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Spring Decorating Ideas: White & Chalky Pastels

Happy Monday, my dears, and welcome to a fresh new week! I have been feeling extremely inspired and creative lately; new ideas have been coming a mile a minute, and I find myself reaching for my notebook more and more to jot down snippets of inspiration. It seems like I am not the only one – so many friends I’ve spoken with lately have shared that their year has been off to an amazing start. Are you feeling energized this January, too?

Embroidered portraits DIY from Country Living

I have been making plans in every area of my life, from a major haircut and color change to keeping chickens in the backyard to fresh ideas for my blog and business…and of course for decorating, as well! I have been gathering and winnowing my home inspiration pinboard, and I am beginning to notice trends and themes in what I love.

Yarn flowers DIY from Country Living

White knitted home decor roundup in Country Living

Lots of white comes as no surprise, that is what my home is full of right now, so it’s what I’ve got to work with. I would like to add in layers of texture – knitted and woven accents, natural fibers and handmade pottery with lace imprints, crocheted blankets, raw-edged linen, textured throws and baskets, and simple DIY projects that add a personal touch.

Images above: sneakers here, Paris container here, heart elbow patch DIY here; all others Country Living Magazine

As far as color goes, I am loving these chalky shades of gray and pale lilac paired with plenty of white and a bit of smoky blue and raw wood. Yes, I threw in a tray table with bright green legs above, and I’m not sure that I would use that in real life, though I like it here. I love the idea of taking a cheap flea market find and painting the legs only – try using a wall color from your home with a bit of white added to create a new shade that works with everything else.

Ikea’s Livet Hemma blog

The image above has certainly been making its rounds on blogs these past few weeks, but I see no reason why not to share it here too – I love it! It’s Scandinavian-meets-Japanese style, and I am totally smitten. I wish that room were in my house right now, and I would invite you all over for tea. : )

DIY mirror update from Country Living

I admit I am getting a bit giddy dreaming of spring and well, yes, summer too. I can’t wait for the days I can slip on flat sandals everyday and carry a straw bag, take picnics down to the park and hunt for vintage treasures and tackle painting projects on the weekends. What about you? What is calling to you right now – colors, textures, materials, mood, activities?

I will be back later this afternoon with Bixby’s monthly photo, so until then, have the loveliest day! xo Laura

(images: find sources within post above)

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  • Anne January 30, 2012, 9:40 pm

    I love your picks, especially the cute crocheted/knitted feet on the stool. I was trying to figure out what type of gliders to get for 2 new chairs, and think I will make them knitted feet. Thanks for the inspiration!

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