Spring has sprung! It’s time to put away the flannel sheets and bring out the soft washed linen! Join me for a spring bedroom refresh inspired by botanical print bedding!

Spring Has Sprung

Sorry I missed you all last week!

I wanted to soak up every moment with my precious little Poppy. And of course I was busy supporting the new parents too. They are doing an amazing job!

Additionally, it is always a treat to spend time with my own “baby girl” — now a mom herself! We were even able to sneak out one day together for a pedicure. That was a real luxury!

This is such a beautiful time of year to visit D.C.. The cherry blossoms have come and gone, but the crabapple trees were in full bloom. And everything was so green! We had a couple cool days, but we also had a few in the seventies and even eighties! It sure felt good!

It really got me in the mood for spring!

My first day back here in Maine felt like spring too.

Spring for Maine, that is — sunny and mid-50’s!

Before I left on my trip, I freshened things up in the primary bedroom, with spring bedding and some decor changes.

It doesn’t take much to make the bedroom feel like spring!

It All Starts With the Bedding

Seashells and flowers

Since the bed is the focal point of the room, swapping out the bedding is the easiest way to really change the feel of this space each season!

With the calendar change to April, it was finally time to put away the flannel sheets.

In their place — soft washed linen from Garnet Hill!

I have partnered with Garnet Hill twice previously — last fall and for the holidays. You can read about how much I love their bedding in my blog post Cozy Cottage Mix and Match Bedding.

This time I fell head over heals in love with their Botanical Garden print. With its detailed line drawings of ferns, mushrooms, wildflowers (including my beloved lupines), birds, coral, and shells, it seems like it was custom made for our coastal Maine cottage! It feels fresh, but not overly sweet. Coastal, but not cliched.

The washed linen fabric has enough weight to drape beautifully. And I know it will only get softer with every wash. Linen fabric is breathable and naturally temperature-regulating — perfect for the fluctuating temperatures of spring here in Maine.

To complete the look, I added contrasting throw pillows from Target, and a plaid blanket from my fall Garnet Hill bed.

I have provided links to shop all my bedding at the bottom of this post!

Pro tip

When going with a patterned bedding set, mix in solid pieces to break up and highlight the pattern. Ideally, you should not have two of the patterned pieces next to one another. Here I went with the duvet cover, fitted sheet, and pillow shams in the Botanical Garden print. The flat sheet and pillow cases are a simple solid white. The ruffled trim is a nice added detail!

A lightweight duvet and the burrito method

Two last things…

I am not usually a duvet gal. I find them hot, and changing the cover can feel like a full-workout.

This time, though, I got the Casaluna lightweight down comforter from Target (recommended by Wirecutter). It is just the right amount of cozy without being stifling. The lightweight comforter is currently out of stock in the queen size, but I bet it is something they will be restocking.

I also finally took the time to really learn the “burrito method” for changing a duvet cover. It actually works! This is the how-to video I watched. Let me know if you try it!

Okay, onward now!

Inspired by the bedding, I made a few changes to the rest of the room!

Faux Fireplace

The mantel of the faux fireplace in the bedroom sitting area also got a spring refresh!

I was feeling a little nostalgic, missing the beautiful D.C. cherry blossoms, so I stuck a few faux stems in the Gonder pottery vases I always display on the mantel. It is the best I can do here in Maine!

Pulling on the book theme from the fireplace insert, I also added a few vintage books in pastel shades.

Pro tip

Vintage books are great decor pieces to create vertical interest. Or use a stack as a pedestal to add height to an arrangement. They also add color, texture, and often pattern. I always keep my eye out for interesting books at antiques malls and thrift stores!

Wicker Furniture

The antique wicker furniture in the bedroom is the same, but with the other spring touches, it feels fresh and new.

I love wicker year round, but it really says spring and summer to me!

Pro tip

Wicker furniture is not just for the porch! It adds texture and a relaxed cottage vibe to indoor spaces too.

White wicker is classic, but when you paint it a deep color, it packs more of a punch and fits better into year round decor. I painted the wicker settee at the foot of the bed and the desk the same dark blue green as the fireplace mantel. The table and wicker chairs still wear their original paint color. I particularly love the chippy wear on these pieces!

Antique wicker can usually be found for very reasonable prices at antiques stores and shows.

Cottage Furniture

I still owe you a post on antique painted cottage furniture!

In the meantime, though, you can read about the cottage furniture in our primary bedroom in my post Cozy Cottage Mix and Match Bedding. I bought the set for a song at a local antiques store and then had a local woodworker update two of the pieces. I also took the painted mirror from the original dresser and combined it with a natural wood antique dresser.

As with the wicker, these pieces are wonderful all year, but they seem most in their element in the spring and summer. I absolutely love how the flowers and shells in the new bedding tie in with the painted floral designs on the furniture and the shell finials on the bed!

Design is in the details!

Pro tip

This highly decorative furniture can be a lot in a room. Breaking up the set and altering some of the pieces keeps it all from being too “matchy-matchy” and also makes it feel more current.

One thing, though, please don’t strip the one-of-a-kind hand-painted finish! Or if you do, don’t tell me about it. I once had someone send me a photo of how they had refinished a cottage piece. I almost cried!

She Sells Sea Shells

Or maybe more accurately “she collects sea shells”….

I know many people pull out their shell or coastal decor only in the summer.

Not me! I decorate with shells year round!

There are bowls of them scattered around the house. Boxes covered in them. And of course my display of sailors valentines hanging above the bed.

There is also a collection of vintage bathing beauties lounging on shells on the dresser.

Instead of a vase with flowers on the bedside table, I topped a vintage bottle with a red sea fan. My version of a “sea bouquet”.

When I saw the shells and coral in the pattern of the bedding, I knew it was for me!

The Coming Week

Maddie is happy that my travels are done!

Since the new year, I have traveled twice to D.C. and once to both Minnesota and Florida. That is a lot for this homebody!

My focus now is on getting the house and gardens ready for summer — and all the family and friends who come to stay!

Time also to focus on my blog and all of you!

Tell me, what would you like to read about here?! Drop me a line below with your suggestions!

I am all ears… or um, eyes!

Be well, friends!

See you next week!

Shop My Bedding!

Here are the links to shop my Garnet Hill Bedding and Target throw pillows:

Botanical Garden Relaxed-Linen Bedding

Ruffle Embellished-Trim Relaxed-Linen Bedding

Target throw pillows


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