What our house looks like this spring
Today I’m participating in Marty’s (A Stroll Through Life) annual spring home tour series. I’m so thankful to be included again and I hope you enjoy all the tours all week. Start at her blog to go through all of them.
If you are coming from Christy’s of Our Southern Home then a big welcome to you. I adore Christy and her beautiful traditional home and style.
Spring Home Tour
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It feels so off to be posting about home decor when there is so much going on in the world right now. My family in Germany and friends in Europe are so worried and it is just devastating to see what is happening in the Ukraine.
As always, decorating is a therapy for me to distract me from my fears and anxiety and my mind has been struggling with so many things lately.
Our Living Room
I want to show you the little tweaks and additions I have added to our house. I haven’t really worked on big makeovers because I’m content with what I have and it feels good.
You won’t find Easter eggs or fresh flowers either in my spring decor because I simply didn’t feel like it. That’s maybe also because I haven’t felt like spring since I work at the local ski resort and the season isn’t ver yet.
Late winter and early spring are usually spent updating and fixing things around the house. I finally fixed the basement molding and painted the bar walls black. My husband painted the bar surround white. I am not sharing that with you today though because my husband still works down there during the day and it’s messy. Plus I don’t want to bother him while he is working. So that part will have to wait for another day.
I just bought this new hanging plant and I’m trying to grow creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) in the rattan planter below. Have you ever heard of it? I hadn’t either but I came across a hanging planter on Pinterest where they called it trailing bamboo. I did more research and found out that it was creeping bentgrass which is used in some areas for putting greens on golf courses because it tolerates really low cutting. You can see a photo HERE of what I’m talking about.
If I’m successful and it will hang down really long like the actual photo then I will put it in a hanging basket instead of my new rattan planter.
Fireplace remains the same:
Our new staircase runner
I’ve been so sick of how worn down our stairs have looked for a while again. They just get so scratched up which is the reason I decided to add a runner. I got a really great price on this indoor-outdoor runner rug. I was disappointed that it’s not as light as the listing shows but the price was just too good to send it back again.
Hopefully, I have the details of what I did to share on the blog soon. I’ve had a lot of things going on lately including hurting my back again.
We took the painted railings down and my husband actually stripped the paint off of them for me. Now I’m trying to figure out if I want to whitewash or just leave them natural wood.
The upstairs hallway
When you walk up the stairs you reach this small hallway.
I recently bought this wicker vase to put all my collected grasses in and I love how it looks with my grandmother’s painting.
I also moved my great-grandmother’s silver tea set from the kitchen to my bleached dresser. At some point, I’d love to replace this old Target lamp with something vintage and pretty.
The orange Chinese plate is also from my great-grandmother.
Across from that dresser is still my Mongstad mirror that I gave a makeover a couple of years ago.
To the left of this big mirror is our daughter’s bedroom.
Our daughter’s room
I haven’t shared it in a while because she’s not a big fan of me sharing it. The room doesn’t have my influence anymore at all. She used to hate all the white I had in the house before which is why she wanted it painted dark blue (see it HERE) and now she is all about white.
This is where our dining room urchin chandelier ended up. I’ll show you my new DIY pendant light after this if you’ve missed it.
Our main bathroom
I added the copper version of my DIY drawer pulls to the vanity which replaced the black ring pulls.
I bought this plantstand at TJMaxx last summer for our porch and it’s now the perfect spot for my favorite plants that love high humidity. Even the pitcher plant is thriving in here. It was hard to take photos of it with the light shining in though.
Our bedroom is still exactly the same and nothing has changed.
Last week I shared my new DIY pendant light in our dining room with you. I’m so happy with how it turned out.
If you are new to my blog, check out my dishwasher and stove makeover. It made such a difference to the look of our kitchen.
So that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Next up is Cindy of County Road 407. Enjoy her pretty Texan farmhouse style!
Here is who else is participating this week:
A Stroll Thru Life – Thrifty and Chic – Chalking Up Success
White Arrows Home – Pink Peppermint Design – Worthing Court
Our Southern Home – Cuckoo4Design – Country Road 407
Decor To Adore – RemodelaCasa – Calypso in the Country
Whispering Pines Homestead – Up to Date Interiors – The Stonybrook House
DIY Beautify – Southern Home & Hospitality – Dimples and Tangles
CitrineLiving – Hymns and Verses – 11 Magnolia Lane
StoneGable – Southern Hospitality – This is our Bliss
Grace In My Space – Follow The Yellow Brick Home
Quarters One – My Wee Abode
Your home is filled with tons of the most amazing DIY projects. I love, love, love all of your macrame and love seeing how you use it in your home. Such a talent. Thanks for joining the tour again this season, your home is so beautiful and you have added so many personal touches that create a loving and caring home.
Thanks so much Marty. I’m so glad to be part of the tours again.
Thanks for the lovely tour! Your home is so beautiful with all the textures and baskets. They add such warmth and personality!
Thanks Shelley! I suddenly developed a basket obsession.
Your home has such a lovely, collected look-love the family items!
Thanks so much Jennifer
Really, you are right. I agree with you.
It looks like you have passed down not only music but also an artistic talent to your kids! I love how your girl decorated her bedroom. The staircase runner looks so good. I’ve been thinking about adding one to my basement staircase, I’ll be back to see all details.
Thanks, Cristina. I was dreading the stair runner project but it actually wasn’t that bad.
Julia your home always brings a smile to my face. It feels so happy. You are truly a plant whisperer!
It’s so nice to be introduced to your home through this tour, Julia! Love all the white and natural elements that accent your home so beautifully! Even your little vintage nook at the top of the stairs is so special! Looking forward to all the other tours this week, and wrapping up on Friday! 😉
Wowza, you are crazy for design well I’m crazy for your green thumb! Utterly jealous as well. Love how happy everything looks. Clean, open yet cozy, beautiful style. Glad to have hopped with you this week.
Love all the green plants! It makes a home feel so fresh and alive! Thanks for sharing!
Love everything you’ve done. Your home feels light and breezy and cozy at the same time. And I love Lily’s room!!! SO FUN! Emmy just put a ton of photos around her bed as well and it looks so perfectly teen!
Julia, I think you have the coolest home ever – so much amazing style that makes a bold statement and I love it all! That runner is gorgeous and I love all of your natural woven textures everywhere. I am in love with your daughters bedroom too, it is amazing! She must love it! Happy Spring! xo
It’s my first time by your home and I am so impressed with your DIY projects…the stair runner looks fantastic and those color wrapped appliances are genius. They change the whole kitchen! I’m so glad to have found you through our spring hop!!
I love seeing your home in any season!!! 1. Your stair runner turned out soooo good! 2. Love that pendant light! 3. Your daughter has her mother’s decorating touch!!!
You have such amazing textures in your home Julia! I love the new stair runner and hanging plant. My daughter keeps changing her bedroom and wants to go all dark. EEK! I hope your family and friends in Germany are doing okay!
Everything is so pretty and fresh for spring. Like you, I didn’t use any Easter eggs as well. I didn’t feel like going to the attic. It has been so hard sharing on social the pretties of life when there is so much heartache in Ukraine. It is such a monstrous thing. Praying for your family and friends in Germany and Europe. I am sure they are uneasy.
I love your projects. Can you please tell me the color and brand in your bathroom with the peel stick floor. I love it. Thank you!
Hi there, it is called Gaucho by Valspar and here is the entire blog post about it https://cuckoo4design.com/bathroom-makeover-with-black-and-white-peel-and-stick-floor-tile/