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Simple Spruces

When my husband and I bought our first home three years ago I was SO excited to make it my own. The house was empty, the carpet neutral colored, the hardwood floors newly refinished and the walls were all painted white. It was like a giant blank canvas!

I spent – literally – over a year working on it on a weekly basis until I had everything just as I wanted it. Tiled bathrooms, painted walls, put in baseboards and refinished the kitchen cabinets. It was such a labor, but I loved every second of it.

Now, that the grand scale of things is finished and now that it’s been a couple of years I’m starting to get the itch again to spruce up my living space.

So, the other night I allowed myself to get lost in the blogosphere and the inspiration I found was unreal. I thought there would be no better place to share what I found then at The Creative Mama!

Love these colored walls:

Wall Color_bluefound here.

Who would have thought to hang plates in the living room?

Vintage Platesfound here.

Love how the simplicity of this framed fabric makes such a statement.

Framed Fabric_2found here.

I loooooove this vintage-y wallpaper in the kitchen! Who wants to guess how many more years until wallpaper is full-fledged, back in style?

Wallpaperfound here.

We all love the look of a brightly colored front door on the outside …

Painted Door (outside)

… but what about a painted door on the inside? Brilliant!


found here.

How cute would it be to hang clocks and then set the time depending on where loved ones live?

Clocksfound here.

How dreamy is this laundry room? This kind of space would actually make me excited to do laundry.

Laundry Roomfound here.

Throw pillows are always a great and easy (and fairly inexpensive) way to freshen up a room. Especially ones that look this:

Pillowsfound here.

And, inevitably… flowers always make a space more lively, inviting and colorful.

Flowersfound here.

Have you brought your home out of hibernation yet? What are some things you have done to spruce it up? We’d love to hear! If you have any pictures or posts make sure to leave their links so that we can see.

About Jessica

Jessica is a full-time lifestyle photographer mainly focusing on families and children. In her free time she loves a good memoir, is a sucker for reality TV, loves DIY projects and is addicted to traveling the world. Find her at 503 Photography and browse through her blog to get a peek into the girl behind the lens!

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  • Jynene

    …i adore your blog. so inspirational! :o)

  • andrea

    I forgot… When we lived in Denver & my hubs travelled to San Fran & Hawaii we had clocks set to each of the time zones. So fun & the kids liked knowing what time it was where he happened to be. (we also added Puerto Rico where he\\\’s from)

  • andrea

    Love the front door idea, I’ve been pondering the idea of painting ours and now I’m excited to actually do it and I’m thinking orange! Thanks for sharing.

  • Angie

    We moved to our current home this fall and I’ve not hung more than a few things – I just keep waiting… for what, not sure? I love to decorate, to take a blank canvas and splash “Ang” all over it. I’m totally inspired now, honestly, couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you!

  • blissmamaof3

    Major spring cleaning around here for the next two weeks and then some sprucing, spring is here!!!!!!!!

  • heidi @ wonder woman wannabe

    Oooh, you’ve got me itchin’ for my own ‘blank canvas’!! Still in waiting mode on that one, but girl, I’ve got plans!

  • Stephanie Wind

    After 5 years of renting near NYC, my family is finally moving back home to FL, and we will be buying our first home! I can’t WAIT to be able to do all of these things. Thanks for this post, as I have starred it to save for later. :)

  • sharon

    i made some sunny pillows! i will take some pics and post and then leave the link:)