Hello friend! Today I’m excited to be participating in the 2021 Spring Into Summer Home Tour hosted by Kristi at French Creek Farmhouse! I hope you’ll visit all of the amazing bloggers in this tour! You can find links to all of their homes at the end of this post.
My contribution to the tour is my springing into summer entryway!
My entryway faces north, but we still get a good bit of sun through our front door! I recently painted our front door white. I’ve been looking for something to hang over the door but haven’t found anything yet. You know when you go antiquing or flea marketing and you come across something that is perfect for a certain spot in your home? That’s what I’m waiting to happen for the spot over our door.
The pictures on either side of the chalkboard are new additions to my entryway. I repainted a couple of kitchen cabinet doors I got from the Habitat For Humanity ReStore to create a more layered look and give the pictures more depth. What do you think? I’m sharing the tutorial here on the blog next week.
I used a mix of dried flowers, fresh flowers, herbs and indoor plants for my springing into summer greenery. The indoor plants you see here are Pothos (also known as Devil’s Ivy). The thingamajig sitting in front of the milk cans in the lower right of the picture is a antique garden sprinkler.
I got this sweet card file from Decor Steals! Doesn’t it look like the real vintage deal? The wire baskets and wicker basket sitting on the chair (which has a leather strap so it can also be hung up) from Decor Steals too.
The flowers and plants from left to right in the picture (not including the flowers hanging in front of the chalkboard) are violas, basil, violas, more violas, even more violas, and Italian parsley. The flowers in the pitcher on the right of the next photo are French lavender.
People often ask me how long it takes me to style a “space” like this entryway or one of my hutches. When I want to completely change the look and I’m changing out all the decor, it usually takes me picking at it on and off during the day for a good week to get it to where I want it.
People also ask me where I get my ideas and inspiration for my decor. Of course I look at Pinterest, Instagram and decor blogs like everyone else, but I try to make my areas as unique to me as possible. Sometimes I hit the mark with that if I’m feeling really creative and inspired, but most of the times I don’t.
It’s hard to style things when I’m feeling uninspired, so I try to give myself plenty of time to style spaces like this when I know I have an blog hop coming up.
But then life happens, things come up, and I usually end up pulling whatever I do out of my arse at the last moment and finishing the styling, take and edit the pictures, write up the post the day before the blog hop goes live like I did with this post. I started working on it a couple of weeks ago, but I really struggled with it and it just didn’t come together until the last day, and that was mostly because I was out of time.
Why did I share that piece of not so flattering information with you? Because I want you to know that decor bloggers struggle too – and sometimes a lot – with their decor. We can’t just whip out the perfect space in no time flat – the finished product often takes a lot of time, sweat, and tears to pull together to the perfection you see on our blogs. So if you struggle with your decor – don’t beat yourself up, because even the “pros” like decor bloggers do it too.
I also shared that because I ran out of stuff to say about my entryway and had to come up with some filler, but it’s true and I hope you find it helpful 💚
The seed packet on the left is like three years old and still has seeds in it. I found it on the bottom of my seed drawer when I started working on planting my garden a few weeks ago. I’m going to plant them this week and hope some will still sprout.
I got this little crate years back – I think it was part of a gardening kit.
I had intended to hang dried flowers in front of the chalkboard for a banner, but the rats got into the storage bins that I had them in in our old house on our family property. We’re planning to fix up the old house eventually but right now we just use if for storage. Anyway, the rats chewed up all my dried flowers, but I didn’t know it until this morning when I went into the old house to get them. So I had to improvise and use fresh sweet broom, French lavender and arugula blooms for my banner. I think it turned out nice, and hopefully they will still look good up there even after they dry out.
I love all flowers and it would be difficult for me to chose a favorite, but violas would definitely be in the running. They are just so darn pretty, and variety of colors are amazing!
That’s it for my springing into summer entryway! Be sure to check out all the other homes on the tour through the links below!
Thanks so much for checking out my entryway and enjoy the rest of the homes on the Spring into Summer Home Tour!