Spring is creeping in these days. Warming slowly, the excess amount of snow we received this year melted gradually and despite our eagerness for warmth we all knew that was a good thing. The days are still cool here, but so much nicer. The birds are constantly singing, and buds are starting to peek out. I bought some seeds for our garden, although with the late spring start I didn't go too crazy. Just some dill, sweet peas, wild flower mix and beans. Over the years I've invested in flowering bushes like lilacs and peonies, along with ferns and vines that spread like weeds. Things are always lush by late June without much effort. Before I know it I'll be digging out the invading fiddleheads under our courtyard lest they heave the reclaimed breaks askew.
As usual, with the change of the season I tackle a few house projects to make things feel fresh. I don't have a big house, but it's ours and it's special to us. I feel very fortunate for my 1,200 square feet of home and little private back yard oasis. There is so much potential in a modest space where just the smallest changes make an impact.
Upon request, I've started to share more pictures of my home on Instagram @lunevintage - this is just easier than a house tour since I'm always moving things, changing them, swapping and selling for something different. The best thing about loving thrifted, vintage and handmade things for the home is that you don't feel guilty in selling when a better option comes along. When we first bought our home we invested in a few expensive pieces of brand new furniture. It was sooooo hard to make the call that some of them just weren't working in the space anymore. You are guaranteed to loose money with new furniture, and of course we did, selling for a 3rd of the cost (if we were lucky). On the other hand, I've sold almost every single vintage furniture piece; chairs, tables, sofas, lamps, cabinets - you name it. Never once did I take a loss, and often I made a good enough profit to buy that new vintage item I'd been dreaming about.
Shopping for artwork is another fun pastime. Lately it's been focused on fiber art like the big woven medallion I found for the living room (I call it the Jellyfish). My aunt brought over a bag of macrame plant holders, and a puka shell plant hanger was in the mix. I hung it on mounted sheds found in my dads rec room. On Tuesday Eve and I went out thrifting and I bought the biggest vintage floppy hat with balsa wood flowers for $4. Wondering where to put it so that it wouldn't get ruined by little crushing fingers, I hung it on a nail and decided that it was just what the room needed. Wearable wall art.
I don't always buy vintage. I know Ikea gets ragged on for the disposable quality of their furniture at times but I think the thing to remember about Ikea is that you have to be smart about what you buy. I think Ikea can be a vintage lovers friend if you shop with a sharp eye. For example, I bought an oval full length mirror for the bedroom (seen above - sorry for the sour dead fish expression. Idk). It was about $40 and reminded me very much of the one I have from my uncle, a simple giant oval one which hangs in my dining room. It's minimal, out of the way, brightens the space and I love it to bits. I also dreamed up an ikea hack with two Stuva toy boxes and a wood Numerar countertop which Todd turned into a perfect storage bench for the sunporch. Those bins are just full of outdoor toys and helmets right now. I can't tell you how pleased I am to know that stuff finally has a place to live where I don't have to see it or trip over it! Plus, with the wood top it has a warm but minimal feel to it. The porch is being painted this year too. I'm going with white walls and possibly gloss yellow floors but I haven't firmly decided yet.
So that's what's new around here. We're also having some work done on the exterior of the house this summer that will really improve the curb appeal. I haven't shown much of that but a before and after will definitely be in order once the jobs are done. Visit me anytime over at @lunevintage on Instagram to see what we're up to daily.