Spring is in the air! I have finally put away my winter coat, hats, and gloves and while I’m still rocking close toed shoes I have swapped my boots for slip on leopard sneakers. So, we are moving in the direction of warm weather here in NY! Typically in my home I don’t do a lot of seasonal decorating. I randomly add or swap things when the moment strikes, but these past couple of years I have started to swap out accessories in a room when the gray skies of winter are really crushing my mood and I need something happy! While my house is normally very colorful anyway I will swap things out for more color and change textures! So, velvets will get swapped out with linen. This year I’m happy to a part of the It’s a Colorful Life Spring Tour that is hosted by Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles and Jewel of Jeweled Interiors! The tour will last from today thru Friday and it features 15 (including me) of my favorite color loving bloggers!
Here is a before look at the room I decided to dress up for the Spring season!
We are currently crashing with my parents while we search for our new home and this is their family room. 4 years we actually switched it up a bit. We swapped out furniture, changed the artwork, got new soft furnishings like the pillows, window treatments, etc. It was still totally fine, but since we moved in that rug got a whole lot of love from the boys and I swapped it with a new one and then I swapped out of the coffee table/ottoman due to my spirited boys as well.
Are you ready for the spring re-vamp?
I love fuchsia paired with blue and since the rug already had both colors going on I used that as my jumping off point for everything else. It also worked nicely with the blue tufted storage unit aka we use at as a bench when we need extra seating for the boys and an ottoman for our feet when we watch TV and toy storage for the boys and my eyeballs!
I painted the end table in my favorite Rustoleum high gloss oil based enamel in royal blue. I love how it easy it is to work with and the finish is amazing! I have used it in the past and it’s super durable and keeps that shine for years to come! Of course, I couldn’t leave good enough alone so, I added some tassels to the hardware.
Then needed something for above the sofa. Before hand I had a large photograph that I have printed in black and white as an engineers print and the sliced into 4 separate pieces. I didn’t want to do a gallery wall, because there is already one in the room with family photos. I always love a super sized piece of abstract art, but I just wasn’t feeling that for this space. I toyed with painting something, but I didn’t have the time. I went to etsy, which never lets me down and searched for printable abstract artwork. In a couple of mins I had found the perfect piece! It’s a piece by Art Jam Studio and it looks like it was commissioned for the space! I had them printed on matte paper at my local UPS store for $14.99 each. It was the most affordable place for printing and I use them all the time and totally trust them. After pricing out a variety of frames I found the best best with clean lines was this frame from Michaels, which is currently on sale.
For this space I decided to use only items that anyone could easily purchase. Which meant nothing to the trade and nothing custom. I was intrigued by testing out the pillow covers I found on Amazon and I’m happy to report they were great. I was bit thrown off when they arrived. They were wrinkled and didn’t have any special details like piping, but the zippers were done really nicely and the fabric felt nice. I ironed them and allowed the inserts to fluff to size and they came out really good.
I went with a pair of linen blend pillow covers in pink which came up to $10.99 for a set of two 18″! I paired them with a blue and white buffalo check pillow cover which came up to $16.99 for a set of two 20″. Then I even did the pillow inserts on Amazon as well. I tried out a down feather 22″ insert for the buffalo check. They took a little while to fluff up to their full potential, but I really liked them once they did. For the pink pillow covers I tested out a down alternative pillow insert and they filled up once you got them out of their shrink wrapped packaging. I prefer the down feather, because you are able to do a nice karake chop on your pillow, but I actually liked the mix of both on the sofa.
For the window treatments I switched out the panels again and went with a pale pink panel with coral tassel trim. I had been wanting to use these panels for a while now so, it was great to finally be able to use them!
Both the pale pink and coral/orange shade are featured in the artwork. Again it was like I had gone custom with them because they worked so nicely in the space.
The skirted table in the corner got a new fabric overlay. Since I didn’t want to do custom I found a thin striped fabric from my stash that worked and ironed it and then simply laid it on top! I kept it totally simple. Then my mom’s blue and white collection got a little love with pink peonies! I don’t normally go faux, but I have seen a lot of bloggers use them lately and even mix them in with real flowers so, I decided to give it a go! For now I like the way it looks. We’ll see if they stay for the long haul.
The space really transformed with a couple of little changes that made a big impact and didn’t break the bank. I was able to order the majority of it online and then it ironed and installed it all in a couple of hours over the weekend. We are ready to tackle Spring!
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My living room is one of the rooms that evolved drastically from when we first moved one. Originally I painted the walls chocolate brown and did accents of white, blue and orange. That lasted maybe 2 years.
Our dining room sat empty for months. Okay maybe it was empty for just a handful of weeks and then we couldn’t take it anymore and put in a folding table and plastic outdoor chairs, but in my mind that was still empty.
On the main floor of our house we have a Florida room. Being that it’s a Florida room it is a considered a 3 season room, because there is no heat in the room. The previous owners used it as an indoor patio with outdoor furniture and it looked like this when we moved in.