Spring Home Tour
It feels strange having a home tour series this week in light of what has been happening around the world and in this country but I’m going to go about my usual business, especially since I’m home all the time. And maybe for those of you who are stuck at home now as well, you can find some inspiration and craft projects that you can try yourself at home while trying to ride out this virus craziness.
We were informed last week that my son’s German exchange has been canceled which upset us all greatly. We had anticipated it getting possibly postponed but not canceled altogether. Our son’s visit wasn’t supposed to be until the end of June which appears still so far away. Our student was supposed to come in a week and a half and we thought that the visit could have been moved to the fall. Now we don’t even know how much of the money we will get back.
But anyway, I’m happy to be part of Marty’s (A Stroll Thru Life) home tour series again and welcome everyone coming from her blog.
Hello to everyone coming from my friend Cristina at Remodelacasa. I love all the shades of blue in her home. So pretty right?
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I haven’t really changed much in our living room. I have reached a stage of being very happy with how things are in our house and only tweak little things here and there. Crafting projects like macrame are where my heart is right now.
I added some new art pieces to the room that I made myself though. Check out my blog post about how to make DIY round geometric wood wall art. Eventually, I want them to end up outside on the fence in a grouping if I figure out the right way to protect them from the elements.
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I also added the antique rosary that I found at the thrift shop in Germany last month. I actually found some online on Etsy and according to those shops they are French antique rosaries:
Don’t you love my new Walter lamp? LOL, just kidding. He does this all the time and it cracks me up.
You might have also noticed the fairy lights. They are a little leftover from Christmas and will remain in my palm tree because I love the warm glow. They are actually plugin fairy lights (HERE) which I have on a timer and I love that. It generally drives me crazy that so many fairy lights are battery operated.
Here are my DIY projects featured in this post:
Not much has changed in here besides the planters I made and what I bought thrifting on my trip to Germany last month for my mom’s 80th birthday.
Here is the wood burned bottle (similar one HERE and HERE) that I brought home from the thrift shop in Germany and behind it is another macrame planter I made.
And here is the smaller macrame planter I made (tutorial HERE) with some easter eggs I wood burned last week. I don’t have to worry about the cats breaking them when they bat them around.
Our son’s new bed
Since we were supposed to get our German exchange student on the 23rd, we put my son’s bedroom back in order. If you remember, we gave the antique bed to our daughter since he outgrew it and she really wanted the bed.
I bought him a new bed after I had gathered my favorite platform beds. We decided on number 6 on that list and are very happy with the price and how it looks in his bedroom. I had made it my mission to find a fitted sheet that would always look neat and wouldn’t bunch up and look messy. I’m happy to report that I have found the ONE (click HERE). Just look at his bed! That’s always how it looks and there is no wrinkling. I have bought one for our bed and our daughter’s too. My Instagram friends who bought it too after I recommended it have reported the same thing. It’s awesome!
Our son likes collecting different things like the pins on his shade or the soccer fan scarfs hanging on the curtain rods.
The duvet (HERE) was on my daughter’s bed before but I think it works on his bed as well, even though I would have loved to find a dark green duvet cover instead. So far I haven’t been able to find the right shade of green.
He also collects soccer patches that are displayed on his flags banner.
He started a vinyl collection of his favorite musicians as well.
I took a photo without the scarves on the curtain rod as well so you can see the difference.
And by the way, I also made the “Die Mannschaft” poster for my favorite German soccer fan.
Walter is all dusty in the face from crawling under the bed. I guess I better get some dusting done…LOL!
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed today’s little glimpse into our home and it got your mind off of the virus news on TV.
Now make sure to hop on over to my friend Anita’s at Far Above Rubies. I love her vintage victorian style,
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Living room: mirror HERE | curtains HERE | similar pouf HERE (mine is from Target years ago) | sofas not available anymore but similar ones HERE | sofa fur HERE | chairs HERE | DIY blue TV console HERE | blue pillow on chair HERE | table lamps HERE | salt lamp HERE | black lamp shade HERE | are rug HERE | similar coffee table HERE, mine is vintage | similar side table HERE | flooring HERE | similar blue plaid pillows HERE | blue lumbar pillow HERE | black and white pillows HERE and HERE | golden throw pillow HERE | shibori throw HERE | fair lights HERE | similar planter HERE | drum HERE | rosary HERE | wood burned discs HERE | disco ball HERE
Dining room: placemats HERE | wooden eggs HERE | faux plant HERE | DIY macrame planter HERE | similar dining table HERE | dining chairs HERE | urchin chandelier HERE | painting is an antique from a local auction | similar faux fiddle leaf fig HERE | small table not available any more | curtains HERE | settee is antique from a local auction | black and white pillow on chaise HERE | salt lamp HERE |
Our son’s bedroom: rug HERE | bed HERE | black and white plaid pillows HERE | similar red plaid pillows HERE | similar lumbar pillow HERE | duvet cover HERE | throw blanket HERE | fitted sheet HERE | butterfly chair HERE | fur HERE | plaid pouf HERE and similar one HERE | curtains HERE | poster not available | salt lamp HERE | faux plant not available anymore | similar side table HERE | yellow sputnik light fixture HERE | similar cuckoo clock HERE | bed lamp HERE | flag banner HERE
Our daughter’s bedroom: rug HERE | Billie Eilish cover HERE and HERE | album frame HERE | Stranger Things poster HERE | blue throw HERE | macrame chair HERE | similar lava lamp HERE | curtains HERE | shibori lumbar pillow HERE | black and white pillows HERE | swing arm lamps HERE | lamp shades not available anymore at Target | jeans Euro shams from Ikea, similar ones HERE or HERE | white and blue chandelier also from Ikea
your home looks so beautiful! i love the earthy touches to your living room and i SO love your kids’ bedrooms!
i am so sorry about all of the cancellations going on… it’s such a weird time in our world.
Thanks my friend, yes such a strange time. Let’s make the best of it.
I love how you painted the door in your sons room. Very cool! And the cut out kitty door-I love that!! What a great idea! My cats are perfectly content to stay in my room but for some reason as soon as I shut the door they want to go out. Then come back in…! What age is your exchange student? Are they still going to be able to come with all the flying restrictions on?
Haha, yes the minute I close a door, they need to use it. Both my kids have the cat hole on their doors so the cats can come and go when they want but the kids have their privacy. We don’t have one on our bedroom door because I need one room in the house where I can still safely lock them away if we need to.
I just re-read your post and the cancellation of the student. How disappointing for all of y’all! I had a trip planned to see my son in July in Finland and cancelled that due to this horrible virus. Many local plans have changed due to cancellation or postponement of the event. I play tennis on a league and now our matches have been postponed!! This is so crazy. Unfortunately I don’t get to work from home as I am a hospital nurse and will be in the front lines. Take care!
Thank you Donna. I don’t understand why something like the student exchange can’t just be postponed to another time. I think that’s crazy. I’m sorry that you had to cancel your trip to see your son and hope you get to do it another time. Stay safe at your work!
Hi Julia – I always enjoy your tours, but more than that I love seeing how you change things up in your rooms to make them appear new and exciting all the way down to the cat door in your sons room.
XO Sorry to hear that your sons trip was canceled. 🙁
Thank you Diane. I hope that I can show people that they don’t need a completely new house to reinvent their space.
We are so bummed about the student exchange but I just talked to our student’s mom and maybe one day we can just arrange that our two boys meet without the schools help. Have a great week.
I am so sorry about your exchange student cancellation, such a disappointment. I always love seeing your home, you are so creative and all of your macrame and textiles are always so beautiful. I love the wood burned items you have too, amazing. Thanks so much for joining the tour again this season, always a treat to visit your home.
Thanks Marty and I appreciate all the work you put in to organize the tours.
Julia, your home shines as usual! Love the Walter lamp, he’s so cute. 😀 I also have fairy lights above my kitchen window, they stay there year round. Love touring your son’s room and seeing his many collections. Oh, what a bummer is that cancellation, yep, they should postpone it!
Thanks Cristina, not sure why he loves standing there like that all the time LOL
Julia, that wood burned bottle is an amazing find for sure!! I love all the macrame as well and the bohemian vibe that is so fresh and fun. Beautiful home my friend:-)
My brother couldn’t believe that I liked that bottle haha. I remember stuff like that from my childhood and back then I hated it. Oh how things change. Thanks Anita
As always your home is full of such personality and global warmth. You do such a great job with eclectic and sharing your style all throughout your home. It’s beautiful for Spring!
Thank you Rhoda!
It all looks beautiful as always, Julia, and I love that cat door! We are supposed to be moving to Stuttgart this summer but of course that’s on hold now. I’m so sorry about your son’s exchange program; I know he’s disappointed. Hopefully this will all pass soon!
Oh Stuttgart, how nice! My brother did his doctorate at the university in Stuttgart. It’s a lovely city! I hope it works out for you and thanks so much.
Your home is lovely! I enjoy the home tours very much. Thank you for sharing with us. Your Walter looks just like my Ebony, pure black senior kitty. Ebony is almost 19 years old! Love those kitty’s!
Oh wow 19 years old! You must be taking great care of him. I’m glad you enjoy my tours.
i am with you on feel content and happy with my home and not feeling the need to mix it all up like i use to, although after this hunkering down at home….you never know. stay well and safe.
Yes you never know what staying home will bring. But that’s why we have crafting, right?
Your kids’ rooms are just fantastic. I adore the sweet kiddies. I am so sorry to hear about the German exchange. We are wondering if our trip to visit family in England this June will also be canceled. Here’s to health!
Your home looks so stylish with tons of positive spring vibes! I love all of your creative touches and mix of textiles and fun decorative accents. So fun touring with you this week!
Julia, I love you style and the way you mix patterns and textures! Your kids rooms are spectacular!! I’m so inspired!
Love your spring decor! You have such an eye for design!
Happy day friend!
What color is the dark green paint in the German room?
Hi there Franchesca. The color in my son’s room is Deepest River by Valspar.