Spring decor is fairly simple around our house… and it usually involves flowers. It might be a big bouquet on the table, a tiny vase tucked on a shelf in the kitchen- or it may even be a simple 5 minute idea with dried flowers in the little cottage.
A little bit rustic with a sprinkle of feminine charm- the little cottage living room definitely feels like it leans more masculine sometimes. So for spring and summer stylings- I am all about bringing in a bit of softness and warmth to create a cozy soft space to retreat to. So for me that means- flowers.
Fresh, dried, faux- you name it. I love to add floral touches and that speaks spring and summer to me all year long. So for a simple touch of spring and a vignette- that is my go to. I also love seasonal decorating that doesn’t take hours to put together. But just a few minutes? I am totally in.
So for a simple touch of spring in the little cottage- today it is all about flowers and this little corner.
The living room in the little cottage lends itself to a vintage cottage styling- and this little corner is a favorite. With simple painted floors, bead board walls and a pair of built in bookcases that my sons built a few years back- I love the simplicity of styling the shelves and placing a table and chairs or simply a chair in front of them.
On the shelves- a collection of vintage books, a few old broken architectural bits, an old brass dog bookend and flowers. The plaster ornament is one that broke several years back- but that I couldn’t part with. I love the cherubs, gold color and details.
I love the soft muted color of the book pages and so oftentimes – you will find them turned to the back to be able to enjoy a more serene view. When they are not turned- they are a bit more masculine but charming as well.
I know that the books turned backwards isn’t for everyone- but I absolutely love texture and that muted backdrop just speaks my language.
Something else that is a favorite in this little corner of the cottage- is the antique orchard ladder.
I found this years ago – I saw it leaning against an old barn as I jogged by and always thought it was so charming.
The neighbor happened to be out in his yard one day- and so I stopped and asked about it.
It turned out he had several of them and this one was older, had a few splits and damage that made it unusable and so he offered it to me if I wanted it.
I love the old silvered patina that is covered with splotches of paint
and lovely years lived that are reflected in the dings and dents and age.
I simply sprayed the ladder with the hose and dusted off flaky paint and spiders
and hauled it to the cottage.
The ceiling is quite tall out in the cottage- and so the nearly 12′ of the ladder fit perfectly here.
For spring and summer- I love to use it as a flower drying rack- and tie bunches of blooms to the rungs to dry. The flowers also create a beautiful display for enjoying.
A simple little sprinkling of spring in the little cottage- but one that works for several seasons with just a few changes. And I love seasonal touches that don’t take a ton of time to add. So fresh and dried flowers are a 5 minute decorating tip that works perfectly for me.
You can see more of the little cottage in my book HERE and stay tuned for a refresh we are doing out here. A few changes that are long overdue and that we are excited to be working on in the next few months.
Happy Wednesday everyone.