Hmm, I’m writing a spring home tour post as I watch the snow falling outside my window…lots and lots of it. The irony of that is not lost on me, but I’m not letting that deter me from bringing spring into my kitchen today. Come on inside and see how I’ve invited spring into my home, even if it hasn’t made an appearance outside yet!
If you’re joining me from Annie over at Zevy Joy, then welcome! Annie is one of my favorite bloggers – I always love her calm and serene decorating style and all her wonderful tutorials and DIY ideas.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that my kitchen is pretty much white. The two non-white items that are always in this space are the green barstools (leftovers from my brick-and-mortar furniture store that I closed down a couple years ago), and the teal clock. Other than that, the colored accessories change with the seasons.
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In order to bring a little spring into my very un-springlike surroundings (outside), I gathered up lots of bright, happy yellows – one of my favorite colors for injecting sunshine and optimism into a space, and a few greens and blues.
Of course, fresh flowers were a must. I found these gorgeous blue irises at Trader Joe’s this week. They bring back lots of memories of both mine, and my husband’s grandmothers. They both loved and grew beautiful irises – such a pretty, old-fashioned flower!
I love bringing out these yellow and white plates (which I found at a thrift store years ago – and they remain a favorite). I only have five of them, and almost all of them have at least one little chip, but I love their happy color and fun pattern.
A green and yellow dish towel also says spring, as do these fun vintage Hall bowls. I love their gentle scalloped edges! The vintage enameled bread box you see to the right and below is part of a canister set that I picked up at a local antique shop.
And of course, I have to include my yellow Kitchen Aid! It sits in my kitchen year round, but it’s usually tucked in a corner. Besides bringing it out front and center to add to the sunshine, I also brought it out to mix up these delicious lemon bars.
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(I love how all these happy yellows bring out the yellow in my kitchen runner – lucky bonus!)
Lemons are just about the springy-est fruit there is, so I thought I’d share my favorite lemon bar recipe with you. Read on – you’ll find it at the end of the post.
I have a built-in china cabinet hutch at one side of my kitchen, and it makes a perfect spot to highlight seasonal dishware, like this vintage lemon and lime pitcher, more Hall dishes, and a few mixing bowls in happy spring colors, some vintage, some newer.
As I’m typing this, I’m realizing just how many vintage and/or thrifted finds make it into my home decor! Just a little design tip here: I think the key to mixing vintage or antique pieces into your home decor is to make sure that you have plenty of clean, modern and updated spaces for them to sit in. That way they stand out as special and unique, rather than blending in, as if they’re still in a dusty antiques shop.
I don’t have a formal dining room, just a big open dining area to the side of my kitchen. I like dressing this spot up seasonally as well.
This 50’s dresser turned dining buffet is a favorite recycled thrift find. I painted it a soft white with gold accents on the legs and the band around the bottom. The only other thing that was needed to bring this beauty up to snuff was cleaning up the original hardware. She cleaned up pretty well, I’d say!
Old corbels stand in as bookends for some of my vintage books in yellows and greens.
I love using vintage books to decorate seasonally. Just gather up a couple of them in the colors of the season, and use them as risers for photos, clocks or vases, or have them stand on their own, as I did here.
In addition to the color they bring, they also add lots of charm and personality.
And here’s the recipe for these delicious lemon bars. In my opinion, it has just the right blend of sweet/tart custardy topping, with the most yummy buttery crust. I hope you like them as much as I do!
(And how about that big, beautiful lemon? My daughter-in-law had a friend from Arizona bring her some of these delicious fresh lemons, and she gifted me a few. It didn’t take me long to figure out a use for these pretties!)
That’s it for my spring kitchen tour – I’m so glad you stopped by!
I hope you enjoy the rest of the beautiful homes on tour today. It’s time now for you to head on over to Erin’s at The Sunny Side Up Blog and see what fun spring decorating ideas she has to share.
You can find today’s entire tour below. Please be sure to check out all of these talented friends – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, and your head will be chock full of fresh ideas for your own spring decor.
Below are the participants in Week #2 – Bedroom, Dining and Living Room Spring Decor…
Thanks for stopping by today – I appreciate every one of you, and I always love hearing from you in the comments. Have a happy day, friends!
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