Welcome spring by bringing the outdoors in wih a mix of fresh and faux plants and flowers!
Today I am excited to be celebrating spring’s arrival by joining my friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life and 30 other bloggers for the annual Spring Home Tour 2022. If you are coming over from This is our Bliss or if you are just stopping by for a visit, welcome! You will find links to all the inspiring tours at the end of this post.
Just before the holidays my husband and I finished up a remodel of our side door “mini-mudroom” entryway. It’s the perfect place to welcome spring by bringing the outdoor in. Just outside the door is my cottage garden where spring bulbs and herbs are already bursting through the ground.
I made this simple wreath by attaching some pretty peach and orange real touch tulips to a preserved boxwood wreath amd adding a sweet springy plaid bow. Keeping with a garden theme here in the side entry seems fitting since it leads out to my cottage garden.
If you look closely you out the screen door and around the bottom of the bird bath, you will see that my parsley is already thriving and tulips are also popping up!
We often keep our main door open and the screen door shut to let in light, so I enjoy having the wreath on the inside door where I can see it often. Back in late fall I painted the door green (my favorite color) and I just love it! (Behr Exterior Low VOC in Northwoods.) I think the door is the perfect backdrop for showcasing pretty floral wreaths, especially when opened with the creamy white beadboard board and batten walls.
I just ordered this 1920’s look vinyl cloth door mat for spring and summer! It think it will be beautiful in this space! Our family deals with allergies and asthma, so having a door mat that can be wiped down is perfect.
The entryway is very narrow with a set of three stairs leading up to the main floor kitchen on the left and living room on the right. There is another step as you come in with a landing that leads to the powder room, making it super hard to photograph ( I actually had to put my tripod outside on the sidewalk to get this picture.) Still, this is one of my favorites spaces since it is light and bright and it now has as much character as the rest of our 100 year-old home. When we renovated the entry, I designed a thin built-in shelf to fill in an awkward wall space and make it more functional.
The shelves are perfect for adding just a few seasonal decorations and a handy basket to serve as a catch all for keys and accessories.
Here I have snapped a picture from the doorway leading to the kitchen to show as much of the styled shelves as possible. My paperwhites are coming up out in the garden and will bloom toward late March and April, making the paperwhites sign perfect for this time of year.
To the right of the entryway is the kitchen where once again my spring theme is daffodils! These pictures are from last year, but I decided to decorate the nook the same way again this year because I just love daffodills so much!
Sitting in the nook I can enjoy daffodils both inside and out. The view allows a view into the back yard where my daffodils are already in bloom!
Early spring is all about keeping it simpe in the kitchen. I may add more color with brighter flowers and decorative accents as spring progresses, and I will share a full spring kitchen tour soon.
The pot of paperwhites on the tall pedestal and all the spring garden accents in this area tie in with the side entryway and spring kitchen decor.
A favorite trio of antique picture frames with floral motifs is displayed here year round, but the frames seem especially appropriate for spring and summer too.
I rotate vintage postcards often. This vintage pansies birthday postcard is a nod to my birthday and my son’s birthday coming up within just a few days of each other at the end of March. The bird, rainbow and flowers postcard is always on display around St. Patrick’s Day and early spring.
Although I bring out a couple of favorite bunnies and chicks for spring and Easter, I really like decorating with birds and bird items since they can stay on display for all of spring and summer,
If you have folllowed my blog for a while you probably recognize many of my favorite treasuress from previous tours. Rather than buy a lot of new commercial seasonal decorations, I have been concentration more on rotating my favorite items and using things I have around the house in new ways. The tall herb topiaries are “new” in this entryway space.
Last year I used them on the farm table in my spring dining room.
In the entryway corner I switched out a shabby-farmhouse grandfather clock that I was simply getting tired of for this rusty garden etagere. I love how it looks in the space for spring decorated with French and cottage-garden themed treasures.
The spring birds theme continues around the corner in the music room with a pretty vintage-style sheet music bird nest pillow and a vase of bright tulips. I will be sharing more of my spring music room in an upcoming post.
It’s been a bit crazy lately balancing blogging and teaching music as I have been tied up with several choir events non-stop since early February! I am defitnitely looking forward to feathering my spring nest a bit more with spring break just around the corner!
Since I didn’t get around to styling the rest of the living room for today’s tour, here’s a throwback from an older spring tour.
Since it’s been a few years, I have decided to use the colorful Pottery Barn pillow covers again this spring, but I am think I am going to pair them with some other pillows to create a new look.
Be sure to stop by next week to see what I come up with for the living room, dining room and kitchen during the Blogger’s Best Spring Home Tours!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my first spring home tour and I am welcoming spring in my entryway areas in vintage cottage garden style and that this post has inspired you to use what you have in new ways instead of feeling like you always need to buy new decor each season. Next up the inspiration continues over at Quarter’s One! Don’t forget to check out all the tours you may have missed earlier this week via the links below.
Have a blessed spring and Easter!
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