Welcome to Thistle Key Lane as we share part two of our spring home tour with simple spring ideas in the family room. We’re also sharing views into the kitchen and breakfast nook.
You’re in for a real treat today, as I’m jumping in on day four of the week long Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tours. A big thank you goes to our host Kelly of The Tattered Pew for organizing a beautiful week of tours. In fact, you’ll get to explore 30 homes up close from coast to coast. I love getting a peek at how everyone celebrates this glorious time of year, and I know you will too.
If you’re popping in from White Lilac Farmhouse, come on in and make yourself at home. I hope you enjoyed Tammy’s post on 6 ways to welcome spring into your home as much as I did! All the links for everyone participating this week is at the end of this post.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for those joining in on Friday. Now are you ready for the tour? Let’s get to it!
Simple Spring Ideas In The Family Room
Spring is officially here indoors and outdoors too. In fact we’ve been enjoying springtime weather for weeks now, as well as spring thunderstorms. So far we’ve endured some real whoppers and expecting more storms today.
I think this is a good day to stay inside, and share some of my simple spring decorating ideas for the family room. You’ll get a glimpse of how I’m using fresh plants, patterns and vignettes to update and welcome spring into our home.
Our tour today starts with the mantel, which is where I usually jump into seasonal decorating. The large watercolor landscape over the mantel is from my childhood home. It brings back happy memories of the rolling hills and mountains to the north of where I grew up.
To change up the look, I sometimes layer an additional piece of art. This time a quirky thistle watercolor brings out some of those green shades that I love so much in the large landscape.
More of those green healthy vibes come from plants which are very happy in this room. Our southern exposure allows light to flood in from the arched windows.
The fern and the shamrock on the mantel are the newest members to the family, and they really seem to like me. Let’s hope I can keep it that way.
If you’ve been following me for a while you know how much I love decorating with books. Every season I find ways to incorporate them on every flat surface including the mantel.
To balance the look on the other side of the mantel, I’m displaying books with a handsome rabbit and a piece of coral. This is what I call my no fuss decorating, and it will be so easy to change up after Easter.
Spring Coffee Table
Last winter we replaced our coffee table when we also replaced our sofa. It’s a lot smaller than the last table, but that’s not preventing me from using my oversized accessories.
I still enjoy using the large hurricane candle holder. I’ve had it for years and it’s still one of my favorite accents.
To see before photos of the room be sure to check out last years home tour in, Fresh Spring Ideas In The Family Room.
Next to the hurricane is a wooden bowl holding painted eggs from my recent post, Wooden Keepsake Easter Eggs. I love this simple way of displaying them on a nest of Spanish moss. How easy is that?
This year instead of flowers on the coffee table, I’m continuing with my unplanned plant theme. This philodendron is still growing like crazy, and I love these shinny leaves.
Updating Pillows And Throws For Spring
Updating pillows and throws is one of the easiest seasonal changes to make. I’m using a variety of pillow covers on the leather sofa. Stripes, solids and flowers mix easily when they have similar colors.
To brighten up the brown arm chair in the corner I’m bringing back the same white pillow from last year. I love its nubby weave which also brings in a layer of interesting texture. Cotton throws lighten up the room too, and are getting a lot of use on chilly evenings.
Views Into The Kitchen And Breakfast Nook
If you’re standing in front of the mantel looking in the opposite direction, you can see the navy wall that wraps around to the entryway. From here you can also see into the kitchen and breakfast nook.
A vintage printers drawer I found thrifting last year is now replacing the chalkboard on the wall between the entry and kitchen bar.
Right now I’m keeping the cubbies empty, but I’m thinking it will be a cute spot for layering a wreath. I guess I’ll have to work on that for a late spring to summer look.
Our bar area is perfect for snacking and entertaining, while I’m cooking in the kitchen. Instead of bar stools we have what I like to call grown up bar chairs. They’re one of my favorite updates from a few years ago, and look great with our navy wall.
On the kitchen table we’re enjoying the sweet basket tray vignette from our February Pinterest challenge. It is full of spring cheer with a rabbit, clay carrots and the prettiest little green fern.
I switched a few things around on the tray to make watering the delicate fern easier. Having a plant inside the lantern looks so cute, but I didn’t want to risk breaking off any stems.
To see the original design and a closer look at the handcrafted carrots click on my post, Spring Lantern Tray Vignette.
Spring Styling Open Shelves
I’m keeping the styling very simple on the open shelves with room to breathe. On the top shelf is cafe bowl holding some of my white ironstone creamers that I’m always searching for along with a stack of blue and white towels.
By the way do you call them cup towels, dish towels or kitchen towels? Growing up my mom and grandma called them cup towels, which sounds so old fashioned to me now.
This year I’m displaying my little sheep on the open self instead of the kitchen table. I’m not quite ready to let the grand littles handle the sheep, and I think they will be a lot safer out of reach.
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Now I’m going to send you over to visit Libby at A Life Unfolding. I know you don’t want to miss her modern spring cottage decor. Thank you so much for stopping by today, be sure to check back tomorrow for six more spring home tours!
Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tours
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the 2023 Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Spring home tour by clicking the links below.
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