Spring Decorating Ideas: A Few Updates

This week marks the official start of spring (whether it feels like it or not!) and I couldn't be happier.  I am so looking forward to seeing our flowers bloom and getting some leaves back on our trees.  I was just looking back at some pictures of our property from last year and it is a wonderland of green!  I am so excited!

Today I wanted to share a few updates we have made around the house as we prepare for spring.  Some pretty greenery, flowers, and simple organization are making me excited for the upcoming change in season!

I got out my spring decorating bin full of Saint Patrick's Day and Easter decorations.  I pulled out a few things but for the most part I am continuing to crave simple little updates that don't necessarily scream holidays.  On the top of my list was a new spring wreath.

I have had my old one for years and while it was so lovely on our old door, I was ready for a change.  I wanted something more natural - kind of like my fall wreath.  So I hunted all over town for one I liked.  I eventually found one at HomeGoods that matched my need for neutral yet whimsical.

I also jumped on the trend of layered rugs (or in my case doormats).  The bottom patterned rug used to be in our kitchen and one day I accidentally dropped a whole bottle of olive oil on it!  Even with multiple washings I couldn't get out the stains.  So now it can be a hip new bottom layer rug.  Making lemons into lemonade!

And I'm the crazy lady who lays down six wreaths on the crowded floor of HomeGoods to try to decide which one I wanted (all the while I hear my poor child whining to my patient husband across the store waiting for me!).  Most people seemed annoyed I was in there way but one lady stopped and said in agreement that this was the only way to really look at them and decide.  So thank you kind stranger.  She helped validate my obnoxious small aisle behavior!  Note to self - stop going to HomeGoods on crowded Saturdays.

Another update we have recently made is purchasing a small kitchen island/cart.  We have been talking about it before Christmas but had yet to find one we liked.  We stumbled upon this one at Target - it matched our kitchen really well and also happened to be on sale!  We decided to take it home and it ended up fitting perfectly!

Besides adding a pretty little kitchen island to our space, the idea of having extra counter space and a place to sit in our kitchen area was really appealing.  I often eat my lunch over the stove because my introvertedness needs a little space from our son come noon.  Now I have a place to sit and eat while my one year old eats like a king at the dinning table by himself!

It has also now become a place to leave my calendar, notebook, coffee mug, and whatever else handy while keeping the kitchen counters clean.  This makes meal time so much easier when I don't have to move things around.

The stool is from At Home and also serves as an extra step stool now that I have to share my other one with a child who wants to "wash" dishes (or soak himself with water) in the sink!

The extra storage space is nice.  I tried to keep it all pretty since it is exposed.  Things are already fairly organized in the kitchen so for now the drawer hides extra bags of chips!

Is that one sad tulip driving any one else crazy?  Sorry little flower.  I also now stop in to Safeway every week or so to buy myself some $5 flowers (sadly Trader Joe's is an hour away and no more free flowers from my florist mom!).  I also took these photos two different times which explains why things are slightly different.  It's like one of those spot the differences games! ;)

The last little update I have to share is this slouchy basket.  Is there a name for these?  They are very popular right now and also rather expensive.  I picked this one up from At Home while we were getting the stool.  I later saw a few at TJ-Maxx that were cheaper but slightly different (just an FYI in case you are looking for one).

This little black bookcase has been our entryway "table" since we first got married.  It is one of the few pieces that I kept black and it continues to serve us well.  We have always tucked our shoes underneath for easy access out the door.  But now with a wider range of temperatures, we started storing both our winter shoes and flip flops here - which means too many shoes in one little spot.

The new basket holds our sandals now which means things are better organized and I finally got myself this cute little basket!

Thanks for reading!  I am hoping some warm weather finds us all soon!  Happy Spring!