Monday, February 22, 2016

Simple Spring Updates

I'm sure you've all figured out by now that I'm all about color. My home will never be a simple, neutral palette - as much as I admire it in others' homes. I just wouldn't be able to live with it on a daily basis....I crave color. 

Despite my color craving, I do tend to dial it back a notch as the winter wanes on. In fall and winter I want to surround myself with deep, warm colors, plush textures, anything that screams cuddle up and get cozy. 

But at this time of year when the days start getting longer and the light is changing and the birds are singing their sweet songs I crave a change. I need to lose some of the rich colors and embrace the light and bright. 

It was another crazy busy weekend on the mountain top....I worked Saturday, again. Don't even talk to me. 

We had a charity auction to attend on Sunday. Mimosas, anyone?

And in between there arrived a large pile of firewood on my driveway that needed to be stacked. Welcome to my weekend workout!


So I found myself on Sunday night after a couple of mimosas I enjoyed at the auction catching up on the chores I never got to do around the house all weekend.

Vacuuming....dusting....mopping....and swapping out winter for spring! 

I put on some great 60's oldies music and bopped around the house singing at the top of my lungs and doing a little spring cleaning. Can you just picture it? 

My living room went from this cozy and warm space...


...to this lighter, brighter space, just by swapping out a few pillow covers and throws. 


The bookcase got a spring update just by changing out the runner from the former red and sparkly one....


...to a more neutral burlap topped with an orange basket:


It's a simple change but it just feels fresher, doesn't it?

The fireplace mantel was an easy update. 


Out went the red wreath and cones and in came my large iron lanterns. 


It's a cleaner look, and may get a little spring decor at some point but for now I'm fine with the simplicity of it. 

The dining room also got into the spring spirit by removing a bit of the red seen here:


The shades on the chandy were replaced with a more neutral ivory, and a simple white tablecloth keeps the palette fresh. 


I need a few more 60" round tablecloths for this table....I might be due a trip off the mountain soon - I hear Home Goods calling my name!


The kitchen got a few springy touches as well...nothing drastic, but how cute is this little dishtowel? World Market has the best dishtowels - I'm obsessed!


Of course I had to bring in some springy soaps and cleaners. I love Williams-Sonoma soaps and whenever there's a good sale I'll stock up. Nothing makes kitchen chores a bit more enjoyable than using products that make you smile with their clean, fresh scent!


I'm happy with what I got accomplished on this busy winter weekend. 

My home is cleaner and brighter than it was at the start of the weekend. 

Now bring on those warmer days....and a few more days off....so I can get out and get those garden beds raked out and ready for spring!

27 days and counting!




34 comments:

  1. Love your spring like up dates. The orange low basket is really nice. I like that you changed out the dining room light shades. So Nice. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie!! The lamp shades don't want to sit straight....I'm going to have to mess with them some more. They'll drive me nuts otherwise!

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  2. I didn't realize it was just 27 days! That doesn't sound so far off. Everything looks so nice. You did a fantastic job! I was just thinking: Did you ever try that couch (the one you see the TV over) catty-corner in that corner just to the left of the TV?
    Brenda

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    1. I never did, Brenda - now you've got me thinking of that!!

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  3. I won't be stacking any wood today...but I am dusting and changing pillows, etc. today. It is so true, just a couple of changes can freshen up a space without spending a penny. Your spaces look lovely and inviting. Sheila

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! It was so nice to walk out into the living room with the sun shining on all my spring updates - a happy Monday morning for sure!

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  4. I love how that even with working FT (and overtime!), you still find time to keep your house so beautiful and even change things up. I'm totally with you on using color - I have to have it in my house. We had a couple of beautiful days here in the 50's this weekend, too but now we're back to reality - in the 30's. And endless gray skies. Please hurry, spring!

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    1. Awwww, thanks so much, Melanie! You're so sweet!! We got up to 60 on Saturday....of course, when I was working! I would have loved to spend the morning cleaning out a couple of garden beds!!

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  5. Oh it all looks so good. I love the lighter more Spring like look. I need to do some more cleaning too.

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    1. You inspired me with your orange tulips last week, Marty! It was time to bring out the coral and orange in my living room!

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  6. You did get a lot done! We have a lot of firewood too for our wood stove and kindling. When we sell our house the new owners will be good to go!

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    1. Some day I will make things easier on myself and put in a gas insert....but as long as I can still carry wood it just makes so much more sense financially for me!

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  7. Oh my goodness, can you come to my house and bring spring with you! :) You did a fabulous job of changing out just a few things and adding a spring feel to the whole house! I recognize just how much of a workout that woodpile is! You find out you own muscles you never knew you had, lol! Don't envy you that one! So exciting that spring is now on the count down! :)

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    1. I hardly slept that night with the pain in my back, I should have taken some Advil PM!! I'm recovered now, thankfully - and hopefully that will be the last cord for this winter season.

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  8. It's amazing how simple color changes, completely change the feeling of a space! Just lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Linda - you're right, a little color change can do wonders for a room!

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  9. I am the same way. Love seeing people's neutral homes, but I must have color! I have been pulling out my Easter décor today and swapping out pillows as well. Everything looks fresh and lovely!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. And I can't wait to see your post on your spring changes, Jann!!

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  10. I had to smile at the dishtowel / so darn cute!

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  11. Look at you go! You worked overtime and stacked wood and...cleaned your darling house. Everything looks so nice and pretty. Love all of your changes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Ah spring! I love it when things get lightened up...and I always work to music. Keeps me motivated for sure!

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    1. The right music can definitely put a little spring in my step!

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  13. I love your decorating. I think that reading blogs has changed me into a bold color person. I have been adding more color to our home. I just might have to stop by and steal that pretty red teapot. HA! HA!

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    1. Ha ha....well, you can't steal it but I can tell you where you can get one - would that help? :)

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  14. How refreshing! Your new dish towel is adorable and the soaps really add that extra touch. Your house looks so pretty Debbie :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen!! I have to say, that dish soap smells simply heavenly - I almost don't mind scrubbing pots! (Almost....!!)

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  15. Pure gorgeousness! I'm doing the same thing today. Cool breeze + sunny day = windows open and good music while cleaning. My favorite way to spend days. :)

    Happy Thoughts of Home on Thursday. ♥

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    1. That sounds just heavenly, Stacey! We have rain, rain, rain today....and grey skies!

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  16. What great changes and a lesson learned here is to keep neutral and change out small things for a whole new look...this is what I do, too, and did some changes last week...yours look amazing..and you have a beautiful home. I am sure in love with your two white chairs in your living room...I am wanting something like them for my living room....Here from Home on Thurs.

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    1. Thanks, BJ! I love those chairs - and they swivel and rock, which is a bonus!

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