Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

This post is in partnership with World Market

After a week of several back-to-back snow storms here in Seattle, I think it’s safe to say we’re ready for spring! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in homebody heaven! I love staying home and we don’t get snow like this very often, well, basically never.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Even though I’m loving the cozy Hygge vibe right now in my house, I still really am excited about spring. And actually, being buried in snow was the perfect excuse to do a little spring nesting.

Today let’s talk about some super simple, get ’em-done-so-you-can-enjoy-them spring refreshes around the house. Specifically, I’ll share THREE rooms I refreshed this week around my own home.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Lamp / Lamp Shade / Wood Footed Tray / Faux Peonies / Faux Fern

After a long winter I start feeling a little restless staring at the same things over and over, so I think a change in scenery can be a real mood-booster.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Green Dragonfly Bowls

I know for some people, a change of scenery probably means laying out on a beach somewhere. :). Bless.

Not me! I’m taking the whole Go Big or Go Home mindset literally. Instead of flying off to a sunny location, I decided to hang out in my hallway at home to complete a very (and I do mean very) small project.

WHO’S LIVING HER BEST LIFE? This girl.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

This wall literally had two nails on it all winter. Two nails in the wall, not covered by art. Just the nails :). It was a barren and unsettling space. It didn’t spark anything but sorrow every time I saw it.

Every day I’d walk by and think to myself, “self, you really need to do something about that wall”.

Pro-tip: I should have taken a before photo so this would be a more dramatic reveal.

But I didn’t do anything about the wall. By the time I had the thought that I should do something, I was out of the hall.

I decided it was time to change my life and home for the better. Could I transform the entire hallway in two minutes? Yes. Yes, I could. I would challenge myself to get it done.

Just like in yesterday’s project, DONE can spark joy. But to be done, you have to start.

In full disclosure, I didn’t relocate the nails for this project because I couldn’t get them out of the wall and I didn’t want to look for the hammer. Don’t judge. I reminded myself that this isn’t open-heart surgery, I can always rearrange later (which we both know I won’t do, but that’s beside the point.).

Now it was time for the transformation. I grabbed a framed painting off a different wall (one that wasn’t as critical to my well-being) and I set it on one of the nails.

Then on the other nail I hung this adorable metal candle holder (with a battery operated votive) I had picked up at World Market.

Was it an unexpected spot for it? Yes. Did it pass the spark joy test? YES IT DID.

Now to bring in some greenery. I had a plant in here at one point, but it just wasn’t happy with the lack of light so I had to move it.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

I had intended to use this galvanized plant stand and a few faux ferns from World Market in another spot, but suddenly I thought about how much better this hallway would feel with greenery. And what better spot to use faux plants than in a room that doesn’t get much natural light?

The stand is such a convenient size to tuck in just about anywhere! Two minutes later, my job in this hall was done.

Spring hall refresh complete.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Garden Sign

Now I was feeling extra motivated, so I traipsed out to the side yard for an outdoor room makeover. It took a full two minutes to complete this space, mostly because of the long trek down the staircase through the snow in my slippers.

I was limited in what I could do thanks to the the arctic amounts of snow in my backyard, but I’m telling you, hanging this one sign SPARKED MORE JOY THAN I EVER DREAMED. I returned from the garden with a new spring in my step and a desire to stop and smell the roses.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Except I didn’t have any roses. Yet, I did happen to grab a faux succulent and a bright bouquet of peonies from World Market. Peonies most definitely spark JOY. For maybe a minute. They don’t bloom nearly long enough, IMHO.

But this time of year, bright pink faux peonies can bring almost as much joy as real peonies.

How could you not feel happier with a pop of pink flowers in your home? 

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

If that isn’t enough mood-boosting joy for you, go even BIGGER and make your own miniature garden!

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

World Market has sweet little fairy garden accessories and vessels you could use to make one! Perfect weekend activity. It’s like therapy, really.

My three Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refreshes are complete!

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Mood Board Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh
Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

This post is in partnership with World Market

‘Tis the season to be in the kitchen. Or is that every season? Ha! It’s been two years since we completed our kitchen remodel (well, actually it’s coming up on two years! Our contractor was installing our Dutch door on Christmas eve and the whole space was completed after the new year).

So this will be our second December actually having our kitchen available and ready to use (and decorate!) prior to the holidays. Now it’s the room I look forward to making festive and enjoying the most. One of the first things we did to prepare for our kitchen for winter this year is to go out in search of new Christmas cookie cutters! Priorities, right? We grabbed a few really pretty copper ones in the baking area of World Market. We love collecting cookie cutters, but the real reason we collect them is we love baking (and eating) adorable cookies.

With various gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan family members, our baking habits have changed a wee bit over the years (hahah!) but we’re making it work! We don’t eat many sweets, anyway, but it’s fun to bake together and enjoy an occasional treat.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
Last weekend we had set aside a festive family day. After coffee at one of our favorite coffee shops (Storyville), we visited our local garden center because they are all set up this time of year with so many pretty holiday things (and REINDEER!). Then we came home to bake, decorate the kitchen and watch a movie together!

We had picked up some fun measuring spoons and cups at World Market, too, because most of our old sets were missing parts, so it was time to upgrade our baking tools! Actually, World Market had SO many cute things. A few of them somehow found their way to our cart. ;)

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Green measuring spoons / cookie cutters: one, two, three / Similar rolling pin

We found a gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipe online and then made a few modifications to make them dairy and vegan, too. (I’ll post our version and the link to the original below). They turned out cute. We frosted some of the cookies, so those were extra tasty and everyone in our house was happy to indulge.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
Paper Snowflakes

We intended to decorate our kitchen that day, too, but we ran out of time before our movie! We always think we can do more in a day than we are actually able to do. Anyone else? But we had bought some new jumbo paper stars at World Market so the next day we decided to have some fun with them and create a whimsical star (or snowflake) scene by hanging them above counters. Such a simple idea, but and I have to say they make the kitchen feel quite magical!

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

We found the original recipe here but modified it, the version we used is below.

Bake 350 degrees for 9 – 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten-free baking blend
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick vegan alternative butter (we used 1 ‘Earth Balance vegan buttery stick’ in this recipe)
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, spices, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.
  3. Add coconut sugar to the butter and beat until fluffy. Then mix in molasses and applesauce until creamy.
  4. Slowly add flour to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat until dough until combined and dough is no longer tacky (or continue to add a tablespoon of flour at a time to the dough until it’s no longer tacky.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Roll dough to ⅛”-1/4″ thick between two pieces of parchment paper, or dust surface with a little extra flour.
  7. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet (use parchment paper or coat pan with vegan butter), about an inch or two apart.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes (until edges are set).
  9. Let cool and then add icing to decorate!
  10. Icing: Mix powdered sugar + a little non-dairy milk and a little vanilla to make a glue-like consistency.

Decorate: We used a sandwich bag with a small hole to squeeze icing onto our cookies!

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread CookiesCopper Leaf Patterned Boxes

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread CookiesMugs / Plates

The plates and mugs are new, too (all from World Market). I love having adorable plates and cups to use myself, or for special family times or get togethers.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread CookiesMerry & Bright Cookie Tin

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

World Market had some fun holiday tins and boxes, so we got a few for packing up goodies to give away or send home with guests.

All in all, it was a very festive and tasty couple of days at our house!

What’s your favorite treat to bake around the holidays?

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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