It's finally SPRING! The daffodils are blooming, the peonies are pushing their way up through the thawing earth, and the trees are budding forth new foliage! I am so ready!!
One of the loveliest bloggers in blogland, A Stroll Thru Life, has invited me to join her fabulous Spring Tour of Homes. Click HERE to start the tour from the very beginning. If you are coming via Driven by Decor, welcome! Kris and I met at the beach a couple years ago and she has been a sweet blog friend to me ever since!! You definitely do not want to miss out on her gorgeous home!
To begin my tour, lets start outside...
The Bradford Pears are in full bloom. As the soft white petals gently float to the ground, they cover the greening grass in white.
The hydrangeas and hostas are leafing out and will soon fill in with beautiful blooms of pink and blue.
The winds will die down in a few weeks, then the flag will go up. In the meantime, daffodils and camilla are fulfilling my craving for color.
The porches are ready for their spring bath. It takes a lot of work to get the house cleaned up and ready for spring, but it is so worth it! Fireflies and Bar-B-Q's are just around the corner!
Can you smell the hyacinth in the air? Mmmmmmm.
The entryway will receive a fresh coat of paint soon, but I've been moving things around and brightening it up in the meantime!
Carnations in one color are some of my favorite flowers. They smell like spice and the blooms last forever. They even dry into pretty ruffles, so I snip the dried blooms and place them in a silver bowl.
My Spring table is inspired by the garden!
I snipped Vinca from the flowerbeds and placed it in blue and white vases at each setting. Blue and White with fresh greens is my go-to on a budget. I try and grow things in my landscape that I can easily snip and bring indoors. If that isn't possible, I have been known to ask neighbors for a bloom or two. When dividing perennials, I often check with neighbors to see if they want a few "starts." I love seeing my daisies and lilies all over the neighborhood. You know, this Vinca will most likely root and I can share it with my neighbors too!
Fresh slipcovered dining chairs lighten up the room and give it a Spring Clean look!
A simple hanging pot of Bacopa purchased at Lowes. I removed the hanging hardware and plopped it into a blue and white planter. Instant, inexpensive centerpiece that can later be transplanted into the garden.
One of my favorite aspects of our home is found in the mix... high end/low end, faux/real, new/antique.
The dining room is in the center of the house and gets the least amount of light. The addition of this large antique mirror reflects the light and opens the room up.
The hydrangeas are from last years blooms. They always dry so beautifully. I snip the blooms before the last freeze then use them until I have fresh blooms again.
The living room received her new sofa. I could write an entire blog on the drama with the sofa, but I will save you from that and say, after a year of searching for the perfect shape, single cushion, slipcovered sofa, I found The One, ordered it, and six months later, it was delivered in one piece- in perfect condition. :)
Let's just take one last look at all this dark woodwork, shall we? Hopefully my painter isn't too far behind and can get to me soon!
This faux floral centerpiece worked like a charm all winter. Now that spring is here, roses and peonies are not far behind. I will put away the faux and snip a few blooms from the garden every few days to sprinkle around the house.
Ahhhhh... the doors are open and springtime is filling the air!
Blue and White Pottery | Blue Plaid Blanket
There is still a chill in the air, so blankets are at the ready! I love to be able to reach for a blanket easily when I feel cold, so I leave them out strategically. It helps to purchase colors that blend nicely with your decor.
The rosemary is blooming around St. Francis.
Hosta and Hydrangea are just beginning to leaf out and will soon completely tuck this little Easter lamb away in its' foliage.
Thank you so much for joining me on this little tour of my entry, dining, and living room. I will be back later this week showing you my kitchen and keeping room. Then, in two weeks, I will show you my porches all ready for spring!
To see more of my home tours click the links:
(please don't laugh... I've come along way in my decor taste and photography skills since then)
(same song, second verse... Laughing out loud)
(much better lighting in this tour!)
(Photography is better and you get a little peek at my fluffy friends!)
(I learned how to use a camera and it shows! ;)
(As I look back, I am so happy there is no longer any snow on the ground)
(I can't wait for you to see what I've redone since I photographed the porch for this tour!!)
(as seen in Country Living, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens)
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Now, you must go visit my blogging friend, Kristin Bliss @ Home and see how she sprinkles Spring into her STUNNING home! She just remodeled her kitchen and it is breathtaking!!
And Here is the entire lineup:
- March 21A Stroll Thru Life - MartyCuckoo4Design - JuliaLife on Virginia Street - SarahThrifty and Chic - AliciaSnazzy Little Things -JeanetteRain On A Tin Roof - Jenna- March 22Making Home Base -ChelseaClaire Brody Designs -ClaireDriven By Decor - KrisEleven Gables - EmilyBliss @ Home - KristinHymns & Verses - Doreen- March 23Style Your Senses -MalloryOur Southern Home - ChristySimple Details - PamDecor To Adore - LauraMonica Wants It - Monica21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara- March 24Decorating Delirium - JenniferSimple Stylings - SummerRemodelando La Casa - CristinaLife Love Larson - AndreaOur Fifth House -CarmelNo Minimalist Here - Sherry- March 25Dimples & Tangles -JenniferRefresh Restyle - DebbieFar Above Rubies -AnitaTalk Of The House - KellyTidbits & Twine -KimIt All Started With Paint - Linda
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