Spring 2019 Home Trends

DIY Projects

I have seen SO many homes getting a “Spring Refresh” and I love this idea!!! Along with decluttering and cleaning, I think our homes would benefit from moving pieces around or adding a few inexpensive ones! Which lead me to creating this post!! I’m always trying to do things on the cheap without looking cheap. So here are things that I would put in my own home that don’t cost an arm and a leg!!

 

Swap out throws and pillows

If you have any heavy wool throws or pillows lets store those for next winter and put out some nice light throws. I’m always down for snuggling with a blanket, but the light fabric used in these throws are perfect for the rising spring and summer temps.

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I love the little pop of orange in this throw!!

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Bonus this throw is under $20 right now!!

These pillows are a nice switch towards spring. They are neutral enough anyone can use them plus they are high quality without the price! Find them here.

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Adopt a plant

Indoor plants are all the rage right now. I mean I have several myself and love them dearly. But they also have many benefits that most people don’t talk about. Like most plants filter your air and put out clean air!

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My most recent plant adoption is this baby fiddle leaf fig tree! I’m in love!! It arrived SO healthy and with minimal disturbance for having just come off the UPS truck. The fun with buying one this small is you get to grow it! It can reach up to 5 feet tall and add a large amount of texture to your room! It’s even under $30!!!

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Succulents are incredibly easy to care for. Especially for beginners! These are just a couple on Amazon, but you can also visit The Sill and order many plants from them!

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Terracotta pots add a light breezy feeling to your plants. They are neutral and these are the perfect size for those adorable succulents.

Change our your bedding

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I am so loving this bedding!! It’s romantic while still being light and airy! Perfect for spring!

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I have this same duvet cover, but in black. It legit is SO pretty and really great quality!!! Everything is starting to pull back towards the 70’s, and what is more disco than velvet? You won’t regret this one!

Add some new pieces

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Adding some glass jars with a few stems for a center piece is a classic and chic look. Bonus these glass jars are on sale and under $12!!!

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No matter what time of year it is, weaved baskets are always a good idea. They are perfect for those larger plants to sit in and cheaper than a new pot for them when you don’t want everyone to see the plastic store container it came in. And this one is only $19!

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Adding tea towels to your kitchen are always a great way to add a little pop or fun color without creating anarchy in your color scheme. They are a low commitment kind of accessory.

I totally get it if you feel more like me and can’t always afford to buy something new. SO I suggest doing what you can with what you have! Flip over your couch cushions, clean both sides and admire the fresh clean feel. Shampoo your rugs and carpets, this always makes a huge impact in my house. Move around your pictures on the wall, or take everything off your coffee table and only put back the items that “spark joy”. I have even gone so far as to rearrange the furniture in my house. Moving things around always gives you a new perspective and quick cheap face lift! Take everything off of your kitchen counters, clean it all and only put back what you love. Swap some decor between two rooms and feel accomplished. I know you knew this one was coming, add a candle, or febreeze or ANYTHING with a fresh sent. Smell is SO important!

There are a million ways for you to do a Spring Refresh in your house. All on the cheap. Stick with me kid and you’ll learn a couple things!

How To Wallpaper

DIY Projects

I hope you aren’t coming to this post to find a reason why you can’t wallpaper. Because let’s be honest. Wallpaper is freaking awesome and it will make a HUGE impact on your space without spending a fortune. Which I am all about. Truth bomb: Wallpapering really isn’t that hard. Gone are the days that you need glue and sizing and all the other stuff you needed in the “olden” days.

This is my experience, my very very first experience hanging wallpaper. In a pantry no less! Now first you need to understand that there are 2 different types of wallpaper. The first is peel and stick. This is essentially a big sticker. I haven’t worked with this particular product. Yet. I have plans to soon though. The other is pre pasted wallpaper, which is what I used.

If you want to check out where I got my wallpaper check here. Or if you want to see how my paper looked in my pantry check the post out here.

So I will be speaking to the pre pasted wallpaper. Before you get started you need to measure your space so you know exactly how much paper you need to buy. I suggest over buying rather than under buying because once you get started you won’t want to start the process over. Check out the wallpaper calculator I used here. I also highly suggest you browse the wallpapers on this site because they are SO stunning.

Tools

One of the very best things I invested in was an awesome knife. And by investment I mean $7. This made cutting the delicate wet paper SO much easier!!! I tried a regular utility knife the first few pieces and hated it. Pick up yours here.

The other 2 things I used was a regular kitchen washcloth and a kitchen sponge. That’s right. I was real high tech here. I’ve seen that some people recommend getting a seam roller. I didn’t but in case you are interested here is one.

You will also need access to a bathtub or large sink. That’s what I used and it worked perfectly and saved me from having to buy a wall paper water tray.

A measuring tape is pretty obvious so you can get those precise cuts. I used one similar to this.

Lastly you will need something with a long straight edge to help cut your paper straight. I recommend a large level or square.

The Process

You need to start with clean and dry walls. Depending on your pattern you will want to start in the middle or the edge of your wall. If you have a large print that doesn’t repeat often, I would suggest starting in the middle of the wall so it is easier to match up your pattern. For me my pattern repeated quickly so it worked for me to start on the edge.

Hot Tip:
When buying wallpaper it is typically listed what the horizontal and vertical repeat is. The smaller the number the more repeated your pattern is.

Start by measuring your first strip. I recommend working in the longest lengths possible. Typically floor to ceiling. Less cuts means less problems. Measure twice cut once. Start by measuring from the highest point in your ceiling and down to your baseboard.  Once you’ve measured, lets cut.

After cutting your length of wall paper the fun part starts. Place the paper in your water making sure everything gets saturated but don’t let it soak for too long. Wet wallpaper is typically fragile. Roll your paper up, like a newspaper, careful not to crease it. Allow the excess water to drain off the paper and carry it to your wall.

Now this next part is incredibly important. You are going to “book” your wallpaper. This is going to active the glue in the paper and allows it to stick to the wall. Roll your paper out and fold each end into the middle. Do not crease the ends. Making a large “book”.

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If you read the instructions that come with your paper it should say how long it needs to be booked for. Mine was about 1 minute.
Once it’s booked roll the paper back up. Careful, it will be easier to crease now, making sure you get it rolled into a size that is easily manageable.

Now, like I said before, wallpaper when wet is fragile and tears easily, which is why I recommend you have the sharpest blade possible. You don’t want to try and cut your paper only to have it rip.

Starting at the top of your wall unroll a small amount of paper and press firmly to your wall, matching up to your edge carefully. Using your sponge wipe down the front of your paper, unrolling as you go and pressing it firmly to the wall. As you go with your sponge you should be concentrating on pushing all air bubbles out to the edges so the paper lies flat. Pay extra attention to those seams. Once it is placed gently wipe the whole piece off with your washcloth to remove any excess glue.

Once to the bottom, trim any excess and admire your handy work!

Hot Tip:

Some wallpaper will expand about an 1/8″ when it gets wet.

Now you will continue that system until you are completed with your wall!! Congrats! Wallpaper isn’t so hard after all!