The sun is finally shining and it feels so good. So I felt it was time to make the inside match the outside and put together a spring mantel.


Actually, the whole family room needed a few spring touches, a little brightness.


When I picked up the flowers for the mantel, the yellow ones seemed to be the healthiest so that is what I bought. But once I put them up there, I realized how much I was loving the addition of yellow, a color I rarely use. And so I brought in a few pops of yellow in some pillows…


And some flowers in jars. There is just something about the mix of yellow with my regular blues and greens that makes it feels so fresh, and well, spring-like.


I am always so amazed how a new season is such a marker for the passing of time. How we start thinking about where we were at this time last year.


I have always said that Fall was my favorite season, and when fall comes around again this year I will probably say that again.

But this year, spring feels a little more special. A little bit more of a gift, a little bit more of a blessing.


A chance to clean out the cobwebs in our homes and our minds and look forward to what is to come.

We had a few days this week of really yummy weather, peepers and all. And now there is rain and cooler weather back in the forecast.


And I am okay with that.

For now.

Just a taste of the windows open and a few bright spots of green on the lawn.


Because a few days is enough of an assurance that spring really is coming and summer won’t be far behind!


Wishing you a day filled with pretty blues, greens and YELLOW.

The tutorial for how I made the stenciled barnwood can be found here.

Thanks so much for reading!


April 11, 2013 — Laura Putnam