I saw SO MANY people out in their yards taking care of business this past weekend! Trimming, sprucing, planting, and generally tidying up and adding a little extra appeal to their homes for the summer months. My own game is slightly behind schedule, but I did manage to pot a bunch of plants so I’m calling that a small win. The end of May and early June always kicks my desire to complete manageable home projects into overdrive, so I’ve gathered up a few that are completely manageable for my fellow weekend warriors.
Add some house numbers.
Let’s start with a little curb appeal! The house numbers on my place are in the most ridiculous spot – below the front door frame. I have a plan to add some incredible stickers to the transom above the front door, but there are so many great options to call out your address. I love this DIY planter box that not only adds some mid-century personality but also provides a place for more plants to thrive.
While we’re discussing curb appeal, let’s talk about arguably one of the fastest, easiest, most impactful projects you can tackle – repainting your front door. While bright pops of color are the current trend, there’s nothing wrong with staying tried and true with a bold red or deep rich black. Check out a color wheel and choose a hue that complements the rest of your home. Most times there’s no need to remove the door from the hinges, and it’s your prerogative to paint only the exterior or both sides. And hey, maybe there’s an opportunity to add some of the aforementioned house numbers on your newly updated entrance.
If you’re after something unique don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and turn the unexpected into some fresh wall art. Some ideas: a deck of cards, a favorite photo blown up as a black and white engineering print, a swath of your favorite fabric pattern. The possibilities really are endless – above you’ll see a couple’s handwritten wedding vows perched above their bed. (Swoon.)
A weekend project currently sitting on my own list is painting my home’s window frames. When paired with white or light grey colored walls they just about take on the feeling of art! While I’m leaning more towards black in my own space, I love the bright personality this cobalt adds to the kitchen seen above and may even pop something unexpected into the guest bathroom if I’m brave! (Maybe some light pink?)
The foot of the bed makes a fantastic space for extra book storage when a bench is added. That little nook at the end of the hallway has endless potential for either a cozy reading chair or small desk. You get the idea – use all of your space to its full potential with a few creative solutions. A trip to a big box store or simply repurposing other storage devices will make you feel like you’ve retaken control of your home in no time.
I have yet to tackle my deck this spring, which needs power washed to within an inch of its life and repainted. But you can bet as soon as that happens I’ll be bringing in a new fire pit, circling it with my Adirondack chairs, adding a few light blankets and pillows, and settling in for plenty of relaxing late summer nights. The DIY project above was actually made from the laundry drum of a defunct washing machine – people’s creativity will never cease to amaze me.
I change out several of my floor rugs seasonally, it’s a texture thing. Soft and cozy when it’s chilly and flat and fibrous when it’s not. The impact it makes when I swap them out every six months or so continuously surprises me, and with so many affordable options available this is one of the easiest – and fastest! – weekend projects you can take on.
As the seasons shift and we begin to spend more time outdoors than in, let’s talk about outdoor living spaces. In particular, outdoor bars. I really like the idea of having an outdoor bar because it manages to bring any of the entertaining hotspots of the home – the kitchen – into the light of day in a fresh way.
The extent you go to with design depends upon what type of climate you live in and just how much use you might get out of such a feature. If you’re in, say Southern California, you’d probably want to go all out like this design above because you can use your outdoor bar year round. This one even has a television to help achieve its full level of entertainment!
An outdoor bar doesn’t even have to be a freestanding statement, you can opt to just add it on to an outside wall of your home the way Sarah Sherman Samuels did in this design. I really like how it blends in to the existing structure. She even took things a step further by adding a dining table and chairs rather than barstools. I’d be enjoying my meals al fresco here as often as possible, wouldn’t you?!
If you live in a climate that only has one or two favorable outdoor seasons, consider an outdoor bar that can be closed up when not in use. This design repurposes old windows as doors that can be closed during the offseason with the use of a simple pulley system. So smart and a great look aesthetically if you’re partial to farmhouse or industrial decor.
If you’re looking to build your own outdoor bar realize that it doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. This one was created from some simple cinderblocks and lengths of wood! Plants make the perfect accessories, while the bar top gives you additional space for growing. Bring in a portable umbrella and stand for especially hot, sunny days and you’ve got a spot both you and your guests will gravitate towards.
If outdoor space is scarce, think portable rather than permanent. A cart like the one above holds all the necessities and can be brought out for entertaining and stored in a corner when not in use. Thanks to its wheels you can turn any space you do have into an outdoor bar at the ready – patio, fire pit, or balcony.
Make your outdoor bar even more of a styled living space by adding a chic indoor/outdoor rug. Here are a few I’d love to add to my own deck area.
Spring is here, and with the longer days and sweet birdsong comes the irresistible urge to start sprucing up those outdoor spaces. Get inspired to pretty up your porch, deck, or patio with these styling tips — and when you’re done sprucing, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea and put your feet up. You deserve it!
This look is a little bit farmhouse (but not rustic) and a little bit modern (but not trendy). If you love traditional style, but want an update, this could be just the ticket. To get a modern classic look for your front porch or back patio, look for natural fibers and materials like stone, jute, and zinc, and keep the color palette calm with gray, black, white, and lots of greenery.
Craving a fun, fresh look for your outdoor spaces? Beach style could be a match made in heaven. This laid-back look is easygoing, carefree, and works with a number of architectural styles. And nope, you don’t have to live by the beach to channel beach style! Think of adding lightweight elements like breezy outdoor curtains, seagrass rugs, and bamboo furniture. And if you feel inspired to add a bar cart or a hanging chair, that would fit right in here!
Are you artistic, creative, and adventurous? Channeling a bohemian look in your outdoor spaces will help bring your wild imagination to life. Boho outdoor spaces are all about warm, spicy layers, eclectic and worldly furnishings, and loads of plants and cushions. A bohemian outdoor space is ideal for entertaining.
Above all, spring means longer days and more time spent outdoors. Perk up your outdoor nooks with potted flowers, a colorful indoor-outdoor rug, and fresh table linens. Even the tiniest patio or balcony can become a tranquil space to enjoy sipping a cup of morning coffee or tea when these details have been attended to.
Indoors, it’s time to talk bedding. Pack up those heavy duvets and thick flannel sheets, and trade them in for light, breezy linen and cotton bedding. A range of neutral hues — like the chambray, oyster, and white shown here — are effortless to mix and match. While you’re in the bedroom, clear off that bedside table and set out a pretty candle and a little cream pitcher with a few blooms snipped from the garden (or borrowed from a market bouquet). Woven accessories like a paint-dipped laundry basket and natural fiber rug are ideal for lightening up a spring bedroom.
It wouldn’t be spring without eggs and flowers, right? Whether or not you have kids, it’s fun to dye a batch of eggs to use as table decor — and then eat, of course! And I can’t think of a space that isn’t made better with the addition of a vase of fresh flowers. Keep an eye out at the grocery store and farmer’s market for good deals on seasonal blooms, and aim to bring home a fresh bundle each week. Or, for a longer-lasting alternative, force spring bulbs in recycled jam jars as shown above.
Of course, spring is also the time for spring cleaning — why not make it more fun by splurging on a set of really pretty (and good-smelling) cleaning products? A fresh new caddy and a new set of towels and scrub brushes will make chore time go more quickly. If you’re on a roll, collect clutter in bags or boxes while you clean, and make a trip to a local charity with your donations when you’re done. It will feel good!
Last but certainly not least, consider adding a set of cafe lights to your outdoor space. It’s amazing what a difference a strand or two can make in the ambiance, and you’ll enjoy them all season long. Need a little motivation to get all of this spring cleaning and decorating done? Set a date to host a spring brunch or patio dinner, and the deadline is sure to get you going.