It’s Spring cleaning time and I’m thinking about rotating my seasonal decor. Quilts are my favorite things to change out. I usually leave a big basket filled with almost all of my quilts in my family room, in case of a chilly night on the deck when we have company over. In addition, I have one or two draped over the back of a chair or hanging off the side of the couch. I rotate those, seasonally, along with my floor pillow covers. This is one of my Winter quilts. There’s really no reason that I call it a Winter quilt. The colors are pretty neutral and the fabrics are not season-specific. For some reason, it just says Winter to me.
This quilt was my first jellyroll project. I fell in love with the colors of this jellyroll, the minute I saw it. I had no idea what I would make, but I just loved this fabric.
Happy Spring decorating… unless you’re not quite ready yet.
So, here it is. The post that started my spiral into cleaning, organizing, and decorating again. Happy reading!
Choosing a favorite blog is like choosing a favorite children’s book author. Each time I take out a new book, in my classroom, I tell my kids that this is truly my favorite author. Usually, I’m met with several eye rolls and kids saying, “You always tell us that this is your favorite author!” It’s true. I have lots of favorites. I cannot pick just one.
Well, I feel the same way about blogs. Each time I come across a new-to-me blog with gorgeous photos, a style that I strive for, or inspirational projects, I decide that this must be my new favorite blog. Although, I must confess, I never really let go of my old favorites. So, today, I’d like to share my favorite home decor… right now. I guess I’m adding them to my list of favorites.
First up, is my most recent addition to the favorites list. Golden Boys and Me is a blog I connected to in many ways. The author, Courtney, is a teacher (once a teacher, always a teacher in my opinion) who now stays home with her family. I love her style and photography. There is a warm and coziness to her home decor, but it’s light and bright at the same time. I tend to struggle with the combination of the two in my own home, so I admire her decorating style.
I think I need to scour Goodwill for a tray like the one below and create a display like this on my ottoman in the living room. Or maybe I’ll just wait until Christmas and see what she comes up with then.
I spotted this photo last week on the Pottery Barn blog.
Love, love, love!
Let me tell you, friends, I have a blank wall above my bed and a white bedspread with very little color in the room. My bedroom is screaming for this look! I know the Pottery Barn quilt was part of the inspiration for this look, and I don’t actually own this particular Pottery Barn quilt, but I may have mentioned a time or two that I’m a quilter. I see a jewel toned, scrappy, star quilt in my future! When I post a similar looking bedroom photo on my blog in the coming months, you’ll know where the inspiration came from!
So, there you have it! These are my favorite Home Decor blogs right now. I eagerly await their posts each day (or every few days) because I know there is inspiration right around the corner! If you have a favorite blog, please leave a comment about it in this post, even if it’s your own! I’d love to hear about it and why it inspires you. I’ll be sharing my favorite sewing and photography blogs later in the week.
(Photos were used with permission from the blog authors.)
This sewing machine was in a corner of my parents’ garage for years, before it found a home in my craft room. My step dad said it was either is mom’s or grandma’s. I love the case as much as I love the machine and display it with several old wooden spools of thread that my mom had.
There is nothing more meaningful than holding your great-grandmother’s Bible. There are even handwritten notes inside from church services and Bible studies. It’s tattered and I’m always a bit worried that something will happen to it, now that it’s sitting on a table in the living room where the boys play their video games.
When we were going through my grandma’s old suitcases, many years ago, we opened one and found her wedding dress and my grandpa’s WWII army uniform. Many years before, she told us she had thrown them away because they were tattered. It was amazing to find them in perfect condition inside a suitcase in her garage.
The flower garden quilt is from my husband’s side of the family. His grandma sent it home with me after a visit to her house. It is very tattered, but I just have the good part of the quilt poking out of the basket. The star quilt was made my great grandmother. I had to bribe my sister to let me have it.
This one was made my great grandmother and my great, great grandmother as a wedding gift for my grandparents. The patterned fabric was made from old shirts and dresses. They didn’t have a lot of money and they used the scraps they had available. What a treasure! I hung this in my hallway and think about a great grandmother and great, great grandmother who I never met, every time I walk down the hall.
I fill my home with these treasures because each piece has a story. It reminds me about home and family, and isn’t that what life should be all about?
What story does your home tell?
A few months ago my son tossed a kitchen towel toward the couch and inadvertently broke a table in the family room. For the record, the table was on its last leg anyway… literally. I bought the little table for $8.00 at Goodwill and used it as an outdoor table. When the weather turned rainy, I brought it into the house but didn’t really know where to put it. My daughter liked the way the table top spun and played with it a bit too much, leading to cracking. I propped it in the corner and tried to make it pretty, while telling the kids to not put anything on the table because I had it balanced just right.
Onto the story about how a kitchen towel broke the table:
We had laundry waiting to be folded on the couch, including a few kitchen towels. My son tossed a towel over to the couch and it hit the little lamp on the coffee table. When the lamp moved, the table became off balanced causing it to fall, which then pulled the cords for the other lamps nearby and knocked those lamps off our taller shelves too.
Now that you know the story of How a Kitchen Towel Broke My Table, I can show you my pretty new shelf in the corner of my family room.
I looked all over the place for a medium sized table that had additional storage. I was really looking for things like industrial carts that had a rustic feel, but all of those were too expensive. A couple nights ago, we were at TJMaxx, killing a little time before a movie, and I spotted this little shelf. It was just what I was looking for. I wanted something a little taller, so I’d get better lighting from my lamp in the corner. I also wanted something wood-toned but not matchy-matchy pieces.
I really wanted a place to store more “stuff” in my family room. This shelf has room for a basket and blanket at the bottom, books and pretty jars, a few picture albums, a picture, and my new lamp that I bought with my birthday money.
I’m liking my pretty new corner in the family room! It looks like it belongs there.