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Bright Sun-shiny Day

What is it lately with me being drawn to bright sunny rooms, bouquets and new snazzy cotton hand towels?

Sun deprivation?

Bright Sun-shiny Day

Bright Sun-shiny Day

Bright Sun-shiny Day

I feel some spring fluffing coming on.

I can’t take it anymore. Get your Spring Fluffing posts ready! Next Monday, let’s BRING IN THE SPRING! I want to see TULIPS and YELLOW and CITRUS GREEN — let’s put away our winter stuff. Let’s talk about spring cleaning and planting flowers and all that spring stuff.

I know, it is early. But I am ready (and you know me, I get an early start on the seasons). Next Monday, I’m declaring it to be spring, so show me the spring!

Because it is my blog and it can be spring if I want it to be.

And if you are in Australia or Florida or Hawaii right now, humor me. I need some sun.

Photo credit:

House Beautiful (kitchen)
Country Living
Anthropologie (last two towels–aren’t they adorable? Like little works of art!)


  1. anne

    Lovely kitchen, I can’t wait until we have the money to rip ours out and have lovely white wooden units :-)

    annes inspiring blog post..My little taste of Italy…

  2. Robin Rane' ~ All Things Heart & Home

    Hallelujah!!! Yes, I’m ready! I’m soooo ready. I’ve already started so I’ll crank it up a notch this week to get everything out!!! Love it!
    Robin Rane’
    All Things Heart and Home

    Robin Rane’ ~ All Things Heart & Homes inspiring blog post..Super Scrappy Bookmarks

  3. Emily


    I am going through the same thing right now – itching for bright spaces and flowers. I even plan to go buy some fresh flowers this morning.

    Emily@remodelingthislifes inspiring blog post..Link Love: Baby, It’s Cold Outside Edition

  4. Denise

    I was picking up litter in my community this weekend and found 2 bags of heirloom sunflower seeds good for 2009. Those will be recycled in our garden. Meanwhile, I’m spring cleaning my old farmhouse this week. Snow peas, carrots and spinach are already planted in the garden. Bring on the sunshine!

    Denises inspiring blog post..The Geek Squad hits Seattle

  5. Ramona Owen

    I am doing a happy, happy spring dance right now! I think that everyone is craving spring….as for me, I am going to add yellow “Peeps” to my diet. I am off to fluff…see you on Monday.

    Smiles ~ Ramona

    Ramona Owens inspiring blog post..Hooked On Decorating With Fruits and Vegis

  6. sue

    Oh..I so can’t wait..spring is always a little late here on cape cod..I’ll take all the spring you can bring on!

    sue@solsticehomes inspiring blog post..sunday morning musings

  7. Lindsay

    Yay Spring!!

    I really love that middle collection of hand towels. If I saw that trim in the store, I would hate it. However, it looks so cute on the brightly colored towels. What a fun little DIY project! Hmmm….

    Lindsays inspiring blog post..Design of the Times

  8. Shannan

    I’m SO ready! See you Monday!

  9. Janel M

    I’ve wanted to force bulbs for years now and kept forgetting. I did it this past fall. I pulled the first three pots out of the fridge this week! I can’t wait to smell them. : )

  10. Kathy

    Yes, let’s jumpstart spring, even if it’s only in our heads. It’s really a state of mind anyway, right? Thanks for the lift…..putting spring into my home has become my mission for the week. :)

    Kathy @ A Little Pinch of This and Thats inspiring blog post..I scored a deal for my kitchen at Goodwill

  11. Jen

    oh – I love this post because it does give us a breath of that spring air. The first picture shows “my” kitchen – same paint color, same white cabinets….although mine is not nearly as cute, but getting there…someday. :)

    Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlams inspiring blog post..When spray paint and brass meet….

  12. Sandy

    anything for spring – yes! love those towels!!!

    Sandys inspiring blog post..They Didn’t Make their Beds! (and 3 winners)

  13. Barbara

    I’ve been wanting to spring clean for a while now… I think being cooped up indoors is starting to get to me. I had our windows wide open when it hit 36 degrees just to get some fresh air in the house :) 36 felt warm after our negative temps much of the winter. Definitely thinking spring and ready to join in!

    Barbaras inspiring blog post..Pretty Paper Magnets

  14. Nicol

    I love spring and oh how I am aching for it. I have been spending several days looking at gardens and trying to plan my over-the-top-garden as my dh calls it. I actually blog about it today.

    Look forward to the party next week!

    Nicols inspiring blog post..My Baby’s love

  15. Liz

    ::SIGH:: Spring, sunshine, colour….I can’t wait! Thanks for much for the post it’s cheered me up in dull old rainy Britain!

    Liz@VioletPosys inspiring blog post..Oh my, we’re paying for this..

  16. Misti

    ME TOO! Yesterday I grabbed several items that were itching to be painted ivory. My house is rustic and I love it, but the dark colors are wearing on me. So I grabbed a new can of ivory spray paint, fumed up my basement for the day, and I have bright springy accessories now! That will be another post this week. I will pass it on over next Monday for ya!
    Think Spring…

  17. Kate of Daffodil Happiness

    Oh, how pretty! I just love the color yellow, it’s my favorite, in fact! and those dish towels… so sweet. :-)

  18. Sharon Goemaere

    It’s been far too long since I have made it over to your blog!I am back on dial up for a season and boy does it have issues.LOL Anyhow,we are seeing signs of spring in the Salem area.Little green shoots of daffodils,tulips and crocus are popping up everywhere here.YAY!I too am feeling sun deprived.Life in the Northwest…gotta love it!Blessings~Sharon

  19. songbirdtiff

    The towels from Anthropologie are gorgeous!

    Hmmmm…I’m going to have to think about what I want to do for spring. I have some tulip bulbs started, that’s about it. :)

    songbirdtiffs inspiring blog post..Dinner Bell (TMBG)

  20. MsUnreliable

    You always want what you can’t have I guess! Here in Australia I’m cursing the warm weather and looking forward to winter – I’m even going to go out of my way to track down some snow because it’s still such a novelty for me! :D

    MsUnreliables inspiring blog post..It’s the Little Things…

  21. Gina

    Yes, I am so ready! Can’t wait to see all the fun springy things-bring on the sun and the warm and the flowers!

    Ginas inspiring blog post..Beautiful Wall: Beautiful Life

  22. Saver Queen

    Here here! Bring on the spring! Nevermind that we just had a blizzard here yesterday!

    I love those linens. The other day I bought some citrus sage bubble bath – it’s perfect for feeling like spring because the scent is so cheerful and fruity, it is reminiscent of spring.

    Saver Queens inspiring blog post..New this week…

  23. Suzy

    Hahahahhaah! Yes, I can’t wait for spring too. We actually have a prolonged winter, it is very cold with lot of ice. I so desperately need spring.
    I am for sure joining your Monday spring party or what ever you may call it, count me in! :)


    Suzys inspiring blog post..A Beautiful Life Friday

  24. darlene

    I agree! It’s your blog and it can be spring if you want it!! I’m ready bring on more spring!!! I can’t wait for spring & summer!! It’s close…I feel my mood improving!

    darlenes inspiring blog post..Neutral Doesn’t Have To Be Boring!

  25. Debbie

    HI Melissa, I am ready for spring as well…some color popping its head through the snow covered ground! I just love those little kitchen towels! How sweet…I need some!
    Have a blessed day!

    Debbies inspiring blog post..Metamorphosis Monday

  26. LuLu

    I hear you loud and clear I want Spring too! in with color and flowers! can’t wait to see on Monday on the fun pic and I will have mine ready!

    LuLus inspiring blog post..A Little Thrifying

  27. Melissa

    I am with you! I have started putting up my Easter stuff already because something inside me was screaming for the pastels! I know there is still snow out there– but I am moving on!

    Melissas inspiring blog post..Second Languages

  28. Victoria

    Good Morning from Texas! I am new at this and have just begun my journey as a blogger of all things beautiful. I enjoy reading all your comments and viewing your beautiful pictures. I too am ready for spring! It’s time to prune my roses…I’m just waiting on another warm day to take care of them. Spring is in my heart…so it’s here right now!

  29. kerri d

    I really want that first Anthropologie towel… I might have to repaint my kitchen to make it work, though. I’m all for early spring!

    kerri ds inspiring blog post..Benefit in Boise

  30. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm

    I can’t wait until next Monday. Still bitterly cold here on the east coast…I could so use a little spring too!

    Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarms inspiring blog post..Mirepoix au gras

  31. Lazy Mom Leslie

    Great pics! Now I just need to get in a spring cleaning mood!

  32. Julie

    I love the bright yellow mustard color in that kitchen.

    Those hand towels are sweet also.

    Julie @ Angry Julie Mondays inspiring blog post..Construction Going On @ Disney’s California Adventure

  33. Mrs. Q

    I am so with you on that sun deprivation thing…lol!

    Mrs. Qs inspiring blog post..Less Than A Week!

  34. Sabrina

    I have tulips blooming in my dining room right now. They make me happy! Bring on Spring!

    Sabrinas inspiring blog post..The Dining Room

  35. Kim

    Yes! I’m mentally ready for Spring. However, I still have the winter decor up! This is inspiring me to make some changes this week! Goodbye snow and hello to Spring!!

    Kims inspiring blog post..Warming Up

  36. Violet

    Need Sun Now!!! Blue skies! Warmth! Flowers! Yes, I’m with you!!!

  37. Katy

    I’m totally with you! I didn’t need a bit of prodding and have already started to put away any signs of winter and have started putting out the bright colors. Yes it’s early but who says there’s a rule for when to brighten up your home? :0) Thanks for all your lovely posts! Anytime I have a few moments to browse I am always “inspired.”

    Katys inspiring blog post..Early Spring Cleaning

  38. Vee

    Hope it works for ya…this calling in spring early. Sun is nice. Sun would be very good on this coast, too.

    Vees inspiring blog post..Scrabble

  39. Darlene

    oooooh. this year I am itching for the dogwoods, the daffodils, even the redbud trees. And then, on to Easter and lilacs! I can’t wait!!

  40. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall

    Oh my goodness, you should see my dish towel collection. Anthropologie always has the best and prettiest of patterns and colors! Loving these:)

    Melissa Lewis – Off The Walls inspiring blog post..Do You Notice The Little Reminders?

  41. Pretty Organizer

    Oh poop! I wrote a big huge long juicy fun comment and my computer connection (wireless) decided to go wonky! Hate that.

    The gist: without out sounding snobby… I was far more tactful with comment No. 1. Spring has sprung in AZ. 85 Degree high today. Garden is being prepped, birds were chirping outside my window last night well past MIDNIGHT… oh my word I think all of the birds scheduled to leave for Washington were outside my window packing. SO loud. I’m excited for your spring post and I’ll think up something Great!

    Sidenote: I’m doing a series on Toile the next few Tuesdays. I’ve been researching history of Toile and found some fabulous pictures. The series will conclude the last week of March with a Toile party! I’ m a little nervous so any tips thrown my way are always appreciated!

    LOVE today’s post!
    Pretty Organizer

    Pretty Organizers inspiring blog post..Creating Your Cleaning Routine

  42. Kimm at Reinvented

    Oh, yay!!! I’m sooo ready for spring. I’m so glad to hear that it will be here next Monday! Looking forward to it.

    Kimm at Reinventeds inspiring blog post..Curtain Call

  43. Rosie's Whimsy

    All I have to say is “Great Minds think alike!” I started Spring Cleaning on Saturday. My first room done….Master Bedroom! I even hung up sheers with little roses. I needed the illusion of Spring even if it was 22 degrees when I was washing the windows. LOL

    Rosie’s Whimsys inspiring blog post..HiP Giveaway

  44. Kristie

    Hi Melissa! I just found your blog over the weekend and I have to say that you have totally inspired me to do some *fluffing*. I am a PhD student on a very limited budget and living in a share house….so my fluffing is limited to my room…but I am planning on some BIG changes. I’ve already started de-cluttering and thinking about what I can do to my room to help to inspire me to the life I really want.
    Here in Australia we have had plenty of sunshine….it’s currently a sunny 26 degrees (80F) and just gorgeous. So I’m sending you some Sydney sunshine….hope you enjoy it :)

  45. LeAnn

    Girl spring has already sprung at my house….couldn’t take it anymore, long curtains have come down making way for short little summery valances, more white, lots of apple green and some touches of blue. I hear you loud and clear. By the way I have that towel from Anthropologie with the green pompoms hanging on my stove and I adore it.


    LeAnns inspiring blog post..Color correction….

  46. SoBella Creations

    I live in Florida and I can’t wait for Spring. We have had some cold weather this winter. Even my girls are ready to attend the water parks.

    SoBella Creationss inspiring blog post..Lil.B.Designs ~ Dine N Doodle

  47. Elizabeth

    I’m ready for Spring. I want it to get here so badly! So, I will get into it next week, when you help usher it in (a mite early-heehee).

    God bless,

  48. Connie

    Whenever I see a light, bright kitchen in a magazine….I’m drawn to it and something in my heart leaps with joy!

    I’m ready for your fluffing challenge! Thanks for the motivation!

    Connie @ Young and Relentlesss inspiring blog post..Are You Annoyingly Happy?

  49. Gennaro

    With winter in full effect on the East Coast, that well-lit kitchen is catching my attention. I don’t, in general, like yellow but it works well there.

    Gennaros inspiring blog post..8 Great Movies For Paris Travelers

  50. mary

    HELLO!! After seeing that kitchen ,I am off to Lowes for white paint to repaint my cabinets and then find some fresh flowers .I live in the midst of where that terrible ice storm hit AND believe me this ol girl is ready for spring, sun and daffidils . see ya later mary

  51. Sarah

    Great idea Melissa! I think I’m going to do a whole week’s worth of posts starting on Monday about organization and spring cleaning in honor of you declaring it spring! Can’t wait!

    Sarahs inspiring blog post..Orange Butter

  52. flowerlady464

    I am so ready for spring….and it will be March next Monday! Sadly, we had to put our Golden Retriever down last Friday. I spent the whole weekend spring cleaning and even dug out a few bright spring accessories to try and cheer me up. Being busy and some of my favorite things around helped a little. I could use some spring right about now.
    The good thing about getting your spring cleaning done early is you are set to go when the temps rise and the garden calls. Who wants to be cleaning closets when they can be playing in the dirt!

  53. mary

    Hey ,Love the look of spring in that room! PLEAse some one tell me the bestshade of cream paint? Thereal creamy ,not so pinky ,purple, browny, just really creammmmy! I amm going crazy with this .theres dozens out there and when I get them home they don’twork. I am wasting money.HELP Mary Susanne

  54. Amy

    I think I’m inappropriately obsessed with that kitchen paint color. I looked on the House Beautiful site but can’t find it. Does anyone know the paint color or something very similar? I want this for the house we are building!!!


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