pop a cork on spring!

To be honest, I can’t quite figure out why I’m inside right now when the loveliness of spring is tapping on my window. Outdoors blue skies and less-icy weather are begging me to come out and play! Alas, I’m an unfortunate adult with work to do…blah…oh to be a kid again!

Taking a short break I wanted to post some recent spring related decor updates I’ve undertaken.

If you’ve seen my house and where I live you know that it’s almost cabin-like in its remoteness and architectural style. Therefore many of the wonderful decorating inspirations I come across are hard to mesh what we’ve got to work with – speaking in terms of design and budgetary constraints.

So, when I was shown this idea, I jumped on it!

It was cheap, doable, and, most of all, so lovely! At least to me…

All I did was wash out various sized and shaped wine bottles (thanks Brittney!) and peeled off the labels. Then I chose several complimentary faux flower stems at my local craft store. I picked out an arrangement of peonies and hydrangeas in three different color shades to highlight the advent of spring while making sure it didn’t clash with the rest of my house. You can use whatever flower you like best!

I’m not done tweaking (in fact I’ve pushed the arrangement closer together since these pics were taken) and may yet add to it…we’ll see 😉

See what you think. I’d love to hear what you’ve done to spruce up your space for spring?!

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spring cleaning…

It’s beautiful outside today…and we’re climbing to the mid-50’s, so spring fever is in full force!

Here are some things I’m looking forward to:

-Spring cleaning – I could never fully understand this concept growing up…I mean, weren’t you supposed to keep things clean year round? Now, I get it. I’m reminded of a Disney movie scene where cartoon animals are helping the heroine tidy up the house…I wish!
While I’m pretty sure cute bunnies won’t be on hand to assist me, I’m looking forward to throwing open the windows and doors while the attic fan is running. I’m looking forward to wiping down baseboards and shining the windows. I will also be tweaking the decor to welcome in some of that color that’s blooming outdoors. Fresh flowers are definitely a must. Somehow spring just makes you want everything around you to feel fresh and new!

– Gardening – Ok, so I admit it…I don’t have the greenest of thumbs. But, thanks to my inspiring sister-in-law, Stephanie, I really fell in love with trying to brighten the landscape and watching things grow last year. I can’t wait to get out there over the next few weeks to clear and plant, before the backyard turns into a jungle!

– Flip flops! – My love for spring/summer/fall fashion is not relegated to flip flops alone, but they are symbolic of all that is wonderful about warm weather fashion! I’m dying to de-layer and wear lighter fabrics. I can’t wait to paint my toes bright pink, live in vibrant colors and classic cuts.

It’s safe to say that I, for one, can’t wait for the frost to thaw and the first green bud to appear! Soon…very soon! 🙂