Are you looking for some home decor inspiration now that spring has finally arrived? I don’t know a better way to celebrate the season than to take a tour of our spring cottage-style home.
Spring has finally arrived! And what better time to take you on an early spring tour of our Pacific Northwest cottage on the Puget Sound.
We live about 60 miles southwest of Seattle, WA. in a 1,600-square-foot cottage that was built in 1920. Just about every inch of this house has been touched and reworked in one way or another, including our outdoor spaces.
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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. Each day, Monday through Friday, 6 different bloggers will share their individual tours and spring decorating inspiration. Today’s tour starts off the week with 5 of my blogging friends. Be sure to read to the end of this post where you will find the rest of the blogger’s links for the remainder of the week.
If you’re visiting from the blog of my good friend Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. Didn’t you love the spring décor ideas that she shared today? Stacy has just recently moved into her farmhouse and I’ve been having so much fun following along as she works to make it her own.
Welcome to My Spring Cottage Home Tour
The Cottage-Style Living Room Spring Home Tour
It feels so good to brighten up our cottage home after a long and gloomy winter. It’s almost as if a switch has been flipped and the spring home decor has made our cottage come alive again.
There have been so many decor changes that have been made in the living room since the last spring tour I took you on.
- New couch
- Different coffee table (the turquoise table didn’t match the new couch so we brought in a neutral round table)
- Vintage cabinet (sideboard)
- New rug
A New Spring Rug
Ollie was a puppy last year and here he was in one of my spring tour pics from 2021. We had to take the living room area rug away last winter and spring because he wasn’t potty trained yet. It felt so bare!
But now that Ollie is potty trained and a big boy now, we now have a new rug in this space.
Our new one-of-a-kind vintage rug is from Revival and I am in LOVE!
CLICK HERE to see my blog post about my rug and this company.
Spring Vignettes – Here Are a Few of My Favorite Things
If this is your first time here, then I’ll let you in on a little secret…I have a passion for vintage decor, antique finds, greenery, and flowers…LOTS AND LOTS OF FLOWERS!
Vintage finds mixed with flowers and greenery are the best combination for a spring cottage, don’t you think?
I didn’t have this vintage copper-top cabinet \ sideboard last spring. This is one of my all-time favorite vintage finds. I’d like to say it was a thrifted find but I paid dearly for it, over $600 I think.
It has helped with my “small house” storage dilemma and is perfect for displaying my seasonal vignettes in the living room.
I bought the vintage ceiling tile on a shopping spree in Sumner, Wa. I think it makes a great focal point in this room. My idea is to eventually make it into a mirror.
Glass and wire cloches and pedestals are the perfect home decor accessory for a pretty spring feel. Displaying a nest with an Easter egg or two and a bit of moss makes a great vignette for the change of season.
I’m going to try to up my game next year and plant pansies in a teacup with a cloche over the next spring season.
I always display vintage books in my seasonal vignettes year-round. I love the look of them and the simplicity that they bring to any space. These books are from jaysworld.
Here are more nests with eggs.
I love the vintage birdbath I found years and years ago. The green and white vintage dishes add beautiful spring color to this space.
I have lots of moss bunnies around the house too. These are great to use in spring tablescapes.
Flowers and Greenery – Fresh and Faux
There may have been a Trader Joe’s shopping trip before I took these pictures for my spring home tour.
The thing is, I don’t always have time to take the 45-minute trip across the Tacoma Narrows toll bridge to get fabulous flowers from TJ’s. And as much of a good deal as they are, I don’t have any self-control when it comes to flowers, so I do end up spending a lot of money when I’m there.
Spring is the time of year when I like to use faux plants and flowers throughout my cottage. The cut flower garden is not a reality this time of year, so artificial flowers do the trick. And they seriously look real depending on where you shop for them.
There is such an amazing selection of faux flowers and plants nowadays. And if you buy good quality plants, they will last for years. You have to get over the sticker shock after purchasing faux tulips or other spring blooms. But they are an investment and will last for years to come.
SHOP FAUX SPRING FLOWERS
SHOP FAUX PLANTS
This cute little spring bulb pot is from Trader Joe’s as well. They cost the same as a bouquet of fresh flowers and last longer!
When we get to the kitchen you’ll see some other ways I like to bring the beautiful blooms into the house for spring and at a very reasonable and sometimes even free.
The Color Palette for Spring
I’ve always gone with a more neutral area rug and picked up the brighter spring colors in the room through decorative pillows and throws.
However, with the bold pattern in our new rug, I decided to keep the other textiles in the room more neutral this year. I’m thinking there would have been way too much going on otherwise.
I tried to pick up the greens from the rug through greenery and accessories. I’ll most likely switch it back up in the summer so stay tuned!
The Spring Cottage-Style Coffee Table
The coffee table is styled with ceramic bunnies and birds which are always tucked in here and there throughout the cottage.
Daffodil bulbs are a great way to brighten up your home. And as you can see here, they look just as pretty even when they haven’t bloomed yet.
I just stuck the entire container in my urn and covered the edges with Spanish moss. Of course, it bloomed two days after I took all my pictures.
Here’s the same view with the daffodils swapped out for a vase of assorted flowers. As you can see here, I always try to start with a tray or something that adds height to the spring decor on my coffee table. I found this wooden tray at Target last winter under Hearth and Hand but it seems to be sold out.
A Cabinet Full of Vintage Ironstone
My vintage ironstone and transferware live in this china cabinet year-round.
I do switch colorful china in and out depending on the time of year. I just removed the red and white transferware for Christmas and Valentine’s Day and decided to keep it mostly white ironstone for spring.
The Cottage-Style Kitchen Spring Home Tour
Welcome to one of my favorite rooms in our home, the cottage-style kitchen. Here I’ll take you on the spring kitchen tour.
Our kitchen is a bit on the small side but we do have enough room for a small island and dining table at the eating area.
My husband built the pot rack for me which I absolutely love. This is a great place to hang my vintage copper pots and dried flowers from my cutting garden.
We will be taking on the project of upcycling this dresser once again and I can’t wait to show you when it’s finished.
Using Bright Greens on the Countertops
By adding spring flowers and greenery to our cottage kitchen, this space really does come alive.
These stunning green vintage seltzer bottles make quite a statement. You might remember them from last spring’s living room tour.
Garden-Inspired Spring Decor
Putting spring bulbs and flowering plants in a cute pot with some moss is such an easy way to bring beautiful blooms into the house.
You can find packs of violas and pansies basically anywhere for a great price.
The Eating Area Decorated in Many Ways for Spring
Here’s our kitchen eating area. We added the window seat and took a wall out between the kitchen and living room to make more room for the dining table.
I went with blush-colored printed pillows from Target in this space since I couldn’t do much in the living room.
Here, you can see I made a super simple centerpiece for everyday living.
I added yet another glass cloche with a nest of eggs. A bowl full of faux green apples gives this spring vignette a pop of color.
A few flowering branches were cut and brought in to force bloom them right in front of our eyes.
This is the easiest and cheapest way to bring the outdoors inside. I start cutting branches from the yard in the winter. I’m actually going to cut some lilac branches this week to see how they do. I’ll let you know how it goes.
CLICK HERE to find out how to Force Bloom Flowering Branches.
Here’s a shot from last year when I force-bloomed forsythia in this space.
Garden-Inspired Spring Tablescapes
There’s only one kind of tablescape I always seem to create… garden-inspired. I love bringing the outdoors in, especially when the weather doesn’t allow for dining alfresco.
FUN FACT: Our contractor found this big butcher block at a Dunkin Donuts that was going out of business and added it to our dresser.
It took almost 10 years to get to this point, but we’ve added the charm and character this beach cottage deserves.
CLICK HERE to read more about our 100-year-old beach house and how it became “our forever home”.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our cottage-style spring home tour this year. Thank you for being here to celebrate the fact that spring is finally here.
You can see last year’s spring home tour HERE.
Next up on the spring home tour is my friend, Kim of Cottage in the Mitten. I love how she uses the color blue for spring.
There’s even more spring decor inspiration ahead. Make sure you visit the 6 spring home tours each day to get fabulous ideas for your own home. You will not want to miss a day!
Until next time,