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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