Is it just me or was winter crazy long!? The weather is finally changing for the better and bbqs and pool days will be here before we know it. I must say though winter ended in a big way in our household! Mike proposed in March at this cute B&B on Skyline drive and, of course, I said yes! After four years we’ve decided this life we have together is pretty darn amazing so we want to keep it going forever! :0) It also means he’s accepted the role of being my life long curtain hanger, shelf builder, furniture mover, and design executer 😂. This is no small life commitment folks, it’s also a part time job. Lol. Seriously though we could not be more excited and that means it’s highly probable some wedding decor might make its way into the blog this year!
So on to the Spring blog! If you’ve been following me on Instagram (which you totally should!) You know we’ve gone pink for Spring!
One thing I haven’t shared on Instagram yet is this new rug! It’s from Amazon, it’s a Safavieh Adirondack Collection rug in ivory and silver and was actually VERY reasonably priced at slightly over $200 bucks for a 9x12! This is a really high traffic area for us and so far the rug has been great! It’s also much softer than our previous rug which was more of a natural fiber.
Another change we made this Spring is finally hanging a curtain on this back rear door. It took us a while to put curtains here because it was hard to find a rod that didn’t have some decorative knob extension on the end. These rods are about $30 bucks from IKEA and are perfect if you have a tight space between your curtain and a wall. The hallway to the dining room always kind of breaks up this side of the room but I think having curtains on both doors pulls it together.
So the key to using a new color in your decor that you normally wouldn’t is to not go overboard (or broke) using it. My pink pillows are new but other than that I tried to use the pink sparingly. The pink coasters below were a gift from Anthropology a few years ago but they happened to be just the right amount of pink I needed for the coffee table.
Something about the change of seasons always gets my creative juices flowing and I get the itch to take on another house project :0) So here is what I’m thinking for the fireplace. I think making the entire bump out a focal point would really take the character in this room up a knotch. My idea is to create a new mantle that extends the entire width of the bump out, and then using ship lap and molding to wrap the wall.
Conveniently Pinterest had a great photo of what was in my brain :0) So it would be something similar to what’s below. I also think lowering the mantle a bit would create more space between the mantle and the tv, thus increasing my decorating options ;0) win win right?
So the fireplace idea is just an idea for now, after all we have a wedding to plan! But maybe some day :0) in the mean time here are some more Spring accents! The gingham pink pillows were only $15 on sale at Pottery Barn so I got 3 of them and spread them around the room.
And it just wouldn’t be Spring if the bunnies didn’t come out to play :0)
These pink tulips came from Simply Beautiful Spaces and I have to say the are the most REAL looking fake flowers I’ve ever had. They even feel like tulips to the touch, kind of soft and velvety. Not all fake flowers are created equal folks, splurge a little on the better quality ones.
I lightened up the dinning room by adding some greens and pinks and a few bunny touches on my shelf.
In the bathroom I didn’t go out and buy pink towels or rugs I just added a splash of pink with the soap and flowers, just enough to tie it in with the rest of the house.
I hope this inspired you to add a few simple changes to your own home and spruce it up for Spring! If pink isn't your thing you may like the Spring touches I added last year and the year before. Well guys on behalf of me and my boyfriend, I mean FIANCÉ ;0) THANK YOU for taking an interest in my hobby and stopping by! Happy Spring!
For more spring decorating tips check out my Spring Board on Pinterest!
Happy New Year friends!! Well it’s only the first post of 2018 but it’s already my favorite :0) Typically winter decor isn’t one of my favorite stages because it usually feels bare and unexciting after all the brightness of Christmas. I have to say though this year it felt really good to just clean the house out. Too much decor can start to feel overwhelming and the new year felt like a good time to pair down. The key is keeping that feeling of hygge with minimal decor.
i think it’s important to clarify here that hygge isn’t supposed to be about “things” but rather about creating an ambiance. Hygge is an experience you feel.
i decided to start with the picture of the bar area here for no other reason than I’ve never started with the bar area before so why not :0) It’s a lot less cluttered than it was during Christmas and as I’m looking at the picture now I just noticed someone stole a bottle off of the wine rack before I could get a good shot of it......hmmmm wonder who that was??! ;0)
When I look at this view of the living room my first thought is.....man I wish that tv weren’t there. (Insert face palm emoji) lol this is one of those “pick your battles” arguments I lost with Mike but man what I could do with a full mantle to decorate!! Ugh ok letting it go...
I loooove all the light that floods into this room daily.
Lanterns, candles, a huge cableknit throw and even little lights on that tiny tree at night really cozy up a room that can be quite chilly in winter thanks to all the windows and doors in here. Trees aren’t exclusive to the month of December after all :0)
The very neutral color palette was intentional after all of the bright red but I wanted to add some subtle color here and there. It’s hard to tell from this picture but the smaller pillow is actually a very light turquoise color, but the super soft fabric makes it perfect for a winter nap. Not all my pillows are napping pillows, but these are :0) They are from Pottery Barn a few years ago and the larger plaid ones are from Target.
Lets walk into the dinning room shall we?....
So I actually messed with the mantle quite a bit before I settled on just the stars. It felt so bare at first and then I kept telling myself, “but that’s what you’re going for” so in the end it’s very simple with a pop of color.
I also don’t think I mentioned the new fabric dining room chairs below. We purchased two of them right before Thanksgiving from IKEA. They are super comfortable and we’re on sale for only $71! That’s a steal for this type of chair trust me I’ve done lots of research!
I really debated buying this runner from Target (Hearth and Home) because if there’s anything I have more of than pillows, it’s runners, but sometimes you just need a new piece that motivates you to put away 6 plastic tubs of Christmas decor, the runner did this for me, lol. Totally worth the $17. For the centerpiece I used a vase that pulls in that turquoise color and filled it with remaining greenery, cotton stems and acorns. I just wanted an arrangement that added some color while still feeling natural. The element of nature is very important to creating a hygge vibe.
Moving into the family room. I left the trees I had on the picture ledge for Christmas and just removed the red berries. I decided to layer the grey with the dark grey and embossed pillows but added a pop of color with that perisian looking velvet pillow. I love this pillow so much it already has me thinking pink vibes for the Spring blog...:0)
So from this view how many trees / plants can you see? I count 5! I was talking with my nature loving cousin over the holidays and she was telling me she has a rule of minimum two plants per room in her house, even the kids bedrooms! My first thought was oh god that’s so much work! But the more I thought of it the more I loved this idea. It’s better for the air quality, reduces pollutants, brings the outdoors in, and naturally brightens even the most neutral of decor. The catch being I have to remember to water them. So hopefully you’ll start seeing a lot more plant friends work their way inside.
Spider plants and succulents may be the easiest of the “hard to kill line” so I’ll likely be starting with those. Below I just placed a buffalo check placemat in my wood tray and of course, a candle! This placemat was only $3 at the target dollar spot last year.
Of course everyone knows the litmus test for determining coziness is seeing where your dog decides to curl up. Yep, plenty of hygge happening in this room for Lucy!
The kitchen feels SO much more zen now. Just clean surfaces with minimal things stored on the counter top. I did add a vase with a candle to bring in some of the hygge vibe as well as another flowering plant but the important thing here is just, minimal.
So I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you all some pictures of all these little lights in action after going on and on about how hygge they make the house feel. Check out the rooms at night below.
i hope this helped you guys with some ideas to keep your Home feeling hygge for winter! Remember candles, blankets, nature, and you can’t go wrong. I also recently created a Winter Decor board on Pinterest to collect my favorite ideas. If you want to follow it my name is Kperr5ib. The gallery below includes some of my more recent pins. Happy New Year friends!! Stay hygge ;0)
When I think about my vision of the “perfect” Christmas I always imagine a Norman Rockwell painting. Scenes of snow covered country sides and towns and classic 1950s Americana images like the one below:
Its like a mix of A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life. The decor is a little brighter this year but definitely has this vintage influence going on. If that sounds like your idea of Christmas heaven keep on reading!
The decor this year was inspired by the festive decorations of Christmas past. It’s a little brighter than usual with some vintage touches but mostly I just wanted it to feel like fun because when you’re 4 you don’t remember the color scheme, you remember the fun.
The tin Christmas sign came from Merrifield Garden Center a few years ago and I just added some blue spruce springs to enhance the contrast against the white mantle. Stars were also big in the decor this year, they just have such a vintage Christmas feel to them.
The candle sticks came from the new Hearth and Home Magnolia line at Target ($14) and the little trees are real from Trader Joe’s. The rust stars tie it all together and those I borrowed from Mom :0)
Adding greenery to every room is something I always do. Clippings are free at most tree farms and nurseries this time of year and it adds that fresh scent of pine to every room! I will say if you are going to use it near a candle holder like the one below please use a fake candle!! No sense in taking unecessary risks!
So I asked Mike if he thought we should get a Christmas tree for our bedroom this year and he looked at me like I had three heads. Apparently I went a little over board on the trees this year (is that even possible) but truthfully I only put up my artificial one in the living room and a real one in the family room. Now I can see trees no matter what direction I’m facing in my house :0)
That little guy down there doesn’t count!!
Although I love trees I don’t have enough ornaments for them all!So the living room tree is very simple. It’s just lights, the grey burlap garland, and the burgandy sprigs I had everywhere this fall. I just tried to stick them strategically in the tree to give it pops of color.
The back corner came out so cute! Mike bought me this antique lantern at Lucketts earlier this year and I just added some red berries to make it a little more festive. Also I always get this question when I use this picture, the pine cones are REAL! They are just freakishly large :0)
When we bought this chandelier at Lowe’s earlier this year ($50) THIS is what I was envisioning! I just couldn’t wait to drape it in fresh greens for the holidays :0)
More stars! The table runner and all of these cute berries sprinkled about came from Simply Beautiful Spaces in Stafford, VA, which as you know by now is Simply My Favorite. :0)
The garland over my shelf is fake (bought it on sale last year) but I mixed in some real spruce clippings to add some more texture and get that fresh pine scent going in the dining room.
This is the room I’d say we spend 90% of our time in. I wanted it to feel cheery and cozy while still keeping a vintage vibe.
The only real red in here are the berries on the picture ledge and the pop of red from that cute lumbar pillow I picked up at Target.
Tree #1 peeping in from the back.
Tree #2! We went to Maynes Tree Farm this year in Buckeystown, MD to pick out our tree and it could not have been more picturesque. Way out in the country, and even a fun tractor ride out to the fields to cut your own! Highly recommend!
The ornaments are becoming more and more eclectic in our house. For instance I don’t remember having the El Torro Loco Monster Jam truck up there before but hey that’s how these things evolve when your family starts growing. It’s becoming everyone’s tree, not just my design project and I’m fine with that :0)
Cant beat this view at night.....where’s my wine??!
The Kitchen this year is Oh so bright! Haha I don’t think that’s what I intended when I first began but that’s just what it evovled in to once all my favorite pieces were out :0)
So this year I really wanted to find some antique bells to add to the vintage look. I searched all over and wouldn’t you know my Mom found the perfect ones at Chartruse and Co. in Buckeystown, MD. She always wins the treasure hunts. Anyway I tied them to this wreath with a really simple bow and I love the way it turned out! It’s a little understated but feels so Colonial to me.
Well friends thanks for coming over, I hope you enjoyed this look back at decor inspired by Christmas past. I think I’m going to go cozy up on the couch now and enjoy this early season snow!
Hi I'm KP, new home owner and lover of all things related to homestyle! I hope you enjoy our renovations, home decor and pictures of my fur child Lucy!