Joyful Spring Home Tour

Joyful Spring Home Tour

Welcome!
Today I’m joining in on our Joyful Spring Home tour! I’ve teamed up with 14 extremely talented bloggers who are sure to inspire you.    I’m so happy you’ve stopped by.  If you are coming from Delightfully Noted, The Porch Light Cottage, or White Lane Decor  WOW, are those ladies amazing or what!?  I hope you enjoyed their gorgeous homes and spring decor ideas, I sure did.
A big thank you to our sponsor hayneedle.com for providing product for this tour.  Find out how you could win a $250 shopping spree at the bottom of this post.
Here in New England we are starting to turn the corner into spring, even though the temperature outside doesn’t always agree.  However, as I’ve lived here my whole life I’m used to the crazy temperature variation.  So no matter if it’s 60 degrees one day or 35 degrees the next, it’s March and this girl is ready to get her spring decor on!  The easiest and most cost effective way to bring spring into your home is with fresh or faux florals, some pops of greens and of course when you have little ones in the house a bunny or two doesn’t hurt either ;).
Let’s start with our front door, it’s a beautiful color called St. Lucia Teal.  The color is very versatile as it works well with decor in every season.  I added this white tulip wreath basket from TJ. Maxx and it cheerfully welcomes guests into our home, plus gives an instant spring feel.  Speaking of color I think what I love most about spring decor is that after a long winter/fall, you can finally bring back in all those beautiful soft and subtle pastel colors.
As you probably all know, I fully embrace color and welcome it in our home through the seasons.  I also like a good mix of neutrals too.  I think the key is finding the right balance.   I hope the pops of color in my home inspire you and make you happy!
Our Living Room:
I love tulips! What’s your favorite spring flower?  As you enter our living room you’ll notice the fresh pops of blue and green with accents of white tulips on the mantel in matching white vases.  I found these vases at Target and the metal mirror at Homegoods.
For our coffee table centerpiece I took a pair of my son’s old rain boots and put skinny glass bottles inside to hold water.  Not only do they look adorable holding flowers but they remind me of my son as a toddler splashing in the puddles out on the street.
Another sentimental piece is this little bunny, which is part of the Dedham Pottery collection.  Dedham is the town I grew up in and currently live in Massachusetts.  This line of pottery began in the Arts and Crafts movement between 1896-1943.  All the pieces have this crackled glaze finish with cobalt blue popping through it. This was a special piece to me as they are known for their “bunnies”.   (UPDATE: My kids were playing and knocked this bunny over.  It broke, so these photos are all I have left of my Dedham Pottery Bunny (insert sad face)).
I’ve added some pops of green to our gallery wall with these boxwood wreaths that I found at Target in their home section.
(RIP Bunny)
 
 
Our Master Bedroom Refresh:
I’m excited to share our master bedroom which I refreshed with items from our sponsor Hayneedle.   We’ve lived in our home for three years and I’ve never done anything to dress up our bedroom.  So this was a long over due and much needed update!
I started with a fresh coat of paint called Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. It goes between a light blue/green with gray undertones.  It’s very dynamic and I love that about it.  I was in need of an accent color and found these pretty curtains on clearance for $12 a panel from Target.  They inspired me to add pops of coral so I went with it.  Sometimes all a girl needs is a good deal and she is off in the right direction!
I got this beautiful distressed spindle side able from Hayneedle HERE it’s perfect for a small lamp, book and faux succulent.
 
Next, I was looking to incorporate this happy color into our bedding and to our wall in the form of art.   I shopped online at Hayneedle for this abstract artwork by Kate and Laurel that adds a beautiful focal point to the wall.   For the bed I added this Laura Ashley 3 piece cotton quilt set which is so soft and the perfect weight for summer.  The other throw pillows I found at TJ Maxx and at Homegoods.  I love how the abstract artwork brings the whole color scheme together.
 
 
Bench is from TJ Maxx
Rug is from Rugs USA
Buffalo check pillows are from Target
 I really love how our bedroom came together!  The color is just what it needed to add some personality and really this space a special retreat for us.
Our Kitchen and Dining Room:
My husband built these open shelves with piping and wood from Lowes Home Improvements and we have them on each side of our front window. I love switching out the decor for the seasons.  We are hosting Easter this year so I had fun setting the table with these moss runners from Joanne Fabrics, Wooden Chargers from A.C. Moore and bunny plates from Pier One.
I love these little bunny ear napkin rings from the Target Dollar Spot.
I use a little dough bowl and added some mini planters with faux moss and candles to create a centerpiece.  I also found these metal tins at a thrift shop for only a couple dollars each.  I’m looking forward to planting really plants in them once spring actually does get here.  
 
Shop the Rooms::
Well, that’s my home all ready for spring.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Be sure to stop by and see the other ladies sharing their homes today

Farmhouse On Boone

A House With Books

Giveaway Details:
Now for the fun part! Be sure to enter to win a $250 shopping spree to Hayneedle by CLICKing HERE!
JORDAN

 

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Updating Your Home in 2017

As we countdown the hours until 2017 I wanted to share with you some ways I plan to refresh my home in the New Year.   Are you like me and crave change in your home every once and awhile? Maybe your style changed or you saw something beautiful on pinterest or in a magazine that inspired you?  My husband and I have a home improvement schedule that we follow through the year.   This may sound strange but really its just common sense.  Our approach to home improvement is easy and consistent, ready for it?  In the winter when we spend a lot of time inside this is when we tackle indoor projects.  In the spring and summer is when we tackle our exterior updates because lets face it, after a winter of being stuck inside the last thing we want to do is paint a room, organize or hang curtains.  So in the spring/summer most of the time no money gets spent on the interior of our home.  We focus our sweat equity on the outside and it really does get sweaty.  For example we’ve installed a patio, planted perennial gardens, ripped out many old and over grown shrubs as well as planted new ones.
I wanted to share with you some different ways you can refresh your home in the new year.  Many of these I’m planning on doing in our own home in the upcoming months and since we are in the winter months here in New England they will all revolve around things inside.  This winter three things that are at the top of my list for refreshing are…
 1.  Curtains…
Curtains are an easy way to update a room, in my opinion they really complete a space and make it feel more pulled together and cozy.    Our playroom consists of almost all windows, for some reason I was hesitant to put any curtains up because I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  Well I finally saw the light and have picked some different options that I’m excited to try out and see what I like.  (I’ll be sharing more once I narrow it down) With curtains I usually going for a simple pattern, neutral or in a soft color.  The TRICK with hanging curtains is to always go HIGH and WIDE as to accentuate the window not hide the window.
These are all from target they usually have really good pricing and sales on curtains.  I want to keep the curtains in our play room neutral and subtle as all of you with kids know that the colorful toys take over so I don’t want my curtains competing with that.

2.  Paint…
I know this is obvious and everyone always says how paint changes the whole feel of a room.  Well it does!!  Since living in our home for three years now, I’ve really come to know the level of light in the various rooms of our home through the day.   Our master bedroom is a very low light receiving room.  Meaning the sun light this room gets is the least in the house.  Light really impacts color and in a darker room, you don’t want an overly saturated color or else it will feel cavernous.  The color we currently have, by the previous owner, is a mid tone blue which never bothered me too much but now it’s feeling dark, cold and heavy.  My goal this year is to repaint our bedroom  and to choose a color to lighten it up.  I’m considering Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams as I’ve heard many good things.  Please check out my favorite paint colors on my Pinterest page to see more inspo!

 More Inspo of light and airy bedrooms using Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams…
 (Source; Pinterest)
 (Source: Pinterest)
3.  Tile…
Refreshing with tile is such a huge update to a space.   Whether replacing in your bathroom, kitchen backsplash or in our case our fireplace surround, it can be a little pricier especially if you aren’t big DIY’ers.  The trick is to find the best deal on your tile.  Most local tile shops have clearance rooms and that is always where I like to start.  Then of course online retailers like Overstock usually have good discounts too.    We live in an older home and if you do as well you might have a dated look to your fireplace surround.   Ours was a maroon brick and maroon square tile.   I’ve scoured Pinterest for fireplace inspiration and what direction I want to go in and I’m really excited to share the update of our fire place with you in the new year.  If you follow me on Instagram you might already have seen some of my behind the scenes on this.
This is our fire place when we bought our home three years ago.  I called this room Kermit the Frog green.  Sorry for the blurry photo but you can see the mantel itself is beautiful but the brick/tile is so dated.
Here is some of my inspiration:
 (Source; Thrifty Decor Chic)
(Source: Google Image)
The bottom right photo is the current brick that I white washed so I could live with it for awhile and save up some money to invest in something a little dressier and modern.  Follow me on Pinterest to see some of my fire place inspiration.
 
I’m really excited to get put these three projects into action.  We like to wait and look for deals/sales to make decorating more affordable and we also try to do as much ourselves as we can.  I will probably be painting our bedroom but as for the tiling we will probably turn to a pro, as tiling isn’t our jam (yet).   I hope this gives you some direction on where to start in refreshing your home for 2017.  It really only takes a couple small projects to add a really big change in your home.   The goal should be reasonable and affordable projects from year to year and you’ll feel less overwhelmed.  Over the course of time you will look around and see that your house begins to feel like your home.
Thanks for stopping by! I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(Our best home decor update of 2016 click here)
Jordan

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