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Simple Spring Home Tour

Today, we’re sharing our simple spring home tour which seemed totally natural after sharing our simple spring porch tour on Friday. 

While this season is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced there’s never been a better time to celebrate hope.

Simple Spring Home Tour Inspiration…

As I write this early Sunday morning, the entire house is quiet. It’s my favorite time of the day.  The only thing that would make it better is if I had the glow of twinkling Christmas lights. 

So, I improvise with a candle and it makes the house instantly feel cozier. 

For the sake of full disclosure though, I had a mad cleaning sesh on Saturaday and the scent of lavender still lingers all over the house.

It’s hard to believe Easter will be here in a week. The time of social distancing has seemingly gone by so fast and yet so slow all at the time. 

I know that makes no sense but that’s how it feels. 

While this Spring hasn’t been like anything we could have imagined or planned, I know it’s still a season where we can be proud of how we rose to the occasion and met the challenge head on. 

Remembering This Spring Season…

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to remember this time and how we created a simple spring home despite it all. 

Everyday has not been easy. But there has certainly been something good about each day. 

Even things that in the past, would have been considered too tiny to even mention let alone record. 

One of the biggest things that has helped us navigate this new normal is an overall mind shift change. 

Specifically, turning something that feels like a challenge into an opportunity to practice gratitude.   Don’t get me wrong, it’s something we literally have to be mindful of and work on daily.

But it’s helped so much. Especially, during the days we feel anxious, frustrated, disappointed, uncertain, or sad.   

Simple Ways to Cultivate Gratitude…

For example:

When I find myself saying, “I’m sick of being stuck at home”…

I try and replace it with, “I’m thankful to be in a home I love that keeps me safe.”

If I find myself wanting to “check out” by mindlessly scrolling social media or watching tv…

I remind myself of the opportunity I’ve been given to work through a list of to-dos or projects we’ve been putting off for months.

When I’m bummed about not being able to find all the ingredients I need at the grocery store…

I remind myself we haven’t gone hungry once since this pandemic started which is a blessing in and of itself.  

As I step on the scale and cringe at the amount being added to my “corona curves”…

I remind myself it’s ok to say no to cookies, to actually give a name to the feelings I’m trying to avoid, to find an inspiring podcast and head out for a walk.

It’s Ok to Feel Frustrated…

When I feel frustrated I can’t run to Barnes and Nobles for a magazine and a latte…

I search my bookshelves and baskets for old magazines and home décor books.

Then I make myself a chai latte or a London fog, settle in and begin to pore over the pages for new-found inspiration.  

On those days I’m itching to be creative and feel cabin fever setting in…

I remind myself I have left over paint the garage, scraps of wood I can turn into trays or art and plenty of supplies waiting to be used in the craft closet.

If I find myself pining for the treasure trail…

I remind myself shopping the house and changing out existing pieces of furniture, linens, accessories or artwork for a room refresh is completely free.

As I think about the projects we’ve been waiting to work on for over a year but have had to postpone…

I feel the feelings, grieve them, and let them pass. Then I refine my Pinterest boards and design plans. 

Afterall, dreaming is also free.

Giving Grace This Season…

If I feel offended by those around me that are being snippy and difficult…

I remind myself we all handle fear and grief differently. 

Then I take a deep breath, strive to be patient and seek to give grace.  I look at the person and remember who they are and not how they’re acting in the moment.

On the days I fiercely miss my family and friends…

I’m reminded we can call each other, text each other, face time each other, send letters in the mail and lift each other up in prayer. 

It helps to know, we’re all in this together.

Serving Others This Season…

As I watch the coverage of doctors, nurses, first responders, delivery drivers, farmers, grocery store employees, teachers, architects and engineers keeping us connected and safe online, and other public servants suit up each day to perform heroic acts of service…

I’m reminded we all have a part to play. 

We can support small business owners and restaurants, donate to causes we normally only champion during the holidays, pay for hotel rooms for hospital staff, give to food and blood banks, sew masks, check on elderly neighbors, foster pets, wash our hands, social distance and stay at home.

Positive Things You Can Do…

I know these things are not always easy to do.  There are many parts of this season we cannot control. So, hold tight to those positive things you can control. 

Cultivate compassion. 

Celebrate big things and little things too. 

Nurture what matters most.

Seek to encourage.

Spread kindness.

Be the light.

On the days you feel like you’re failing – name it, claim it and keep trying. Hope exists where possibility can be found so don’t give up.

We can do this!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our simple spring home tour.  Let us know how you plan to celebrate Easter this year and how you’re holding up!

If you’re missing your church choir, Whitney Houston signs my favorite version of His Eye Is On The Sparrow.  

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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24 Comments

  1. Your home is so lovely, CoCo…a beautiful spring tour! It is a strange time to be sure, but I know this too shall pass. And I am trying to live each day the best I can. Thank you for your positive inspiration! Wishing you a blessed Easter!

  2. Patty Foster says:

    This was so lovely and very encouraging! Thanks for the reminder that “we’ve got this” and how to enjoy the time we have at home!

    1. You are very welcome, Patty, so glad you liked this post. It’s definitely not always easy but it does help to know we are all in this together. Sending you lots of hugs and can’t wait to see you at the Golden Gate again, CoCo

  3. Thanks for the dose of positivity- your words and the beautiful images of your home brightened my day!!!

    1. Such a sweet and thoughtful thing to say, Loretta, thank you. I always appreciate your kind words. Sending you lots of hugs and hoping you and your family are all well, CoCo

  4. Vee Muller says:

    Wise words! Thank you❤

    1. You are so welcome, sweet friend. Thank you for all your kindness and support. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  5. I loved your thoughts on how to reframe our thinking. So important. Also, that cupcake looks so tempting sitting on that plate. Yum!

    1. Thank you, Heidi! It’s literally saving our sanity right now as is baking all the things 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  6. Patty Kennedy says:

    So beautifully said, CoCo! I love that you share your heart so honestly with us!! XO

    1. Thank you, Patty! I’m so thankful we’re all in this together and can stay connected during this time. It hasn’t been easy but knowing we’re all doing our part gives me hope to keep going. Thinking of you and sending you and your family lots of hugs, CoCo

  7. This is such an inspiration! I think we need to have hope right now or we’ll go crazy. I understand exactly what you mean about this going by fast and slow at the same time. It’s such a weird feeling. Your home looks beautiful!!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Michelle! These past few weeks of social distancing have definitely gone by so fast and yet so slow all at the same time. We’re trying to stay positive, limit how much media we’re watching and stay on top of the dishes. I swear I don’t think I’ve ever done so many or cleaned the kitchen so often 🙂 Hope you and your family are all safe and well, CoCo

  8. Thank you for your thoughtful words. Hopefully, all of us will come out of this being kinder people who appreciate what we have.
    Speaking of food, when I saw the cute bird nests I thought how awesome they would be as cupcakes with jelly beans on top.
    With chocolate and faith as a grain of mustard seed, I can conquer any disaster.

    1. Oh my gosh Myrna, yes, jelly beans would be so cute on the mini-bundt cakes. I love that idea! I totally agree with everything you said too. I don’t know how you go through something like this and stay the same. I know things have not been easy but there are so many things to be thankful for right now. Sending you hugs and hoping your Easter weekend is a blessed one, CoCo

    1. Thank you, Ann! I love decorating most any time of the year but especially during Spring and Fall so it’s been fun to put everything together 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

    1. I appreciate you so much, Kristin, thank you! Hope you’ve had a great week, CoCo

    1. You’re the best, Lora, thank you! Hope you’ve had a great week, hugs, CoCo

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