Are you looking for some home decor inspiration now that the spring season has finally arrived? Welcome to my beach cottage spring home tour where I’m joined by 29 other bloggers to show you what we’ve done to freshen up our spaces for springtime.
I’ve been waiting and waiting, and now spring has finally arrived! That transition from winter to spring is always my favorite time of the year when it comes to home decor.
Bloggers Best Spring Home Tours
This week I’ll be joining 29 other talented blogging friends for the Bloggers Best Spring Home Tours, hosted by Kelly from The Tattered Pew and Mansa from This is Simplicite. All week long we are welcoming you into our homes decorated for spring. Today, I will be starting off the week with 5 of my friends. Please be sure to read to the end where the rest of the blogger’s links are.
If you’re visiting from Ana of Fiddle Leaf Interiors, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. Didn’t you love the spring décor ideas that Ana shared today?
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Welcome to My Beach Cottage Spring Home Tour
Every spring feels a little different for me. Last year I went a little crazy with the bunnies. Let’s be real…I went seriously crazy! And do you notice the lack of an area rug?
Well here’s the reason for that. Say hello to puppy Ollie, our 19-week-old Havenese puppy who is still not to be trusted when it comes to potty training. Now, if I was a true home decor professional, I would have rolled a rug out for picture day, but I know I’m among friends here, right? I’m shooting for an area rug appearance for the fall tour!
SHOP AREA RUGS
I don’t change my color palate too drastically from year to year, but I will make a couple of changes during the spring season, the other change usually happens when the lilacs start blooming. I decided on navy blues and neutrals, with greens this time for that beachy vibe I’ve been missing for so many months.
SHOP NAVY AND WHITE
Bringing the Outdoors Inside for Spring
If this is your first time here, then I’ll let you in on a little secret…I have a passion for gardening and the outdoors. I think my mood is finally changing the more I see my perennials popping out of the ground.
Garden-inspired home décor is my favorite year-round, and adding natural elements anywhere I can. I mean, if you can’t quite enjoy the outdoor spaces yet because of the weather, let’s bring them inside, right?
FAUX FLOWERS AND GREENERY
I have a HUGE thing for faux flowers and plants this time of year. It’s all about convenience, and not too terribly realistic for me to hop in my car and buy some fresh flowers at the store every time I want beautiful blooms.
So this is what I do until my cut flower garden is ready for me. And as for the faux plants, I may hold my own in an outdoor garden, but I don’t do well with live house plants. I may forget to water them. However, I am proud to say that the ivy above the glass cabinet is alive and well… for now.
There is such an amazing selection of faux flowers and plants nowadays. And if you buy good quality plants, they will last years. You just have to get over the sticker shock after making a faux flower purchase. They will definitely add up, but again, IT IS SO WORTH IT!
SHOP SPRING FAUX FLOWERS
SHOP FAUX PLANTS
Vintage Pieces and Flowers are the Best Combination for Spring
First of all, are you loving these green seltzer bottles I found at a local shop called Details Home and Garden? Talk about making an impact! Add some vintage containers and pots, plants, and a wicker picnic basket and you’re all set for spring.
I just bought this rusty vintage container a couple of weeks ago at Saltwater Vintage. At first, I thought it was too big for my faux flowers. But I used tape across the top of the container to make separate sections to keep the flowers upright.
This basket pretty much stays hung on this vintage window all year. I just change the faux flowers out a couple of times each season.
As I said earlier in the post, I went a little too wild with the bunnies last spring, so I thought I would take a step back and regroup. This year is all about the birds, cloches, wicker and rattan, and flowers.
SHOP THIS LOOK
I love vintage books and corbels all year round. The plant spritzers. glass bottles and plants were added for that garden inspiration for spring.
SHOP THIS LOOK
An Open Concept
We’re heading into the kitchen soon, but I thought I would show you a perspective from the kitchen eating space looking into the living room. We removed the wall between these two rooms in August of 2019 and we are so glad we did. Our house is quite small, 1600 square feet, and having an open concept really makes this space feel bigger.
The stairs go up to my office and guest bedroom.
The Spring Cottage Kitchen Home Tour
And here’s the kitchen, my most favorite room in the house. Mostly because of the water view, but also because of what this room looked like when we first saw it. I’m so glad we looked past what it was and imagined the possibility of what it could be. And almost 9 years later, we’ve added all the charm and character it deserved, and love our 100-year-old beach house…our forever home.
Flowers and Fruit for a Springtime Feel
When it comes to the farm table centerpiece, nothing says spring like a bunch of fabulous flowers and fruit. Have you guessed what I’m going to say? If you answered that the lemons and eucalyptus were faux, you would be completely right! You can see a couple of my spring tablescapes here and here.
Time for a forsythia real or faux challenge! One of these pictures has some forsythias that I force bloomed indoors. The other bunch is faux.
These in the above picture are the faux flowers. You probably also saw that there was no water in the vase.
Displaying Spring Kitchen Décor
Open shelving is always the perfect way to display your spring décor. I am constantly reworking it with different colors. Above I have the jadeite green colors.
Here I’ve changed it a bit and added more white ironstone and the new (new to me) vintage silver tray I found at Valley Vintage Market a month ago.
Yes, I am so proud of this live ivy house plant that I moved it in here from the living room for yet another photo opportunity.
Our island is the perfect place to display some spring flowers, fresh or faux. Here are some fun facts for you. You can’t see the front of this piece, but it’s a vintage dresser. A few years back, our contractor found this big butcher block at a Dunkin Donuts that was going out of business, so we had him add it to the top. Now it looks like a real island.
I only wish we wouldn’t have cut off as much so we could have had a bigger overhang and made it more comfortable for stools. We were just too nervous to make it too big because of how small the kitchen is. Oh well, we still love it. Oh, and did you see the pot rack we made above the island?
I love these spring plates and dish towels I found at Homegoods.
I’m always changing up the flowers and their containers on the island. Here are some examples of the flowers I display in the spring. The bunch above are all from the garden; Hellebores, Japanese roses, and quince.
And who can resist tulips from Trader Joe’s? These were from last year and I placed glass mason jars in this container which is why they look so straight and perfect in there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Beach Cottage Spring Home Tour. The Bloggers Best Spring Home Tour continues with my friend Jennifer of Cottage on Bunker Hill. You can find links to all the inspiring spring home tours below! Please check them all out. You will be so happy you did!
Until next time,
Happy Spring Decorating!
Bloggers Best Spring Home Tour
This week I’m joining some of my lovely blogging friends for the Bloggers Best Spring Home Tours! All week long we are welcoming you into our homes decorated for spring . You can visit each tour by clicking on the links below the images!
The Tattered Pew / Bricks n’ Blooms / Fiddle Leaf Interiors
Shiplap and Shells / Cottage On Bunker Hill / Sweet Pea
The Ponds Farmhouse / My Thrift Store Addiction /Noting Grace
Open Doors Open Heart /The Flowering Farmhouse /Willow Bloom Home Blog
DIY Beautify / This Is Simplicite / Up To Date Interiors
Robyn’s French Nest / Midwest Life and Style / Simply 2 Moms
Dabbling and Decorating / First Day of Home / Sand Dollar Lane
The Farmhouse Life / Aratari At Home / Pasha Is Home
White Arrows Home / Stonegable / Cottage In The Mitten
Follow The Yellow Brick Home/ Lora B Create & Ponder/ Lantern Lane Designs
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Sigh! I would love to stay in a cottage like this, Kim! I’ve never noticed the color of your coffee table before. It’s so lovely. My favorite aspect of your tour is how you bring the outdoors inside with so much lovely greenery and florals. I especially love your basket wreath! Can’t wait to see your garden again this spring. Happy Easter to you and yours!
Thank you for the kind words, Crissy. I guess you could call me a flower girl for sure. Have a wonderful week ahead my friend.
I adored your tour! You’ve inspired me to remove my rug in our family room. I think it will look open and CLEAN! Is that weird? LOL. Hoping it won’t be loud. Happy Spring!
Thank you, Cindy! That is funny, isn’t it? We get so used to the way a room looks with an area rug, so cozy. But then when it’s removed, it looks clean.
Robyn Huff says
I just love your green seltzer bottles! Your light over the coffe table is super special too!
I loved touring your home. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Robyn!
Mary from Life at Bella Terra says
Kim, your home is so homey! And so sweet! I hope someday to visit you! It just makes me happy to be able to look out your windows and see the water. My dream, someday. And those quilts! Love it all!
Thank you, Mary! It looks like Chas wants to come too, we could have a lot of fun! Thank you for the sweet words my friend.
Chas Greener says
Your home is so lovely and I hope someday to see it in person friend 🙂
Thank you so much, Chas! Wouldn’t that be so much fun! I would love it.
Ana Ochoa says
All of the fun pops of color are just perfect for spring!
Thank you, Ana! I am loving all the color, especially after the winter months.
MaryJo Materazo says
This tour is so pretty! I love all the vintage and your painted pieces of furniture, All of it is layered and styled to perfection. AND that view. ?. I can’t even! Have a great day. XO- MaryJo
You are so sweet MaryJo! Thank you for all the wonderful compliments.
Kim Waldorf says
I love your home, Kim! It is so inviting and you have so many pretty items to look at. Your quilt cabinet and the view from your kitchen table are my favorites. Your lovely view looks like something out of a magazine! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!
Thank you, Kim! I don’t think I would have ever thought to put the quilts in this cabinet if we had a bigger house. It was just the only place I could think of to store them. It worked out pretty well though! Happy Spring!
Kim your bright but cozy cottage is so pretty! Love how you decorated your home for spring…just beautiful.
Thank you, AnnMarie. I’m just so glad we’re finally here!
Kim, your home is absolutely breathtaking all decked out for spring. It has me dreaming of sunshine and warmer days ahead! Pinned!
You are so sweet. Thank you, Jen! I am so looking forward to more sun and warmer temps!
JENNIFER | The Flowering Farmhouse says
Oh Kim, your house is stunning. Like always ;)… I love all the real and faux flowers and greenery. The hellebores are one of my favorite early spring flowers! Happy spring my friend!
The hellebores are so pretty this time of year. They didn’t last long though. And thank you for the sweet words about my house Jen. I really appreciate it.
Rachel Harper says
Your tour is just stunning. I love your vintage style. Everything is perfect. Love doing these tours together.
Thank you, Rachel! I feel the same about touring together.
Lora Bloomquist says
The navy and green looks so fresh for Spring in your home, Kim! I always love the vintage textures you incorporate. And oh, your view of the water; I could get used to that! We dream about overlooking some water someday…we do live in the state of 100,000 lakes;) So happy to have another 100 yr old beauty on this tour!
I hope you are able to have a water view someday. It really is such a special gift. I feel the same about all of your gorgeous vintage goodies in your home. Happy Spring my friend.
It’s always such a treat to see how you’ve decorated your home. I love all the green you used this season, it’s so perfectly springy!
Thank you, Leen! The greens just spoke to me this year! The seltzer bottles were such an inspiration.
Kelly Radcliff says
Kim I just loved your tour! Don’t tell the others but your house is my favorite. It’s just cottage perfection and you decorate it so well. I love all of your nests and wicker and cloches. Thanks for joining us this week!
Oh Kelly! I would never tell! You are so sweet to say that, and I really appreciate you hosting. Now, if only I could take that green dresser off your hands! Wouldn’t it look cute in my home? If there was only a place to put it.
Jennifer Fancher says
Kim, your home always makes me smile! I love all your flowers in your home! Your living room is perfectly cozy! And I completely agree about your kitchen window view! It’s so pretty!
I really appreciate it, Jennifer! Thank you and Happy Spring!
Cindy LONG says
Gorgeous Spring tour Kim! Your vintage collections get me every time! I love all the added florals and the detail in every corner! That naughty Ollie ? We were there with Millie not too long ago! Happy Spring Kim!
I only hope he is done being a naughty puppy soon. That silly boy gets so distracted! Thank you for the sweet words, Cindy. It’s been fun joining you for so many great spring blog posts lately.
Kim – I can look at your home all day … everyday! What a great tour … I appreciate the transparency about your faux and fresh flowers and plants. Both look spectacular … I have much better luck with the faux. Ha! That view from your kitchen is stunning … no wonder its your favorite place. I’d spend all my time there stirring pots and staring out the window. Gorgeous. xo
You would think the view out the kitchen window would make me want to be cooking and baking in the kitchen more! And yes, faux is just so much easier. Thank you for all the kind words, my friend.
Kim it looks fabulous! I love all of the spring touches but I have to say the view takes my breath away!
That view is pretty special! Thank you so much, Elizabeth!
Kim, I love every detail of your charming beach cottage…and your kitchen! Sigh! It is a pleasure to join you this week! Pinned and sharing on IG! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Thank you so much, Cecilia! I really appreciate the sweet words. I always love when we do these fun blog hops together. Your home is so beautifully decorated for spring.
Jennifer Howard says
Kim, I have such an enormous crush on your home!! That big container was a good score…your flowers look so good in it!! Also, I still can’t find your magazine in NH yet…we are so lame over here!!
That’s so sweet of you Jennifer! I’m so sad you can’t find the magazine. But, Country Home magazine is running the story in May, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find that one! Thank you for visiting!
I so much enjoyed your spring home tour, Kim! I wouldn’t have noticed that you are missing a rug in your living room if you hadn’t pointed it out. Having that sweet puppy is worth not having a rug for a few months. I am amazed at how realistic looking all of your faux florals are. Like you, I love growing plants and flowers outdoors but I’m not keen on tending to plants indoors. The vintage lover in me so much enjoyed admiring your all of the vintage treasures that you’ve used to decorate your home.
Thank you so much, Paula! It’s so funny how much everything feels natural when it comes to gardening outdoors. I am so intimidated by house plants. I don’t know when to water them. And I really don’t want to transplant them when I get them home. I guess that’s why they’re so dry all the time. Oh well. Happy Spring my friend!
What a beautiful spring tour kim! I really enjoyed walking through and seeing all the pretty plants. Can’t wait for gardening season! xoxo
Thank you Stacy! The difference between yours and mine is that yours are real. I’m just not a very good houseplant mom.
Kim! You’re spring home is stunning! I’m glad you didn’t keep all the bunnies out of your Spring decor! I don’t have a single bunny so if you need a new home for a few you can send them my way. ?
That’s so funny Aliya! I had them ALL OVER the place last year. I think it was because, by the time I had finally finished decorating for spring this year, Easter was almost here. I am all about efficiency this year, and obviously at a cost. The year before I only had one, so I went on a bit of a bunny binge! Happy Spring!