tulips flowers

There comes a day when I have to break up with winter.

It’s usually somewhere around the middle of February when the snow days have lost their luster and the gray skies don’t look like they are ever going to cheer up and all the leafless trees look like they are auditioning for a part in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

Enough already.

That’s when I tell winter he was a super cute date for the holidays and I really like mistletoe and carols and sleigh rides and he was totally hot when he showed up wearing all that white.

But now?

I’m over it.

There’s a new special someone in my life.

Ladies, meet my spring.

dining room spring

I kind of ease into spring decorating.

Nothing too fancy.

Who has time for that?  I mean, I’m still in yoga pants and a messy bun and winter dry skin binge watching episodes of Sherlock Holmes.

spring centerpiece with greenery

I started decorating for spring in the dining room by taking down the Christmas Tree.

Always a good step on the road to recovery.

Then I added a simple embroidered burlap runner and these wood twig vases.  I bought them at a local store here in town, but you can click here to see a tutorial I’ve posted a tutorial before if you want to make your own.

blue and white dishes with flowers

And this is about the time I fall in love with tulips again.

I kind of forget how much I’m all about them the rest of the year.  But you can find them for under $5.00 at the grocery store next to the yams.

When you see them, treat yourself.

And I’m not talking about the yams.

spring decorating

And on the subject of greenery.

I like a little faux with my real.  I typically mix both together and adjust my messy bun.

They have the cutest faux greenery stems and moss spheres on sale at most of the craft stores lately.

Simply layer a few in a decorative bowl for an easy spring table idea.

spring twig centerpiece

Winter, it’s been fun.

I love your blustery gales and your dancing flakes and your layers of snowdrifts.

I understand.

I get it.

I know you were trying to impress me with all that winter wonderland.

But my heart?  I’m sorry to go all Elizabeth Bennett on you, but it’s engaged elsewhere at the moment.

Maybe call me next year?

PS  Here’s some other past spring projects I’ve loved before, too.

flower decor

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  1. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    I may feel differently later. But, for now? I miss the snow! I've been through thirty-plus years of nearly no winter at all. Green all year round. Ugh. But tulips? I love tulips! Well, really, any kind of flower at all. All year round. Oh, and I loved looking back a past posts, but especially the easy ways to decorate with flowers!!

  2. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    I'm with you, Miz karianne....it's time for Spring fling! I love tulips, but it's so funny because I NEVER buy any fresh ones....I think need to do that this year. Thanks for all the inspiration, and I see you "fixed it"....LOL Have a great day, little one.

  3. Image for Kari Kari

    Kari Anne, I really like the curtains in your dining room. Do you mind sharing where you purchased those? Love reading your blog!! Kindly, -Kari Ann (minus the "e") :)

  4. Image for liz liz

    Well, with the weather we have been having here in CT, seems like spring has had it with winter also. Do I see a white dining table under those gorgeous tulips?

  5. Image for cindy cindy

    Done with already are ya? I have to honestly say I was really hoping for a good ol' Ohio arctic blast this year...so bummed. We get a little snow and then nothing sticks! I feel like it's Spring here though because the ground is soaked and so mucky! If Spring could be just a little bit drier...I might enjoy it more:) Love your new Spring;D

  6. Image for Yvonne Shafer Yvonne Shafer

    I'm with you! It's 55 right now here in Michigan but going downtown 35 overnight with flakes tomorrow. Winter is having a tough time leaving! I've got hyacinth bulbs instead of tulips but the thought is the same...hurry up spring!

  7. Image for Marian@CMShawStudios Marian@CMShawStudios

    Ok, the dafodills made me yearn a bit. And I have to agree about tulips. They rock my world, especially in the late winter. Is it their smooth lines? Or their shocking color in contrast to all that dirty snow? Either way, they totally work for me. Right now though, I am having a love affair with Costco spider mums and Trader Joe's eucalliptis. It looks like a giant floral explosion on my table, but in muted whites and dusty green grey. Love! Have a happy, tulippy day friend, The Other Marian

  8. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Right there with you! Yesterday I ran to Trader Joe's for tulips......I needed a fix and they had every color under the rainbow! I get happy every time I look at them : )

  9. Image for Peg Peg

    I told old man winter that I needed to start seeing other seasons, and that I think summer is so much hotter!! : )

  10. Image for Preppy Mountain Farmer Preppy Mountain Farmer

    What beautiful pictures to inspire me! I really love the woven beehive with the dragonfly attached. I think I need one more good snowfall before I'm ready for spring to arrive, but it needs to happen this month and not wait until late March or even April. I can't tell you how many times we've had snow on Easter, and we girls are scrambling to find something to keep us warm in our light spring dresses and new sandals. Warm wishes of spring are being sent your way.

  11. Image for Nancy @ slightly Coastal Nancy @ slightly Coastal

    The tulips are gorgeous. My favorite is mixing yellow tulips with purple and yellow iris. Heavenly! I'm feeling spring today too! I actually broke out the flip flops today because we are supposed to hit 80 degrees. Whoopee!!!

  12. Image for Khadija Khadija

    Hey there. Are those blue and white curtains made from your fabric? I looked high and low for it and I can't find it. You know how when a room is just not right and it needs a change and you don't know what and then it hits you like a pile of bricks and you finally find the magical thing that will make your room perfect? I need to find this fabric! :D I have to make curtains from this fabric. :D

  13. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I am still searching for burlap smocked curtains... sigh... The struggle is real. :) Keep the faith, spring will be back in the blink of any eye. Lisa

  14. Image for ariadne ariadne

    love everything of this house. The tulips are just elegant and inviting. Everything is gorgeous and simple. Love it

  15. Image for Teresa Teresa

    I celebrated after hearing the Groundhog predicted a early Spring yesterday! After the big snowfall we recently had in central VA, I am over winter and more than ready for Spring. Speaking of Spring flowers, I just bought train tickets to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show in early March.

  16. Image for beverlee beverlee

    thank you for the spring perk up. those tulips are the best! what is the wood piece with he arrows? have we seen this? Beautiful Wednesday to you!

  17. Image for Beverly Beverly

    So much to LOVE in this post. Perhaps.....is that runner made from the same fabric you covered your mom's dining room chairs with?? <3 So long Old Man Winter!!!!

  18. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Love, Love, Always Love Your Creative Way In Which You Write With Otherwise Plain Ordinary Words We Use Most Everyday! This Post Gave Me A Real Giggle As I Sit At My Desk At School (Lunch Time) Hacking Away And Gagging With My Next Cough! Enough Of The Winter....I So Agree With You....The Romance Of Winter Has Worn off! Onto Another Subject...In Which I Read Of Yours The Other Day And Forgot To Comment.... Much Congrats On Being In The Country Woman Magazine! Can't Wait Til I Get To The Store And Purchase One! WooooHooooo Girl!!! You Rock!!! Wishing You A Delightful Spring Day Frame Of Mind! Take care!

  19. Image for Susan Susan

    Your spring decor is truly inspiring, KariAnne...so fresh, beautiful, life-affirming, and soul-stirring...you make me long for spring, too, and I typically don't like rushing any of the seasons. Our weather here has been very spring-like the past week, which is very unusual for Southern Ontario...methinks an early spring may very well be on Mother Nature's agenda for our region. You've inspired me to look for some tulips to pick up for myself...I could really use the pick-me-up...thank you! Happy spring, friend!

  20. Image for june june

    LOVE TULIPS!! Thank you for the day brightener. I'm looking at one foot of fresh snow in my yard. I literally slid through every intersection this am on my way to work.

  21. Image for Marie, The Interior Frugalista Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Oh, I so enjoy your writing style Karianne! I'm so done with Winter too but here in the Canadian Prairies, he likes to overstay his welcome. Usually, he slumps around in his dirty snow pants eating the leftover candy canes until at least the end of April. When Spring finally shows up, I smother him in kisses and hugs and do the happy dance arm-in-arm. P.S. I have the same rug

  22. Image for Debbie from MountainMamaOnline Debbie from MountainMamaOnline

    This was like a ray of sunshine on this gloomy mountain day.....we've got cold, miserable, rain here today and it's awful outside! Just the kind of day I needed to see your cozy tulips! And my burlap runner in your house! Love that runner - I was just thinking it was time to pull it back out again real soon!

  23. Image for Kris Kris

    Such pretty rooms! But I can't allow myself to think about spring yet. I'll only be disappointed. Here in the mitten state, just seeing the sun perks me up. Spring is a loooooooooooooooooooong way off.

  24. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    While being from Wisconsin....you'd think I'd be okay with snow. And, for the most part I am. But, this year I was promised a mild winter....and I don't think we've had that. So bring on Spring! Winter I'm done with you! Love the tulips! ;)

  25. Image for Becky Becky

    I love your curtains/draperies in your dining room with the "smoking" at the end op. Would love to have them in my dining room. May I ask where you got them?

  26. Image for Becky Becky

    I just read my comment and I meant smocking. Not smoking. ,sometimes autocorrect drives me crazy. I totally apologize

  27. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I was over with Winter in December -- I'm sorry but we old people need warmth and sunshine. And I love tulips they scream spring as well as daffodils. Now with Valentines Day fast approaching many will buy roses, I'm more a Trader Joe flowers that last at least two weeks. I know -- that's amazing!! I can enjoy them until they look sad then I go back to Giotto's store and get some more. Now, I think your house already looks "springy" so when that lovely season actually arrives you'll be all ready!! Happy almost spring. :-)

  28. Image for Gail Gail

    I love tulips. We lived in Penna. growing up and we always had tulips up and down the walk way. I loved them. Moving around with the military I lived in so many places that they wouldn't grow for me. I just might get me some fake ones this year.

  29. Image for Deirdre Deirdre

    I agree, and I have to tell you that I really enjoy the humor you insert in your blog. Very enjoyable, and much appreciated.

  30. Image for Lynne B. Lynne B.

    Love your home and writing and sense of fun Kari Anne, I look forward to reading your blog every morning. Its coming to the end of summer here in Australia. I usually hate February because of the danger of bush- fires. Nothing worse that smelling smoke on a hot windy day, constantly checking the radar for where the smoke is coming from. Autumn is just around the corner though, 3 1/2 weeks to go, Yay!!

  31. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    We never really got Winter this year...makes me a little sad. We've been enjoying a lot of Spring which is unusual as it is usually very short-lived before Summer arrives. Not sure what that means for us as far as hot weather goes...hope it just means we're getting treated to a long and lovely Spring. Like all your pretty Spring touches.

  32. Image for Kristin @ Pink Camellias Kristin @ Pink Camellias

    I am totally with you - I am over winter. We had Snowpalyspe here in Atlanta two years ago where the whole city was shut down by snow. This winter, its been so mild - today it was 71 degrees! That's much more my speed! I'm ready for spring, too! I was at Trader Joe's the other day and they had tulips for something like $5 - you have inspired me to get some - they are so pretty!

  33. Image for LZ Cathcart@ The Summery Umbrella LZ Cathcart@ The Summery Umbrella

    I just recently did this myself, and I couldn't agree more about the beauty of tulips! I couldn't find any in my area so I went ahead and bought a pack of pre-chilled bulbs on Amazon, and started "forcing" them. Can't wait to see these babies grow!!

  34. Image for Terri Terri

    I am in CA so no snow but it has been very overcast and rainy and I have been recovering from knee replacement surgery! Dutch Iris from TJ'S to the rescue! Instant spring! And what is the forecast for today? 75 degrees! Time for winter's summer!

  35. Image for Maggie Maggie

    You are such a hoot!!! Bring on Spring yes. As I'm watching us get dumped on again.. A girl can dream right!!

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