Last weekend I was stuck in a blizzard in Chicago, this weekend we had Spring like temperatures in Charlotte. If that's not enough to get your mind spinning, I don't know what is. Sure it's a little early to transition seasons, but a little Spring fluffing never hurt anyone.

Our breakfast room, the sunniest spot in the house, the perfect area to receive the first shot of Spring. 

The pine hutch, a Craigslist purchase in Chicago, normally holds a variety of white and green kitchenware. For the seasonal transition, I'm incorporating a shot of bright Spring blue. 

And it all started with the blue, white and red Bibelot Anthropologie pie plate I received for Christmas, perfectly tying in my existing blue and white Cornishware collection. Love when that happens.

Speaking of happy coincidences, I ran across these little blue, white and red dishes in the check out line at Marshall's - don't they look like they could be from the same series as the pie plate?  Adding these to the mix really brought the whole collection together. 

Next thing you know, I'm ransacking the kitchen looking for every piece of blue and white we own. 

But, it's all worth it because now it feel like Spring has sprung in our kitchen. And it makes me so, so happy.
Go on, give yourself a little shot of Spring.

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Spring Front Porch

Thanks everyone for your kind comments on our new entryway. Guess what? Our entryway, isn't the only room that's been getting spruced up for Spring...come check out our new Spring front porch. 

You can always tell when the weather starts to warm up because our door mat curls at the edges - but I'm happy to deal with this tripping hazard in exchange for some outdoor time. All of a sudden the house seems twice the size and all our outdoor spaces seem to need attention at the same time. 

Starting small and keeping it simple on the front porch this Spring I've created a little seating spot with our thrifted bent-wood chair, wicker planter filled with a boston fern and the pineapple finial. Add in a bright pop of complimentary color in the throw cushion and I'm calling it a day. 

How about you - what outdoor spaces are you working on at the moment? This weekend we are tackling the screened-in porch. Can't wait!

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Longing for Spring...

Longing for Spring, but stuck in the doldrums of Winter?
Tell me about it. It was a cold, wet and grey weekend here in Chicagoland. With more snow on the way.
While others are starting to enjoy some outside time, we have weeks of Winter left. 
So, today I'm sharing some of my tips to break through the Winter blahs and think Spring. 


1. Think Spring by incorporating more houseplants or fresh cut flowers. There's just nothing like the life that real greenery can bring to a room. A potted plant near a bright window just screams Spring. Or a beautiful arrangement of Spring blooms on your coffee table will certainly help you see the light at the end of the Winter tunnel.

2. Think Spring by accessorizing with bright colors in your home. I'm not talking about anything drastic here. Just a toss pillow or two. Maybe even a beautiful, cheery throw to ward off the last of the Winter chills. Notice how the pops of color, from the cushions, in otherwise neutral rooms really make you feel the Spring vibe.
3. And finally, think Spring and be sure to beat the Winter blues by starting to plan your outdoor spaces. Patios, gardens, porches, etc. The start of planting/growing season is just around the corner - time to get prepared. I'm starting research on our fruit and veg garden. We had mild success last Summer and I am bound and determined to have great success this year!
Check out this free plan-a-garden tool I came across on Better Homes and Gardens Website.

I hope these hints are helpful to you. My daughter just brought home our first bunch of tulips for the season. Baby steps to Spring.
Hope you had a great weekend.

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