Monday, March 18, 2019

SPRING REFRESH DECOR TIPS

SPRING REFRESH DECOR TIPS









It's that time of year when we want to refresh our home decor.  We want to get rid of the heavy feel from Winter and embark on an adventure into greenery, flowers and a light airy feel.  At least that's how I'm feeling.  I'm ready to shed the winter trappings and lighten things up!





One thing that I love to bring out in the Spring is my collection of bunnies.  They give an instant feeling of spring to any decor style.  I also moved all my ironstone collection to the hutch.  I love all the white against the natural wood.  The preserved lavender wreath is a purchase from last summer but still looks and smells great.  It's from Floral Treasure.  








I also painted a new Spring Cow.  She's called Faith!.  She's actually a twin to my Christmas painting, Sophie.  For Faith, I included Eccl. 3:1 TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON.  With the tree just starting to bud out, it felt so appropriate.  Prints are available of Faith!





This year my inspiration for my table setting was a set of Bunny Plates that I found for a great deal at Marshall's.  The minute I saw these plates, I knew exactly what I wanted my Spring Table to look like.  They inspired my whole Spring Refresh!  The idea of simple black, white and green just felt so fresh and clean to me.





So I started pulling out all my bunnies and other spring decor.   I added a couple more moss covered bunnies and the wooden charger's from my Christmas screened porch table, to give the tablescape a woodland look.  I was looking for white and green to complete this look.  Most everything, other than the plates, I have used in various places around the house.  Adding the glass Cloche's and wooden base, allowed the bunnies and toparies to shine on the table.





I also added some bunnies to the island to continue the green and white into the kitchen.  The metal cake tray was a Vintage Cottage find.  




I love how fresh and clean the kitchen feels for Spring!

The Living Area Refresh





I also carried that theme into the living area.  Here I've used concrete bunnies, my handpainted "BUNNY TAILS' pillow cover and shades of blue, grey to keep this area neutral!.  The ruffle ticking pillow covers and the bunny pillow covers are also available in my online shop.  



Books, bunnies, and greenery fill the vintage tool box



Shades of creme, white, grey and blue complete the sofa area.  The buffalo check pillow covers are from Amazon.  





I added touches of lavender throughout the whole living area.  These are faux lavender baskets that I purchased last year from The Painted Fox Home.  The natural preserved wreath is from Floral Treasure.  



Even the office area got a refresh with a Floral Treasure Wreath and some faux flowers from Hobby Lobby.  



I wish my desk looked like this all the time. LOL 




Mixing vintage finds in unusual ways creates a more interesting vignette.  Here I've used a $1.00 thrift store  glass cloche that was originally a part of a cheese tray and a Hobby Lobby cake plate updated with some Chalk  Paint.  I add it to a vintage book and a thrift store frame.  I filled it with a birds nest and a couple of sweet bunnies for a unique vignette.  




Use what you have in new and interesting ways to refresh your home for Spring.  If you find a great deal on a Spring item, let that be the influence to style your home around.  Start pulling out items that fit the theme you are designing around.  I pull items from every room.  That helps to keep all your rooms fresh. It's every revolving.  

If you'd like to see a video tour of this space, link to my Instagram account and watch under stories highlights.  

Happy Spring Y'all!.  
 








Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas Home Tour

The Farmhouse is Ready for Christmas!


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Come on in!





This year it's all about the red.  We had covers made to all the cushions and pillows on the porch.  



We have so much area to decorate on the porch which usually proves to be a challenge.  We were up to the task this year!!!




Red and Black Buffalo Check took center stage around the swing.  This is the area just outside the master bedroom!




The screened porch also shines with red.  The wooden shiplap tree is still one of my favorite DIY projects.  I love how it looks on the porch!




The red birdhouse was a Hobby Lobby find  






The tablescape for the porch is full of DIY projects.  The twig toparies, the recycled burlap ribbon table runner and the snow flocking on the twigs and pine cones were are projects for the holiday season.  All the tutorials are saved under my stories on Instagram.  






Here's a close up view of the toparies and the twig place holders.  






More DIY toparies and DIY Merry Merry garland.  





I feel this table isn't just for the holidays but can be used all winter long.  




The snow in this scene adds so much to this winter scene.  However, it was a really early snow. 






Close up view of the table runner and twig enhancement. 




Even the baker's rack is full of Christmas Charm.  The cardinal print was picked up for only $1.00 at a thrift store.  





Once inside the house, the added color of red continues.  





More pillows with new red and white covers fill the sofa with warmth.  






Another DIY garland adorns the sliding barn door.  This was made using old music sheets and acron garland.  





This area may be my favorite this year.  The trunk was a makeover that I worked on over the fall.  I've been collecting Vintage Shiny Brite ornaments for a couple of years and finally had enough to fill my tree with nothing but!  The tree is held by a European Grape Gathering Container.  I stacked my shiny brite boxes and used them as holiday decor also.  






I have an abundance of snowmen and you'll see them scattered throughout the house.  





This year I painted a Christmas calf.  We had twin white calves in the pasture this summer and I couldn't resist their cute faces.  This one is Sophie and I love her pout.  I have prints of Sophie available in my online shop.  





Another new addition to the table this year is the wooden folding bench.  I was lucky to find it at Goodwill for only $10.00.  It was in perfect condition except for the many initials carved into the seat and back.  Instead of sanding them away, I just painted over them.  I love leaving the history of a piece in place when possible.  





In addition to my red and white Christmas decor, I decided to add to some gold touches this year.   This was originally inspired by the gold pear place card holders that I found at a thrift store.  When I returned a few weeks later to find the large gold pears that matched, I knew they would find their way on my Christmas Tablescape.  






I also added so music sheets from an old hymnal that I found at the thrift store as my table runner.  







These gold bottle brush trees were a steal at Walmart.







I found the candy stripe plates at Pier One and the clear Christmas tree plates with gold rim, I've had for many years.  I always find a place for them each Christmas.  





I think Sophie likes her view!!!  







Even the island has a tree this year.  This little tree actually is adorned with mini Christmas cookie cutters.  (another thrift store find)







T'is the Season.   One of my favorite items to decorate seasonally is the Pantry Door Chalk Board.  






Even the bottle drying rack (that doubles as our coffee mug rack), has a festive touch with Christmas Mugs and Christmas cookie cutters.  






I love this DIY Jingle All The Way sign over the open shelving.  






Here is a close up print of Sophie.  She's available in this close up version and the full version over the table.  







Again, I added touches of Gold by using the fun rustic Gold bells on my banister.  






Upstairs, in the loft the Coop Bar has some of my vintage shiny brites holding court.  





Here are our new lights in the loft.  I love them shining down on the DIY Garland.  





In the master bedroom, we try to disguise the TV by surrounding it with a lot of vintage goodies.  The Grinch quote is another DIY project.  







My birthday present this past year was the primitive step back hutch.  I love how it looks filled to the brim for Christmas!.  Here you see several of the flocked trees that I made this year.  Check out my easy peasy tutorial on my Instagram stories.  






Look familiar?    These pieces previously were in our master bedroom.  Now they are in the guest room.  I love this little tree with nothing but vintage snowmen ornaments.  The potato sifter also looks nice holding the tree.  








This bed is probably the most photogenic area of the house.  It's all decked out in red and black buffalo check this year, and you can see why!!!







The plaid plates were a end of season purchase from Pottery Barn last year.  They look great on my DIY Book Plate Holders.







We were so blessed and fortunate to have a major magazine want to shoot our house for their next years Holiday Farmhouse Style Magazine.  Here's a sneak peek of the set up during the shoot.  

I'll let you know when the issue hits the newsstands!






Even the Pier got a little Christmas Makeover!  


This has been an amazing year and I so appreciate you for following along.  I can't wait to see what next year holds for us here at the Ponds.  
Please message me with any questions.  Please remember to follow me on Instagram to stay up to the minute with all our DIY and projects here at the Ponds. 

Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

OXOX,
Rachel