Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spring Color

By the time the New Year rolls around, my Christmas decor is looking a bit tired, has lost its sparkle and needs to go. There is just something about January that makes me want to pack away, clean up, toss out and start fresh. But, after clearing away the layers of lights, glitter and greens that make up my holiday home, the place looks....well....bare.

I've been thinking of what to do for Spring for a while now. This is the first year in several that I haven't had a retail store to decorate and I can put my creative energy into our home. One of the downsides to having my own little shop was that I could never just live in the season and enjoy it; while Christmas was up I was planning for Spring. Spring was spent planning for Summer. Summer for Fall and then it was the Christmas season all over again (which I had planned out sometime in the summer!).  I loved that this year I actually enjoyed my Christmas decor and wasn't spending my time stressing about what to do when I pulled it all down.

I know it's still Winter, but I just wanted some Spring color to get me through until Spring officially gets here. One of the things that I've done with our decor is to keep the "foundation" pieces of our home fairly neutral and solid colored making it easy to make a few changes in accessories to get a totally different look for each season. Our walls are painted a rich latte color with a ton of white trim and wainscot to set it off. I've painted the mantle and built-in book cases on the west wall a dramatic black and I've added a blue chaise and a brown sofa cover until I can save enough for a new sofa. The great thing about a sofa cover is that it hides a multitude of sins (like big pink mauve flowers and threadbare cushions) on a tight budget.

All of my other colors I've pulled from my favorite focal piece, this clock...

 
I've always loved the blues and the brown and cream colors in the clock, but my eye kept being drawn to the orange. I have NEVER been an orange person. EVER. But all of the sudden, I had to have it in my home. I think I might have to blame my son Jake for this one. He loves orange and found this great leather chair at Goodwill...


Not only is it oh so comfortable, but there is just something about the orange color that I'm crazy about (seems that Boris likes it too).  I also love birds and nests (is there anyone who doesn't?) and flowers. I wanted a combination of all of that for my Spring decor so I started looking and thrifting.

Jake started me off  by surprising me with a gift of two new throw pillows. Both have a nice cream colored background. One with a black bird in a cage and other with an awesome blue bird on it. I just love them. The color was perfect for my room but my other pillows were my winter color and needed to go. Ever the "shoe-string budget girl" I came up with an inexpensive solution and a way to add some great orange accent. A $3.99 target place mat, some stuffing and a needle and thread and before you can say "that beats a $40 Pottery Barn pillow cover!" we had this...


For my mantle, I decided that keeping it light with some ivory accents and a touch of gold and moss green would be the way to go. I got into my stash of spring things and pulled out some silk flower left overs from my shop. I spent one afternoon making a huge arrangement of spring flowers and pulling different items to add to my display. While I was working to get just the right look, Boris Von Tuttle (yes, that really is the cat's name. Jake is known for giving his cats names bigger than they are. Case in point? One of his childhood cats was named "Tubby Irvine Jack Jawan". Strange child, but I love him...) decided that the whole thing needed a feline touch...

I wasn't really sold on the idea. Birds and Cats? Not really a good mix in my experience. Turns out that the whole big floral arrangement idea wasn't a popular one. While I was at work, Boris and the Schnauzers decided it needed to go. Boris knocked it off the mantle and Oso and Miso had a hey day tearing it to shreds. Ok, I got it, no flower arrangement on the mantle.

I finally settled on this....

 
 

I had actually found two pottery pieces that were the perfect color and had them sitting in the display. Just needed to put something in a frame and it would have been done. That is until we woke up to a loud crash. Boris strikes again. Came out to a big pile of pottery dust. That cat can be such a decor critic.

The poppies were a little bush I had picked up years ago for a shop display and  you can't tell from the photo, but my collection of old metal frames hold some great decorative paper. And, of course, there had to be a little bird in the mix. The last thing was quick trip to St. Vinnies book section to pull a little more orange and blue in. Might add a few other things but, for the most part, I like it.

The last thing I did was to pick up and Ikea throw on Ebay. I wasn't sure I was going to like that much orange but took a chance. Against the teal blue of the chaise and with the bird and flower pillow, the combination is...


...WOW. For someone who has spent several years in Neutral Nirvana, this bright pop of color is a huge change. But I like it. I like it a lot. Such a happy color to get us through a damp and gray winter to Spring!


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