Spring & Easter Décor

Although it doesn't feel like spring in Richmond, the flowers blooming in our front yard are reminding me that warmer weather is not far behind. daffodil & snow

I love springtime and all of the colors that come with it.  There are so many ways to chase away the winter blues and brighten up the spaces within your home.  I've gathered a few ideas that I hope will give you some inspiration.

I often think about decorating our dining room chandelier around Christmastime, but what about for Easter?  You could use ribbon, greenery, Easter eggs, or whatever else you have on hand to dress up your chandelier.

spring Easter egg chandelier

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If you want to keep your décor on the table try combining pastels and bright colors.  Using a mix of flowers, patterns, and colors will make your table feel fresh and inviting.  Also, don’t forget to add details to other pieces in the room – did you notice the purple ribbon on these chairs?

colorful easter table

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I also really like the look of using a monochromatic color scheme when setting a tablescape.  This assortment of yellow tulips and daffodils is simple and sweet, but the tiered arrangement in small containers keeps it interesting.

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Instead of buying new flowers from the store every week, try using what is blooming in your yard.  Forsythia, dogwood, and cherry blossom branches are great to bring inside and use in tall vases.  They also make perfect Easter trees!

Easter egg tree

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Another option is to take branches without any blooms and spray paint them a fun color, or colors.  Place them in a pretty vase and add spring-themed adornments, or leave them as is for an understated accessory.

butterfly tree

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If you want something that will last throughout the season, and can even be reused for years to come, try these adorable ribbon topiaries.  Mix and match the colors you want to coordinate perfectly with your décor.

ribbon topiaries

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Spring is the perfect time to refresh your mantel.  I found two ideas for using a picket fence as a focal point on the mantel.  Here, the fence is kept in its wood tone for a natural look.  The paper wreath keeps the natural feel while the flowers add a little bit of color.

spring mantel
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The bright and fun mix of colors on this mantel would carry these decorations into summertime as well.  I love the “Hello, Sunshine!” message too.  How could that not put a smile on your face?

spring mantel

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Another great place to add a touch of spring décor is your front door.  I love this rustic wreath, tied with an oversized burlap bow.

rustic spring wreath
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If you want a colorful wreath, I always love the yarn wreaths.  They can be adorned with flowers, branches, birds, or other ribbon, and the color choices and combinations are endless.

spring yarn wreath

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º What spring decorations are you putting up in your home?

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Spring Décor & Crafts

With Easter just a few days away I’ve been feeling encouraged to do a spring craft project.  While searching for inspiration, I found so many cute ideas. A mantel decorated with pastel colors, shimmery thread, and flowers is elegant and classy.

easter mantel

Martha Stewart

Here is a mantel that uses natural elements and bright colors to create a shabby / chic feel.

easter mantel

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If you need a simple project, one that could be done with your children, check out this Easter egg garland made from paint chips.  Any patterned or colorful paper would work for this project.

easter egg garland

Modern Parents Messy Kids

If you’re looking for a unique centerpiece idea, use this tutorial to design your own custom vases.  Mix and match colors and flowers to create the feel you desire.

DIY spring flowers and vases

A Little Lavish

For my spring décor project, I decided we needed a door decoration for our front door.  Since I made so many wreaths at Christmas time (here, here, & here), I went in search of other ways to embellish the front door.

The first one I found was this umbrella overflowing with tulips and Easter eggs.

umbrella door decor

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Next, I found this adorable watering can that is also overflowing with tulips and Easter eggs.  (Can you tell what I’m drawn to?)

watering can door decor

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While I loved both of these, I was worried about how wide they would be.  We have a glass door in front of our main door, and I was not sure that something like one these would fit.

I decided to make a trip to Michael’s to see what I could find.

Combined with a few things I already had and a few items I found at Michael’s, here are the supplies I started with for the project:

Mod Podge door plaque supplies

Clockwise, starting with the stickers and circling in:

Alphabet stickers Paint brush ‘Tangerine’ craft paint Mod Podge Colorful paper Ribbon Wooden bird Sponge brushes Wooden plaque

My plan was to create a ‘Welcome’ plaque for the front door.  I have wanted to try Mod Podge, so I figured this was the perfect project to give it a shot.

Mod Podge is a glue, sealer, and finish all in one product that allows you to create and decoupage crafty projects.  Mod Podge can be used with paper, wood, fabric, furniture, and many other items.  They even make a glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge! Check out Mod Podge Rocks for more details and inspiration.

My first step was to paint the outer edge of the wood plaque.  I did not want to try to wrap the paper over the lip of the plaque, so I decided to paint it a coordinating color.

Mod Podge door plaque step1

From there, I followed these instructions from An Altered Obsession for Mod Podging.  Jenna is very thorough in her explanation, and she gives detailed step-by-step instructions and some very helpful tips.

After the last layer was dry, I glued on the bird (which I also Mod Podged), threaded the ribbon through 2 holes that Andrew drilled for me, and tied it to the front door:

Mod Podge door plaque

I love how it turned out and look forward to being ‘welcomed’ every time I come home!

Mod Podge door plaque

I've decided that Mod Podge is my new favorite crafting item, and I cannot believe that I’ve waited this long to discover it!  I will certainly be using it for future projects.

º What spring / Easter craft items have you created this year? º Have you Mod Podged?

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Flowers in the Home

Spring is my favorite season!  I love the warmer weather, the longer days, and, most of all, the beautiful flowers that bloom every year.  It’s so nice to go from the greys of winter to the colorful rainbow the new season brings. tulips

Flowers in our front yard.

As daffodils and tulips pop up outside, I also enjoy bringing flowers inside to add a touch of the season to our rooms.

Flowers are a beautiful accent to any interior space and can be used all over the house throughout the year.  Whether you prefer arrangements that are traditional or modern, multi-colored or all one color, flowers always create a lovely accessory for any room.

flowers in the home

1. Peonies in a bedroom; 2. Wildflowers on a window sill; 3. Gerbera daisies in a dining room; 4. Lilac in a bathroom

When looking for flowers for everyday use or for special occasions, my go-to shop is Flowers Make Scents in Midlothian, VA.

Flowers Make Scents

At the shop, the friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you with whatever you may need.  When you first walk in you will be greeted by their cooler full of beautiful blooms, just waiting to be placed in the perfect arrangement.

Flowers Make Scents cooler

They also create unforgettable bouquets, tablescapes, and displays for weddings and other special events.

Flowers Make Scents weddings

Flowers Make Scents isn’t just for flowers though.  Stop in to find adorable home accessories and accents for yourself or as a thoughtful gift.  Right now, they are stocked for Easter and spring.

Flowers Make Scents home accessories

Shari and the team at Flowers Make Scents were gracious enough to let my sister Beth (of Beth Furgurson Photography) and I into the shop for an afternoon so that we could capture a few of their beautiful arrangements and share them with you. They created a variety of arrangements to show that no matter your taste, beautiful flowers are always in style!

The first arrangement is a traditional multi-bloom arrangement.

Flowers Make Scents traditional arrangement

The all-white arrangement is stunning and sophisticated.  I can see this used in an entry foyer or on a dining room buffet.  From New Year’s through Christmas this classic style can be used all year long.

The second arrangement is more modern in style.

Flowers Make Scents modern floral arrangement

The combination of the three spring flowers (hyacinth, daffodils, and tulips) makes this arrangement perfect for Easter and spring.  Use it as a focal point on a mantel, or place it on your bedroom dresser to greet you each morning.

The next arrangement uses only one type of flower, yet it is simply stunning.

Flowers Make Scents hydrangeas

The blooms of this antique hydrangea were so full it only took two stems to fill the vase!  To create an incredibly dramatic centerpiece, display three of these arrangements on a dining room table.  Another idea would be use these beauties in your guest room to welcome out of town visitors.

For the last arrangement, they designed this colorful bouquet.

This arrangement combines some of my favorite flowers – gerbera daisies, lisianthus, orchids, and daffodils – to create a cheerful piece.  I can see this arrangement on a kitchen table or in a sunny breakfast nook.  Or, if you’re like me, carry it with you from room to room to enjoy throughout the house ;).

Cut flowers are not the only option available when wanting to bring a touch of the outside into your home.  Plants are another way to add greenery to your space.  Place them in a cute pot or in a basket with a bow to complete the look.

Flowers Make Scents plants

If you have allergies, or want to have your arrangements stay fresh for longer than a week or two, Flowers Make Scents also has a beautiful selection of silk flowers.

Flowers Make Scents silks

When created by a knowledgeable professional, silk flower arrangements can be a gorgeous, long-lasting accessory for your home.

Flowers Make Scents silk arrangement

Thank you so much to Shari and the team at Flowers Make Scents for having us at the shop and for providing the fabulous arrangements!

Thank you also to Beth for helping me accurately capture the beauty of these flowers!

Head on over to facebook to check out and ‘like’ their pages  – Flowers Make Scents & Beth Furgurson Photography.

I hope we’ve provided you with some inspiration for using flowers in your home.

º What is your favorite flower? º Where in your home do you like to place arrangements?

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $20 Flowers Make Scents gift certificate. A big thank you to Shari, owner of Flowers Make Scents, for donating the gift certificate!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Saturday, March 31, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

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