When Carrie from Lovely Etc invited me to be part of a Spring Home Tour, I had to smile, because of course as the lone Aussie blogger in a sea of American blogs, I’m all out of sync with these seasonal tours. It’s autumn in Australia, and to be honest, autumn is not much different here than spring… or summer (just less unbearably hot.)
What we do share in common is that it’s Easter time, and I’m all up for injecting a bit of fresh Easter decor into my home. Easter is all about the new life Jesus offers to the world, and the traditional “new life” symbols of bunnies and tulips and butterflies and budding flowers kind of sum of spring anyway. So without betraying my true-blue Aussie identity, I offer you a Spring Home Tour… in autumn. (Plus, I figured it’s about time I give you a home update, since it’s been quite a while!)
Oh, AND, we’re offering you the chance to win $400 in PayPal cash, so make sure you get on that! You’ll find the entry details toward the end of this post.
We’ve been living in our beach house rental for a year and a half now. (Where did that time go?!) In that time, I’ve made a few little tweaks and updates in our living area. The room needed some life, and what better way to bring it than through some greenery? I added a potted artificial palm in a woven basket next to my buffet – instant lift! I love the relaxed plantation style it brings to our coastal home.
You may notice another little change with our buffet styling since the beach house reveal I shared after we first moved in. I wanted a change from all the blue vases, so for now I’m keeping it simple and fresh with all-white and clear glass.
We also added an artificial fiddle-leaf fig in the living area, which has really helped bring a sense of the outdoors in. The couch has a new knitted throw in my favourite shade of aqua, and I’ve been working on replacing all my cushion inserts with duck feather for a more luxurious, plump and inviting effect.
Fresh flowers always bring so much life and happiness to a room. I chose a simple palette of white and spring green, with bud chrysanthemums, giant white chrysanthemums and white lilies still in bud.
The next big change has taken place in our entry hallway, where we’ve finally pulled our white painted bookcase out of storage so I have room for my overflow of books. We had three bookcases in the living room of our River House (see my popular Ikea Billy bookcase hack in this post), and they were FULL. Well, all those books are now in storage until we build our next home, but after a year in this new abode, of course I’d collected more books. #hopelessbookaddict
My bedside table drawers were stuffed to overflowing, and there was a tottering pile of novels on my dresser with nowhere to store them – time to do something about it! Apart from solving a storage problem, it’s been lovely having a set of shelves as a feature in our previously bare entryway.
Here’s my “Easter-ified” take on bookshelf styling. I’ve carried across the white and green theme from the buffet with a simple bunch of tulips in a Mason jar, my little ceramic bunny head and a picture that once used to reside on my daughter’s gallery wall.
A shot of teal in the faceted glass vase brings some colour…
The gold terrarium needs a succulent or an air plant – something I can’t kill. I kind of like it bare, too. The lines are pretty.
I also appropriated this sweet butterfly picture that used to live in my daughter’s bedroom. We’re going in a whole new direction for her new big-girl room – the toddler bed has been replaced by a gorgeous big-girl bed, and the room is coming together beautifully – but that’s for another post!
In good news, it took a year, but my wool rug has finally stopped shedding. I wondered how white would go with three small kids, but turns out it’s been a great choice and hasn’t shown any marks at all.
You can see how this open-plan living area flows across to the dining area / study nook.
I created a feature wall for my little study area using a gold paint pen – see the easy how-to in this post.
I’m still loving my compact home office nook and use it every day.
That’s it from me. Make sure you enter our awesome $400 giveaway, and take a few minutes to browse through the other gorgeous homes on this tour – the complete list is below!
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