This past winter we decided to forego any home improvements. It was cold, we'd already spent 4+ months working HARD on our new home and wanted to give ourselves (and our wallets) a break. After leaving for South Africa in snow and coming back to full-on spring complete with cherry blossoms in bloom, we realized we were ready to dive in headfirst to the home stuff again! If you follow me on Twitter or InstaGram you'll have already seen that we've been hard at work. In a mission to beat JetLag we wandered Ikea until closing time, sleepily indulging ourselves into anything green and "easy to care for", and that was just the beginning. Our deck that was built last fall is barren, so we're hunting for the perfect outdoor furnishings. We want to bring some of the in-home color outdoors, starting with red adirondack chairs and bringing in some toning neutral with a classic lattice outdoor rug. Next up, I'm ready to get my green thumb on; fresh herbs and veggies need to get in my cooking! I saw The Home Depot currently has starter trees to grow on your patio in the nice season that can be brought inside when the weather gets cold; perfect for our four seasoned home!
As for the yard (holy toledo this city girl has a yard!?) Z is hellbent on getting a classic picnic table, while I'm drawn to string lights for setting the ambiance for many backyard barbecues and margarita parties to come. To round out the yard I'm loving some fresh outdoor table settings; a fruity or veggie table runner is kitschy, while modern plating pulls it in for a more youthful flair. I have this vision of white plates dipped in gold, and I'm thinking they'll have to be a DIY project similar to this one by Sarah Hearts.
Lastly, our welcome mat from when we first bought our home did not weather the winter well. I'm wanting something fun for spring, and lucky for me my girl Chela Mitchell has some great ones available, including this "My Other House is a Yacht"!
what are you doing to prepare for spring? What are you favorite picks for outdoor entertaining!? Seriously, share with me, inspire me! And be sure to follow me as I'll be posting more home updates soon (after more South Africa snaps!)