Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

This post is in partnership with World Market

After a week of several back-to-back snow storms here in Seattle, I think it’s safe to say we’re ready for spring! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in homebody heaven! I love staying home and we don’t get snow like this very often, well, basically never.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Even though I’m loving the cozy Hygge vibe right now in my house, I still really am excited about spring. And actually, being buried in snow was the perfect excuse to do a little spring nesting.

Today let’s talk about some super simple, get ’em-done-so-you-can-enjoy-them spring refreshes around the house. Specifically, I’ll share THREE rooms I refreshed this week around my own home.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

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After a long winter I start feeling a little restless staring at the same things over and over, so I think a change in scenery can be a real mood-booster.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

I know for some people, a change of scenery probably means laying out on a beach somewhere. :). Bless.

Not me! I’m taking the whole Go Big or Go Home mindset literally. Instead of flying off to a sunny location, I decided to hang out in my hallway at home to complete a very (and I do mean very) small project.

WHO’S LIVING HER BEST LIFE? This girl.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

This wall literally had two nails on it all winter. Two nails in the wall, not covered by art. Just the nails :). It was a barren and unsettling space. It didn’t spark anything but sorrow every time I saw it.

Every day I’d walk by and think to myself, “self, you really need to do something about that wall”.

Pro-tip: I should have taken a before photo so this would be a more dramatic reveal.

But I didn’t do anything about the wall. By the time I had the thought that I should do something, I was out of the hall.

I decided it was time to change my life and home for the better. Could I transform the entire hallway in two minutes? Yes. Yes, I could. I would challenge myself to get it done.

Just like in yesterday’s project, DONE can spark joy. But to be done, you have to start.

In full disclosure, I didn’t relocate the nails for this project because I couldn’t get them out of the wall and I didn’t want to look for the hammer. Don’t judge. I reminded myself that this isn’t open-heart surgery, I can always rearrange later (which we both know I won’t do, but that’s beside the point.).

Now it was time for the transformation. I grabbed a framed painting off a different wall (one that wasn’t as critical to my well-being) and I set it on one of the nails.

Then on the other nail I hung this adorable (with a battery operated votive) I had picked up at World Market.

Was it an unexpected spot for it? Yes. Did it pass the spark joy test? YES IT DID.

Now to bring in some greenery. I had a plant in here at one point, but it just wasn’t happy with the lack of light so I had to move it.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

I had intended to use this and a few from World Market in another spot, but suddenly I thought about how much better this hallway would feel with greenery. And what better spot to use faux plants than in a room that doesn’t get much natural light?

The stand is such a convenient size to tuck in just about anywhere! Two minutes later, my job in this hall was done.

Spring hall refresh complete.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Now I was feeling extra motivated, so I traipsed out to the side yard for an outdoor room makeover. It took a full two minutes to complete this space, mostly because of the long trek down the staircase through the snow in my slippers.

I was limited in what I could do thanks to the the arctic amounts of snow in my backyard, but I’m telling you, hanging this one SPARKED MORE JOY THAN I EVER DREAMED. I returned from the garden with a new spring in my step and a desire to stop and smell the roses.

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Except I didn’t have any roses. Yet, I did happen to grab a and a bright bouquet of from World Market. Peonies most definitely spark JOY. For maybe a minute. They don’t bloom nearly long enough, IMHO.

But this time of year, bright pink faux peonies can bring almost as much joy as real peonies.

How could you not feel happier with a pop of pink flowers in your home? 

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

If that isn’t enough mood-boosting joy for you, go even BIGGER and make your own miniature garden!

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

World Market has sweet little and you could use to make one! Perfect weekend activity. It’s like therapy, really.

My three Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refreshes are complete!

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Mood Board Sources: // // // // // // // // // // //

Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh
Mood-Boosting Spring Room Refresh

Hang a Rug on a Wall + Sparking Joy

Hang a Rug on a Wall + Sparking Joy

Do you ever get paralyzed when it comes to hanging things on your walls? Or maybe you just feel like you are in a creative rut and want to mix things up a bit?

Recently I spotted this . I was instantly smitten with it. I knew this rug had many creative possibilities, too, including becoming a wall hanging!

Here’s the thing. I’m an over-thinker. I’m indecisive and a procrastinator. I will tend to wait to hang something until I’ve explored all of the options and I’m totally positive it’s the right choice.

Hang a Rug on a Wall + Sparking Joy

The best motivator for me to get something done, quickly and potentially imperfectly, has always been a deadline, such as a party. By then I just want it done and don’t even care if it’s the perfect choice or not.

Remember when I hung my plate wall? Yep, people were on their way over for dinner.

When you’ve been stuck at home due to the ‘Snowpacalypse’ that is Seattle right now, and when there is another foot of snow and ice on the way, no one is coming over for dinner to motivate you. :)

But, the thing is, I didn’t even know if I would like this rug on the wall.

I wasn’t even sure WHERE I would put it, if I did want to hang it?

And, even if I had the perfect location, I didn’t have a rod or velcro to hang it from.

Besides, if I hung it on this wall, I might need to get a new table or at least a bench to put under it because I didn’t have the ideal pieces.

My long term plan for this wall (a corner between my living room and dining room) is actually a built in bookcase, so why do ANYTHING here that isn’t exactly what I want?

See what happens in my head?

Too many thoughts.

Too many decisions.

But then I thought one more thought…what could possibly happen if I just put it up on a wall?

Maybe it wouldn’t spark joy ;-).

Well, then I could just take it down.

But we’d have two new nail holes in the wall.

My husband said he would fill them, so no big deal there.

Or … maybe I would like it.

But what if no one else liked it? Or what if they didn’t like that I hung it by nails?

Or if I was judged for hanging a rug on a wall in the first place?

If I just say that it all sparked joy, who can argue with that?

After considering the actual risks involved in this decision, hanging the rug (even by nails or in the wrong location) didn’t sound like such a big risk any more.

Two seconds later, the rug was on a wall.

Hang a Rug on a Wall + Sparking Joy

Does it spark joy?

I still have no idea. Ha! It might come down today. But then again, maybe I will keep it!

Sometimes I need to live with a decorative change for awhile to get more comfortable with it, or play around with what’s around it, in order to decide what’s sparking and what isn’t.

My initial reaction to change (or someone else’s opinion of it) doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right or wrong decision. It’s OK to live with changes for awhile, and maybe then you will feel more comfortable with them.

It’s OK to try something new or different, even if you aren’t sure it’s going to work! Sometimes risks pay off, and sometimes they don’t. But you don’t always know until you try.

Honestly, sometimes I need to just just give myself the freedom to get things DONE and move on. That alone sparks joy, no need to over-think it all!

Are you an indecisive decorator?

PS…there is still a little time to apply for my Dwelling Launch Team!

See how in my recent post: Why Dwelling is the Most Important Book I’ve Ever Written!

Hang a Rug on a Wall + Sparking Joy
Hang a Rug on a Wall + Sparking Joy

Sources:

Console table: flea market find

Bench: I got it awhile back!

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