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Spring

By Jen Stagg of With Heart

It’s finally here– the great thaw. It’s that time of year when you spot little patches of green grass sprouting up, you hear the birds chirping joyfully outside, and if you’re anything like me, it’s also the time of year when you start itching to jump in a pool of fresh flowers and soak in the sunshine. Since a spring flower bath may not be practical, why not bring all the freshness of spring indoors by switching up some of your decor? Need some ideas? Here are a few that will give you an immediate spring fix.

Bathroom

The easiest way to bring the outdoors in is with live plants and flowers. Breathe life into a sterile and sometimes cold room like a bathroom. Indoor planters not only look beautiful, they smell wonderful as well and add life into an otherwise dull space.

For a small planter, the MANDEL Plant Pot is a great option. Sit it in a windowsill and fill with flowers to brighten a room. If cooking with fresh herbs is your thing, use the SATSUMAS Plant Stand to create your own herb garden. Label each plant so you know what is what when it comes time to cook.

Another idea– try going vertical. Hanging planters can add instant interest to a corner. These handy BITTERGURKA Hanging Planters can be layered by hooking one to another.

Hanging Planters

If you love the look of botanicals, but want more than an indoor plant, botanical prints may be just the thing. Switch out your old duvet for the STRANDKRYPA or RODBINKA duvet covers. Your bedroom will feel springy with just one simple switch.

botanical bedroom

For a living room, toss a DORTHY Cushion Cover into the mix and get an instantly fresh feel. It doesn’t take much to bring the outdoors in, and the transformation will give you a mood boost. Take a deep breath and sigh– it’s spring!

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


3 easy ways to refresh your home decor for Spring
[photo from BHG]

Our weather in Oregon can’t decide if it wants to be cold and rainy or warm and sunny. But regardless of the fickle weather, Spring is definitely here! Our cherry tree blossoms have already come and gone, and one of my peonies–which I tried my best to kill with neglect–has five buds on it that are ready to pop. Now we just need to make the inside of our house feel as fresh and ready for Spring as the outside does. While it’s true that our holiday decor has long since been taken down and packed away, our living areas could use a purposeful refresh to make them look ready for the season. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to add some natural Spring touches to our house without breaking the bank.

1. Add fresh flowers or greenery

Fresh flowers add such a nice, natural burst of color and texture to any room. Whether you buy a bunch, cut some from your garden, or trim a few long branches of blooms from flowering trees, fresh flowers (or greenery) will make a room come alive. I started treating myself to a bouquet of fresh flowers every week right around Valentine’s Day. That might sound extravagant, but they’re just simple bouquets or bunches of flowers from the floral department of our local grocery store. I put them in a vase or jar on a rustic wooden tray along with some pretty candles on our kitchen table, and it brightens up the whole kitchen! Add some fresh (or even realistic-looking faux) flowers or greenery to every room that you want to freshen up.

fresh flowers help bring a touch of Spring to your home
[photo from Kindred Vintage Co]

fresh flowers help bring a touch of Spring to your home
[photo from Just a Girl and her Blog]

fresh greenery helps add a touch of Spring to your home
[photo from Maison de Pax]

2. Add some Spring touches to your mantel, bookshelves, or console tables

Adding a few thoughtful, Spring-themed pieces of decor to your mantel, table tops, or bookshelves is a breeze, and helps your house look fresh and bright. I have basically 3 sets of decor for my house: Fall decor, Christmas decor, and then the rest of the year. For 8 to 9 months every year, I have pretty neutral decor up, and it would be really easy to add a few Spring touches–fresh flowers, moss, lots of white–to brighten everything up.

add a few Spring touches to your regular decor
[photo from Jenna Sue Design]

add a few touches of Spring to your regular decor
[photo from The Lettered Cottage]

add a few touches of Spring to your regular decor
[photo from Rooms For Rent]

3. Swap out your throw pillows

Throw pillows are just about the easiest things in the world to switch out seasonally. They aren’t expensive, and you can literally just throw the old ones in a storage tub or garbage bag and put them in the attic or basement until their season rolls around again. I think all the time about getting new couches in the family room, but what would help the room look different immediately and for a lot less money is just replacing our tired, boring throw pillows. There are so many cute ones available in bright, pretty Spring colors.

Swap out your throw pillows for a Spring decor refresh!
[photo from House of Turquoise]

Swap out your throw pillows for an easy Spring decor refresh!
[photo from Sarah Hearts]


15 Spring Organizing Ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens Blog.

Trend: Spring Organizing Ideas

Spring is just around the corner. Something about the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer makes me want to clean my house. Maybe all this daylight shows off the mess in my house better? Ha! Whatever it is, I’m ready to tackle some Spring organizing in my home. Below you’ll find 15 ideas to get you ready for Spring organizing.

1: Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

2: Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

3: Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

4: I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

5: If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

6: Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

7: Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

8: Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it’s about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it's about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

9: It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

10: Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

11: Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

12: Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

13: Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

14: Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

15: Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

If you loved all of these ideas, check my Spring Cleaning Organization Ideas from a couple years ago.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


It seems fitting that a post about how to wear florals would happen in the spring. So this week I rounded up some of my favorite flowery looks for you to indulge in this year! Read on to see how you can find the perfect outfit inspiration to have you looking fabulous all season long.

 

For a bold look, floral pants bring big patterns and bright colors to the table. I love this look I found on Work Outfits–it just goes to show that a little bit of fabulous flower goes a long way!

 

 

For a more eye-catching ensemble, this yellow floral dress from Merrick’s Art takes the cake. I love the print, and pairing it with stripes not only pulls the outfit together, it opens up a world of possibilities for you to experiment with!

 

 

Statement necklaces and flowery blouses are a match made in heaven. Anyone who says otherwise is dead wrong. I love the look of this eccentric spring outfit from Pop Of Style!

 

 

If you appreciate a more subtle approach to spring fashion, this floral embroidered dress from Class Is Internal may be more your speed. Elegant, sophisticated and delicate, this dress is perfect for a day on the town.

 

 

And lastly, because I love any outfit that even slightly reminds me of a hippie, take a look at this high-waisted floral beauty from A House In The Hills. What I wouldn’t give to be able to pull of those pants! Those of you with long legs–just know, the rest of us are so very jealous.

 

 

And there you have it. If you have any floral photos to share with me, I’d love to see them!

 

Have a wonderful week, Style Spotters!

Erin


Decorating Easter eggs has always been one of my favorite things. Something about the smell of the dyed vinegar and the gaudy neon colors just gets me. As a little girl, I experimented decorating with crayons, ribbons, paper, glitter–you name it, I did it. As an almost-22-year-old grown up, not much has changed. This week, take a look at some of my favorite Easter egg inspiration!

 

Glamorous and gold, these gilded eggs from Pencil Shavings Studio are a perfect table-topper for Easter this year. Plus, you need candy wrappers, so you can indulge your sweet tooth in the name of cute creativity!

 

 

If candy isn’t your thing, these pretty watercolor eggs from Spoon Fork Bacon will do in a pinch! It might dye your hands a smorgasbord of color for a few days, but the results are definitely worth it!

 

 

Decoupage is a surefire way to get intricate patterns directly onto your eggshells. This tutorial from DizzyMaidens Foodies & Craftsters uses a decorative napkin and some glue to make elegant eggs that stand out!

 

 

If you’re looking for something a little more unique, these Easter egg totem poles I spotted on Mr. P bring your egg game to new heights (pun intended).

 

 

And for a return to old-school roots, A Daily Something shared these eggs paired with plant stems for a great way to bring the outdoors in for the afternoon.

 

 

And there you have it! I hope you leave with some inspired ideas for your Easter eggs this year! Happy weekend, enjoy the sunshine!

Erin

 

PS–for all the designers out there: I LOVE THESE. Thanks to How About Orange for the fabulous Pantone Egg DIY!

 


front porch urn planter

We were on Spring break last week, and one of the big things on my to-do list was replanting the urns on our front porch. I love lush, colorful container gardens flanking a front door, and ours have been in serious need of a Spring makeover. It’s still a little early here for container gardens, but the warm weather all through March gives me hope that our new, beautiful plants will live a long and happy life.

For my last Style Spotters post, I rounded up a dozen gorgeous pictures of urns, planters, and window boxes filled with cascading blooms and vibrant color, so when I headed off to the local nursery last week, I knew what I was looking for. I’m not always good at improvising, but I’m great at following a recipe. As luck would have it, there’s a tried and true recipe for creating knock-your-socks-off planters and containers for your front porch, and it can be summed up in three little words: thrill, fill, and spill.

front porch urn planters

First, we start with the “thrill.” That’s the tall plant in the middle of the planter. If you look at those inspiration photos from my last post, you’ll notice the thrill in most of them. Sometimes it’s a little tree, sometimes a tall flowering plant, sometimes a shrub. They key is that it is tall and gives the planter a focal point. I spotted some cute Lemon Cypress at the nursery that would be perfect for the thrill in a planter. They didn’t happen to work with my color scheme, but it was hard to walk away from them! For my urns, I chose a perennial Feather Reed Grass. I’m now wondering if that was a good idea long-term because grasses don’t look great all year. They turn yellow and have to be cut back in the winter, so maybe an evergreen would have been a better idea. Time will tell! I certainly think they look great for now.

front porch urn planters

We’re going to skip the middle section (the “fill”) for a second and talk about the “spill.” The spill is my favorite part of any good planter: the vines and cascading bits that tumble down the sides and look romantic, lush, and dreamy. They go on the outermost edge of the planter and spill over the sides and down toward the ground. Creeping Jenny and Sweet Potato Vine are two show-stopping spills…which I didn’t end up getting. Creeping Jenny needs some shade (our porch faces South, so that’s a no-go), and it’s too early in the season for Sweet Potato Vines. But I found some really lovely twiners that I’m excited about. Thunbergia is a beautiful vine with long tendrils. I’ve used it before in planters in our old backyard and loved its look. I picked out some deep orange ones and can’t wait to see them blossom! I also used magenta Bacopa, which is a little bushier than Thunbergia. I really like to use lots of different textures to make the containers interesting. Variety is the spice of life, folks!

front porch urn planters

Now we can go back to the “fill.” The fill is basically all of the stuff between the thrill and the spill. This is the spot for your usual annuals–the things you plant for seasonal color in your garden borders. Geraniums, violets, pansies, etc. Nothing too tall, and nothing viney. I went with Coleus for color and Alyssum for fragrance. The Coleus I chose has beautiful texture, and chartreuse leaves with deep purple veining. It’s really amazing and gives the planters some variety. The Alyssum is also deep purple and should fill in all of the nooks and crannies of the urns quite nicely.

So now you know the secret to beautiful container gardens: thrill, fill, and spill. Go forth and garden! I’m so excited to have these newly-beautified containers flanking my door, and can’t wait to see how they fill in throughout the Spring and Summer!

front porch urn planter


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