One of the great things about the change in seasons is the opportunity/ excuse it affords to change things up in your house. When we move from cool to warm temperatures, it makes sense to lighten up, put away heavy blankets, clear some things out and do a little rearranging. I like to try and step back and evaluate a) what's bugging me in the house or simply isn't working, b) what I am tired of looking at for whatever reason, and c) what I have put away that I could use to switch things up. I firmly believe that changing things up in our environment invigorates us and makes us feel better ~ if you don't already practice this seasonal clear-out, try it and you'll see what I mean.
I knew I wanted to put my pretty pink slipcover on my couch, so that meant the rug in the living room had to be moved or put away, because it simply wouldn't work. I was going to put it in storage and then I had an idea to try it in the dining room. The dining room is a little on the narrow side, so I decided to lay the rug the opposite way, which accomplished two things. First, it made the room seem wider, and second, it took care of the expanse of wood floor behind the table that needed a little something. (Even Russ seems to approve of the new placement, as you can see.) I freshened up the linens and table centerpiece, but left my pretty tea cups and tea pot out on display on the chest under the double window ~ I never tire of looking at dishes.
The living room...
The living room sofa got its Shabby Chic pink rose slipcover back, and a few pink accent pillows. I also took out the ottoman swamping the room and put down two smaller rugs. One is a runner in front of the fabulous old chest that holds the TV (not shown ~ it's a hideous huge, widescreen that my sweetie adores) and the other is in front of the sofa. You can sort of see them in the photo directly above, which was taken from the front room, or reading porch. My little tea cup lamp now resides near one of the built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace.
The reading porch...
I love to keep flowers on this table to greet people as they come in the front door. You'll usually find whatever is in season at the moment in bloom there ~ right now, it happens to be tulips. The comfy papasan chair, now decked out in spring colors, is a favorite spot to cuddle up with a book, which is why I always think of this room as the reading porch, even though I refer to it as the front room so as not to confuse people.
I hope you enjoyed this little mini-tour of spring changes. If you'd also like a quick peak into my kitchen, click here.
I am linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound. Stop by Beverly's place to join in or see more lovely pinks.
I am also linking to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper. Stop by for more seasonal beauty.
Photos by The Pink Home