Refresh the Front Porch with Spring Flowers

Spring Gardening Front Porch

 Spring Flowers for the Front Porch

This Saturday I’m hosting a garden party at the Home Depot! If you are in the Seattle area, I hope you’ll come by and say hi! I’ll be there along with Chef Amy Pennington and Garden Expert Teena Spindler and hopefully my girls, too! And maybe Bella the pup! It should be a lot of fun! I’ll be sharing more details on the event later in the post, but first I thought I’d show you a little bit of my front porch. Actually, the only part I’ve worked on since winter. :-)

One of the things we really liked about our house was the front porch. It has plenty of space for fun accessories and planter boxes.  I love adding seasonal plants near the front door. While I was out at Home Depot picking up the whiskey barrels for my garden in the back I picked up a few plants, too. The pink hydrangeas are so gorgeous! Hydrangeas are one of my most favorite flowers. We had a HUGE blue one at one of my old houses and it was so beautiful and full of flowers the neighbors used to stop by regularly and ask to cut one. We never ran out! I only hope to have plants that big here someday!

I also found the most amazing smelling orange tree. I want to strap it to my nose so I can smell it all day, but the next best thing is to have it right by my front door. I may move it to our backyard for the summer but for now it’s on my little teak teacart.

Random side note: One of my favorite attractions at Disney is California Adventure because it smells SO GOOD when you are flying over all the orange orchards (at least that is what I remember, anyway…).

Spring Front Porch Gardening

I also brought home that sweet lavender topiary!

One of my happiest places is in a garden store. I’m overwhelmed in the lumber department, but I could spend hours in the garden section.

Do you love browsing the garden section as much as I do? I can’t wait for summer!

Ready to get your hands dirty?

Come hang out with me!

Join me at the Issaquah Home Depot this Saturday (6200 E Lake Samammish Pky Issaquah, WA 98029), May 17 from 1-4PM, for the Seattle Garden Party! There will be garden-themed activities and garden-to-table fare with exclusive recipes created by Chef Amy Pennington. Have questions on gardening? An expert Gardeniere Teena Spindler will guide you through an herb container garden project and answer all of your garden questions. It’s going to be fun! Hope to see some of you there. RSVP here for the event! #SpringMadeSimple


Spring Refresh {Spring Fling}

Spring Refresh

Spring Fling Blog Series with The Inspired Room

I hope you all had a great weekend! We were busy helping my daughter move and we took Bella (the new pup) over to her so she can start her new life there. It was a lot of work having a puppy again for the past few weeks, but I actually was really sad to see her go. Sigh. I miss her already. I think Lily misses her, too. Jack is probably pleased she isn’t nipping at his heels though! It is nice to send her home to her mama and just be her grandma hahah.

Anyway, I didn’t have time to work on or finish projects around my own house this weekend with all the activity we had lined up. But today the sun was out so I decided I could at least squeeze in a bit of spring in the kitchen!

It has been quite awhile since I had refreshed my shelves! It is a fun seasonal activity for me to take things down and rearrange a bit. It doesn’t take much to keep me entertained! Just give me some shelves, books and dishes and I’m happy for hours. Hehehe. It’s always simple seasonal refresh, no shopping trips or big changes necessary. Just moving a few things here and there or shopping around the house for whatever seems to strike my fancy! It’s really the little things that keep me inspired around the house!

What spring refresh have you been working on lately?

Did you see my air plant postAs you can see, I moved it to these shelves, just for fun!
Here are a couple of other posts in my little Spring Fling series! Spring in the entry, Spring Decorating in the Bedroom

5 Ways to Bring Spring To Your Bedroom {Spring Fling}

Colorful Bedrom with Patterned BeddingBHG

5 Ways to Bring Spring to Your Bedroom

1) Add some pattern!

One of the quickest ways to bring the freshness of Spring into your bedroom is by introducing some lively pattern with accent pillows, a quilt, or even a lamp. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and have fun with it!

Spring Bedroom with Colorful PatternsBHG

2) A Fresh Coat of Paint.

A new wall color can make a dramatic difference in freshening up a space. Choose a color that you know you will enjoy in all seasons so you can vary your look seasonally with accessories.

Framed Wallpaper - an inexpensive way to add spring color and pattern to your bedroomHouse and Home

3) Creative Artwork.

If you are a renter or don’t want to paint, you can add some color and pattern to the walls by framing a sheet of wallpaper, fabric, or patterned paper! Frame a large piece for a big impact, or you can hang multiple frames with smaller sheets to get a similar effect.

Pretty Master Bedroom with Striped Gray and White HeadboardKerrisdale Design

4) Shop the House.

Sometimes livening up your room for Spring is as easy as bringing in a few accessories from other rooms of the house. Change up your nightstand accessories by stacking up a few pretty books, a clock that you usually have in the living room, a vase from the kitchen, or whatever inspires you from around the home! I like to call it “puttering” and it’s definitely a seasonal activity for me at my house!

Pretty Neutral Bedroom with Striped Headboard by Sarah RichardsonSarah Richardson Design

5) Fresh Flowers.

There’s one thing that every one of these rooms has in common — a vase of flowers! Cut some spring flowers from your own garden, or pick up a bouquet from a local store and split it up into smaller bundles to use throughout the house. It’s a Spring gift you can give yourself each week!

5 Ways to Bring Spring to Your Bedroom from The Inspired Room

Are you adding any spring touches to your bedroom this year?

Spring Fling Blog Series with The Inspired Room

See also: 6 Ways to Bring Spring to Your Entry

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