Hello one and all! 😀 Welcome to my home! For those of you who may be new to my blog, my name is Rachel and I have been blogging for about 4 years about everything from furniture makeovers and builds, to DIY projects, design, and crafts. I’m passionate about sharing ideas and projects that will help you achieve a unique, ‘collected’ look that you love, in your home. I live in the suburbs of St Louis with my husband and 3 kiddos and when not building or blogging, I LOVE to watch my boys play soccer.
This is MY FAVORITE time of the year and I’m so excited to share with you my home all decorated for spring. This is my 2nd year hosting the Cozy Spring Home Tour and I invited some of my favorite bloggers to participate. Make sure you check them out at the bottom of my post and give them some love. 😉
HomeGoods sponsored this tour, which was SO fun because hello– I shop there all the time anyways! 🙂 I also spoke with my friends at Country Living Magazine and they agreed to co-host this hop! Make sure and check out the article they wrote about our Spring Home Tours HERE.
OK, so here’s the dealio. I KNOW a vast majority of ya’ll out there don’t go ALL OUT like I did and redecorate/style/refresh most of the rooms in your home for Spring. I get that this is NOT NORMAL. Bloggers are not normal hahaha! Honestly, I think some of the best things you can do to ‘decorate’ for Spring is to do a good deep clean, get rid of some extra stuff, and then add a new pillow or throw to make it feel fresh. Some flowers here and there don’t hurt either, but that isn’t always realistic to maintain all season long. Lastly– my home doesn’t stay like this– we live in it. Yes, I like to keep it tidy because I work from home and I feel happier and more productive when things are tidy, but right now not a single room in my home looks as good as it does in these pictures. Comparison is the thief of joy! Just gather some inspiration from all these tours today and find 1 or 2 things that you really liked and think you could copy, and do it! THAT is what I would love for you all to get out of these tours.
Welcome to my entry! This little church pew is probably my favorite thing to style. It’s also challenging not to repeat things I have done in the past! This one in particular has a fun ‘vintage collections’ vibe. Almost everything here was what I already owned– except that gorgeous striped blue pillow from HomeGoods.
Today and yesterday it’s been snowing, but when I took these pictures last week it was pushing 70! All the blossoms on the trees and in the beds are pretty much dead now. 🙁
The bench is vintage, but the shelf with hooks tutorial is found here.
I also picked up this pretty wreath at HomeGoods. It’s the most cheerful thing when I see it as I pull in our driveway!
This buffet I built last November got a little refresh since I moved over the lamps that used to be on the piano and added some greens, art and books. You know what helps me when I’m struggling to style a spot like this? I get on Pinterest and search “console table styling” and see what my blogger friends have pinned. From there I get a few ideas, combine them and start playing around until it feels right. I love this little spot now!
I’m completely obsessed with my front siting room lately. I can’t get enough of this view!
The frames, lamp, and chinoiserie vase are all from HomeGoods.
You see that middle frame with gold edge? It came with a pattern paper… and while I liked the idea of the pattern art, I didn’t like the colors. So I set out to make my own! It turned out so cute I thought I’d share with you how I did it!
How to Make Apple Stamp Art
I even did a little video for ya:
I love how tulips can brighten up a room! They grow so fast indoors though, so if I were you, I’d invest in some realistic-looking faux ones. I’ve seen them at Michael’s, I believe.
I mean… what’s not to love about this view? 😉 Slightly biased over here. The fiddle leaf fig is new! I got it at my floral wholesaler a couple weeks ago and I haven’t watered it once and it has already sprouted a new leaf!
Tufted chair was from HomeGoods last year, piano is vintage that I painted gray, the sofa is from Joss & Main, and the braided wool rug is from RugsUSA.
Here is the kitchen looking all bright and clean!
The island is another build of mine, and this kitchen (if you are new here) was all DIYed, so I have tutorials for pretty much every part of it. That baking accessories on my counters are all from HomeGoods, except for the white ceramic measuring cups— they are from World Market.
I cheated 100% on this dessert. I bought an angel food cake, dusted it with powdered sugar and put some fresh strawberries on top. And I’m not sorry! I did whip up some fresh cream, however. That stuff is goooooood.
You remember that french basket in my entry? This is the little sister of that basket– this is the perfect size to hold fruits or veggies and I got both at a little shop in St Charles called Red Door Furniture Co.
Ooooh Oooh! I added something new here in the kitchen! I got a runner from Dash & Albert! This was something that was brought in for the photoshoot a few weeks ago actually. It was a little long but I cut it to size and sewed up the end. It is absolutely perfect and it’s an indoor/outdoor runner so it cleans up ridiculously amazingly well.
I also got this rug also from Dash & Albert, for under my dining table. It’s indoor/outdoor rug and I kid you not, everything comes out of it with just water– even smushed raspberries. This one is the C3 Herringbone one in Linen.
When I set up my kitchen and dining table, I imagined I was inviting my girlfriends over for dessert and to chat. So I set out these sweet bunny floral plates from HomeGoods, and set things up like I would be serving cake and lemonade. Perfect for Spring, right?
Those lemonade glasses are also from HomeGoods. I bought the last 4 my location had!
That secretary makeover is found here.
I have found through the years that this room really wants to be navy and aqua. Those colors look so good in my eyes against all the weathered wood and white backdrop. And who I am to prevent this room from being what it was meant to be? 😉
For this room I re-pulled-out all my teal, navy, and aqua, pillows, added in a few more pillows from HomeGoods (surprise surprise!), and some throws.
I’m so very tempted to either find another wing chair to slipcover and sit next to this window (so there would be a pair of chairs), or buy two new wing/arm chairs to sit over here. Because I’m growing tired of the L-postion of these couches. Should I shrug the feeling? How do we feel about the L-position?
Noticed I swapped out the lamps? This are a pretty change from the black ones that were there for nearly 3 years.
I am low key obsessed with these glass beads. My friend, Charlotte, got them for me at a flea market by her house because there is nothing like them here locally!
Another switcheroo I did was the artwork in the two darker frames. I got these as digital downloads from a couple of Etsy sellers. They are so so good.
I’m crazy about the water one in particular.
I got tired of trying to put frames up on every blank wall space, and decided this wall needed texture. Macramé wall hanging for the win.
In this room, I have tutorials for wood pallet accent, the cabinet bases of the bookcases, making the bookcases into built-ins, the storage bench, the coffee table, the slipcovered chair, the round trestle table, and even though you can’t see it pictured here, the farmhouse end table between the two sofas. I also wrote about why we chose white slipcovers when we have young kids and how we keep them clean.
That’s it! I still have to share my bedroom that I made a couple of cosmetic changes to, but that will be another day! 😉
I would love if you went and visiting all these other amazing friends of mine and their beautiful homes! And tell me what was your favorite part!