Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Is The Absolute Best (A Home Tour)


I think most of us in the north are pretty much on the same page right now - ready for spring! Bring it. The temperature dipped below zero again yesterday, but I am confident that actual, lovely spring is just days away!

In the meantime, I have brought some light and flowery spring decor touches into my home. I'm sharing them today as part of a Canadian bloggers spring home tour with 20 other bloggers. Thank you to Shannon and Christina for hosting the tour, which goes on all week. Be sure to check out the other homes decked out for spring by following the links at the bottom of this post.



We are getting set to makeover our dining room for April's One Room Challenge, so there are a couple of rooms in our house still in chaos. This being unavoidable, I decided to decorate small spaces wherever I could. Starting with the fireplace mantel. If you have followed along the last few months, you know my husband made this fireplace mantel for me as a Christmas gift. Having waited several years for a proper mantel, I'm now really enthusiastic about dressing it up for each holiday/season.


Spring being all about flowers, I turned to Afloral.com for inspiration. Faux florals are a great option when your outdoor spaces aren't quite ready to bloom with fresh flowers. I pretty much drool when I visit the Afloral site because they have so many goodies to decorate your home with. They specialize in wedding florals and decor, but their flowers, greenery and accessories work elsewhere too.


I started off my spring mantel decor with this stunning white dogwood silk flower garland. It's six feet long, which happens to be perfect for my mantel. If a flower garland doesn't say spring, I don't know what does! I also added faux florals in whites and pinks, displayed in some of my milk glass vases. I find milk glass handy for decorating in every season. You really can't go wrong with it. The pink florals are a 12" rose and hydrangea bouquet, with the addition of the faux tulips I used for my Christmas home tour.


I stuffed the antique crock my mom gave me with handmade owl pillows and a cozy pink blanket in a cotton material befitting spring.


The pink and gold colour scheme that flows through most of my spring home decor was inspired by some items I saw (and had to have) on Afloral.com. First of all, pink glittered chargers? Um, yes please. They are so much fun, especially when contrasted with a marbled paper table runner in gold and white. I also fell in love with the assorted glass votive and small vase holders in amber and clear glass on a wood tray (it comes as a set). I knew I wanted that to be the centerpiece of my spring table.


I sought out some pink faux florals to match the chargers and settled upon rose bud sprays in antique pink. Speaking of antique, I used pink floral plates from my collection of vintage plates, as well as brass candle holders my mom gave me.


I added marbled pottery wine glasses I once purchased at a thrift shop, because they speak to the marbled paper table runner.


In keeping with my antique theme, Afloral had this gorgeous ivory lace table runner. It spoke to me. And I answered.


As I showed you in my introduction to the Cricut this week, I added a "spring is sprung" decal in gold foil to one of the paper table runners.


 I also painted a mason jar in pale pink and added gold foil bunnies cut with my Cricut Explore Air.


On to the foyer! I did a very quick diy using Afloral's copper wire geometric himmeli wreath, a couple of the antique pink rose blooms and an artificial air grass pomander ball. This couldn't be easier - I just snipped off the heads of the roses and hot glued everything to the frame.


I added a few leaves clipped from the faux roses too.


Here is the diy himmeli wreath hanging inside of our front door.


I didn't do a whole lot to the foyer. Rather I'm enjoying the clean look of less mats and boots following winter.


I did switch out the pillow cover on the bench. We liked our imm Living Dancing Swans Black Swan cushion so much that I chose another imm Living pillow for spring - the Pastel Pastiche Rabbit cushion. I also added some large faux florals from Afloral that I already had in my collection.


To adorn the Mortise Collection Doorknobs from imm Living that are just inside our door, I got a set of antique-look decorative metal garden keys from Afloral. I also tied up one of the antique pink rose buds and hung up a sunny scarf more suitable for spring.


I made a couple of quick spring updates to our recently renovated powder room too. The gold theme of our spring decor carries on in the bathroom, however the large orange flowers on the wallpaper call for orange touches rather than pink.


I added a metal vector geometric diamond vase from Afloral, with a faux ranunculus spray in orange.


On the other side of the vanity I added three bowls that are cement grey, lined with gold inside. The largest is Afloral's decorative Tessa ceramic bowl and the two wee bowls come together as a set. They are 2-1/2" round decorative cement bowls - perfect to hold rings or tiny soap. I put another artificial air grass hanging pomander ball in the largest bowl for a touch of fun.

That was a lot of photos! I hope it was helpful in giving you some ideas for your own spring decor. Tonight, let's raise a glass to wonderful, beautiful spring, my friends!


Be sure to check out the amazing home tours featured in the Canadian Bloggers Spring Home Tour, below!


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*I received products from Afloral.com to assist with this post.

24 comments:

  1. So many pretty spring touches! Love the wreath, might need to get one of those too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Dannyelle! Definitely - get a wreath - they are so pretty and fun to work with!

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  2. OMG - I'm in LOVE with this post! Your Spring ideas are perfect - thanks for all the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much! You're sweet. :) I'm happy to inspire. :) xo Jo

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  3. Oh wow, I love the amber and pink combination! I HAVE to do that with my Mom's dishes! Beautiful tour lady, that bunny pillow made me go, AWWWWWWW! xo

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    1. Thanks so much Laurie! It's always a good feeling to mix in the vintage/inherited items, huh? I like the pillow too. Happy spring!

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  4. Your vintage pink floral dishes are so pretty and remind me of a set at the farm that used to be my grandma's. Good luck with your upcoming makeover! Happy spring :)

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    1. Thanks Shauna! Those pink floral dishes give me a happy feeling inside. :) Happy spring to you too!

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  5. So many pretty and vintage feeling springy touches!! Gorgeous!

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  6. Those metal pieces from Afloral are gorgeous! LOVE them! Love all of your Spring touches :)

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    1. They have awesome pieces Lindi! Thanks so much! :)

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  7. Just lovely! And you're right! Spring is the absolute best, isn't it?! Your entry way is gorgeous!

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    1. Spring IS the best! :) Thanks so much Julie!

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  8. Nancy Drew, crocks, and that beautiful wallpaper? Bestill my heart, these are some of my favourite things! I love your beautiful tour, Joann!

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    1. We are kindred spirits then Tara. :) Thanks very much!

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  9. I love seeing Afloral used in other peoples' homes :) it's always stunning!
    You did a great job friend, I especially love the mantel and powder room additions!

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    1. Afloral has so many stunning things, don't they? I'm addicted. Thank you so much Ariel - I'm happy you like the tour. :)

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  10. Hi Joann,

    Had no idea this tour goes happening! Your home is stunning! I have to agree, you did a great job decorating with faux flowers. Just beautiful. They look so real!

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    1. Thanks Gabriela! They are indeed high quality faux florals. :)

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  11. That wreath is so beautiful! I'm in love!

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    1. Thanks Colleen! When I saw that wreath I had to have it!

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  12. So pretty! I love all of the colors and mix of florals! Are those Nancy Drew books on your mantel? I wish I still had my collection!

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    1. Thank you Jenn! Yes, I have more Nancy Drew books where those came from. :)

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