How’s that for a long title for you? 🙂 We’ve been on a string of travel talk posts for a little while here, so I thought I would throw in a home tour to give you a break from all the trips.
And this really is a no season, no holiday, no party, no color scheme one that I am really happy to share with you. 🙂
Are you asking Why would you be happy about that?
Well, when we got home from our North Carolina trip I spent a week doing a total spring cleaning from top to bottom here. And there is nothing better to me than decorating a clean house. 🙂
Can I get an Amen to that?!
And for the last few years there has been a seasonal tour or a holiday or a party that has driven the decorating around here…every.single.month. Truly.
With the blogger Spring Tour done in March, and St. Patrick’s Day in March, and Easter in March, and my mother’s birthday in March, well that left nothing for April. (Actually there were a couple of things that I’ll tell you about in a minute, but they didn’t require decorating here.) Wasn’t it strange to not have Easter in April??
So as I finished cleaning, I could decorate the space however I wanted.
No seasonal anything.
No holiday anything.
No party decor to think about.
I could simply use my favorite color schemes in every room with my favorite accessories.
How easy was that? 🙂
So the foyer has red books and flowers and little bags of our favorite Chex mix. Oh, and the black and white photographs are back in place of the dark botanicals there. And the family room has our collection of vintage cameras back in the jars…
and yellow flowers…
(that love me even when I don’t water them!)
and yellow pillows.
Now come on in the dining room with me.
You’ll see the red buffalo check drapes are back with red accessories in there…
red candles and Oreos and more Chex mix…
and of course red cookbooks.
Now don’t get me wrong. I do love to decorate seasonally and I enjoy doing parties, but it had been a loooooong time since I had been able to decorate with total freedom.
And I guess total freedom means I return to red in many spaces. 🙂
With total decorating freedom the kitchen chalkboard got a recipe – not a seasonal or holiday one – but one of our childhood favorites – Congo Squares. 🙂
Did you eat them when you were growing up? (Or perhaps now?)
They make me think of one of my college roommates who always made them. 🙂
Now, I told you there were a couple of things in April that did not require I decorate for them here, right? Well there were actually two April birthdays in our family – my sister’s and my father’s.
But instead of doing a party here, we went to brunch at a restaurant to celebrate.
And there is a little more to April’s story…
You see, this week my husband and I have just returned from a long trip to visit our son in Seattle. It was a lot of fun, and we saw soooo many beautiful places as we toured the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Needless to say, I took a zillion photos, and I will share the trip with you soon.
In the meantime, I am working on helping some friends with an upcoming party and planning our daughter’s college graduation party that will be here before we know it. (Weren’t we just moving her into her freshman dorm??) Anyway, I may be absent from the blog for a bit, but I will try to pop in with part 2 of this nonseasonal tour soon. May is going to be busy! (But when it is over there will be LOTS to share!)
Until next time…