Spring Living Room in Blue and White and Gray – Spring Home Tour 2023.
So. Here we are. Me. And you. And I’m thinking that you’re thinking that I have a lot of explaining to do.
But the explaining will have to wait.
Because today is only – and exclusively – about Spring home tours and inspiration from a group of talented bloggers organized by the amazing Marty at A Stroll Through Life …
who was kind enough to include me on this year’s roster. Even though I’ve been MIA.
For a while.
And yes, a while is doing a lot of heavy lifting here. Next week I’ll give you an update on that heavy lift (spoiler alert: there’s nothing dramatic nor salacious nor even all that exciting; quite the cliffhanger).
But back to the business at hand: Spring Home Tours!
If you find yourself here from Thistle Key Lane (and most likely scratching your head about the explaining and the MIA and the heavy lifting and the drama-less drama) I extend to you the warmest and most appreciative of welcomes! Isn’t Michelle’s home so beautifully decorated for Spring with her easy, breezy eclectic style and fresh clippings from the garden!
As for my Spring home decor?
Admittedly, I’m missing the eclectic gene. I would describe my style as more furniture-catalog-page minimalist.
WOW that sounds boring!
I blame it on the 80’s and 90’s. In those pre-internet days I lived for catalogs.
Like seriously anxiously-checked-the-mailbox lived for catalogs. I was a mail catalog-aholic.
I cherished and collected those puppies like they were spun from gold. The dog-eared pages were marked with post-it notes for things I liked; pages carefully torn out and items meticulously clipped for things I loved. Stored away in “wish list” and “future home” folders.
And the best thing about catalogs vs. home decor magazines? You could just buy whatever you see. With the flip of a phone.
Yes, I said flip. As in flip phone.
Careful. I’m showing my age.
But realistically, flip phone bills were astronomical back in the day. You needed to be a Rockefeller to afford a call. It was more like picking up the receiver on the land line and punching in those sweet, sweet toll-free1-800 digits.
I was so deep in the mail catalog culture that I even bought prescription glass frames (I wear glasses so that’s not too weird) and a set of pajamas from Victoria’s Secret because I loved the picture of the model reading the Sunday paper with her chic glasses in her comfy pj’s sitting on her comfy bed (with her equally comfy and ridiculously good-looking boyfriend and/or husband perched in the background).
And I wore those pj’s until they were threadbare. And I wore those glasses until the prescription was so outdated I was a certified hazard behind the wheel.
I’m not ashamed of my furniture-catalog decor style. I view it as an homage to all those hard-working, talented furniture catalog stylists and set decorators.
So to all those who toiled away at Pottery Barn and Home Decorators Collection and IKEA and Restoration Hardware – among others – I send you a resounding thank you for your inspiration!
And while I’ve swapped out those old 80’s and 90’s catalog-inspired decor choices (yes, I did have red walls and hunter green kitchen countertops and the must-have Laura-Ashley-inspired floral couch) I’m still heavily influenced by the furniture catalog aesthetic.
Only now I don’t have to chase down the mailman for inspiration. It’s all just a click of the mouse away. 😉
Pretty sure I just dated myself again with the ‘click’ and ‘mouse’ references …
Next (and last) up on this week’s Spring home tour circuit is This is Our Bliss (who’s style is definitely not catalog-inspired!).
Living Room Sources & Links:*
For even more Spring decorating inspiration, be sure to visit my fellow blogger’s home. They’ve been sharing their amazing Spring homes all week long …
Monday March 6th
A Stroll Thru Life – The House of Silverado – StoneGable – My Wee Abode – Simply2Moms – Shiplap and Shells
Tuesday March 7th
Our Southern Home – Southern Home and Hospitality – Eleanor Rose Home – Decor to Adore – Clean and Scentsible – DIY Beautify
Wednesday March 8th
Worthing Court – Calypso in the Country – The Stonybrook House – A Pretty Life In The Suburbs – White Arrows Home – Chalking Up Success
Thursday March 9th
CitrineLiving – Pasha is Home – Whispering Pines Homestead – Up To Date Interiors – Pink Peppermint Design – Thrifty and Chick
Friday March 10th
County Road 407 – The Tattered Pew – Thistle Key Lane – It All Started With Paint – This is Our Bliss
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I too, loved ALL the catalogs, ha! So I can most definitely relate! I was a magazine hoarder too though…by the hundreds! I have collected too many to count and I had to eventually get rid of many of them, our storage was bursting at the seams! Your home is gorgeous! Whatever your inspiration is! Happy blue and white spring!
Calypso in the Country (@CalypsoCountry) says
Ha – I used to live for all the catalogs as well…still love them! You’ve styled your home so beautifully for spring. I love blue and white so I’m enjoying every detail. Thanks for the lovely tour!
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
As I say every time I tour your home, I love it all. It has such wonderful architectural interest and I love the vignettes you use to add touches of spring. Sometimes I like to work downstairs in a comfy chair so your setup with the table for your laptop is perfect. Thanks so much for joining the tour again this season, I love your home.
Well you certainly make catalog living look good! Love those pillows and that you have a small chest of drawers for a side table. I think that’s unique, fun and helpful with clutter. Nice hopping with you today. Happy Spring!
Your home is beautiful and I adore your style! I too am a blue lover. And I must know where you got your bamboo shades as I am looking to replace mine!
Lol of course you asked about the one item I didn’t include in the sources! I got them like 8 years ago from Payless Decor: https://www.paylessdecor.com/advantage-bamboo-shades.html. The color I ordered was called Ashbury Camel but I didn’t see that option on their website. I did see something similar on Amazon though: https://www.amazon.com/Cordless-Woven-Roman-Shades-Ashbury/dp/B00LVGERBK?th=1
Hope this helps! And, again, I just adore your home & kitchen!!!
Oh, and FYI I 100% followed your blog post link to that mirror set and ordered them before I even finished reading your blog post! Lol! Can’t wait to get them! 🙂
Your home is just gorgeous! The white and blue colors are so perfect for the upcoming Spring season. I love the pillows that you added to your couches! Pinned to save these decor ideas!
Kate Rodgers says
Whatever inspired your style, your blue and white living room is beautiful, bright, and clean!! I was right there with you in every word about the catalogs. I used to live for poring over the photos for room and clothes inspiration, but rarely every ordered from them. I just remembered I was giddy everytime the Speigel catalog came in the mail. Thanks for the lovely tour and the giggles!
Linda I just love how fresh the blue and white feels. It’s so inspiring to be on tour with you!
Julie Briones says
Welcome back, friend! Can’t wait to hear your ‘boring’ MIA back story. 😉 As always, love your home, and the blue and white touches are so pretty… almost purchased those seersucker covers in green for my spring home! 😉 Hope to see more of you, Linda!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
I’m right there with you on the catalogs! And I was a total magazine hoarder as well. I can’t tell you how much I love your home and the way you’ve decorated it for spring. Your pillows are so pretty and the blues are perfection. You have given me so much inspiration. Happy Spring!
Michelle Meyer says
I have missed you Linda! I burst out laughing at your catalog reminiscing days! What memories we could share! You always make simple decor look so smart and elegant! I’m loving your springy blues and whites and I can’t wait to see more!