Fresh Face Lift for Spring | Home
Yes, we've had an extremely mild Winter. I am still sooo ready for Spring. To get our house one step ahead of Mother Nature (maybe she'll get the clue) I have 'freshened up' our living room for Spring. Gone are the warm winter pillow cases and throws - welcome fresh white (and striped) linen. I took it a step further this year - I replaced our framed prints above the mantle to reflect a brighter season.
This year, instead of just hanging your spring wreath on the front door, try giving your family room a fresh face life. It might seem a little silly to redecorate your home for every changing season, but little changes can go a long way. It is amazing how replacing a couple of pillows and swapping out artwork gives our living room a completely fresh and airy feel.
What's that? You don't have a budget for redecorating every 3 months? Try making your own pillow cases. I made the white and pale blue striped linen cases from 1/2 yard of fabric ($15). They couldn't be easier to make - I made them both in about 20 minutes. It requires a folding, ironing and sewing two straight lines. No zippers, no buttons.
I'll be posting the DIY instructions later!
I made this smaller pillow with a horizontal stripe going the length of the pillow. For the larger pillow...
I used the fabric vertically.
I had plans to over the ottoman, too, because I thought it was too dark and heavy for Spring. Once I put the new pillows in place, the room already felt so much lighter that I didn't need to do the ottoman.
By the way, we made the ottoman/bench ourselves just like we did for the one in Emma's Nursery - just a different size and shape.
Flowers, of course, brighten any room. These were from Mike for my birthday last week.
Didn't he do a great job? White parrot tulips, purple hyacinth, peach garden roses and green viburnum.
Here is the freshened mantle - two new prints, two new candles. Aren't these candles fabulous? They are Anna Candles (www.annacandles.com), $24. I got them at a little boutique in Woodstock, Vt. They are a little out of the box for me - but I love the little bit of whimsy they give the mantle.
I always use botanical prints - for some reason they are the only type of artwork I'm really drawn to. I love these white flowers on a cream background. I found the image online and printed them myself. I tear the edges of the printed paper so they appear to be out of an old book.