Spring Fling

What a winter it's been for so many. Even Texans are missing the sun and are ready for the freshness that spring brings inside and out. 

I always like a little shifting around of art, pillows and table top goodies when the seasons change, so here's some inspiration I spotted on this gray rainy Sunday. 












The wire shelves may be what helps organize my small laundry room for the upcoming pool season.

And the owl in the top hat? So stinking cute.  

I picked up the galvanized shelf from Target and am using it in my kitchen for now. It's got so many uses...it could be it's own blog post.

Will you be making changes for spring? What's on your list?


Black, white and warm wood.  The lack of bold color brings every interesting detail into focus. This color palette feels timeless and fresh with a light suggestion of spring.  I'm impressed by the chalkboard art below. What a work of art.
Chicago Mag - living rooms - eclectic, art gallery, white, slipcover, sofa, black, white, pillows, black, white, cowhide, rug, industrial, coffee table,
Love this idea for a studio or desk top.  Little touches like this are so easy to put together and make for a happy work space.  

Recollection ~ Summer Mantel Styling

A new look for my summer mantel.  Repetition in design is easy on the eyes especially with these pretty botanical specimens, shells and books.

I especially love this mantel display and the sweet stories it tells. The  vintage botanicals were collected by a North Carolina naturalist on travels with her husband. My husband collected the whelk shells for me in shark infested waters (ok, a couple of small sharks)  on a recent anniversary vacation and to me, they're more precious than diamonds. (Hands off ladies, he's mine!) 

The vintage books were saved from the dumpster at his office. Can you believe someone threw them away? 

Because things change often around here I'm not framing the botanicals for now. If you've got some unframed art that you want to get up on the wall, try Poster Tack for good temporary hold without damaging your paint or walls. 

The Week Ahead

After a lovely long Easter weekend, my calendar this week is a bit overwhelming. This lovely lady in my office has the right idea...slow down and enjoy the simple things like rose bushes that are offering up loads of spring blooms. 

Spring Inspiration & Souvenir

Some sneak peeks of the spring issue of Souvenir are floating around. Have you seen them? 

 Just seeing these peeks from some of the incredibly talented Souvenir contributors has me in the mood for Spring and wanting to lighten things up around the house.  I took pages from some thrift store butterfly books and used them as quick instant art for spring. No frame, no fuss. Just pretty and easy for a hallway or corner.

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Spring Fever

Spring cleaning, Spring planting, Spring fever are all making an appearance at our house these days. As far as the weather goes, I've had my fill of gray days this past month.  The return of the doves and their perpetual cooing is the official sign that Spring has begun here in Houston.
Spring and Summer are the seasons I really love to lighten things up inside. Fresh flowers, a clean office, some luminous glass and a road trip on the horizon make up for the dirty windows, overflowing laundry baskets and weed-filled flower beds :)  

Though some of them, I'm certain, must
Stand for rage, bravado, lust,
All other notes that birds employ
Sound like synonyms for joy.
W.H. Auden 

Tablecloths and Throws for Spring

I'm working on a Spring project that needed a layer of vintage, softness and color and found what I was looking for in these quilted throws from West Elm:

These one of a kind throws are hand embroidered and reversible, with a soft washed out color on one side, and a vibrant solid or print on the other. They're similar to our American quilts, but without the batting inside, so they're thin, lightweight and perfect for Spring and Summer. 

I love the versatility of these throws.  Perfect for your favorite chair, the foot of your bed or as a tablecloth.  I'm not usually one to use tablecloths, but I think I've just had a change of heart.