Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spring(?) Cleaning

Is it only a week until Valentine's day?  This winter is going by much faster than last year, considering what a mild season it has been.  We've had very little snow and warmer temperatures.  The spring-cleaning bug has hit me early.   Lots of purging is going on (finally!), as well as making lists of zero-budget projects.  
A girl can try.

The wintery decor is retiring, yet the simple whites still dominate...




Last summer's dried hydrangeas from our garden were re-discovered and I'm adding groups of them about:

The photo above shows the wall under our dining room chair-rail.  We have a sculptured fleur-de-lis stencil there, but I'm no longer loving the antique gold glaze painted on it.  I plan to cover it gray this week with paint we already have, crossing my fingers there will be enough (zero-budget means a magical mix of paints on hand). 

Meanwhile, some small reminders of Valentine's day are taking form.  A little bit of pink:

A vintage postcard:

Some hanging hearts to spread the love:


I hope to share the refreshed dining room with you soon.  Wish me luck with my creative painting challenge.
In the meantime, I'll see you and a whole lot of inspiration over at White Wednesday this week. 
Oh, and thank you so much for all your lovely comments on the previous post about my sweethearts.  It's moments like those that I cherish.  :)

16 comments:

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love looking at the wonderful collections on your shelf. I like the way you have styled your vintage glass compotes, and the sweet Valentine touches too! So pretty.

Amy Kinser said...

Everything is so very beautiful! So nice to visit with you.

Barbara Jean said...

Lovely....
Thank you!

blessings
barbara jean

Donna said...

You know how much I love your hutch, Susan! Blue and white are my absolute favorite colors (yes, I know that white really isn't a "color"!). Best of luck with your painting:)

Revi said...

It's looking so pretty and clean and fresh! Of course, it always does. :)
-Revi

Blondie's Journal said...

Your hutch is just beautiful and I love how you have arranged it. I think it's okay to still have winter whites, even if the days are flying by! I think gray will be a wonderful wall color. I did a bathroom in it and wish I could re~paint the whole house!

Your Valentine decorations are so sweet. Love the garland in the window!

XO,
Jane

Sandi said...

Your photos are like a breath of fresh air Susan! Stunning!
xoxo

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Susan...looks like our dried hydrangeas were inspiring both of us this week! Looks so lovely!

Kim said...

Love the dried hydrangeas from your garden!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Susan, Thanks for stopping by, Love the fact that you started the spring cleaning, when I am just thinking a bit about it ~ seeing your lovely items may get me Motivated! I Love that corner cupboard, how Fresh & light it feels with the Blue & White back, also the White pottery~ I really love that bowl of roses, did you make those? Have a wonderful week...
Cheryl

It's me said...

It is so beautiful.......love Ria...xxx..

Passionate for White said...

Everything looks like crisp and refreshing. Loving your string of paper hearts!

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

I love your subtle hints of valentine's day! Best wishes with your painting.

Special 'K' said...

I adore your valentines heart. Thanks ever so much for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Robin said...

I like to do my spring cleaning early too. Febuary and March are the perfect time to tackle it since April and May I'm all about gardening.

Your displays for Heart Day are so pretty and simple I just love them all. I still haven't done any decorating here. Does it count that I dug out a box of decorations?

The Porcelain Rose said...

Susan,
Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower.
We are on the same page. I too, have been Spring cleaning. Painting and freshening up. It has been so warm here this winter that I couldn't resist taking advantage of the good weather. Normally it's way to cold.
Your displays are beautiful! I always enjoy your pretty photos.
Will visit again soon!
Elizabeth

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