gross hanging on our hooks. I had tried to bleach them and the color was so stubborn. I ended up replacing them this year for spring (thanks to my tour with mindbodygreen!) with an earthy color that I figured wouldn’t show dirt as easily, and would suit the vibe of our space.
The only other change I made was replacing my wooden vase in here with a white one which just felt a little brighter for the season.
Finally, I have one last space to share with you today, and that is our toddler Wilder’s bedroom. He will be two in a month… someone let time know I need to fast forward through Coronavirus then stop and slow down again please. Here is a peek into his room from our hallway with my hand painted mural.
I absolutely love his bedroom/nursery/call it what you will, but I felt it needed a little brightening up for the season.
The changes I made are SO subtle, but maybe you can tell?
Last fall he had heavy mustard blackout curtains and I loved them so much, but for now I’ve folded them away until next fall. Thanks to my tour with mindbodygreen, I selected new lighter feeling but still blackout curtains in a buttery yellow ombre effect. They really changed the vibe of the room and it feels so light and fresh in here, yet I still get the advantage of darkening the room which is needed at nap time!
I also added a fun spring like pillow from Janery, an awesome pet bed shop. I don’t think she makes throw pillows anymore, but I love the color this one brings. I’ve had it for years and love to bring it out in the spring.
And you may have noticed some cute little animals. Those actually belonged to Emmy, but Wilder always plays in her room with her and loved them so much that she gave them to him. Big sisters are the best!
Last year, I had my friend Bryant create a print just for this space, and I couldn’t love it any more. The color plays off of the new curtains perfectly. Bryant also created the print you saw earlier in my entry. This print is also available in his shop!
Thank you so much for taking my tour today! I hope you’ve gotten some ideas for easily refreshing your home for spring by just reworking your textiles, adding some touches form your yard, or simple moving things around a bit. May you find peace and comfort at home during this crazy time. As always, you can feel free to reach out to me with any questions by emailing me or dropping me a comment. Below you will find a source list for today’s tour. Under that you will find links to all others joining in this tour this week. Come back tomorrow to see my living room, kitchen, and dining nook!
All paint by Sherwin Williams, colors noted.
Master Bedroom: Bed / Duvet Cover / Quilt / Fringed Pillowcases / Striped Linen Pillowcases / Ceiling Fan / Rug / Nightstands / Long Dresser / Tall Dresser / Jackalope / Lamps / Similar Wall Hanging / Globe / Similar Vintage Sign / Blinds / Paint Colors: Greenblack & Copper Wheat
Wilder’s Room: Rug / Wallpaper / Curtains / Crib / Crib Sheet / Bookcase / Convertible Couch / Pillow / Similar Animal Stuffies / Print / Frame (Use CASSIE20 for 20% off) / Quilt Made by My Mom (inspired by this) /Paint Color: Pure White
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