Browsing Category

home

8 In home/ home decor

Spring Porch Refresh

spring porch refresh
This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

Spring is here and I have been itching to start decorating! To me, I love a well decorated front porch, it gives such a great first impression. This time of year, I feel like the exterior of my home always needs a little pick me up after the cold winter. So I decided to do a little Spring Porch Refresh, adding some fresh greens and pops of color.  I’m sharing the details of my spring porch decor below plus, I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to give you some extra inspiration!

And as always, I’ve linked most of the products so that you can shop them too, because sharing is caring.

To shop just click the thumbnail below my photo

Here is my Spring Porch Refresh

I started with my welcome mat. I layered it with this blue striped mat to give it another element of color and make it pop against the blue.

spring front porch refresh

 

I love this magnolia wreath for the spring and summer months.

front porch

 

I had been looking for a way to add some different dimensions and wanted a vertical sign for the porch. A local shop in my hometown called The Familiar Farmhouse made this welcome sign for me. I gave it a coat of poly so that it could stay outside and sustain the weather.

spring porch refresh

 

I am all about faux flowers for outside. I used to get fresh potted plants every year but let’s be honest – I’m good at keeping my kids and my patients alive. Flowers and plants on the other hand, not so much. I got these pots and faux greenery/fleurs from Afloral and honestly you could never tell the difference. I painted the pots this blue color, it’s called Crashing Waves by Behr.

flower pots

 

spring porch refresh

 

spring porch refresh

 

For more Spring Porch Refresh inspiration, check out some of other bloggers I’ve teamed up with below.

 

spring porch refresh

 

 

 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

1 In home

I tried the KonMari method – here’s what I learned

living room

I recently watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up”.  The series features this pint sized Japanese woman Marie Kondo who is an organizational guru and believes in the KonMari method of tidying your home.  The first episode was about a young couple, their two toddlers and their household clutter and how it has impacted their lives.  Honestly, they were so relatable. When you have children, it’s easy to find yourself drowning in toys and baby gear.

Throughout the episode, Kondo went through their closets, their drawers, their garage, etc. and encouraged them to only keep the things that “spark joy”.  Messy closets and cabinets with haphazardly strewn tupperware were soon transformed in an orderly fashion and it made me swoon. The episode spoke to me and I was hooked. It was the kick in the rear I needed to set off and tidy up my own home.

I didn’t totally KonMari my whole house, but I did adopt little bits and pieces here and there.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Instead of waiting for nap time to fold and put away the laundry, do it in front of the kids.  Children model our behaviors and what better way to get them in the habit of folding and putting away their clothes.  This was huge for me!
  • If it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it – I didn’t have alot of stuff to get rid of since we had just moved less than 6 months ago and I had downsized some stuff before then. But there was still some stuff that I purged and it felt so good. For instance, I don’t like top sheets on the bed. I despise the way you get tangled in them in your sleep and they seem useless to me. Yet I had a whole shelf of them in my linen closet. I didn’t toss all of them. I kept a few for our guest bed but chucked the rest.

kon mari closet

  • You can make more room by stacking – Our dresser drawers and my tupperware cabinet were the biggest culprits here. Kondo believes that by stacking things in an orderly fashion, not only can you fit more, but you can clearly see what you have. While I am not in love with Kondo’s method of folding clothes, I truly can fit more in my drawers.

kon mari

  • Going forward, be more mindful– After KonMari’ing my home, the cynical side in me came out. “Sure it’s all organized now, but give it to the end of the week and this house will soon be a mess again”.  But I refuse to let that happen.  It’s a work in progress, but I’m taking a few simple steps to make sure I don’t go back to my old ways. Instead of throwing my clothes on the floor when I get changed, I’m more mindful of either hanging them back up or putting them in the laundry basket. At the end of the day before going to bed, I pick everything up and make sure not to leave any dishes in the sink. And this may be the hardest, but before buying think “do I really need this?”.
  • Having a tidy, organized home can spark joy – When I was home on maternity leave I learned alot about myself, but one of the biggest lessons I learned was that clutter causes an overwhelming sense of anxiety for me.  Our homes should be our havens, a place that brings us calm and where we can relax and unwind with family and friends. When everything is in it’s place it truly brings me happiness and makes my home a place I never want to leave. And for that, I thank you Marie Kondo.
    living room

 

 

what I learned from KonMari