Friday

14 Ideas to Style Your Home for Spring

Spring is one of my most favorite times of year!  I love seeing all the pretty flowers in bloom and the weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cold.  We've actually had a very mild winter so I can't complain, but this week has been freezing so I'm hoping my spring decor will help bring the beautiful weather back our way!  Today I'm participating in a spring home tour and sharing a few simple touches that I added to our home to help things feel fresh for spring.  If you are coming over from Amy's blog, Crazy Chic Design, welcome!  Let's get started.  

In our living room I switched out the throw pillows for some lighter and brighter ones.  This is one of the easiest ways to update any room.  You can quickly change the look and even the color scheme of a room with just this one step.  Also, I like to use the covers with a zipper so I can keep using the same inserts and just fold up the covers when they aren't in use.  H&M and IKEA have great ones that are super reasonable. 




I mixed in some flowers with my favorite eucalyptus to add a spring touch to the mantle. 


Also, you may have noticed we got a new sectional!  I'll talk more about it in another post, but it made such a huge difference in this room.  



The guest room didn't get any major changes for the season, but the blue and white floral pillows and coral prints always make me think of spring.


In our bedroom, I switched out the leopard pillows for some blush ones from H&M. (similar here)  It actually makes me want to add a little more pink to this space.


More eucalyptus made it's way to the bedroom.  I love having it on my nightstand, it smells so good!


I also switched out the throw at the foot of our bed.  I found this one for an amazing deal and loved the added texture of the fur.  I originally planned to cover the bench at the foot of our bed with it, but I couldn't bear to cut it up.  




I picked up this cute little bunny jar in the Target dollar spot and thought it would be a nice little spring touch for the kids' bath.  They have had so many cute things lately.  




I added pink flowers to the office.  It's always nice to have fresh flowers when I'm working, especially this time of year.



And that wraps up the tour!  So if you are wanting to change things up for the new season, grab some inexpensive flowers (Trader Joe's are my favorite) and a few new pillow covers and you'll be ready for spring in no time!  For more inspiration head on over to I Don't Know How She Does it and check out Gloribell's beautiful home!

You can also check out all the tours here:

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Wednesday

Leopard X Benches

If you follow me on instagram then you saw a peek of this project already.  My hubby and I had a little day date on Saturday and we ended up stopping by The Depot to looks for some fabric.  If you are ever in the Charlotte area I highly recommend stopping by there.  They have mostly antique/farmhouse style stuff, but their fabric section is the best.  They have lots of deeply discounted high end fabric remnants.  I was actually looking for fabric for another project when I came across this Braemore Jamil Natural Fabric.  

I've been wanting to cover these x benches for a while.  I don't mind the green fabric, but it limits my pillow choices in the living room and I do like to change those up pretty often.  I thought the leopard print would be a great neutral and help keep the room grounded with it's bold, rich colors.  

Here's what I started with.  I found these at Target on major clearance a few years back.  They still have similar ones in a different pattern here.  


I cut the fabric to size and actually ended up making them into slipcovers so I can revert back to the green if I want to change things up.  I actually still have enough left to make a lumbar pillow too.  I seriously may end up using this in every room in my house!  I already have it in my bedroom and love it there too.  Every room could use a touch of leopard right?



Be sure to check back Friday.  I'll be sharing my spring home tour along with some other talented bloggers.  There's sure to be lots of inspiration to get you ready for spring!

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Sunday

World Market Sale

I've always been a big fan of world market, but they have had some really great stuff lately.  And they have their friends and family sale going on right now, so pretty much everything is 30% off!  Here are a few of my favorites from the sale.

These gray wicker barstools are technically for outdoors, but I would definitely use them indoors too!  I love the wood/wicker combo.


I also love this little faceted stool as well.  The color is perfect for spring!


These chairs look so much more expensive than they are.  They also come in white.


This set would be great for a small patio or apartment with a balcony.


I love the modern take on these rattan chairs.


This king bed comes in at around $350, which is a great deal for an upholstered bed.


I have this chandelier in my dining room and love it.  You can see what it looks like in real life here


I love this one too!  It would look so sweet in a nursery!


They have tons of great throw pillows too!  These are technically outdoor pillows, but I would definitely use them indoors.  And as a bonus, they should be easier to clean.  I'm all about that these days.


There are so many other good things too!  Let me know if you found any great things!

Tuesday

DIY marble tray

I love the look of marble.  It has such an elegant, classy feel and I'm always drawn to it, especially in the kitchen.  As much as I would love to have marble countertops, that's not going to happen and I'm ok with it.  But since I love the look, I decided to add a little touch of it to our kitchen.  I also wanted to create some interest on the countertop. 

This tray was a Goodwill find from a few years back.  I actually really like the look of it as is, green and agate are favorites of mine, but it just doesn't really fit anywhere in our home.  So I pulled out my faux marble contact paper that I had leftover from this project and gave it a little facelift.


Bascially, cut, peel, and stick.  I added a few of my kitchen essentials to it and put it by the stove.  So far I love having everything I use on a daily basis within reach and the little touch of marble is nice too!  
    

You may also have noticed that we changed our backsplash!  I will be doing an update on that too, but we love how it turned out.  It was a small change that made a huge difference.


This is not a sponsored post, I just love this stuff and think you will too.  You can purchase it here.  The roll is huge and will last you forever.  

I've used it on a few other projects (see below) and still have a ton leftover.




Wednesday

Cheap Lucite Towel Rings

Thank you all for your sweet comments on the kids' bathroom reveal last week!  It was a fun project to work on and I'm really happy with the end result.  Let's hope my kids don't get tired of flamingos any time soon!  Today I thought I'd share a little project that I did for that space.  

There weren't any towel bars in the room to begin with and I knew I wanted something near the sink for the kids to use to dry their hands off.  I searched for the perfect towel ring and came up empty handed.  All the ones I loved where way too pricey.  Isn't that always the case?  So I eventually I came across these on Amazon.  The price was definitely right.  I think I paid around $3.  


I wasn't crazy about the shiny silver bracket, but that's nothing a little spray paint couldn't fix.  The plastic ring easily pops out so there's not taping involved either, which is always a plus.  I used my favorite gold spray paint to spray the brackets and they instantly looked better.



I think they look much more expensive than they were.  The acrylic ring gives you the lucite look and the gold just takes it up a notch.  

Monday

Moodboard Monday

I'm thinking about starting a new series around here called "Moodboard Monday" where I'll share a moodboard for a space with links for all the items included.  I love creating mood boards and I love finding pretty things that are affordable.  So I'll combine my love for both of those things and share them with you!  I can't guarantee one every Monday but I'm going to shoot for at least twice a month.  

We have plans to add a covered porch to the back of our house this spring so I have outdoor spaces on the brain.  As much as I would love to tackle something like this myself, it's way outside my realm of DIY abilities.  So we will be leaving it to the professionals and I'll focus on the fun part of decorating and accessorizing.  I whipped up a little moldboard to show you the direction we are heading.  We will mostly be using the furniture we already have and throwing in a few new pieces here and there. 


We already have two vintage metal chairs like the white ones above.  But those are a steal and look so much like the vintage ones, it's crazy!  I'm going to attempt to build the DIY outdoor table with my very limited woodworking skills, so I'll keep you posted on how that goes.  And then the rest will just be accessorizing and sprucing things up a bit.  It will be a few months before we get started, but my wheels are already turning!  

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Thursday

Kids' Bathroom Reveal

Today I'm sharing our kids' bathroom makeover.  If you missed yesterday's post with the design plan and before pictures you can see it here.  Just to refresh your memory, here's where we started.



I started by painting the walls gray.  Unfortunately it was a can of oops paint so I'm not sure of the color.  Then I started stenciling the flamingos.  I originally planned on doing white bodies with black legs just like the inspiration image, but after one small section I realized it was going to be way too busy and it was going to take me twice as long so I scratched that idea and went with all white.  (You can see my stenciling tips here)  On a side note, one thing I learned this time is to not use paint plus primer to stencil.  I thought it would cover better and it did, but it also adhered to the stencil more and made it much harder to periodically clean the buildup off.     


After the walls were done, I painted the cabinets.  I lightly sanded the surface, applied two coats of primer, and then two coats of paint.  The paint color I chose is Behr Spring Stream.  We also switched out the hardware, replaced the towel bar with hooks, and added new mirrors.






My husband picked out this trash can at Homegoods and was pretty proud of himself.  And I must say I'm pretty proud of him too, after all this time I think I'm rubbing off on him.







I felt like the stenciling took me forever, but mostly it was a fairly easy and inexpensive makeover.  I'm always amazed at the power of a little paint!  

Here are the sources for the space:
Vanity Lights: Amazon
Flamingo Wall Stencil: Royal Design Studio
Wall Hooks: Homegoods (similar here)
Gray/White Towels: Homegoods (similar here)
Hand Towels: Old towels that I monogrammed (similar here)
Towel Rings: Amazon
Mint Vanity Mirror: Homegoods (similar here
White Storage Containers: Target Dollar Spot (similar here)
Wall Color: Oops paint from Lowes
Cabinet Color: Behr Spring Stream
Cabinet Cup Pulls: Home Depot
Gold Garden Stool: Homegoods (similar here)
Wall Art: Homegoods
Soap Dispensers: H&M
Round Mirrors: West Elm
Shower Curtain: Homegoods (similar here)
White Roman Shade: JC Penney