Sunday, March 3, 2013

this is my (Spring) living room…


What are your favorite Spring colors?

Although these days I prefer neutral colors in shades of creamy whites and linen, today I brought home some cheerful, pastel-colored flowers from the grocery store and I decided to experiment with more color in my living room.

I’m not sure if I like it yet, but I snapped some shots to show you.


While I was at it, I decided to give my mantel a new Springtime look.



And I brought out my old, miniature clay pots, filled them with moss and placed small ferns on top of two candlesticks.

Can you see the white key dangling? I kept the basket of my fake hydrangeas in front of the mirror, although I  think it’s time to get some real ones in there.


There something so adorable about these baby clay pots with their stains and cracks, I just love em.


In keeping with the green tones, I brought out my favorite vintage, oil painting from our bedroom. I love this young girl and her dog, although Michael says she’s creepy.

I found her in an antique store years ago, and Mr. Moss surprised me at Christmas with her. She’s actually quite big, 34 inches tall by 30 inches wide.


And I found a way to incorporate Grandma’s pretty green brooch into my Spring décor.





My giant basket and stacks of books in the corner.


My thrift store chalkboard has a quote by Rainer Maria Reike that reads,

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”




A bowl of neon-bright oranges sits next to my stained, little book on American history dated 1892, along with my latest Jane Austen read.  I love history. And whenever I read fiction, I enjoy historical novels too.

Speaking of fiction, I liked Persuasion , have you read it?


This mother-child sculpture was in my very first office. It represents the concept of “mirroring a child’s emotions” the gorgeous theory of British psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott.


And this couch also came out of my office. I had it slipcovered years ago and I can’t imagine letting it go because of all those powerful memories associated with it. Although one side of the slipcovers has finally ripped after all those washings.  

Do you have an old piece of furniture you just love?


And here’s a shot of my mantel before the sun ducks behind the neighbor’s house one last time. Very simple.


Well friends, what did you do this weekend?



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Art and Sand said...

Your mantel is lovely. I actually have my mantel in all white for a change. My son teased me about it lacking my usual color.

My favorite things in your photos today -
- the embellishment on your mantel
- your overstuffed chair just waiting for a body to plop down to curl up and read

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful as always my friend!! Love your spring mantel and love the pops of spring colors! You always pull a room together beautifully!

Linda said...

Wow! I am speachless...

must love junk said...

Your mantel looks gorgeous!! Love everything! (And I had to laugh-my hubby always says my vintage portraits are 'creepy'! :)

Unknown said...

your home is always so beautifully pulled together.
your mirror over the mantel is a fav of mine in all your shots.
:) good morning leslie and happy monday!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

you did great...and the clay pots are just TOO CUTE.

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Lovely. I worked on adding a few spring/Easter touches today since we actually had some sunshine and I could take some pics!

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love color and this looks very spring like. I was just thinking today about having my love seat slip covered or something. I would kinda like a neutral for spring & summer ~ and that's a HUGE change for me! :) I think I want a peaceful room, a bit quieter. Who knows what I'll come up with!


Leslie's Garden said...

Leslie, you have a beautiful home! I love your Spring mantle. I really love the framed pressed ferns and flowers and I was delighted to see how you used your grandmother's broach. Very clever!

Lori said...

What a great space Leslie! The mantle looks so fresh and spring-like. I hope to do something as well but will wait til April when I can finally see spring on my horizon.

Stacey said...

That room just couldn't be any prettier! Your mantel is wonderful for spring.

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

What a beautiful quote! I've never heard this one. You are so creative and I wish I could pop over for a cup of tea before the sun winks away.

Me? This weekend? You know where I was! Xcat

Vanessa said...

Hi, Leslie

I just love your spring mantle. Everything looks so happy and the painting is divine. Lovely. I have missed not being here and I just enjoyed catching up on your posts. Have a great week.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is such a cozy room that looks lived in. Love the bookcases with that gorgeous painting hanging on them. I love that layered look. Your spring mantel looks great.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Quite simply, your home has soul!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Oh, your home is beautiful, Leslie. So full of charm and warmth. I love clay pots, too, and I'm a bit envious of that bookcase. I've been dreaming of turning my home office into part office, part library for some time now. I love the lady and the dog portrait. We used to have a collie.

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