Hi Friends, are you feelin' all the "Spring" Love this week? It's overflowing here in Blogland with all the Spring Home Tours filled with beautiful decor and ideas to get us out of the winter doldrums and bring us into all the fresh colors and warmth of the new season.
Today, I'm joining with a fabulous group of bloggers who are helping Marty of A Stroll Thru Life Welcome in Spring. If you're coming from Kim at Sand and Sisal thanks so much for coming by, and I hope you've visited the rest of the Wednesday group. You'll find those links at the end of this post, so you can see what they are sharing.
I don't often show "Big Picture" photos, but I do when I'm on a Home Tour or Blog Hop. Since there are often new visitors to my blog, it's hard to get the feeling for a room or space if you just see small vignettes or individual items... so I like to give you a little of each.
I've always been drawn to cottage type interiors; spaces that are comfortable and cozy, where you feel like you can relax and wind down. I use color, but mostly with a neutral background, and much of the time the "color" reflects the current season. I have a background as an antiques and vintage goods dealer, so my home reflects the things I love and collect.
This is a small French style dresser that I've had for years. It's changed as my decor theme has changed. When I first bought it it was black and distressed. It went from there to white when I painted most of my furniture. Then when we moved to this home it's taken on more of a gray/greige tone with heavy distressing. It used to be in the Entry, but here it's perfect for under the window with one of my Balustrade Lamps. An Ivy on a stack of vintage boxes and a Porcelain Lamb share the tabletop grouping.
We have a very open concept home with a walkout basement, but most of our day-to-day living is done here on the upper level. It's basically one main space that encompasses our Entry, Dining Room and Living Room. Then the Kitchen and Kitchen Sitting and Dining space open on into that. With an Open Concept home the main thing is that patterns, colors, fabrics and style all need to be similar so the flow will be natural and organic. My one big concession to pattern are the rugs, but I wanted black and traditional to ground the pieces and bring them all together.
My neutral Linen sofa and loveseat make it easy to change out groupings of pillows for each season. I do have a few obsessive addictions (in a good way). Pillows happen to be at the top of the list. They are such a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive way to change the feel of a room.
I like using a little "whimsy" in my home, and find seasonal decor to be a way to keep things fun and fresh. I put this Willow Basket with Bunny arrangement together last year for something colorful for Spring. He's back this year joining a small birdcage with a nesting spot.
If you've read any of my posts on decorating my mantel, then you'll know the frustration I feel with each new Season. I'm short, it's gigantic. Finding something that doesn't get lost up here is always my first consideration. This Spring I'm trying something new on the mantel. A long vintage carpenter's tool box filled with mason jars and Spring bouquets in white.
An Antique architectural piece is leaning against it for a little more detail.
This is the spot where most of my vintage fun happens; The Kitchen Sitting Area, and rotating quilts and pillows on my white wicker is the basis for my seasonal decor. An old Baker's Rack gives me lot's of space for vintage odds and ends to gather.
This is the space where I enjoy mixing color, pattern and vintage textiles.
I made this Flower Pot and French Seed Packet Wreath several years ago, and it's become one of my favorite pieces to usher in the garden goodies I love to display each Spring. The old door and mirror are holdouts from my sunporch from my last home. I couldn't part with them, so they bring that same vintage feel to me here at our new house.
Transferware bits and pieces in red and brown harmonize in the Kitchen China Cupboard with some of my Ironstone tureens and pitchers. It's a mish mash, but always fun to add little surprise seasonal elements. Making her photo-bombing comeback, is my little sweetheart that's been really fighting a good fight coming back with daily injections for Diabetes. She was downhill fast in January, but is feeling enough better she wanted to say Hello, and thank you all for all the good thoughts and prayers.
Thank you so much for visiting, and thank you too, Marty, for including me in your wonderful Spring Home Tour. I have a lot more Spring decor to share so I hope you'll come back and be a regular visitor here. Here's the list for this week, enjoy all the fun and inspiration!