Welcome home! Come on in, take your shoes off, and take a virtual spring home tour of our cottage-farmhouse style home located on the south shore of Massachusetts.
I can’t think of a season that is more anticipated than that of spring…can you?! Living in the northeast we long for the start of spring and the return of sunshine & warmth after a winter that seems to last forever. Spring symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts. I’ve noticed our forsythia has begun showing green buds, the robins have returned from wintering down south, and the sun is rising earlier in the morning & setting later in the day.
These natural transformations signal me to begin refreshing the inside of our home from winter to spring. The rabbit figurines make their way out of storage, spring blooms fill vases, and lighter fabrics & textures replace the thick, heavy ones of winter. Our home begins to feel lighter & brighter, just as spring should feel!
So, put that winter coat away, grab a glass of cold lemonade, and join me on a tour of our spring home! I hope you will find inspiration and ideas on how to add that feeling of spring to your home with functional, nostalgic, and cozy decor.
“March is an example of how beautiful new beginnings can be.”
Spring Home Tour Blog Hop
I, along with 28 blogging friends are opening our doors all week long to give you a glimpse into our homes styled for spring! A huge thank you to Marty Oravetz of A Stroll Through Life for including me in this blog hop. Keep reading to the end of this post where you will find links to all the gorgeous spring home tours, I promise, there is loads of inspiration!
If this is your first time here, welcome! I’m Heidi, the creative mind behind the decor & lifestyle blog, Eleanor Rose Home. I’m a wife & mother who loves creating a cozy home for my family with new & vintage home decor, comfort food recipes, and DIY’s.
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But enough about me! Let’s get this spring home tour started with our cozy, cottage style entryway.
Spring Home Tour: Entryway
The entryway into our home is small, and enters right into our kitchen. But just because it’s small doesn’t mean that it can’t be welcoming, beautiful, and functional.
First impressions matter when guests enter our homes. A rug for wiping feet, a stool for sitting, and hooks for hanging coats & backpacks is a must. These elements make guests feel welcome, which reflects the aesthetic of the rest of our home…warm and cozy.
For spring, I kept the decor here fairly simple. I placed two of my favorite prints from the spring Threshold x Studio McGee collection at Target (this citrus framed art and this landscape framed art), and this faux potted plant to the shelf in our entryway.
This stool is great in a cottage farmhouse entryway. It’s compact, but beautiful with it’s spindled legs. The perfect place to sit down to remove shoes after a long day!
I love the pop of color these yellow tulips add to our entryway. I grabbed these at a local farmers market and can’t wait to add them to an ironstone pitcher on our kitchen island. Yellow tulips are the perfect spring flower, right?!
Let’s head on in to our cottage farmhouse kitchen which is located right off the entryway.
Spring Home Tour: The Kitchen
Our cottage farmhouse kitchen is the busiest room in our home. You enter it right when you walk in from the entryway, so there is always something happening here from someone walking in from work, to homework at the island, to food baking in the oven or cooking on the stove.
With our kitchen being the hub or heart of our home, there are 3 “rules” (I use this term very loosely) or guidelines I follow when decorating this space.
Let’s be clear though, there are no rules when it comes to decorating. I always feel you should decorate your home how you want regardless of what’s trending or in style. That is what makes your home uniquely special to you and your family.
So, what are these rules that I follow? They are really quite simple and generic, which anyone can easily tailor to their own home. I always make sure the decor in our kitchen is functional, nostalgic, and cozy.
Functional Kitchen Decor
This is one of my favorite ways to decorate, especially in the kitchen. What better & easier way to style your space than with pieces you use all the time!
For this spring home tour, I added a few spring touches along with functional decor to our open kitchen shelf. This is one of my favorite places to style in our kitchen each season! For spring, I added a few ceramic bunnies from the Target Dollar Spot last year, along with greenery, and a striped blue & cream ribbon for a little whimsy and pop of color.
The functional decor I added to our open kitchen shelving could really be used for any season. I placed a stack of cookbooks, a group of glasses, a set of cutting boards, along with a few other functional items on our kitchen shelf.
When styling our kitchen shelf I always make sure to create layers, add height, and use groups of odd numbers. I also like to mix old and new pieces to create a truly cozy space. For more of my tips on how to style shelves like a professional, you can download my ebook here.
Here’s another example of functional kitchen decor. These glass bon-bon jars hold my baking essentials but look so beautiful sitting on our kitchen counters. I also love that you can see our wedding china teacups acting as scoops, pretty and functional!
And finally, display your spring fruits or vegetables in bowls on the counter!
Spring is my favorite time of the year to buy lemons. They are fresh & bright making them ideal for fresh lemonade, baking, or cleaning. Lemon blueberry muffins are something my family loves to eat in spring, and lemons are the best all-natural cleaner.
So, don’t hide away the things you use in the kitchen all the time! Find ways to incorporate them into your kitchen decor.
Nostalgic Kitchen Decor
You may be asking yourself, what does she mean by nostalgic kitchen decor?
These are the pieces that will be unique to your home, and have special meaning only to you. You won’t find nostalgic decor at the big box stores, online or anyone else’s home.
Nostalgic kitchen decor for me evokes warm memories of the past and typically includes a cookbook with a recipe that is special to our family, a recipe written by mother or grandmother, the china from our wedding, or just something that reminds me of a happy memory.
The recipe I have hanging in our spring home is the perfect example of nostalgic decor. It is special to me for a number of reasons.
It was given to me by mother (in her handwriting), and included the recipe of a dish we loved growing up when we went camping. Looking at this recipe takes me right back to the many days & nights I spent at the campground with my family and childhood best friend, which are some of my favorite memories. It reminds me of a simpler time, when I didn’t have a care in the world.
Adding nostalgic decor to your home will create an aesthetic that is special to you, which in turn will make your home feel unique, cozy, & well-loved. Fill your home with things you love, and love will fill your home.
Cozy Kitchen Decor
Cozy is essential in our home. I am always on the hunt for the next thing that can make our kitchen or home warmer and cozier.
Our kitchen has come along way in the cozy department since we began our kitchen remodel last year. The addition of beadboard, quartz countertops, and new lighting fixtures definitely gave our kitchen the lightness & brightness it was lacking. And, the recent addition of a hanging rod behind the stove and a curtain on the kitchen window upped the coziness ten fold.
However, this isn’t what truly makes a kitchen cozy. A cozy kitchen is the place that provides sustenance for our families bodies, minds, and souls. It’s the space where we gather, it’s the the heart of the home. There is nothing cozier than walking into the kitchen to smell delicious aromas, gathering together as a family, and eating & connecting over a home-cooked meal.
Here are a few of my families favorite comfort food recipes that will certainly make your kitchen feel cozy!
Let’s head over to our cozy farmhouse living room to see how I styled this space for spring.
Spring Home Tour: Living Room
The decor in our living room stays the same for almost every season because this space is relatively small, and I like to display books on our bookshelves which doesn’t leave much room for adding anything else to our built-in shelves.
To add depth and texture to our built-in bookcase I placed books in baskets to the middle section of the bookcase. It adds warm texture to the shelves and is functional too. You just pull out the basket to grab the book you’re looking for!
The rattan lamps add texture to either end of the bookshelves and work nicely with the rattan baskets in the middle. For a small touch of spring, I placed a faux potted plant on either end of the bookshelves.
Eleanor loves the built in window seats! This is one of her favorite places to nap and be on the lookout for those scary mail delivery people.
Update Your Living for Spring by Updating the Pillow Covers
While I don’t add much spring decor to our living room, there are a couple of things I do each season. I change the pillow covers on our throw pillows and I change out the throw blankets from thick fleeces to light cottony ones.
This spring, I wanted to add a small touch of blue to our living room, so I added these floral pillow covers from H&M to our couch. Pillow covers are a great way to add a seasonal touch to your space without having to store pillows each season. You simply remove the old pillow cover and put on the new one on. Just make sure you buy pillows with removable covers (you’ll love the fact that you can wash the covers whenever they get dirty!).
I paired the blue floral pillow cover with a few neutral pillows and our living room went from the heavy textured, dark colors of winter, to light textured, bright colors of spring by simply updating the pillows.
Display Vintage Art on Your Television
A great way to add a seasonal touch to your living room is with art on your television! On your smart tv, go to the YouTube app, search vintage art, and select the channel with artwork you love. This channel has beautiful artwork, this channel has summer artwork, and this channel has artwork featuring white flowers.
The curtains in our living room were a recent DIY. Check out how I made our curtains out of tablecloths here.
The last stop on our spring home tour, our French country master bedroom. Let’s take a tour!
Spring Home Tour: Master Bedroom
Our master bedroom is one of my favorite spaces in our home to style for spring. The beautiful Ellie Cashman Summer Squall Wallpaper we have as an accent wall behind our bed screams spring with its big, bold pastel rose & peony blooms.
I like to keep the decor in our bedroom fairly simple because let’s be honest…the wallpaper steals the show.
On our nightstands you will find the things we use all the time (functional decor is my favorite). A lamp, books, candle, and lavender linen spray are the essentials for bedtime.
A small bouquet of flowers adds softness and fresh fragrance as well.
We still have a ways to go in the Northeast until we have warm spring weather. So, the thick textured flannel & velvet bed linens are still on our bed. Once the weather warms, I’ll switch our bed linens over to fresh, breathable cotton sheets, blankets, and duvets.
I love to place linens on our bed with patterns that work well with our floral wallpaper. This gingham bedding along with the ditsy floral flannel sheets have been a favorite of mine because they contrast nicely with the floral wallpaper and makes our bedroom feel warm and cozy.
When decorating any room in your home, don’t be afraid to mix patterns!
As a general rule of thumb mix up to 3 patterns in a room. You could group together a floral, stripe, and polka dot. Another pattern group that works well together is herringbone, stripes, and paisley. And, a third group of patterns could be two different size plaids and a floral.
10 Tips & Tricks to Create a Cozy Bedroom for Spring
- Open the blinds and the curtains to let the sunshine in.
- Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea in bed with the windows open and listen to the world outside.
- Make a homemade lavender linen spray and spritz on linens before going to bed and after making the bed in the morning.
- Switch your bed linens to light cottony ones for spring & summer.
- Go through your closet and move your favorite spring clothes, the ones you really love, to the front.
- Cook an extravagant breakfast and enjoy it in bed.
- Add a small arrangement of fresh flowers to your nightstand.
- Wash bed linens and hang them on the line outside allowing the breeze to dry them.
- Grab your favorite blanket and take a nap on a rainy afternoon.
- Put the phone down and fall asleep reading a good book.
The Spring Home Tours Continue
Thank you for stopping by the blog today to tour our spring home! I hope enjoyed the little peek into our home. I’ll be sharing more spaces of our home styled for spring in a couple of weeks for another spring home tour. Subscribe here so you don’t miss that upcoming blog post!
And, don’t forget to continue to the end of this blog post for links to all the gorgeous spring home tours.
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