Monday, March 27, 2017

Hello Spring Home Tour Part 2

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The snow seems to have left us for now and Spring rain and a little bit of sunshine are here! I'm so excited to see all my tulips I planted last year come up. I just hope that another snowfall doesn't kill them all. That seems to happen a lot around here :) This week, I'm joining Carrie from Lovely, Etc. and 23 other bloggers in the Hello Spring Home Tours! Be sure to check out part 1 of my Spring Tours here. And you can find links to all the other tours this week at the bottom of the post.

The tour today is pretty special and a little heavy hearted. Here's a little back story before we dive in. We have had my sweet little 'pup' Max for almost 13 years. In the past year, his health started declining, more so, his legs. We took him in and he had degenerative nerve damage to his back legs and hip dysplacia. The doc only gave him 3-6 months. But, he surpassed that and it's been about a year since! He had gradually been getting worse though, and I knew the time was soon. I set an appointment to have a quality of life exam done on him on Saturday with the possibility of him not returning home. Well, he didn't return home. He was a lot worse that we had ever imagined. Something else was taking his life slowly from him, cancer or vital organ failure.  My heart is heavy and empty with the loss of my sweet dog. But, on Saturday before he left us, I took the pictures for this tour and didn't have the heart to move him out of them. So, a lot of these pictures include him in it. I thought I would cry my eyes out (although I think I'm dried out of tears for crying too much already) while I was editing these, but it's actually been really good therapy. Just looking at him and loving him through the pictures has oddly helped immensely. So, I'm sorry these pictures will be full of my "Max-doggy", but now you'll understand why :) And trust me, I have like a 100 more where these came from.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
This was his favorite spot to lay. Right here or underneath the table getting lots of dropped food from my kids :)
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room

Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
As for the decor itself, I have done a little updating in here. I adding some board and batten to this corner, and added more pictures to my gallery wall. I kept the colors very neutral with pops of greenery.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room

Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room

Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room

Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
Another big update that happened recently was in the alcove on the left. I added these built in shelves and built a new media console for the TV. I just love how this completely transformed the look of this area.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room

Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
Once again, I kept the decor very neutral on the shelves and my mantel. The few plants I have are from Ikea. I did add this "Fresh Cut Flowers" sign to "Spring" it up a bit...even though I don't have any! :)
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
I also finished filling these shelves with all my firewood. I know my fireplace is gas, but I just love the look of this. I'll probably keep it like this year round unless we end up using them for our fire pit out back.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room

Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
Another semi-recent updated was this board and batten. It brightened this space up a ton. I just love how wood pops off of white.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
Talking about white, I've been wanting to paint this whole room white so this wood would pop off that much more. But, I'm scared to paint the 20 foot ceilings!
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
This is an angle I don't share regularly; mainly because this alcove used to be a big empty box with a TV. But, not it goes with my decor seamlessly.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
I just love decorating with eucalyptus leaves (you may notice through my tours). These sprigs are once again from Ikea.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
here's the whole view of our living room from this angle.
Modern farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Spring decorating ideas. Fixer upper style living room decor. Cottage living room
And one last view and pic of my pup at this angle. I can't believe that these pictures were taking just hours before he left this earth. It shows that he was so good at hiding his pain. He still looked so sweet and like a little puppy. :)
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Next up on the tour is my dining room. Not much changes in here from season to season, just the decor on the table and pillows.
Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style dining room. Shiplap dining room. Neutral and white dining room


Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style dining room. Shiplap dining room. Neutral and white dining room
First, I changed out the pillows to something a little brighter. I always add pillows onto this bench even though they just get thrown on the ground come dinner time :) I just love the extra interest the patterns bring to this space.
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Once again, my eucalyptus leaves :) I also changed out the runner to this one from Home Goods.
Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style dining room. Shiplap dining room. Neutral and white dining room
My buffer hasn't changed much, just a few extra added Rae Dunn cups and cups that look pretty dang close to Rae Dunn that you can find on Amazon here. :) Go check them out!
Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style dining room. Shiplap dining room. Neutral and white dining room
At some point in the near future, I need to change out this rug. If you look closely in some of the pictures, you'll notice it is unraveling. What you don't see is how bad it is on the buffet side. It's pretty bad :) But, I still love it so much!
Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style dining room. Shiplap dining room. Neutral and white dining room

Farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style dining room. Shiplap dining room. Neutral and white dining room
I hope you enjoyed the tour and be sure to keep on going and checking out all the other amazing tours! Bonus for me, I somehow wrote this whole thing without crying! :)




Once again, check out part 1 of my tours here!
http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2017/03/2017-spring-home-tour-part-1.html


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25 comments:

  1. what a sweet, sweet puppy. i'm so sorry for your loss and glad you have these photos (and many more).
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  3. Oh girl, gorgeous tour! I love how you stacked the wood on the shelf by the fireplace, such great texture. I loved every inch of your tour! I'm so glad to be apart of the spring home tour with you. :)

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  4. So sorry to hear about your loss, we lost our lab this Saturday to the exact same thing. Always sad but blessed to have them touch our lives in the first place. As to your home decor; it looks great! I love that you kept the space neutral it makes the pops that you did add really stand out!

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss - I can't imagine the pain you must be going through. But these are gorgeous photos - a beautiful pup and lovely home. Your touches of spring are just perfect. Much love and thoughts of peace coming your way.

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  6. Beautiful! I love how much natural light comes in - just gorgeous! So sorry about your fur-baby. Prayers for peace for you during this time.

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  7. I have wanted to add board and batten to some areas of our home but have been hesitant since it feels if I add it to one wall or corner of a room I need to do the whole room, hallway, etc. You've picked only small spaces to do it with though. Do you ever feel as bough you need to do it throughout the rest of the space for continuity or no? Thoughts appreciated! Thanks!

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    1. Well, I guess my other hang ups in trying to make board and batten wainscoting work for us are the 90s oak trim and textured walls lol.

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  8. your home looks beautiful and i am so happy that you have these photos of max to hold onto forever. we are nearing that point with one of our dogs and have been there before and it's so hard. :( thinking of you.

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  9. First, my sympathies on the poor puppy. Been there..my latest is 13 and having trouble, so every day is special.. I love your home. The projects you have completed keep me going when I start one of my own.. I see some of what you've done and I want to take a hammer to areas of my home and do the same! Not only is it beautiful but it's quality work. You should be proud..

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  10. You have done an awesome job Alicia! So sorry to hear about your dog--I teared up reading this but it sounds like he had a very long wonderful life and you captured him beautifully in these photos.

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  11. I know how the loss of one's best friend can be and am sorry you lost your Max. Your home is beautiful land and it is wonderful how you shared it with him.

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  12. i am so sorry for the loss of your sweet pup, i have had my pup for 10 years and know how much of a family member she is, i have always admired the way you decorate your home is gorgeous xx

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  13. I am so very sorry that you lost your beautiful, sweet boy Max. My heart truly goes out to you. I have lost many fur babies of my own over the years and I understand the heartache it brings. I wish you peace and I pray that you find healing in the many treasured memories you have of him.

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  14. Thankyou for your post and pics about Max. I am sorry for your loss I have no doubt by the pics that he had a wonderful life, which is the best gift you can give to a pet. I have a 15 year old Labrador and I know that she hasn't got long to go, but has as much love and companionship as I can give her til then.
    Your home is lovely too!

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  15. I'm so sorry for your loss - our dogs are our family, so I'm sure it's heartbreaking. Your home is so beautiful - I LOVE the shelves with the fire wood!

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  16. I am so sorry about Max and I'm glad you had these sweet photos with him in them. Your home is beautiful as always. I'm in love with your TV console and the firewood in the shelves is beautiful!

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  17. Alicia, they leave such huge holes in our heart. You will cry when you least expect it and when you most expect it.

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  18. Beautiful tour! So fresh and bright and airy!! That fresh flowers sign is perfect!! Your poor old pup, what a sweetheart. We had a black lab for years and just loved her:)

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  19. Such a beautiful tour Alicia! I am so sorry about your sweet pup. It is incredibly hard to say goodbye to a pet especially one that has been in your life for so long.

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  20. Oh gosh, I'm impressed you made it through without crying. It's SO hard to lose a sweet pup, even when you know it's coming. What a wonderful gift that you now have all these photos of him in your gorgeous spring space.

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  21. A girl after my own neutral loving heart! Your home is so beautiful and relaxing and inviting. I am so sorry to hear about Max, though. He looks like such a sweetheart. Praying that your heart continues to heal. <3

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  22. Your house looks lovely--so bright and inviting! And I'm so sorry about your sweet pup--it's always so hard to say goodbye :(

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