Wednesday, October 1, 2014

5 ways to change up your home for spring

There is a seemingly hard to resist seachange that occurs when winter turns to spring. That subtle change in light, the longer days, the birdsong, all those zesty green shoots in the garden. Everything feels lighter, there is a sweetness in the air, moods lift and there is that urge to soak up the sunshine, and open up every door and window to all that fresh air.

I can see where the idea of a 'spring clean' came from. There is some kind of compulsive need to have a clean out and to start anew. There is nothing like a little spring sunshine to motivate a makeover. For me, rather than starting anew, it's about refreshing what I already have. It's invigorating and inspiring and gives you the opportunity to look at your space in a fresh new light. In winter we turn our focus inwards and cocoon. Spring and summer are the opposite as we work out ways to open our homes up to the outside again.

Here are five quick and easy ideas to let the sunshine in, without spending a fortune.

spring makeover ideas via small acorns blog
1. Inject some colour. There is nothing so easy or as uplifting. Adding colour can be as simple as a new cushion, a rug or a throw. Instantly ups the ante in a way nothing else can.

2. I like to challenge myself to a little rearrange, be that of bigger furniture pieces, or my collected treasure displays, or both. A little thought, and approaching your space with a fresh eye will give you a new perspective. Moving things around, rediscovering hidden treasures and restyling your collections will make everything feel refreshed and new, and bring some new energy to your home. You will be amazed at the effect a little shuffling can have! And then you can assess where you may need to recover, update or redecorate.

3. Think outside the square. It's the oldest cliche in the book, but so true. Use furniture in unexpected places and in unexpected ways - bentwood chairs or industrial stools as bedside tables, industrial desk lamps as mood lighting in the living room, baskets upended as side tables. In the image above you can see how I use a cute old canvas picnic stool as a side table beside the chair. So ok, maybe a little wobbly for a glass of wine, but add a little book stack first, and Bob's your uncle, offbeat becomes functional as well as pretty!

spring decorating via small acorns blog

4. A little arrangement of spring flowers will breathe life into any room. Impossible to resist, stunning fragrance and colour, and seasonally abundant, spring flowers literally beg you to sit up and take notice. And they make you smile - a lot!

impromptu gallery wall via small acorns blog

5. Create small informal gallery walls using washi tape, clipboards and some off-the-shelf frames. Add small artworks, special cards and photos, favourite quotes, feathers, small treasures, anything that can be taped or hung. These small spaces can be constantly evolving and changed on a whim to keep things fresh and inspiring. I also love to move my bigger artworks just to refresh a space. For this reason too, I'm a big fan of having lots of art layered up and leaning against the wall, on top of console tables or on the floor.

So there you have it - five quick and easy ways to refresh your space without breaking the bank. If you're not afraid to be a little bold, and to shake things up a little, you'll be rewarded with a space that feels dynamic, fresh and energised.

Amanda xx Pin It

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

small things

Oh my goodness, it has been eons since my last small things post. So many little snaps on my camera roll that we could be here all night. Don't panic - I edited, a lot! Just a few moments of gratitude, sprinkled with flowers of course.

a multitude of small delights
constitutes happiness'
         c. baudelaire

Without further ado...
small things via small acorns blog

small things via small acorns blog

small things via small acorns blog
small things via small acorns blog

small things via small acorns blog
I fear for that flower budget sometimes. Mostly because there isn't a budget, just a compulsion.
There could be worse vices surely?

Amanda xx Pin It

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

collections a-z ~ s for silver spoons

vintage teaspoons via small acorns blog

Unfortunately I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. So I've had to buy my own.
Yes, it is a motley bunch. No, not real silver. Not remotely, as you can see. Although those rather fancy and really dirty pressed floral fruit spoons would quite like to pretend they are real silver, and they would at least respond nicely to a little rub with some Silvo.

vintage spoons via small acorns blog

My mother will have a fit seeing them here like this.These are possibly also the only spoons in my little collection that would deign to call themselves 'antique'. The others are definitely more in the 'vintage' category. Much as I might fancy stirling silver, and I do have a few heirloom pieces that I'm very sentimental about, the truth is that these perfectly imperfect vintage spoons are probably more my style.

I love their aged and worn patina. They are the workhorses of my cutlery drawer, especially the tablespoons - most loved, most used spoons in the drawer. And increasingly hard to find. The teaspoons are also in daily use. Give me a lovely old motley, mismatched collection like this any day over a cutlery set special.

Remember, a collection doesn't have to be fancy. It just has to be loved.

Amanda xx

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