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Freshen Up for Spring: Green and White

Freshen Up for Spring: Green and White

BHG

Freshen Up for Spring: Green and WhiteBHG

Freshen Up for Spring: Green and White

Southern Living

Freshen Up for Spring: Green and WhiteTom Stringer

Freshen Up for Spring: Green and WhiteBHG

Freshen Up for Spring: Green and WhiteFriday Kitchen (see my 5 take away tips from this kitchen here!)

Spring is in the air and that means I’m thinking about green!

Plants, books, fabrics, accessories, paint, lighting, vegetables or fruit, it doesn’t really matter what it is, I just think adding a bit of green makes a room come to life. This time of year I especially love a fresh green and white color scheme. At my house I find myself looking around for green books to stack here and there, and for other green accessories to bring out. And of course, I always have plants!

Have you ever noticed that in magazines every room has something organic in it, like a plant or bouquet? I love bouquets but I don’t love how short-lived they are. Years ago I asked my husband to bring me a plant instead of cut flowers because it would last longer (ha, I guess my practical side won out of the romantic side)! I really do love plants in a room. Yeah, I know, sometimes they die. But they don’t always (and if they do, they usually long outlast a bouquet!), so it’s worth experimenting to see what does well in your home!

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Do you like green?

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5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha’s Vineyard}

5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha's Vineyard}

5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha's Vineyard}

I‘ve always dreamed about living on Martha’s Vineyard, even though technically I’ve never been there. I stumbled upon this lovely home on Martha’s Vineyard at New England Home and found so many ideas that inspired me, I thought it would be fun to share some take away tips. I love take away tips because they help me to think creatively about my own space and how I can incorporate the things I love on a budget I can afford, or in a way that suits our own home.

5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha's Vineyard}

1. Small Space Style

Being a fan of small spaces, I’m always so pleased to see a tiny room that is both stylish and functional. Isn’t this bed just the cutest? Even if you couldn’t build in a bed to a small room, tucking a twin sized bed or day bed against the wall creates a cozy nest, perfect for curling up with a good book and watching the ocean waves outside the window. Okay, well…even if we don’t have the ocean waves outside, we can dream, right? Another thing I love about this room is the built-in shelf and swing-arm wall sconce. These two elements give the most bang for the buck without taking up any floor space, and the light leaves the shelf free for bedside convenience.

5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha's Vineyard}

2. A Simple Strong Statement

If your house happens to have little nooks and crannies or unusual rooflines, play up the personality and make a confident design statement! While those angled walls and ceilings can pose some unique challenges for arranging furniture, they sure can make a cozy and charming nook for a little desk or writing table. The paneling on the walls creates a perfect textured backdrop, but even without it, this little corner would have great personality. The simple black and white color scheme paired with classic furniture choices and the black frames make a strong statement with minimal fuss or clutter.

5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha's Vineyard}

3. Play Up Your Dreams

While I definitely think it’s a great idea to pay attention to your surroundings and part of the country as you decorate your home, there is nothing wrong with a little creative dreaming. I am a sea-loving girl, so I’m inspired by anything that hints at life near the water. I tend to not like decor that gets overly beach themed especially if it’s not meaningful, but I just can’t help loving nautical influences in colors and special elements. Incorporate what inspires you!

5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha's Vineyard}

4. Symmetry and Repetition

One surefire way to have a clean and orderly feel to your home is to utilize symmetry and repetition. This room is a prime example! Check out the pair of linen chairs, the set of vases on the console table, the artwork flanking the mirror, and the neat stacks of books repeated across the bottom of the table.

5 Take Away Tips {A Charming Home on Martha's Vineyard}

5. Focus on Essentials

For a cozy room that isn’t cluttered or overwhelming, pair down to the essentials. Focus more on your key pieces of furniture like seating, a coffee table, end table and lighting and less on cluttering up the space with accessories or unnecessary extras. Bring more style to your essentials for an effortlessly comfortable and beautiful room.

Photos from New England Home Magazine (Architecture and Design by Dudley Cannada, Photography by Michael Partenio)

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