Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Decorating Around My House

"Because without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain't as sweet."
Jason Lee in Vanilla Sky

That's how I feel about the weather. It was a long, brutal winter. Record cold temps. More snow than several of the past few winters combined. And yet now it is spring with warm air and gentle breezes. Sunshine until bedtime. All is forgiven. Even my house is celebrating!

I bought this magnolia and pussy willow branch at Home Goods recently. My original plan that day was to buy a silk cherry blossom branch from Michael's.

But I like how the neutrals in this branch work with what's in my room already. 

I popped the branch into this blue-green glass vase that I already had from Target (clearance).

I bought the rectangular linen lamp shade at the same time I bought the branch. It was also on clearance, if I remember correctly. The lines seem really perfect with the graphic lines of the lamp and the pagoda on the table below it.

The blue-green of the jug vase adds just the right amount of color pop. 

It goes along nicely with this throw that I draped over the back of the couch. It's a lighter weight cover for reading or watching movies under than what we keep out in the colder months.

A pile of plastic Easter eggs brings a little bit of whimsy to this area under our family gallery wall. 

We open the doors wide on warm days--both to let the sun shine in and friends to know the kids are ready to play. 
I updated the window nooks beside the door with a peacock feather, and I like how the colors in the feather tie together the teal of the rug with the blue & white of the ginger jar. 

I am also in the midst of updating the plate wall in our dining area to finally incorporate my great-great-grandmother's hand-painted dishes. I bought this indigo and white striped plate on clearance at Home Goods.

I bought the gold polka-dotted plate (top) at the same time. There's still quite a bit of tweaking to get this display right so just a peek for now. I'm really liking the juxtaposition of the modern and the antique, though.

A few more plastic Easter eggs in the same color family were added to the buffet.

The basket full of bamboo flatware on the white tray would make it easy to take our dining al fresco--if we had a proper place to sit outdoors.

Our outdoor seating at the moment is feeling overly eclectic. But our new backyard does have tons of potential!

For great articles full of decorating ideas, check out the Home Decor Shopping Handbook -- it's another great way to find what your home needs on One Kings Lane!


  1. Wow, I would have bet anything that was a real flower. Amazing what they look like compared to the old days of plastic flowers!


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