My sweet girl and I have been fluffing our home and playing with the lemons my grandma sent us in the mail. It doesn’t take much this time of year to bring the freshness and beauty of Spring indoors. But, more on that in a minute.
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Now, back to the lemons. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a little package of sunshine I received in the mail from my sweet grandma in Southern California. On the list of my very favorite things in life, these lemons are close to the top.
Now, you have to understand, my grandma is, shall we say, vertically challenged. And this wonderful, amazing, and huge lemon tree of hers has been around for not only my childhood, but my mom’s as well. I am 35 years old, and as you can imagine, it is quite a bit taller than she is. But every year during this early Spring season, her tree fills up with the best Meyer lemons in the entire world- so fruity, fragrant, and sweet. She spends a couple of days picking them, washing and individually wrapping them in tissue, carefully packaging them up, and sending them (with love) to us grandkids living in different states.
Do you remember when a child received a single orange in their stocking for Christmas and it was so prized and enjoyed? That is what these lemons are to me. It is not only the sweetest gesture of love, but it is something that truly warms my heart and feeds my soul.
Ella and I decided to make a lemon cake with a few of them. A lemon cake with lemon icing and sugared lemons on top for good measure. It turned out to be SO delicious and I will be sharing the recipe for it tomorrow. You will want to drink the icing- or at least lick every last bit of the bowl…. I am pleading the 5th on that one.
We had little brothers buzzing all around asking when the cake was going to be finished. Having to wait until after their afternoon naps was almost more than they could bear.
You may notice the new (old) shutters in our dining area. I had picked them up at one of my favorite antique stores recently. I had my eye on them for quite some time and decided to finally pull the trigger since the store is going out of business.
I tend to use a lot of things I have on hand to decorate for the seasons- vintage runner, linen napkins, French lemonade bottles (I reuse them), my thrifted vintage juice glasses, and more. I will link to sources at the end of this post for your reference.
I also added these blue and cream striped pillows on my dining chairs. I like changing the pillows out on my end chairs because it adds personality to my kitchen and dining area through the seasons. They are always washable so I don’t have to worry about little food covered hands.
I picked up these sweet flowers from a local grocery store. The Eucalyptus is actually going on 3 weeks now!
I love every season. And I love adding (or in most cases, rotating) simple little touches to brighten and fluff our home. Creating a loving and comfortable environment is always fun thing for me to work on each day.
What are the things you look forward to most in the Spring?
I know you will enjoy the rest of the Spring inspiration from these homes.
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S O U R C E S
- Chairs- here
- Chair cushions- here
- Parson Chairs- I can’t seem to find them online anymore, but I love these: here, here
- Table- stolen from my sister years ago
- Chandelier- here (I painted mine)
- Shutters- antique
- Curtains- my mom made them, but I have had my eye on these
- Forks- here
- Blue Striped Napkins- here (These are actually small tea towels that we use as napkins)
- French Lemonade- World Market
- Vase- Ikea
- Platter, grainsack runner, vintage juice glasses, white platter- all antique/thrifted