Seattle has definitely lived up to its reputation as a rainy city. We broke a 122 year old record for rainfall this winter. That’s a lot of rain, my friends. The seasons are changing and thank goodness we are having a few sunnier, dryer and warmer days here and there. Today I’m sharing just a little bit of what is going on around my home this spring. I have included my usual vintage decor, but also have been particularly inspired by nature this season. I’m blending outside and in.
I found a perfectly tattered and worn vintage chair at the Goodwill last fall. It was one of those orphan chairs that I seem to have an affinity for. I cleaned it up, but that’s it. It was perfectly imperfect as is. I found a little spot for it in my entry.
I clipped a few branches from the cherry trees in my front yard and brought them inside. They are simply the prettiest, inside and out.
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Some soft blues and greens in the office. The end tables got a major makeover using Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Tavern Green. You can see that makeover here. A couple of years ago, I planted honeysuckle outside the office window and built trellises on the fence for it to grow up. It’s filling in nicely and creating some privacy on our small city lot. It also provides a pretty view from the office.
The apple trees in the garden are putting on a beautiful show. Now let’s hope the bees pollinate them for me. Fingers crossed for fall apples.
Some spring clean up and pruning in the garden yielded lots of greenery. The pops of green in the den feel so fresh. The cut greenery is lasting forever, too.
I added a few new pillows to the couch. I’m keeping it light and clean with whites, grays and blues. The decor will transition right into the summer, which is just around the corner.
I painted the vintage Drexel coffee table last year and decided to keep it. . . for now, anyway. You can see the before and after makeover here. The nifty thing about this table is that it adjusts up to dining table height, which makes it so versatile in our small space. I tend to switch out my accent furniture pieces quite a bit, so we will see how long I keep it around. I painted it with General Finishes Milk Paint in Coastal Blue, which is a nice true navy blue. I love it with the brass accents on the table pedestal.
More honeysuckle grows on the fence outside the den window. I am so loving how the green inside blends with the outside.
Fresh flowers and greens in vintage milk bottles on the ledge. I shared how I created the display ledge from salvaged door crown molding earlier this spring.
The French doors lead out to our small deck and garden. I love to sit in this room in the morning before anyone else gets up, drink my coffee and look out at the garden. It is such a peaceful time of day. A time to relax, reflect and prepare for the day (and peruse Pinterest uninterrupted!).
This is my daughter Sadie on the deck with our hen Sweet Pea. If you have kids and are considering raising chickens, I definitely recommend it. Chickens make really nice pets, and the eggs are just the best. Producing even a little bit of your own food is so worthwhile. Kids learn that eggs don’t come from cartons. It’s so sweet when they know the name of the hen who made their breakfast.
The wicker rocker was another thrift store find. I have left it as is for now. I’m thinking about painting it, but I may just leave it. We shall see.
This is Sweet Pea again with her bestie Buffy. They are quite the pair. Sweet Pea rules the roost and keeps all the other hens in line. Buffy is her faithful sidekick.
The hens have been working all winter tilling my raised beds. I’ll soon be planting the beds with vegetable starts, and will need to keep the girls out at that point. Chickens are great in the garden for natural pest control, fertilizing, weeding and tilling. But, they can also be very destructive and need to be kept out of the vegetable garden once planted. I usually plant cool weather crops like lettuce and kale in mid-March, but didn’t get to it this year. Oh well, the hens get to dig around and enjoy the raised beds a bit longer this year.
I hope your spring has been filled with warm and sunny days. Here’s to a little more sunshine in Seattle.
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