Welcome! We have arrived at the last day of Marty’s amazing Spring Home Tour for this year.
I am quite humbled and excited to be a part of this group of creative women. I know everyone has begun their tour this week with a thank you to Marty for hosting this, and I would like to do the same. It is a LOT of work to coordinate something like this, and we are all very grateful to her for the efforts she makes in bringing these fun events together. 🙂
If you are here as a first time visitor coming from Far Above Rubies, let me say an extra welcome to you! I hope you enjoyed Anita’s wonderful mix of old and new. She is not only a talented decorator, but also a talented musician. It just blows my mind how small this world is. Anita worked with the Air Force Reserve Band at Robins Air Force Base….the base that is about a 20 minute drive from our home here in Georgia! Isn’t that amazing?! 🙂
And welcome to my regular reader friends too. I’m so glad you are here for the tour today! Have you noticed the big change in the foyer? Normally there are large black and white photos of our children there. (We have 3 almost-grown children.) The new botanicals aren’t permanent…my husband doesn’t really care for them, but I have to tell you how these came to be…and really how all the spring decorating came to be.
I’m going to blame it all on….Pottery Barn. Yep. When their spring line started showing up in their catalog, I fell in love with a certain set of plates.
These Poppy Botanical ones.
I loved the big red flower against the black and the fact that the other plate in the set had yellow flowers. (I used red and yellow for last Easter’s decorating.) PB even has fabric, and throw pillows, and duvet covers, and mugs, and a gorgeous wall hanging all in this print. So I purchased the plates. (You’ll see them when we get to the dining room.) And I decided I really wanted to use yellow with black this year for Easter…not a traditional color combination for the holiday. (Although I usually prefer traditional decor, I don’t always go for traditional colors.)
To start the theme right from the front door I decided to make my own botanicals. I had an old book with botanical prints in them. I copied several pages and meticulously cut out the plants. (Each one took about 45 minutes to cut.) Then I mounted them on black cardboard, and viola! I had my new pictures. I know you can’t tell from your screen, but they really do look like pressed flowers in person.
And then…you won’t believe this… I ran across this blog post. It told about botanical Easter eggs (truly!) and the work of 18th century paper artist, Mary Delany – who made paper collages of flowers…hundreds of them. (You might want to read Molly Peacock’s book about her called The Paper Garden.) The blog post told about painting flowers on the black eggs, but I decided I would have better luck with decoupaging them. So I became friends with mod-podge and used it to glue some flower prints on some inexpensive black Target $3 bin eggs. It worked beautifully don’t you think? 🙂
Now let’s go in the family room. My husband built the bookshelves in there when we built our home here 20 years ago. The cabinet there in the corner holds even more books. Can you tell our family likes to read?
Here is what is on that cabinet for spring. I simply put plain decorative eggs in the jar there with some paper shred.
Like many people today, I prefer neutral colored walls and upholstery so that I can change out pillows and accessories easily. Currently, the sofa is wearing yellow and black throw pillows…
and a new lumbar one from Pottery Barn…
(Yes, from the botanical line.)
And the armchair by the fireplace has another pillow also from that line.
(Those flowers seem to be popping up everywhere!)
For our spring mantel, I used more botanical prints in our old frames and planted yellow blooming flowers in an Easter basket-type container (lined with a ziplock bag.) Then I added a couple of forsythia branches for some height. It has kind of a free flowing wildflower look to me.
Now let’s go into the dining room where those plates are that started the whole shebang!
I mixed those new Pottery Barn botanical plates with the yellow banded Kate Spade plates I purchased at Home Goods last year. The napkins are actually kitchen towels from Sur la Table (currently on sale. 🙂 )
Each place setting has one of the decoupaged eggs and a bunny holding a He is Risen place card. I think all the black works well for the solemness of Good Friday today, and all the bright colors celebrate the risen Lord for Easter.
The center piece is a jumble of red, yellow, and white spring flowers planted in one of my soup tureens.
I even found yellow flower cookies for the jar on the dining room’s antique cupboard. 🙂
Here’s the view to the opposite side of the room. My husband also built the cabinet there in the corner.
And now one last look before we go into the kitchen.
Our island/peninsula (also built by my husband) is our baking center. It stands where a wall once was. (You can read about that here.)
My kitchen desk has a chalkboard with a recipe for an Easter bunny cake.
Oh! I forgot to tell you that I traded out the drapes for the black and white buffalo check ones that had been in the room over the garage! How in the world did I forget that?!
And finally, the other side of the kitchen with all the hot beverage supplies….wearing their black and yellow. 🙂
I really tried hard to get the whole tour in this one post, but it would have been waaay too long. So hop over to Kim’s Tidbits and Twine to see her beautiful French country styling. (I believe a statue is making its appearance there today. 🙂 ) And then come back here for part 2 of my tour some time this weekend (hopefully!) If you missed any of the posts in this week’s Spring Tour, here is the whole line up for you:
Monday – March 21
Tuesday – March 22
Wednesday – March 23
Thursday – March 24
Friday – March 25
Until next time…