Whenever I’m invited to participate in a spring home tour blog hop, I go back and forth about it, because–truth is–I’m not much of a spring decorator. But do you know what I AM? A procrastinator. So I like to look at spring blog hop time as a chance to finally put away the last remnants of my Christmas decor and actually put something in its place. It’s true: until this past weekend there were sad, straggling bits and pieces of Christmas still lingering in my house. But that’s all over now! Because it’s SPRING, by golly. I’m joining in on the Hello Spring Home Tour, hosted by Carrie over at Lovely, Etc. Stick around at the end of the post for links to a bunch of other spring home tours, with nary a Christmas tree in sight!
Here’s my “welcome to the house!” photo. I just bought that doormat at Target today special for this tour. Also because the old one was literally falling to pieces. And those are blueberries in the planter box. We went a little nuts at the landscaping place over the weekend and came home with four blueberry bushes (among other things)….then I realized that we’re going to be gone for much of the summer and will probably miss out on all the blueberries. YOU’RE WELCOME, house sitters. Oh well. I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about the blueberries when it’s winter and they don’t have any leaves (the planters may move to somewhere less visible then), but all the little blossoms are pretty for now:
My Christmas decorating tends to have a lot of color and kitsch and…..stuff. So by spring I’m ready for simple. The foyer is one place that was still sporting remnants of Christmas decor until a few days ago. The main issue was that I didn’t know what I wanted to hang on the wall above the dresser here. It had held vintage Christmas sheet music and, back before the seasonal decor, a mirror. But I didn’t want to put the mirror back up. Then I came across this Audubon poster at the thrift store and decided it would be perfect here.
I know what you’re thinking: “didn’t Emily Henderson just list ‘generic prints of famous works’ as an example of a design mistake in a blog post last month?!” Well. Yes. But she also said it was okay if it was on a poster from a specific exhibition, and do you know what it says on the bottom of my poster? It says, “A Georgia Tour sponsored by the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 1984.” Now, I have no idea if this counts as an “exhibition” (I was 9 in 1984 and not paying a lot of attention to the art world, so I have no idea what it was), but I’m also not sure the poster counts as a “famous work” of art, either–it might be an illustration that was mass produced. So, anyway, I think it’s okay. Especially since we spend a lot of time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center AND we like birds.
So there’s that poster. And also a fairy garden/terrarium thing. I’m going to do a separate post on making this, because the kids (including my 15 and 13 year olds) had so much fun doing it. I found the glass sided house at the thrift store and most of the things inside at Michaels:
Moving on to the kitchen:
The copper shelves are another space, like the dresser in the foyer, that I like to change out seasonally. I went with mostly white with just a few touches of color (largely in the form of fruit) for spring:
I found these little cockatoos at the thrift store the other day. I’m not sure they’re going to land here permanently, but they’re hanging out in the kitchen with some apples and flowers for now:
And, finally, I added a few new additions for spring in our den. We use two ottomans in place of a coffee table, but I knew I wanted a tray on one of them to hold drinks and stuff from time to time. I had an acrylic tray in mind, but then I found this wooden one with fabric lining it at Homegoods for only $20, and I was sold:
The den is full of dark, moody colors, so throwing a bunch of traditional spring colors in there doesn’t really work very well. I went with this planter full of succulents instead to fulfill the “growing stuff” requirement:
Also this teeny tiny hedgehog planter full of fake succulents (from Michaels):
The only other change in here (this is one room we actually DID get all the Christmas decorations out of in a timely manner since I did a room tour of it the other week) is that I grabbed a vase with some branches I clipped from…what I think is a crepe myrtle in our backyard from another room and stuck it on the mantel. FYI: crepe myrtle branches seem to preserve pretty well. Also, I didn’t do this on purpose, but the branches I clipped are kind of running into the painted branches of the tree in the painting in a cool way:
And that’s it for my tour, but there’s lots more to see! Spend some time checking out all the links below from the other participating blogs (and check back in throughout the week for more), and happy spring!