Lightening Up – THE AFTERS

I recently shared our

 cozy winter nest
(check out the BEFORES in the post here)

And now I’d love to share with you some

springtime freshness

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with some AFTER shots..

Warning – this is a long post with lots of springtime images

so if you’re sad to see winter leaving…click away now.

(just kidding!)


Here we go:

As for our currently snow covered yard outside…

this is ALL I have to say:


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On with the AFTERS

now remember we have one big great room that includes the living, dining, kitchen and entry areas. 
Here are some lightened up images from each:

Living Room

I’ve brought out a collection of flower frogs for display



little bits of green succulent trying to poke out of this
vintage cheesebox/planter




layers of nests here and there


Near our Fireplace

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shall we go on a picnic?

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or water some flowers?

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I always love to see a line up of locker baskets

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just changing out the dark brown cozy drapes to the
new creamy lighter drapes made a WORLD of difference in the feel of the room

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our new spring mantel

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on the other side of the room

I slipcovered our curvy chair

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I love me some ruffles and this
new slipcover adds just the right amount

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added an extra pillow with a vintage brooch
for some “bling”

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it can still be pretty chilly here so we HAVE to have extra cuddly throws nearby but now in a lighter softer color
and extra cozy texture

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more pillows added here and there

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added this vintage wood ladder to show off some
{burlap, canvas and ruffles}
and soften the wall space here

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I love mixing the soft ruffles with the
rusty metal scrollwork

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a chippy perfectly colored step ladder (now side table)

in shades of robins egg blue {with hints of red, black, white, etc.}

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on top of the tv  -
a silver tray with vintage glass doorknobs:

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some fresh new art

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and some white metal scrollwork

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On the other side of the room our
cleared off and freshened buffet

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a lighter lampshade with some floral softness

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I’d like to introduce you to FRED the frog!

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more fresh flowers on the coffee table tray

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And in the dining room -

I’ve slipcovered the backs of the dining chairs

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But I cheated…Wanna hear my trick here?

I used actual pillowcases with some added lace trim at the opening and slung them over the back of the chair.

It’s not for long term but it will do for now to freshen up the space!

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Some tabletop freshening

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nothing says ‘spring’ like fresh flowers
placed here and there, right?

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Enjoy YOUR spring!

Chat soon –

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  1. Very pretty spring look! I love all the birds nests and vintage watering cans! Your mantel looks really gorgeous!

  2. Ok, there are so many things I like that I am afraid I won't remember to mention them all. Let me try...I love the little ruffled slip cover on the chair, I LOVE the locker baskets, I love your green jars with flowers, I love both of your ladders...hmm...I can't remember the others but I know there were more. It's all very pretty. Happy almost spring.

    Oh yeah, I remembered one more...that pillow you made is so pretty.

  3. You really have a knack for creating a beautiful and cohesive look! I love all your vintage accessories.

  4. I love the ruffles on the chair. So darling!

  5. It's looking wonderful!
    I love your ideas and I love your home~
    We have tons of snow left here and more on the way. I am just so sick of that white stuff.
    I love all your unique decorating, it's really wonderful!

  6. What wonderful touches of Spring splashed around your beautiful home! Your mantel looks great! And, I love the jar of "Scrabble" letters. And, your tiered stand filled with apples, utensils and twine is such a great idea! *Becca*

  7. I love all the spring touches around ur home. So warm and welcoming. Thanks for stopping by my little blog, i really appreciate it. Have a wonderful tuesday!.................Bonnie

  8. Thanks for your generous and welcomed comments on my kitchen restyle.
    It was alot of work, but soooo worth it in the end. Also I saved tons of $$$$$. Who does not like that?

    Come visit anytime and thanks for sharing these lovely images.

    Janet xox

  9. I would love to go shopping in your home. I see so many things I love. The frogs, locker baskets, tiered stands, watering cans...all are fabulous. Now following.

  10. So wonderful and full of spring! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! I love that planting box and all of the cool things you've accessorized with. That ruffly chair is adorable!

  11. love your blog and photos. new follower after finding you on link party.. would love a visit and follow back, laura

  12. Beautiful! You are so creative! Thanks for following the blog. I'm following you now as well.

  13. You really know how to lighten up a room. All your spring accents are beautiful. I love all the white and the nest's, and the watering cans, okay let's just say I love it all.

    Oh, and your ruffled slipcover is so pretty. Great idea.

  14. I love your site! You have amazing ideas. Thank you for commenting on our site.


  15. Thanks for stopping by this morning. I love your spring decor...the ruffles on the chair are perfect!

  16. Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful Spring photos. They are just lovely. We are still getting snow in Colorado and I am SOOOO ready for it to warm up.

  17. Just beautiful. I esp. LOVE the ruffles. They make me smile. So, let me know wen I can move in : )

    Have a wonderful day my dear friend ~

  18. I LOVE this!! I would love for you to share it at my Linky Party!



  19. LOVE your blog, and your sense of style. Thank you for commenting on my polka dot table. :)

  20. Everything is beautiful. I love all of your spring looks and your decorating style. Thanks so much for linking up to my Swing into Spring party. Hope to see you again next week.

  21. Oh my had me with the sweet nest, flower frogs, wooden boxes, chalkboard and fan! You have created such a wonderfully vintage farmhouse style in your home! :)

    xoxo laurie

  22. Oh I love it all! The watering cans, the nest, the bright green apples...Beautifuly done. I would be delighted if you could link this up to my VIP party tomorrow.


  23. Um, can I just say that I am a little obsessed with that flower lamp shade?! Love it!!! You are so talented!

  24. Everything looks gorgeous. I love it all!!!!!


  25. I loved them all, and I agree with Sherry, I would love to shop your house you have so many pretty things!! Your mantel looks fabulous and I love the nest banner. Your home is beautiful so glad I came across your blog. Just became you 300th follower. Oh and I love your blog name, mine is Northern Nesting, would love it if you stopped by for a visit and followed me back. Martina

  26. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


  27. Oh how I loved the Northern Cottage tour!

    The baskets, the slipcovers, and the sheer coziness of it all! I smiled as I scrolled through all the fun details and vintage pieces.

    Just wonderful!

    So glad I stopped in this morning with my cup of coffee.

    Starview Sonnet

  28. Such great details in your home. I love the open cabinet with water pictures and baskets. Very cute! Thanks for sharing your home with us!

    Poppies at Play

  29. It looks great! Everything looks so cozy and fresh.

  30. I am in complete love with that fireplace!

  31. I'd love for you to decorate my mantel. Yours is gorgeous! Great collection of flower frogs, locker baskets (love) and vintage watering cans. I like how you've displayed them. They say it's good to decorate with collections for more impact than just placing one here and there. I like to do that with vintage clocks and I'm on the hunt for more fans. Your home is so cozy and beautiful! Always enjoy your take on things.

  32. Everything is so pretty! I sure love those picnic baskets!


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