Let me give you a little Spring home tour of our New England cottage-style home. It has been a long, cold winter and I am just so happy that it is officially Spring!!
Welcome to the Spring Bloggers’ Best home tour week! This week there will be 29 different homes to visit … every day a new group of bloggers. I love seeing everyone’s home decorating ideas too! The tour is all organized by Kelly over at The Tattered Pew…she’s awesome-sauce!!
If you are bopping over from my good friend Kim’s blog over at Cottage in the Mitten...welcome!! I’ve had the inside scoop on her Spring home and the new blue touches she has added. I’ve also shared a few laughs with her…like the ring doorbell videos of drivers dropping off rugs that her husband would send to her at work during the day with a text like “omg…there’s another rug delivery…” Well, she didn’t know which one would work Al!!
For my new visitors, I’m Jennifer and I love to decorate and do DIY projects…oh, and don’t forget about the gardening, & a few recipes are thrown in there for safe measure!! I live in the coastal area of New Hampshire with my husband and boys. My decorating style is New England cottage…lots of local thrifting and antique finds with simple, comfortable surroundings.
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Spring Home Tour
Today I am going to share how I have decorated my kitchen dining area and my entryway for Spring. Later in the week, I will do part 2 with the Spring touches I’ve added to our living room. If we have decent weather here (seriously, I heard possible snow later this week) I will be decorating and sharing my porch.
Kitchen Dining Area
Well, when I decorate and change over a space for a new season I like to remove everything first. It’s easier for me to work with a clean slate.
My dining area is in the kitchen separated by an island with seating. The round dining table is also pretty small.. it’s 42″ which is perfect for this space (Although I have to admit that I am a bit envious of my friends that have big dining room tables with plenty of room for all kinds of pretty things!!) I was so happy to find this dining table and chair set! It’s from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Walmart and is very solid.
nature themed spring tablescape
The inspiration for this Spring tablescape came from these pressed flower plates that I found at a local New Hampshire shop ( Homebody in downtown Concord NH).
Homebody is the prettiest store so if you are ever in the area check it out! It’s right across from the State House.
The leave-shaped placemats are also from a trip to Homebody last Fall. Since my dining table is on the small side it’s challenging to find placemats that I can fit 4 of on the table without them overlapping.
To keep with the natural themed Spring tablescape that I had envisioned I found a set of porcelain dishes with a wood grain look to them. On top, I layered a neutral napkin and then the pressed flower plate.
To finish off the place settings, I placed a ring of grapevine garland around a wood egg that I embellished with a little feather tied on with jute.
If you saw my Bunny Wreath the other day I mentioned how useful having a grapevine garland in your craft stash is…here’s another way to use it!
One thing I like to add to my round table instead of a traditional round tablecloth is something like this square-shaped one.
For a centerpiece for my Spring table, I’m using a terrarium (Walmart) that I filled with purple African violets, moss, a mini bird’s nest, and a little bunny.
My china cabinet is one of my favorite areas to decorate every season! Take a look at the different colors my hutch has been and how I have decorated it over the seasons.
Inside the china cabinet, I added more natural touches with a mini pot of spring flowers in a colorful thrift store Irish creamer ($2.99!!) and a few hollow quail eggs in a little pedestal bowl.
Remember the pressed flower clay plaques I made a few weeks ago? They found a new home in the china cabinet.
On top of the china cabinet, I added loads of natural cottage-style Spring decor. I wanted to fill my kitchen with plants and flowers this Spring.
This is a mix of real and faux plants and flowers…can you tell what is real and what is fake??
Well, this ivy is very much alive! I added it to a vintage wire container that I’ve had for years.
This plant is a fake! I wrapped the pot with a piece of angel grapevine garland and secured it with a piece of twine and added the guinea pheasant feather and popped it on top of a wood pedestal (it was an unfinished wood piece from Michael’s that I used Waverly antique wax on)
Instead of going out and buying a Spring picture I made one myself. First I searched Pinterest for a free bunny image and printed it out on a canvas sheet. Then I used spray adhesive to attach it to a Dollar Tree stretched canvas.
To get an aged look I brushed over the bunny canvas with watered-down brown paint and went around the edges to give it a frame..and that’s it!!
In my entryway this Spring it’s all about using vintage and thrifted items to create a charming cottage-style table.
To see how I made the seagrass vase and the vintage bunny framed print please check out my Tips for Decorating a Vintage Spring Entryway where I show you step-by-step how I did it.
Do you know how to make decorative bird nests? It’s really easy! All you need is a bag of Spanish moss and a can of spray adhesive..then you can add mini bird eggs and moss or feathers. At the bottom of my Spring Forsythia Wreath post is my tutorial for making the bird nest.
One of my favorite antique store finds was this French wood storage container. I had spied it at my favorite local spot The Collector’s Eye but it was more than I wanted to pay…fast forward a month and it was on a red tag sale and the perfect price!!!
shop my spring home
Well, that wraps up the first part of my New England cottage home tour. Next up is my sweet friend Kelly over at The Tattered Pew and her Colorado Colonial Spring Tour. Friends…it is all beautiful!!! Trust me on this one and go check it out (I can’t decide what part is my favorite but I love her new wall art in the living room!!)