Spring home tour 2016

Spring home tour 2016

Ah, Spring has officially sprung around here! The sun is shining, there has been some days where the windows are open. In Wisconsin this is a big deal, this time of year we have Spring emerging or a snowstorm, sometimes in the same week. But, this year my home is ready for Spring and so is the weather. Nice of Mother nature to let the two work together. I am giddy about today because I love home decor, obviously… but I also adore my blogging friends. I get to bring those two together in a wonderful Spring home tour 2016.

Spring home tour title

At the bottom of this post you will be able to go and see who shared their homes yesterday, who is sharing today and who is sharing the rest of the week. Yep, you get a whole week of Spring inspiration! We are also hosting a giveaway, with one lucky winner getting $400!!!  You can thank me in the form of chocolates and flowers.

home entryway

If you are her visiting from one of the other talented ladies and their blogs, Hi! I am so excited to have you here taking a tour of my home. I have to say, this is a great time for you to visit. I just cleaned up the place. For any of my regular peeps I have some wide shots of rooms this time around. I have had a few people mention they can’t figure out the layout of my home and I wanted to make it all a little clearer. I did this by having my house clean, which is no small fete to do. I had to banish my dogs outside, my husband to our bedroom (which is in a major overhaul) and my kids were in school. I wish my home looked like this all the time, but we live here. So I get to admire the pretty pictures as I stub my toes on a skateboard, step on Lego’s, fight with my dogs on leaving the pillows on the sofa, and deal with forever art supply messiness. I try to balance the pretty with the real around here, this is not a business this is my home. Welcome to it! 

small entryway ideas

I have done so much to this home, only a few major home renovations. Most have been tiny fixes and updates, like all of the ceiling lights. They have been replaced with secondhand finds and redo’s, it makes a huge impact on the feel of a home.

small entrway ideas

this one

I have carved out an entryway in my home from well placed furniture and putting in some wainscoting. This helps separate the small entry from the living room and dining room. I made this console table and gallery wall be focal point of the home and am not sure I will ever change them. They make my decorating heart go pitt-patter.

mason jar craft

gallery wall ideas

console table decor ideas

custom pillows

decorating with shells

I grew up in Southern California and my home reflects that so much. I tried to fight the urge for coastal decor because I felt it did not have a place in a small town home in the Midwest. But, I can’t quit the beach. We spend a lot of our summers back in California and the shells we collect are a big part of our home decor. I have embraced this style and let me coastal flag fly. Which I assume is a turquoise and gray flag with cute little crabs and a starfish on it. I imagine this is what us coastal decor lovers would wave. I am in great company as I noticed many of the homes in this Spring home tour 2016 have a coastal feel to their home.

coastal living room homes

coastal gallery wall

coastal living room ideas

I do have to blend a rustic element to the space because my husband likes a country feel. This is what marriage is all about, coming together, sharing a life, compromise, and blending the coastal and rustic decor preferences. I am almost certain those exact words were in my vows.

coffee table decor inspiration

decorating coffee table

Everything in these baskets was purchased from a thrift store. It is insane to me what people throw away! Another mans trash is my home decor treasures.

decorating with plants

scrap wood crab

spring coffee table decor

I created this coffee table by cutting down the legs of a too-small-for-my-family-of-five table and adding the wood planks to it. I love the size of this table and it fits perfectly in my over sized living room.

spring home decor


sitting room in home

spring mantel

Would you believe the fireplace decor consists of scrap wood, sticks from my backyard, glass vases and wrapping paper? Seriously, I feel like if this was a decor challenge show this is the supplies we would all be given. When you get creative and think outside of the box decorating your home does not have to feel daunting or needing to break the bank. I also love playing with colors and patterns to make the home feel more lively.

home decor blog tour

paper home decor craft

The tutorial for these wrapping paper vases can be found here. 

geometric decor

Gordmans home decor

diy window curtains

I made these curtains in our living room. I fell in love with fabric and regardless of any sewing skills in this home I had to have the fabric for my windows.

decorating with books

coastal shelf decor

The bright spiral wall art was something that I loved to create. I shared a video of the whole process and gave away another set of them. I will be sharing more wall art tutorials and hosting more giveaway. Mainly because my home only has so many walls and it cannot contain my ideas and need to create. Look out for that!

coastal shelf decorations

butterfly decor

coastal bookshelf decor

Remember when I said I love to decorate my home with colors? Well sometimes that bold color palette needs a calming base. I painted these two bookshelves a stunning and bright white. It allows me to get creative with the accessories and it does not feel overwhelming.

coastal decor

coastal decor pillows

basket decor

antique camera decor

My home is filled with personal touches, such as this antique camera. It is from my husband Dale’s family his Grandpa more specifically. I love adding pieces of each of our family. All of those people and their lives are part of ours and I want them to surround my kids. This is our home and it needs to feel personal and special.


no sew chair reupholster

living room decor

As you can see from this shot, the front door is right there, smack-dab in my living room. I dream of having a grand foyer and winding staircase. For now my separation of the entryway and the living room is a well placed sofa and some wainscoting for distinguishing the two apart. You work with what you have.

living room ideas

spring living room

The bright turquoise bench is a recent redo and I am hooked on a bold pattern to add to furniture.

bench redo

coastal entryway and dining room

We have a open concept-ish house. I add the ‘ish to it because we have the entryway, living room and dining room all within eyesight of the front and back of the house. But there are two doorways separating the kitchen and study from the main living areas. Which is nice, because kids are loud and I have three of the. A few interior walls is always a good thing. I am not crazy about the full open concept, leave a few of those load baring walls.

hallway gallery wall

We have a slightly open concept but a really long and L shaped hallway. I have put it to use as much as I can with a coastal and shell display gallery wall.  I also kept the white wainscoting going in here because there is zero windows in this space and it needed some serious brightening up.


hallway with WM 2

I warned you that I make useful space out of my home, even an un-used end of the hallway. I turned it into our family command center.  This is not Spring specific, but the bright colors work perfectly for this time of year.


Teddy and finn in hallway

“Who let the dogs in?!” Ugh, now I have that song stuck in my head. An appearance from Teddy and Finn.

spring dining room ideas

Back into the main living area, I have this dining room. I revamped it a little recently. It has never felt quite right to me. I think it is the awkward layout and that it needs to function as a dining room but also is a major walkway in the house. I am still playing around with this room and have some big-ish plans for it in the near future.

spring table decor

I just made this tray and adore the bright colors on it. When I am not using it as a serving tray I felt it was too pretty to sit in a closet.

dining room decor

Gordmans large lanterns

decorating large lanterns

I always struggle with what to put in lanterns and glass hurricanes. I thought this candle and fake garland was a simple but effective use of it.

decorating with tree bark

decorating with shells in glass

decorating table for Spring

I love the light and bright colors of Spring! 

glass vase with shells

glass hurricane decor

farmhouse dining room

coastal living room

I am still working out the details for the dining room, but I want to add some storage (because we all need more storage) and maybe rearranging the table. It works now for sure, but I want to create a more bold and bright look.

bold living room

The study, which is right off of the kitchen, we use this as the big kids play room. My kids are 8, 6, and 4, so they do not need mounds of toys. They have their bedrooms for that, but I still want to encourage creativity. So I set up this room with their books, and their art table. It is perfectly bold and more of the way I want to go in the dining room. Still light and bright but with a few more bold colors and patterns. I did the super country when we first bought the house and am transitioning into a slightly different look. I think it is just me trusting what I like and my instincts. It may not look like anyone else’s and before that scared me. Now, I love that my home is unique.

book storage ideas

I made this bookshelf out of an old spool. It is big, bulky and awkward but I will forever find space for it in my home. This is full of my kids books.

decorating with lemons

decorating with fruit

“When life gives you lemons…. make a floral arrangement with them” That is how I remember that phrase to go. Everything comes back to home decor in my mind. Anyone else?

kids art table organization ideas

This is my kids art table. It is really the family’s because it is large enough and I craft here just as much as my kids. This also has the best lighting in the house so many of my crafting videos are done in this room.

container storage ideas


This may shock you, but it is not always this clean! I know, hard to believe. Art and creativity is a messy business, in fact if your work space is neat you are doing something wrong. I do try to organize and have a system in place so when the clean up happens my kids can do it independently and everything oes go back in it’s designated spot.

creative ways to display books

dove pillow

kid friendly living room

kids oversized artwork

I just recently made these over sized wall art’s and frame and adore the outcome. I will take my kids, their cute squishy toes in a extra large, yes please! I already plan to torture my kids and make them do these exact poses when they are adults for those awesome time lapse pictures you see. It will be epic, and this is impressive because it is parental embarrassment at its best and will take years to complete.

kid playroom

kids playroom

I felt the cute pillow from Target saying “Never grow up” was fitting for this room.

yellow spring floral arrangement

Spring front porch decor

Time for a little outside action. I do not go all out here until it warms up permanently. We had 60’s today but next week can still get snow. I keep the Spring look to my front porch, which is nicely covered and protected from the elements.

watering can decor

A watering can with silk flowers, so simple but so pretty!

Spring outdoor decor

outdoor spring decor

front porch decor

This simple outdoor console table was made in a quick amount of time. I use it year-round on my porch.

teddy in living room

Did that Spring home tour 2016 tire you out? I think Teddy is exhausted and needing a break, or is ready for his close-up. A typical game around here in my pictures is to play spot the Teddy. He needs his moment to shine and legitimately poses like this waiting for me to take a picture. He is a true Diva!

Spring home tour

I am so happy you stopped in for this home tour! Thank you so much for coming and looking around, I tidied up just for you.

Our house now a home spring home tour collage

Now for the line-up for this weeks Spring Home tour 2016- 





Lovely Etc.

All Things With Purpose

The Happy Housie

Restless Arrow

The Turquoise Home



Our House Now a Home

Seeking Lavender Lane

Run to Radiance

Primitive and Proper

Place of My Taste



House by Hoff

Blue I Style

Bigger Than The Three of Us

Casa Watkins



The Tale of an Ugly House

Boxy Colonial

A House Full of Sunshine



Designing Vibes

Shabby Grace



Did you think I forgot about the giveaway?! I had to make you work for it, we are hosting a $400 giveaway and you have a chance to win!!!! 

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Spring home tour title


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  1. your home is so fun and creative- i love the gallery wall and love all the aqua throughout! oh and that stone fireplace! dreamy! and glad i am not the only one fighting with dogs to get out of my photos. 😉

    • Thank you so much Cassie! I have a lot of fun decorating my home. My dog’s think that when I get the camera out it is time for their close-up :/

  2. I loved seeing your dogs sneak into some of the pictures! 🙂 Loving that book display too! I’m trying to think how I can hunt down one of those… so cool!

  3. Love your home! And I love that you embrace that your home is lived in and not picture perfect all the time. I am the exact same way! With young kids, life is going on so fast, and ain’t nobody got time for a streak free house 24/7 or even close! HA! I also LOVED your entry table! That piece is amazing! Simply beautiful all over!

    • Thanks Brooke! You are right, no one has time for that! I try to keep things picked up and organized, and obviously for a home tour I shined things up more then usual but this is still our home and I want my kids to have wonderful memories here, not just that I decorated and cleaned.

  4. So pretty Emily….love the turquoise touches.

  5. Very pretty Emily! Your home is bright and colorful. I just love the command section. Your kids must just have a blast in your house such a great family home.

  6. So pretty! All of the coastal touches are beautiful – I say decorate the way you like no matter where you live! And that console table is amazing!

    • Thank you! I have stopped fighting my coastal loving decor and accept I might have the only house in my neighborhood with shells sitting around.

  7. Hi Emily!
    Your home looks amazing…loving all of the updates. And by the way, I am in love with the console table and spindle book shelf….you are so creative!

    Much Love,
    Erica- Designing Vibes

  8. Emily! Your home is so bright and cheery. Love your family centered spaces and your table decor is beautiful!!

  9. Your home is beautiful as always, Emily. I love how display the kids stuff all over. That little reading area gets me all the time:)

  10. Everything looks so cheerful and inviting! I loved your coffee table decor 🙂

  11. So I’m trying to sell my house and all of these fancy yet easy and or cheap ideas you are giving me make my head spin happily. But my question is how long does it stay looking this gorgeous? How quickly do your precious trinkets end up under the couch or completely ripped apart by kids. LOL. I know in my house some of this wouldn’t hold up. Is that just me?


    • Congrats and good luck on selling your house! I am so happy my home is giving you ideas! Girl, I hae three kids and two dogs stuff gets messed up all the time! I mentioned I banned my dogs to outside and my kids were at school, that is how I got things so neat looking. In all seriousness, my kids have grown up in this home and most of the stuff they don’t even notice. The one struggle is the throw pillows, they assume you can literally throw them :/

  12. You have a beautiful home and I love your photo collage wall. I have something similar started in my entrance and I just keep adding more pictures to it.

  13. Emily, your home looks so beautiful and springy! I love all of the beachy touches too! 🙂

  14. A beautiful home for a real family. It has all those special touches that make it look like you really live there and not just for show.

    • Thank you! This is our home, and I do share it with others here but at the end of the day it is my family who live here. I like to share in hopes others see that some creativity can get them their dream home too. Regardless of budget or size of home. I really do make this home fit for my family.

  15. Emily your home is so bright and happy! I love all the artful touches!!

  16. So bright, comfortable & inviting! Simply beautiful!

  17. Love that DIY console table and the genius idea of the hanging baskets in the hallway. You have such a happy and welcoming home.

    • Thank you! I try to utilize every inch of my home. Pillows and baskets are my weak point and I always buy them :/ But, in my defense I have never regretted purchasing them and always find a use.

  18. You and I have very similar taste! My living room is almost exactly the same colors. 🙂 Your house is beautiful!

    • Oh, that is great o hear! I will be heading over to take a look at your blog and home! I love to discover another spirit animal home decorator 🙂

  19. It was so fun to see your house! It is just beautiful! I think my favorite piece is your kid’s bookshelf. That is amazing.

  20. What a beautiful home! I could never do that, it looks like so much work. Although, the more you put into it, clearly the more beautiful it becomes!

    • Thank you Mitch! It does take work to decorate, but it is what I do for fun so I enjoy every minute of creating things for my home. Keeping it clean, that is reserved for when I do a full home tour 😉

  21. I love your fire place! Very beautiful!

  22. looks great….I love all the turquoise! And that study area with al the books and the art table looks like such a wonderful, cozy space 🙂

  23. Emily, what a beautiful tour! Your entry gallery is gorgeous and your sitting area is so inviting. And the family command centre – perfection! Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us! xo

  24. Your home looks LOVELY, Emily! I can’t wait to see the upcoming changes you have planned. I have a special love for that little driftwood crab. I’m a west-coaster orginally. I find it so funny how expensive it is to be coastal home accents and craft supplies considering we used to be able to pick most of them off the beach back home! Great tour. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Kim! That is very true about store bought coastal stuff being so overpriced. I purchased all of my shells in San Diego, or find them on the beach there. I also do a lot of tiny shop shopping while there to bring home a few things each time.

  25. As always, looks awesome. I love all the natural light your home has! It’s so bright and cheery!

  26. Emily!! Such a beautiful home and lovely tour!! I love all the colour and the unique and personal touches you have added:)

  27. Hello I would love to know where the rug in your “playroom” area is from.
    Thank you.

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