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Monday, March 20, 2017

Decor To Adore Spring Home Tour 2017

A warm “Welcome to Storybook Cottage” to you.

I am so happy to be participating in the week long Spring Home Tours hosted by my dear friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. I just love how she creates such a gorgeous home on a thrifty budget.

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The mantel décor is often changed with the seasons at Storybook Cottage and this spring is no exception.

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My daughter found this real bird’s nest and brought it home after the occupants had moved out.

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Fairy lights make everything sparkle.

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Across from the mantel is a vintage hutch that was updated with paint.

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For the past two years it has simply held dishes. Ready for a change it was transformed into a cabinet of curiosities.

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Inspired by the spring my great grandmothers Bavarian dishes were gathered and accented with wee bits of springtime bliss.

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Heading to the entry the soft green color palette continues. I couldn’t find small eggs in soft green and blue colors so it was craft paint to the rescue. 

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A similar look continues in the dining area.

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Another nest filled with eggs of assorted sizes and colors.

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The unscented green candles were found at Ikea for a song.

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Each place setting features a small nest placed on tiny white pedestals found in the Target $1 section.

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Vintage linens, flatware and crystal help to complete the look.

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The sideboard showcases a springtime vignette nestled in the tiered tray made for under $15.

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The springtime kitchen was inspired by the English cottage look.

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Across from the sink is the stove area.

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This pot rack was created with objects found in the garage.

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Further down on the same wall is a vintage apron vignette that also changes with the seasons.

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Every English cottage needs a bit of cabbage and a few sheep.

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The kitchen bay window recently received some new curtains made from tablecloths.

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In the bay window itself springtime accents were kept simple.

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Mr. Décor made several wooden caddies recently and I adore using them in a variety of ways.

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I hope you have enjoyed this year’s springtime tour at Storybook Cottage.

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Next up on the tour is my friend, Rhoda, from Southern Hospitality. She has truly transformed her newest home and is a magician with seasonal décor.

You won’t want to miss any of the fabulous homes on the 2017 Spring Home Tour.

Monday – March 20

A Stroll Thru Life |Decor To Adore | Southern Hospitality |Pink Peppermint Design| Cuckoo4Design| 21 Rosemary Lane 

Tuesday – March 21

Setting For Four |The Chronicles of Home | Nesting With Grace |Refresh Restyle |Haneen's Haven| Simple Stylings

Wednesday – March 22

Decorating Delirium |Dimples & Tangles| Hymns & Verses| Remodelando La Casa| Sand & Sisal |Common Ground 

Thursday – March 23

Duke Manor Farms| It All Started With Paint| Life on Virginia Street| Bliss At Home| Rain On A Tin Roof | ZDesign At Home 

Friday – March 24

Thrifty and Chic| Our Fifth House | Inspiration For Moms| Far Above Rubies| Life and Home at 2102| Making Home Base  

I’ll be back on Wednesday with Part II of my spring home tour.



Julia Konya said...

So pretty! You are definitely ready for spring

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Laura, it's all beautiful and so so springy! You've done a wonderful job with your home and decor. Happy Spring to you my friend!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Laura, just want to let you know that because I was able to show DH your "hale navy' vanity he agreed that I could paint my powder room vanity black - and now that depressing brown and red bathroom is silver gray, black and white. My heart sings every morning when I walk into the sunshine! Thanks!

reFresh reStyle said...

Laura, love your beautiful home. That stove is brick wall is awesome!! Your spring decor is so fresh!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laura, you always bring in each season with such gorgeous detail and decor. I love your beautiful soft green and blue and the nests are so pretty on those darling little pedestals you found for each place setting. Thanks so much for joining the tours, you home is always a special treat.

Louise said...

Not surprisingly my favourite look for storybook cottage so fae

Julie Reinwald said...

Everything looks gorgeous and Spring-y, Laura, but that hutch...WOW! I just love the color of it, and you've styled it beautifully!

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The Boston Lady said...

I'm in love with that hutch and love it's new role holding curiosities! The real nest is a great along with all the other ones throughout your home. Just lovely! Ann

Pam Richardson said...

Laura, what a beautiful welcome to spring. Love your lovely mantel display and the vintage hutch is amazing with its new color. Every detail is perfect...Happy first day of spring!

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Laura your spring time touches are so cherry. Love your hutch and that color is amazing. You also have such a pretty and welcoming kitchen done to absolute perfection!
Wishing you a very happy first day of spring!
XO Barbara

Auntie Em said...

Your home is so beautiful! Its like a breath of fresh air to see all the sweet decorations and pretty colours you have displayed. Definitely all ready for Easter in your house! :)

Kiki Nakita said...


You're so creative! I especially like the cabinet of curiosities and your kitchen curtains.

Have a blessed week,

Sandy said...

Thank you for the beautiful spring decor! I love your cottage! Your kitchen is beautiful and I love the brick niche for your stove and your pot rack. Your taste is so refreshing after seeing so many homes that look the same in blog land! I love the added touches of vintage and the colorful curtains on your kitchen window. Being true to you is what I love! Your cabinet of curiosities is gorgeous. i love the way the indispensable of the doors are white!

Jeanie said...

So very pretty. I've said it before but I am in love with your curtains -- all of them! And of course all the springy things just make me smile. You're right about fairy lights. They're simply the best. Oh, and love your table centerpiece (I know, I said that before too, but oh, I do!)

Barbara H. said...

How lovely! Your decorating tastes are right up my alley. I need to go to Target this week - I hope they have some of those little pedestals!

Mildred said...

Hi Laura and happy first day of Spring! Your home is lovely! Light and airy and filled with special pieces to bring you joy. Always a delight to visit with you here.

craftyles said...

Great tour. Love all the pastel touches. The table scape is really pretty.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh Laura, thanks so much for this wonderful Spring tour! I love how you did the curtains in the bay window! That is a great idea. Love all the nests too. Happy Spring!!!!

Vel Criste said...

So many inspiration in your home Laura! All the touches of the different shades of blue pull out one cohesive Spring home perfect!!!! So honored to share this home tour with you dear!

Stacey said...

Very pretty as always, Laura. I love the way you do seasonal touches. :)

Debra Oliver said...

Laura, you have so many beautiful spots, but that aqua cabinet is a scene stealer, just gorgeous. that's your signature color!

JoAnne said...

So pretty, Laura. Your curtain fabric is beautiful and I love that little sheep painting!

Pam said...

Laura, your home looks beautiful! Did y'all plank your kitchen ceiling? I must have missed that! Love the floral drapes! Did you buy them, where?!

Dianna said...

Laura, your home is beautiful! I love the curtains you made for in the breakfast area! And your kitchen is gorgeous! I love all of the little bird nests. I've gleaned so many special ideas as I've visited you this day. :)

Bonnie said...

Your home looks so pretty. Love your colors. The pale green candles are lovely and look so nice with the white washed candlesticks. I like the interesting pieces in the cabinet of curiosities. Your tablescape, sidebar and mantel all styled for spring are lovely. I especially like your wooden caddy full of dishes,napkins and gorgeous flowers.

Botanic Bleu said...

Happy Spring! How I love your sheep painting. Have you noticed that in photographs of sheep there is always at least one looking directly into the camera? The same way your painting shows the sheep. It's like they are posing. :)


Lorrie said...

Laura, you've created a fresh look filled with the energy of spring! The curtains in your dining room are so pretty; I really like them. Enjoy this new season.

Jennifer Lippi said...

Laura your home is pure Spring perfection. I love the bright blue hutch and your beautiful collections. Such a cheery, bright home you have. Such an honor to be on the tour with you!

Brooke Christen said...

Love all the spring touches and your little nook where your stove is so charming!

Cristina Garay said...

Laura, your home is so pretty! It says Spring all around. I love your kitchen, the hutch painted that beautiful color, and the pretty tablescape with those cute nests on the tiny pedestal, gorgeous!

Hena Tayeb said...

Love the little hints of blues, teals and aquas..
the painting is lovely.

Kelly said...

Wow! Everything looks so pretty and "Springy"! I love the floral curtains in your bay window and the soft colors you chose. Those robins egg blue candles on your table are perfect for Spring! I've never seen that color candle before. Thanks for sharing your Spring home tour with us.

Heather SettingforFour said...

What a gorgeous Spring home tour!! I love your painted hutch and all of your touches of blue! Happy Spring! xo Heather

Jann Olson said...

It's all just beautiful Laura! I love the color of your cabinet and how you have styled it. The caddy your hubby made is darling as well. And I just have to ask, where did you get that darling sheep picture? I have a sheep fetish and it made my heart skip a beat!

Katie Mansfield said...

I love it. I love the new curtains in the breakfast nook and kitchen. All your nests are perfect. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait until tomorrow.

Rue said...

Your home looks beautiful, my friend! I love all the pretty Spring touches.


Laura @ duke manor farm said...

Laura, Spring is definitely in the air in your home. love the additions on your mantel and those curtains...from a tablecloth!! that's awesome. Happy Spring.

Rita C. said...

Laura, you have transformed your storybook cottage into such a lovely abode. I really love your color choices throughout. Those green candles are such a pretty compliment to your already chosen palette. Just the little things - like the rumpled runner or the one set diagonally in the DR - I notice all these little touches - they bring such life to the settings.
Love your new guest bedroom bedding also - so cheerful!
Beautiful. If you've done all this while so busy with your life in school, I can't imagine what you'll be doing (perhaps hiring yourself out more?) once finished.

Haneen's Haven said...

Beautiful! Love your spring touches! Your kitchen is so pretty! Fun sharing this tour with you!

InspirationforMoms said...

Laura, I love your Spring decor. That art over your fireplace is so stunning. You have a beautiful home! Happy Spring!

forpahl5 said...

Love the robin egg blue speckled throughout the house!

Carol Stebner said...

Everything looks amazing, Laura! I adore your china the color and all the sweet things inside.
Hugs, Carol