You’re staring out the window at the low, grey skies and dirty snow on the ground. The kids are whining about being stuck inside, again. Unfortunately, all their gear is still soaked through from their first outdoor “adventure” earlier today. And if you hear the theme song from Wild Kratts one more time, you might. just. lose it.
It’s been a long winter.
L O N G .
The newness and fun of snow and hot cocoa wore off about 6 weeks ago and in the gloomy weeks of “almost end of winter” you find yourself dreaming of warmer days, flowers, birds, and all things SPRING.
I say let’s ignore whatever is outside your door right now. Whether you’ve got dirty snow and mud or whether your temperatures already feel like summer (I’m looking at you, Southern friends) – let’s celebrate that Spring IS coming! Let’s put away the heavy throws, the winter decor and let’s fling our doors wide open to Spring.
*Well, maybe I’ll let YOU throw open your doors. We still have freezing temps, so…you know. I’ll just pretend it’s Spring here in MN. 😀
*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Full disclosure here.*
Spring Home Tour
If you’re joining me from Sarah over at Grace in My Space, WELCOME!! I’m so happy you’re here! I’ve teamed up with these lovely ladies to invite you into our homes and show you how we decorate for Spring. A spring home tour for real life, if you will. Our goal is to share plenty of inspiration and ideas for you to take in, customize, and incorporate into your own home.
We *get* what it’s like to be at the end of Winter and just be so ready for Spring. Because we’re there, too.
Come on in!
Since we still have gobs (GOBS, I tell you) of snow outside, I’ve not yet transitioned my front porch to Spring. So there is no Spring decor on my front door yet – just keepin’ it real. 😉
As you might already know, I keep the decor in my home pretty minimal. I like open spaces and very simple things on my walls.
A few faux flowers and branches sprinkled about and that’s enough for me.
I did rearrange our living room since we don’t use the fireplace during the Spring and Summer. (I’m always moving stuff around – and if we feel the need for the fireplace, I’ll just rearrange again.) 😉
*Have I mentioned that Mr 1915 is The Most Patient Man on Earth? He just smiles and shakes his head at my constant changing of things around our home. I adore him.*
After a quick shout out on Instagram, asking people if Asmund (the silver ram on the wall) should be retired, I received a resounding “NO!” – and so he stays. He’s confident in his manliness and it doesn’t bother him a bit to get in touch with his feminine side for Spring. He still needs a wreath, but I haven’t gotten one for him yet.
Since I decided to bring in a little soft pink for Spring, I found these cute little pink-wrapped kisses…which my boys won’t leave alone. LOL! Chocolate, little boys, and white slipcovered couches are a good combo, right?
As you can see, I have an aversion to ironing slipcovers. It just doesn’t happen. I did think about ironing them (for about .02 seconds), but then I realized that would just be fake. And I’d rather not play that game. Can we still be friends?
Free is always good
These branches are the same ones I cut off our tree in the backyard a little over a month ago. (If you follow me on Instagram, you saw them). I set them in water, they bloomed, and were glorious. After they dried out, I figured I could get a little more mileage out of them. I shook the leaves and old blossoms off, stuck them in this urn and hot glued a few tissue paper flowers here and there. The flowers aren’t anything to write home about, but they look fine and give the illusion of blossoms. And it cost pennies. Probably not even pennies. More like half a penny.
This past Fall I found this old grainsack at a local feedmill, brought it home and ran it through the wash. Then I stuffed an IKEA pillow form in it, folded the open end inside, and called it good. Stains, imperfections, and all. I love it.
Spring in the Dining Room
The dining room faces east and is one of my favorite rooms in the house – especially in the morning. I whipped up these cute little vintage botanical wall hangings using just dowels, jute, and hot glue. Find gorgeous prints here.
I found the idea in this book – which I’m loving. My project list exploded after flipping through and seeing all the gorgeous DIYs!
The chalkboard was thrifted and painted. It’s huge and I love it. I made a few tissue paper flowers and hot glued them onto a cute pompom garland found at Target. Easy peasy and fun.
Some galvanized goodness…
I grabbed a couple fat quarters from the fabric section and made the banner below. Again, super quick and no sewing involved, thankyouverymuch. Side note: I’m dying to replace this light fixture (even though it’s original to the house) with two chandeliers – but alas, my checkbook thinks it’s the boss of me and so I wait.
These chippy farmhouse chairs I painted last summer and the rebel, super-chippy one at the end is my fave. 😉
This vintage runner is one my Mom gave me a long time ago – she told me it was very old, but I have no idea *how* old. Needless to say, this won’t be staying out on our dining room table forever – not with my four darling boys. But it’s fun to break out once in a while.
Add a pretty green cake stand in the center with some flowers and grass and it’s starting to feel like spring in here! Speaking of grass…if you want a fun and totally inexpensive way to bring in a Spring vibe, *plant some green goodness*!
I spooned a little potting mix into vintage crystal, china, and milk glass and started playing. I planted grass, lettuce, thyme and chives. So fun! And dirt cheap. Get it? Dirt?…nevermind. 😉
My boys thought their gnome needed a home, so he’s now guarding the chive sprouts. And doing a good job, too, I might add.
Throw open your doors to Spring
So when you start to feel all “blah” about winter overstaying it’s welcome, turn up some fun music (you know, to drown out Wild Kratts), throw open the curtains to let the sunshine in and bring in as much Spring as you need to make your heart smile. Whether it’s planting something green and growing, or maybe placing a few pretty faux flowers in some vases – keep it simple, keep it sane, and make your home a place YOU love to be.
You’ve got this!
Before you go, be sure to check out the lovely ladies below! We’ve teamed up to encourage and inspire you in your home as we approach Spring in all it’s glory. Click on any of the links under the photos below OR if you’re following the hop and would just rather just head on over to the next house in line, you’ll go to Leigh’s place at Little by Little Farmhouse. Have fun!!