The Great Room Refreshed for Spring

We have been experiencing unusual warmer temps here

and many flowers and trees are blooming.

I am sure this warming trend will not last,

however; I thought it was time to get

The Great Room Refreshed for Spring.

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I wanted the color of blue to remain as an accent color in the room

and  I also wanted a lighter feel, so I chose to  add some lighter shades of blue

and some birds on the table for that touch of Spring.

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I was so happy to see Irises at Trader Joe’s,

so that became my “flower of the room” in addition to the

pink cyclamen that were already in the room and were not ready to leave! 🙂

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After placing the irises in the room, I decided that

I need to buy more and place them in more rooms.

They are a bargain at $3.99 a bunch.

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I have a pair of the birds on a limb vases,

so irises went in the other vase and placed on the sofa table.

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I gathered all the pillows that I thought would work in the room

for my Spring Refresh. I had darker blue pillows more than the lighter ones

in my stash. So I headed to Pottery Barn with rewards bucks in hand

during their sale and purchased a pair of the new Herringbone design pillows.

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A darker shade of a blue pillow remains on the bench

as it coordinates perfectly with the grain sack cushion.

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I actually began the Great Room Spring Refresh

with the light blue and cream checked pillows.

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The Chinoiserie pillows that were on the Master Bedroom sofa

were a great compliment to the blue and cream checked pillows.

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Small changes to the mantel. Added the blue and white ginger jars

and removed the magnolia wreath.

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Adding the lighter shade of blue and bringing in the birds

certainly helped create a refreshed look for Spring.

In the coming days of Spring, the room can continue to be refreshed

just by replacing the flowers.

Flowering plants are certainly a great way to have those pretty blooms longer.

I just completed by Day Three of 100 Days of Letting Go. (97 items)

87 magazines (some very old Romantic Homes) and 10 old calendars.

I have 3 more boxes of magazine to go through!!!

Yes I saved the calendars … crazy I know, but I did save the calendar of the

year we moved into our house, which was also my granddaughter’s birth year.

Yes, we closed on our new home the day that my sweetie was born!

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I am working on more rooms in the house for their Spring Refresh.

I wish you a most beautiful day and hope it includes enjoying some Spring blooms!

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  1. Love the light touches of your spring refresh, Shirley. Those irises are gorgeous! Makes me wish for May, when mine will bloom. Good job on the purge. I have been diligently purging since January, and really want to continue through the year. It gets exhausting, so breaks on Sundays are what I’m trying to allow myself, so I won’t lose steam. I’m giving up purchasing for myself and home for Lent, other than what’s necessary for our bath renovation and kitchen update (most of which was ordered prior). Have a great week.
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  2. Beautiful spring touches and it makes me want to run out and purchase some flowers which I intend to do soon.
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  3. Shirley, your spring refresh is beautiful, as always! The irises along with your blue touches add so much cheer. You are doing great with your purge. I save way too many magazines! Happy Monday!
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  4. Beautiful ways of bringing spring into your lovely home, I have so many decor magazine, how did you sort, keep, go through etc to determine which ones to recycle. If I just got rid of 25 things in a day, it would help.

  5. Oh it looks so fresh and colourful! Lovely… we’re expecting another 10 inches of snow this week. Sigh…..
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  6. The blue irises are beautiful and do bring such cheer. You are inspiring me to get off this computer and create some vignettes to refresh my house as well as throw more magazines away. I actually asked my nail salon if they wanted some magazines( certainly noticed they needed some). I also took some to my doctor’s office. My car is full of stuff to take to the Mission.
    Enjoyed your decorating as usual this morning, Shirley.
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  7. Good morning. I love the light blue in here and the irises are gorgeous. I JUST threw out my cyclamen, I just can not keep them alive:( I have flowers on my list of things to get today. Off to get my nails done then some errands. It is cold again here:( I wish the high 60’s and 70’s would return:) Have a great day!
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  8. The room looks so lovely. Flowers always brighten up a room.

  9. Shirley, your Spring touches look beautiful. I love all of the blue accents, and those irises are gorgeous. It has been unseasonably warm here too which has me adding my Spring decor too. I hope that your enjoy your day! Happy Monday!!!
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  10. What a great omen to have of your grand daughters birth and home closing! Everything looks beautiful Shirley!
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  11. Oh Shirley…love it all. I wish I lived near you I would love to see your home in person.
    It is absolutely beautiful, comfortable and cozy looking. Love the curve of the sofa in the picture today. I’m sofa shopping and I just don’t know what to do this go around. Thinking we will move from our home we have had for 30 years into something smaller within the next 8 years. Trying to avoid covering my living room window with a sofa. I moved my huge hutch on to a living room wall about two years ago as we were remodeling our living/dining room space. Love it there and it sure frees up room in our dining room. We had to swag our chandelier before to make it fit and it looked great but I’m trying to deformalize a bit now that the wall is open to our kitchen from our dining room. I have lots of country french case goods so I know I can do this. It’s just figuring it out:)

    Keep the great posts coming.

  12. Shirley everything looks so fresh and SPRINGY!! Love the blue iris, the perfect flower for your room!! Happy Spring!!
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  13. Whatever changes you make, they always are perfect for the space. Spending so much time at home these weeks has made me think about some changes starting with changing the carpet and one of the wall colors in the bedroom!
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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! Your great room always looks beautiful, but those blues really seem to bring all the other colors to their best possible selves. Oh, how I would love to sit on your couch, and see all the beauty you create, Shirley! Spring…we are ready!
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  15. Beautiful room. Every arrangement is so well put together. I really enjoyed the tour!

  16. It is lovely. I am especially fond of the color of the walls. And, I am a blue lover so, of course, I love the blue. Charles Faudree would approve!

  17. exquisite, Shirley. The fresh flowers in there just liven up everything. Just beautiful.

  18. Such a lovely home you have and I love seeing what you’re doing next.:)

  19. Love the shade of blue, even the book color is gorgeous! Seems like you are ready for Spring. You have an amazing home.
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  20. Hi Shirley, Such a pretty spring refresh in your home. It’s all those gorgeous details that make it special and inviting. You style it so beautifully!! Enjoy and have a great week. xoxo
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  21. Loving the new look- all the blues are so pretty. Those pillows on the sofa are wonderful! The iris is so retry- I hope we’ll get a Trader Joe’s before long. That’s a great price on the flowers. I just went a little pillow crazy since spring has hooked me already! How fun is that about you buying your home the same day as your granddaughter was born! Love it
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  22. Love the addition of your blooms and pillows for Spring! I miss having a TJ’s nearby with their great prices and selections. I’m trying to go digital on my magazines so I save a tree, good luck with your continued purging. 😉
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  23. Pretty spring room! I am amazed at your challenge and how well you are doing.
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  24. Everything is beautiful, Shirley! I especially love the birds on a limb vase with the irises!

  25. Judy Hubbard says

    Hi Shirley: I just love this room! Blue is my favorite color and you have used it so nicely.
    A question: what is the color of paint on the walls? It is such a light, fresh color!

  26. Susan Smith says

    You can never go wrong with blue! Everything always looks so pretty with your flowers. I’m happy to see I am not the only one who keeps all the decorating magazines.

  27. Such a lovely room!
    It’s finally sunny here too…and we are having fun…and today I will decorate!
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  28. Your springtime room is lovely. I’va also been looking at blue in a new light lately and incorporating it into my springtime decor.

  29. The flowers add gorgeous touch….

  30. Shirley, would you be so kind as to share the yellow paint color? My mom has about twenty shades of yellow on her walls and they all look horrible!!! She loves what you have in your home! Thank you Shirley!

  31. I love the sofa in the great room! Do you happen to know where you got it and if it is still available?


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