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Spring Front Porch Decor

Use inexpensive plants and decor items you likely already have, to enhance your front porch decor this Spring! 

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As is always the case when Spring rolls around, our yard and front porch was disastrous after the long winter! Imagine how excited I was to have an excuse to pretty it up when some of my favorite bloggers asked me to be a part of a Spring Porch Decor Makeover. Thanks to Amy from White Cottage Home & Living for organizing! PS: Scroll to the bottom of this page for more fabulous Spring Porch Decor ideas!

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PPS: Because I love you all so much, I made you a free Printable Spring Hanging Basket guide. Not only does this printable have a guide outlining how I planted the spring basket found later in this post, but it also includes a list of plants perfect for hanging baskets for your porch. Get your free Printable Spring Hanging Basket Guide now!

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RELATED: How to make this vibrant, unique Spring Wreath (from book pages!)

Where was I? Oh yes, April/May equals hiney-kicking around here – it’s birthday season meaning we have five birthdays between the end of April and the beginning of June, including my upcoming birthday – feel free to send gifts! The only we’ve given our front porch since the Fall has been all of us running in and out of the front door zillions of times a day. Instead of a lovely front porch, it was full of dust, pollen, and loads of spiderwebs. #HalloweeninMayAnyone

 

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RELATED: Rocker Upcycle

A front porch nicely decorated for Spring gives me all the smiles. With a bit of effort, even less cash and a broom I had my front porch fresh, clean and Spring-ready in under an hour!


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How to Spice up Your Spring Front Porch Decor

First, I got out my trusty broom.  It’s incredible the difference a good cleaning makes! Then it was time for styling and the following changes:

  • Updated the front door porch mat
  • Added colorful, seasonal plants
  • Brought the inside out with colorful pillows and throws
  • Added a few fun accents such as a fun bicycle and a colorful wreath – because.. Spring.

Spring Decor Doormat

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A colorful doormat from Target, layered over a green stripe,  sets the tone and color scheme for the front porch decor – not traditional – but who says it has to be? Sadly, the doormat I have isn’t available, but I did find this one and this one that is just as fun!


Choosing Seasonal Plants for Warmer Spring Weather

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With minimal decor, plants stand in and add texture, color, and interest. Plants can be expensive, so, I always gravitate to those that are looking a little worse for wear due to underwatering and a significant price cut – you’d be amazed what a little bit of miracle grow can do and it’s worth the effort for 50% off!.

Annual Flowers for front porchPlant Stand Makeover (coming soon)


Annuals

I rely pretty heavily on Annuals for color and texture at this time of year. Petunias, violas, and ferns do very well on my shady, dry front porch. I’m a little lazy and don’t like replanting, instead preferring to dress up the planter pots my new green friends come home i. Click here for an easy, and gorgeous, colorful DIY planter update to these pots. (coming soon)

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RELATED: DIY PLANTER UPCYCLE (Coming soon)

English ivy, yellow begonias, and pink impatiens make up my Spring Hanging basket. The vine will make another appearance next year, and I’ll likely work it into my fall hanging basket when the time comes.

SUGGESTED: Fall Hanging Basket Ideas – Fall Garden Tour 2016

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You can find ideas for other fun Spring planter ideas in this planting guide, available for free download, that I mentioned earlier. Your gardening zone will determine whether you can use the plants suggested. Don’t leave without the guide!

RELATED: SPRING HANGING BASKET PLANTING GUIDE


Spring Porch Decor

I love to shop my home, moving furniture from inside to out and reusing items where I can as the seasons change. Styling in this way saves me a fortune and keeps me from getting bored with my decor – it’s never the same twice! With a covered porch I’m pretty comfortable using inexpensive, indoor furniture for short periods.

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SUGGESTED: PLANT STAND UPCYCLE (coming soon)

Although I didn’t purchase anything new for the porch (besides plants), I did add in this newly upcycled plant stand that received some TLC earlier this week! With its new faux marble top and cheery apple green base, it’s a fun addition to the porch and will get lots of use in the years to come. Click here for more details on the plant stand makeover and a link to faux marble painting guide.

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Rocker Upcycle

 

I’m all about comfort and love the idea of hanging out on the front porch in either a rocker or the porch swing with a cup of cold lemonade and a good book on a hot, sunny Spring day. These throw cushions are on constant rotation around the house.

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Enjoying My New Spring Porch Decor

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So, let’s take stock. May is in full swing. My front porch decorations look great. The weather is warm. And, I’m down about a pound of pollen from the front of my house. Not bad for an hours worth of minor effort and cash.

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With any luck, I’ll be spending at least a few Spring days enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of Spring from the comfort of my front porch. If that doesn’t pan out, seeing my porch as I run in and out of the door is guaranteed to make me happy! How could it not with such fun, colorful, festive front porch decor to come home to?

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I hope you were able to find a few budget-friendly front porch decor ideas to bring the best of Spring to your home outdoors. Be sure to stop by and visit these lovely ladies for even more inspiration!

 

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How to Decorate a Boho Bedroom with Flair

We can define Boho style as an eclectic decorating style blending colors, patterns, fabrics, and eras, with a big heaping scoop of “free spirit.” It would also be the style our daughter was striving for in her new boho bedroom. Read on for ideas on how to add this style to your own home and bedroom!

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Hi. You thought I’d disappeared, didn’t you? In a way, I did – into our teen daughter’s bedroom. I’ve been swamped turning it into a glam bohemian chic fantasy, with a slight edge, full of gray and silver tones then mixed with soft pastels! But I’m done now, which means I’ve poked my head out and it’s time. What time? It’s Reveal Day! Today you get to see the AFTER of our 6-week One Room Challenge. I’m SO excited to show you how it turned out!

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If you’re new here, let me say that this room started as the smallest and most awkwardly laid-out room in my home. There wasn’t enough room for anything but a single bed, no room for homework or applying make-up and no hangout space.  On top of that, the style – or lack thereof – didn’t reflect my daughter’s interests or style one little bit. All the terrible before pictures are summarized for you below!

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And without further adieu, here’s the after!

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Can you believe it? I can’t even! Where do I start? Let’s start with the room layout!

The existing layout had a door or window on every wall. That coupled with a small footprint, the room was suited more to life as a giant closet rather than a bedroom.  It was indeed a bedroom though, as it contained a closet. The closet layout, however, was worse than the room. It was small, cramped and half of it included a sloped ceiling – more unusable space.

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By turning the existing closet into a bed nook, we gained enough space for a full-size bed. As a bonus, it almost feels as though we’ve doubled the size of the room!

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A built-in bookcase acts as a side table and storage.

The (larger!)closet finds a new home with custom floor to ceiling built-ins. The mirrored doors help to make the room look larger and reflect tons of natural light from the nearby window.

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Make-up and homework move to the opposite side of the room, leaving room for a new sitting area – a great place to curl up catch up on social media with a good book.

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Let’s talk color. If you know me at all, this color palette is different from the bold colors I usually gravitate to, but I had a TON of fun playing with a different palette and style.

We pulled most of the color inspiration from the floral quilt. The quilt is a bit of an heirloom as it was in her parents home when they were married. We were going for a current and on-trend color palette, but with our girl switching houses every week, (her primary residence being her mother’s – we share custody) it was imperative that the room feels “homey” with items that had a history. The quilt was a perfect inspiration for this!

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I pulled pastels of yellow, rose and pale blue from the bold pattern and laid them against a moody gray neutral and crisp white,  finally mixing in metals of gold and both shiny silver, as well as brushed. The look is fun, trendy, and sophisticated.

boho bedroom - metals

To keep the room from feeling too stuffy, we added quirky elements throughout the room that upped the “fun” factor. The wall color has a hint of purple which is even more evident against the bright white trim – it’s a close match to a lilac color found in the quilt.

boho bedroom - side table accents

There was a danger that the new closet would stick out like a sore thumb. Continuing the paint color over the closet helps to prevent that and brings all the attention to the mirror detail.  For contrast,  the rest of the custom-built furniture is finished in warm oak tones and encouraged to show it’s imperfections.

Now, let’s talk furnishings. Given the (lack of) space I had to work with, every furnishing choice and placement was carefully thought out to maximize and increase functionality, and nearly everything had to be custom built to fit.  Think tiny house in one room!

The bed platform is low – a platform bed was on the list of must-haves – but set high enough to accommodate drawers underneath at a later date, and was built to slide into the nook.

 

boho bedroom - shortened view

That chair! I was almost giddy to put it up finally, and you can bet I clocked some time testing it out – I had to make sure it was safe! I love that despite being an oversized piece, That chair because it’s suspended, leaving visible floor space underneath. Don’t even get me started on the boho vibe it gives off! #loveit

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The desk area is where things get creative and even a bit innovative.

boho bedroom - desk area

 

I wanted to keep the design modern and simplistic, but I needed storage. Too, the desk also had to function as both a make-up vanity AND a homework desk. Let’s face it – the make-up is NOT going to be put away unless it’s effortless to put it away if at all which means homework had to happen somewhere other than the desktop. Here’s what I came up with:

boho bedroom - desk top

A hidden cubby stores the everyday essentials and ensures they are close at hand. A rolling cart takes care of the rest.

boho bedroom - desk cubby

Homework can be done on the secret pull out writing tray, regardless of whether makeup is littering the top of the desk or not. The desk has a sleek, narrow, modern look that checks all of the boxes. The subtle dot pattern brings a tiny bit of fun and whimsy to an otherwise serious piece. This is by far my favorite part of the room – I’m so proud of how it turned out!

boho bedroom - desk writing tray

Let’s talk about wall art! The cactus canvas print is from Pier 1 and is precisely the statement I wanted over the bed. I love that it adds a little pop of color to an otherwise neutral space and that it pulls even more color out of our inspiration – the quilt.

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Rather than go with a themed piece of art, I decided on the larger wall art pieces being those that can grow with her and are relatively classic. The watercolor print especially is something she’ll be able to use in many settings for many years to come.

boho bedroom - sitting area

I tried to keep the trends to room accents, so they are easily switched out as she grows and potentially grows tired of things, but with so many cute things out these days, it was a challenge!

boho bedroom - succulents

Pineapple accents are everywhere – the girl LOVES pineapples. A small palm tree sits atop her desk, surrounded by succulents – small picture frames that glitter like gold hold pictures of her favorite people.

boho bedroom - desk accents

We can’t forget to talk about lighting! The DIY faux capiz shell pendant light was in her room before but found a better home in the bed nook.

boho bedroom - capiz light

An adorable little Vintage Glass Cylinder Table Lamp graces the side table and is perfect for soft lighting at the end of the day.

To improve lighting to the makeup area, we installed a battery operated under cabinet light to the underside of the shelf that hangs over the mirror. It gives off a good amount of light and is on a timer, ensuring it can turn itself off when left on. The price is right, too!

boho bedroom - under cabinet lighting

A few more shots –

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boho bedroom - command center

So, there you have it! Six weeks are done and done. It was so worth it – Finally, a room for her that meets all of her needs AND gives her space to stretch out.

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boho room - she loves her chair

It was SO fun revealing it to her yesterday and almost like we were on an episode of house crashers. You can catch the video of that here!


Thanks so much for following along with me on yet another crazy journey. I appreciate your support and all of your comments! Cheers!

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HOW TO HAVE AN ECLECTIC MODERN ROOM FOR $100

Learn how you can achieve an eclectic modern living room style that oozes a relaxed and gathered vibe for around $100 with simple DIY projects.

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Hallelujah, I finally finished – My eclectic modern living room is now a reality! Y’all, January has been a long month. Like many of you, we’ve had:

  • More snow days this month than we usually have in an entire year
  • A child with the flu
  • A child transitioning to a new school
  • The whole family (including the momma) coming down with norovirus
  • A birthday we planned for but had to cancel due to the norovirus
  • A child’s first travel dance competition
  • Enteryourchoiceofnaturaldisasterhere

BUT on the happy side, I’ve been participating in my second $100 Room Challenge, hosted by the lovely Erin of lemonslavendarandlaundry.com!  The first time I participated we made over our powder room, but this time I took on a little bigger project.  Myself and 38-other bloggers took part this go-round, and there is more before and after eye candy than you can even imagine – all for under $100! Be sure to check out all of the other participants completed projects at the end of this post.

On an even happier note, I’m giving away FREE printable art! This Line Art is quirky, fun, and free to you for download!

PIN - minimalist boho line art

 

But, I digress. Let’s take a quick look at “the before” before we move onto the afters, okay?

 

And now, the AFTER!

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Are you screaming right now? Because I AM!

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HOW YOU CAN HAVE AN ECLECTIC MODERN LIVING ROOM FOR UNDER $100

My living room make-over took a little more than a month to complete and all in total I spent $99.50 – how is THAT for sneaking in under the wire?!

Here are all the things I’d hoped to accomplish – and by some miracle of miracles, I completed them ALL! I haven’t blogged about them all yet, but we’ll get there. ☺

It looks like a lot, but in reality, not one project took any longer than a weekend. Below are the steps you can follow to bring about your Eclectic modern makeover and the costs associated – both mine and what your’s would be, assuming you are not the DIY material hoarder that I am.

MAKE A PLAN

Cost: $0
Time involved: A few hours

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Think of your design plan as your visual to-do list. Even if you aren’t a list maker, this will help you to visualize how you want your room to function and look. Planning saves you in many ways by helping you to focus your time, energy and money on the things that are most important to you. In a budget make-over, it’s especially important, as it allows you to visualize your existing furniture and accessories in new ways and different combinations. I use Olioboard.com (no affiliation) to create my design plans – you can sign up for a free account.

ADD SHELVING

My cost: $69.50 – details to come
Your cost: About $120 for materials
Time involved: A weekend

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The shelving was by far my most significant expense, but it also has such an impact that it was worth the $70! Our room is very long and narrow. Having shelving at one end helps to balance the space – when the shelving is ample enough to do the job. The existing shelving was dark, too small, too short and overall, just wasn’t working. Not to mention, it was falling apart! My good friend April of Uncookiecutter.com and I collaborated to put together a set of plans for this shelving made almost entirely of plywood. It is open, streamlined and the perfect scale for the room. You’ll be amazed how easy they were to make – click here for the tutorial! For information on how I painted the faux metal finish onto the sides of the shelves, click here.

UPDATE YOUR COFFEE TABLE

My Cost: $30 for hairpin legs
Your Cost: Around $46 for all materials (not including the coffee table)
Time involved: A few days to remove and apply a new finish and for dry time.

For under $30 can bring an old, dated coffee table back to life. Any table in excellent shape and a removable top is a good candidate for this project. This particular table had a  fun inlay that wasn’t even visible because of all of the dark stain.

The new coffee table is stunning! It’s sleek and modern, and the color is perfect for highlighting that inlay I love so much!

Hairpin leg Coffee Table - After
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DIY SOME ARTWORK

My cost: $0
Your cost: $10-$30
Time involved: An afternoon or two

There are two significant art focal points in this room – a large print above the sofa and a gallery style display above the loveseat.

Eclectic Modern - Before Art Work

In both cases, the art displays were the perfect size for the room, but the art itself was dated and not in line with our current style. I’ll be sharing the details on both of these DIY art projects in the next week or so.

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In addition, we added some fun, quirky printable art for interest. This print comes in a set and is available for free download in our freebies library, or, you can get it by clicking on this link.

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ADD COLOR TO YOUR FIREPLACE

My cost: $0
Your cost: $4 for a sample size of paint
Time involved: A half-day

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I took a big chance on updating this fireplace with a bold and unexpected paint color but am SO glad I did! Sometimes you just have to go with your gut!

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GIVE YOUR LAMPS A MAKE-OVER

My Cost: $0 – I am a spray paint hoarder
Your cost: $7 for two cans of spray paint
Time involved: A few hours

Eclectic Design - Lamp Before

I didn’t spend a lot of time outlining the lamp make-overs as I had a pretty long to-do list, but the long and short of it, you can completely transform a set of lamps with spray paint. This one looks brand new, even when placed in the same spot on the same console table! Never underestimate the power of spray paint.

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FIX UP YOUR END TABLES

My cost: $0 – I had the chalk paint on hand
Your cost: $20 for paint, $25 for a thrifted console table
Time involved: A day

I decided to move my existing end tables in favor of something more functional – a console table that has lived many lives in my home.

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With a new finish and painted door hardware, the console table is a much better scale for the room, and it has hidden storage! Sometimes what you have in a room isn’t working. Be open to moving things around your home to get the best fit and function.  Do you spy the puppy in the corner? #Titophotobomb

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The other end table I replaced with a ceramic garden stool that’s been floating around my house looking for a permanent home. It is red, but I decided not to change it – I like that it’s a little unexpected and not so matchy-match.

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SHOP YOUR HOME FOR ACCENTS

My cost: $0
Your cost: $0
Time involved: As long as you’d like

Chances are you have some very eclectic things in your collection of all-the-things. Sometimes just moving a knick-knack a new location in your home can update the look of your room – for absolutely nothing!

Somehow a project that is met with all kinds of resistance and mayhem is that more satisfying when it’s completed. Such is the case with this $100 Eclectic Modern Living Room Make-over. It’s taken 10-years and many almost-make-overs to make this living room one I love – Now I never want to leave!

Ready to see that before and after one more time? Me too!

Eclectic Modern - Before and After Collage

For a week by week recap, check out these links!

1-The Plan | Week 2 | Week 3Week 4| Reveal

Again, huge thanks to Erin of lemonslavendarandlaundry.com for creating this challenge and including all of us participants. That’s a wrap, January!

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