March 2020 - Dimples and Tangles


Welcome back for part 2 of my Spring Home Tour!  Last week I shared my Living Room and Porch with you and was so pleased that many of you replied that it was a little bright spot in your day.  We've been getting some glorious Spring teaser weather days, but this is another chilly, gloomy, rainy week so I'm happy that things are cheery on the inside of our home at least!

Today let's start with the Entry.  It's a small little space that is open to the Dining Room and the rest of our main living area, and honestly not much has changed here in years!  Sometimes I swap out the rug and lamps and the styling on the dresser changes, but the dresser and mirror- both second hand and painted for a makeover- have stayed put for a long time.

large gold mirror, french provincial dresser, striped rug, tobacco leaf lamp

This year for Spring I just pulled together a lot of my favorite things and layered them all in together to style the dresser.

Girl plaster bust, gingham ribbon, Polish painted eggs, yellow secla cabbage dish
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Polish Painted Eggs  ||  Boy & Girl Bust Pair  ||  Ribbon- Hobby Lobby  ||  Pizzazzerie Book  ||  Pioneer Woman Cooks Book  ||  Habitat Book

I've shared the story of the vintage  tobacco leaf lamps and am still so grateful to have them.  A few weeks ago (actually I think it was on Valentine's Day!) my husband and I stopped by a garage sale and I found this little boy and girl bust pair.  They're a little larger than another pair I have and I was happy to add them to my collection.  I've never seen some at a yard sale before.  They were worth the 30 degree temperature and freezing, numb fingers that morning!  ;)

tobacco leaf lamp, pagoda lantern, blue opaline glass, hot pink orchids
Similar Lamps possibly here or here  ||  Pagoda Lantern- Homegood but similar here  ||  Opaline Cordial Glass
Dresser Paint- SW Tricorn Black

I enjoy this time of year when I can display these hand painted eggs that we bought in Poland several years ago.  The craftsmanship is so intricate and I love the sweet boy and girl in their traditional outfits.

Yellow Secla cabbage ware, polish hand painted eggs

I used my faux/real trick for the pink orchids, and will share more about those with you in an upcoming post.  

tobacco leaf lamps, pagoda candle holder, boy and girl busts pair, pizzazzerie book

Now let's take a peek at the kitchen!  I have one little wall to hang things on in there, and it just got a makeover.  For years I've had a big chalkboard calendar in this spot (here's how it looked before), but noticed I wasn't doing a good job of keeping it current and was ready for a change there.  My husband sweetly ordered this poster for me off of my Valentine's Day wish list,  I've loved the pink and red combo for years.  When considering where to hang it, I decided that this would be the perfect spot!  I bought a basic black frame and took a while to decide if I wanted to paint it.  I decided to try to match the print and this spray paint is the perfect match for the pinky-coral-red color in the poster.

bordallo pinheiro cabbage plate, polish pottery plate, secla cabbage plate, for like ever pink poster

I added some visual weight by hanging a collection of plates above the print.  It was fun to pull these out of the cabinet so I can enjoy seeing them every day!  The yellow cabbage pieces are a recent Facebook Marketplace find that I just used on my Easter Tablescape too.  

bordallo pinheiro cabbage plate, polish pottery plate, secla cabbage plate, for like ever pink poster, kitchen plate wall, blue willow platter

I made one other small change by painting the moulding on the pantry doors.  When I painted my cabinets white, we had just been on a trip to London and I was so inspired by all of the gilding and gold trim everywhere that I painted that bit of moulding gold.  I liked it while it lasted but lately decided that I was ready for it to blend in with the rest of the doors.  Here it was before-

and with a quick trim paint job.  I like the fresh look- the gold trim tended to just look brown in most lights so the crisp white moulding is a nice change, especially with that explosion of color that's on the adjacent plate wall now!  

white kitchen cabinets, black kitchen island, brass pendant lights, savoy alden brass pendants

brass cup drawer pulls, hobby lobby hardware knobs
Brass & Marble Cake Stand (on sale!)  ||  Brass Pendant Light here or here ||  Upper Cabinet Knobs  ||  Similar Brass Cup Pulls  ||  Stripe & Polka Dot S&P Shakers 

green mixer, kitchen styling

Here's a peek turned the other way towards the breakfast nook-

botanical gallery wall, blue and white drapes, round tulip table, vintage cane dining chairs

Speaking of the Breakfast Nook, I recently shared a little mini-makeover in there with a new round table.  It's getting a workout now with multiple family meals per day and being used as a study station, work space, Zoom meeting spot, and game playing surface!  

Round marble and brass table, botanical gallery wall, gingham settee

I also recently shared our Dining Room with the table all set for Spring in a fun tablescape hop with some Instagram friends where we all used our cabbage ware dishes in the mix- 

You might have noticed I've added in some pops of bright yellow all over the house for Spring.  The Master Bedroom was no exception, see more here.

Lastly, if you're a new visitor here and missed it, check out our recently completed kids' Jack and Jill Bathroom Makeover.  Here's the before-

And after!  See more photos and all the details here.

If you missed the rest of my Spring home tour, you can find my Living Room and Porch HERE.

Spring Living Room decorating Ideas

Spring Front Porch decorating ideas, sherwin williams dignity blue door

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What a fun few days sharing the It's a Colorful Life Spring Tours!  From the feedback I received everyone seemed to enjoy a colorful little respite for a few minutes while viewing the variety of tours for the past few days.  Today I'm doing a wrap up with a little glimpse of each tour in case there are some you need to catch up on.  I know you'll find something in each one that sparks your imagination and creativity, I sure did!



Welcome friends, I'm so glad you're here today!  If you're looking for a bit of distraction and cheerful photos or maybe some ideas to spruce up your home with all the time you're spending there these days, you're in the right spot because it's time for our It's A Colorful Life Spring Home Tour week!  Today I'm sharing my Spring Front Porch and Living Room, and later in the week I'll share the rest of my home decorated for Spring with you.

spring porch decorations, spring decorating ideas, spring living room decorations, brass trunk, white painted brick fireplace



I have no idea what Easter is going to look like this year, I expect quite different than what we're used to.  I do know three things though... on April 12 we'll still be celebrating Jesus' resurrection, He'll still be alive and in control of all things, and we'll still be having a holiday meal together!  Today I'm sharing my bright and cheery Easter table, and although I've had plans with a group of friends for weeks to do a cabbage ware Easter table hop, we discussed whether or not we should still post in light of the seriousness of our current world situation.  We ultimately decided to proceed in hopes that we will bring a bright spot of joy and beauty to your day in the midst of so much uncertainty, fear, and unease.  That will be my plan going forward, as well.  I'll continue to post projects and ideas to hopefully bring you inspiration (since we all have plenty of time at home to finally tackle some of those DIY wish lists, right?) and encouragement through these difficult days.  Please know that in doing so I'm not discounting or dismissing the seriousness of the situation going on around us at all, merely trying to continue some sense of normalcy in the midst of it and maybe offer a few minutes of distraction.  OK, now that I've shared my heart with you about that... let's move on to pretty things!



Did you know that today is National Sleep Day?  I'd venture to say we all could use a good night's sleep after the week we've had, right?  There's nothing like climbing into a crisp, comfy bed at the end of the day.   Yesterday I spent a bit of time freshening up our Master Bedroom for Spring, and even with all of the uncertainty going on in the world right now it's nice to have a cozy little refuge here! 



I don't know about you, but Spring brings the itch for change for me! So this year, that change came in the form of a new look for our Breakfast Nook.

botanical gallery wall, blue and white curtains, black and white gingham chair, round marble table with brass base



This week totally flew by!  We're looking forward to a weekend with gorgeous weather, and I have plenty of upcoming projects to work on.  We have a new Chicken Salad Chick opening in town so we're going to the soft opening this afternoon, I can't wait! (It's the little things to look forward to, right?...ha!)  Love chicken salad... what's your favorite thing to get if you have one in your town?  Speaking of favorites, here's a few from around our house lately!  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)

Who asks for green dominoes for part of their Valentine's Day gift?  This girl!  We have yet to play with them, but they're a perfect quirky, fun bowl filler!



Without a doubt, our DIY shower curtain and cornice board is the perfect finishing touch of the kids' new bathroom.  It wasn't too difficult to make and adds such a style element and warmth to the room.  Today I'll share the tutorial with you of how we made it!



Last week was big, thank you so much for all of the love on my son's room refresh and the kids' bathroom makeover reveal!  It's fun to share the big things like that, but today let's talk about pretty little things!  You all have seen several of the things that I collect- blue and white, busts, lamps, pillows- ha!  I now have something new to add to the list that I'm always keeping an eye out for... blue Opaline glasses.  I recently scored a set of 10 cordial glasses, they're the teeniest tiniest cutest little things!  They're about the size of a shot glass and while we don't drink alcohol, I came up with 10 other ways to use a cordial glass.  These don't just apply to my specific cordial glasses, what tiny little pretty containers do you have around your house that would work for some of these ideas?

china cabinet styling

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