Mother Nature is messing with me here in New Jersey (one day spring is in the air, the next day snow and sleet is pelting down on me) but it’s officially spring inside my house. Using mostly thrifted, vintage finds (naturally!), I had fun arranging things in different ways to get a unique look for spring. I can’t wait to share my touches of spring home tour with you in addition to a funny little story … The Legend of the Brown Egg.
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When a painting has no frame, use a vintage pants hanger to hang it!
I found these vintage “nonsense plates” at a thrift store in Maine last fall and they are perfect for a plant lover like me.
If you’re like me and love changing things up, a wall-mounted mug rack is the perfect background for displaying art, plates, mugs, and anything else you can hang from a hook.
I wonder what Julia Child would think of me using her Mastering the Art of French Cooking books to prop up a plant on an adorable little green school chair?
To keep clutter to a minimum in my kitchen, I like using one big tray to hold whatever little things I feel like displaying plus it’s easy to pick it up and move it out of the way if need be.
A vintage demijohn (like my pendant lights hanging above) holds faux flowering branches surrounded by a trio of colorful bunnies and how cute is the tiny vintage floral painting I found on a recent thrifting excursion.
Every kitchen needs vintage art and a giant ice cream cone light!
The owl cookie jar holds Sushi’s dog food and I usually change out the jar depending on the season.
Propping art in the kitchen is an easy way to add color and interest and it’s more fun when the subject is unexpected (not pics of food).
I cannot get enough of these face planters (this one is 8 inches) that come in lots of fun patterns and colors (we even use the smaller ones to hold our toothbrushes)!
Let’s hop over to the living room.
My Easter egg hunt days may be over but this egg garland that I made nine years ago is still a favorite. Although I love switching things up often, I find myself reaching for this garland year after year.
I’m so happy to see that snowdrops and crocuses have begun peeking their little heads out of the ground and I’m equally happy to have my own little flower garden inside.
Colorful, thrifted art is the perfect antidote to the crazy, unpredictable weather outside.
Here comes Peter Cottontail!
I have a confession to make … I love shopping in the kids department for unique decor items and the kids section was exactly where I found this adorable and affordable (only $10!) little bunny pillow!
A plant is always a good idea and even better when it’s in a cute planter.
Pothos plants are great because they don’t need to be in a sunny location plus they are probably the easiest plant to care for. Just water it every couple of weeks and you’re good to go.
In addition to hating coconut, I also hate those sugary, gooey, bunny-shaped marshmallows known as Peeps.
But I do love a giant Peeps pillow in pink and by just adding that one pillow and keeping all the others the same, I have a whole new, fun, fresh spring look.
My Thanksgiving cactus is extremely confused but I’m thrilled that it decided to reward me with another round of blooms!
A vintage French champagne bucket is the perfect planter to celebrate this little show off.
Now sit back and relax and I’ll tell you a little story …
The Legend of the Brown Egg
Easter egg hunts bring up a traumatic experience from my childhood. When I was a kid, my parents took us to The Knights of Columbus for an Easter egg hunt. The grand prize was a huge chocolate egg and I was determined to make that egg mine! My quest for the winning egg was not going well so my sister and I decided to take a break and find our parents.
As we walked over to them, I glanced down and saw a steaming pile of brown poop and pointed and screamed, “watch out.” My sister scooped up the “poop” that was actually the grand prize winning egg painted a deep shade of brown! As I watched the Grand Poobah hand over the giant chocolate egg to my sister, I was filled with an overwhelming feeling of jealousy and rage. That is until I realized it was a coconut covered egg and we both hate coconut!
We satisfied ourselves by picking the dark chocolate covering from the egg until all that was left days later was a giant, sticky glob of coconut which we promptly threw in the trash. If that egg had been peanut butter, I would still be holding a grudge!
Here’s to spring and finding your own brown egg!