Spring Home Tour

Happy Spring!  I know it’s been about a million times milder this winter here in Texas than other parts of the world… And I’m still relishing the sunshine and warmth.  I’m sure y’all are, too.  To celebrate, I’ve joined Jen from Migonis Home and 23 other bloggers to bring you our spring home tours.  Welcome!

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Since I kind of jumped the gun and shared a little teaser home tour last week in honor of our house being listed (we are moving for my husband’s job… exciting and sad all at the same time!), I thought I’d take a slightly different approach to today’s tour.  Instead of a room by room tour (don’t worry, I have weeks worth of those now that our house is staged and listed… keep coming back for more), I thought I’d share 10 tips for freshening up your home for spring.  They range from infinitely practical to wonderfully whimsical; and they’re easy, simple, and perfect for celebrating this warmer, brighter season.  Enjoy!

1. Let in the light!
Do you have any doors or windows you can open?  Clear the area and throw them wide, friends!  Breathe the fresh, spring air and soak in the sunshine.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

2. Put something green in every room.
Fresh is great, but if you’d like an affordable option that will last you for years, check out this diy eucalyptus wreath.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

3. Be a little quirky.
I love using rain boots to hold seasonal decor, and these flowering branches are perfect for spring.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

4. Clean your windows.
There’s nothing like pure, unadulterated sunlight to brighten your room and life!

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

5. Give your doors a fresh coat of paint (or at least a good cleaning).
Now that the winter slush is gone, freshen up your entries with a crisp, clean door.  Since you’ll be spending more time outside, you’ll appreciate the effort.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

6. Lighten things up.
I recently added this lovely tufted storage bench from Kirklands to our bedroom, and the ivory linen helps soften and brighten.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

7. Pair darker pieces with bright, cheery accents.
I love this antique buffet that belonged to my great grandmother, but it is definitely on the heavy side, especially for spring.  Adding a bright, oxidized-copper-look candlestick and a blue tinted demijohn adds a fun touch of aqua to cheer up the space.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

8. Use fresh fruit.
Fresh flowers are wonderful, but I really have a thing for fresh fruit.  The colors are just as lovely, and they get consumed (hopefully by myself and my children!).  Healthy, beautiful… seems the perfect match.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

9. Organize.
There’s a reason they call it “spring cleaning.”  The added sunlight reveals the dust that has gathered through the winter, and all the heavier paraphernalia (like warm hats, gloves, blankets, etc.) is no longer needed.  Clear it out!  Make some space!  Enjoy the simplicity of spring.  You can find out more about our diy mud room unit here.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

10. Put a little extra effort into your outdoor spaces.
Whether it’s a 3′ square stoop, a window box, or a big back patio (you can read the details about ours here), spring is the time to enjoy it.  Add fresh annuals, wipe off the grime of winter, and get ready to rest in the beauty of nature.

10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

I hope you found these helpful.  Happy spring!

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10 practical ways to freshen up your home for spring | maisondepax.com

Disclosure: A special thank you to Kirklands for a gift card towards the tufted storage bench.

Don’t forget to check out the amazing blogs that are part of this home tour with me and make sure to enter below for a chance to win one of THREE $100 gift cards from Kirkland’s.

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Migonis Home | Maison de Pax | DIY on the Cheap | Cottage in the Oaks | Town and Country Living


The Blissful Bee | Rain on a Tin Roof | Ciburbanity | Fox Hollow Cottage | Setting for Four


House by Hoff | Love Grows Wild | All Things G&D | Life on Virginia Street


rooms FOR rent | Everyday Enchanting | The Happy Housie | Wicks Nest | Kindred Vintage | So Much Better with Age


Just a Girl and Her Blog | The Wood Grain Cottage | Jenna Sue Design | At Home with The Barkers | AKA Design

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  1. Beautiful! I love how light and airy your home is!

  2. Just gorgeous, Rachel! What a fabulous line up of homes!!! Can’t wait to visit ever single one. Your home is light and bright and beautiful… and with three little ones too! You are amazing! Hugs, from StoneGable!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      I’m so honored to be among them, Yvonne! And thank you so much; I admit that it is sometimes quite the challenge with the little ones. 😉 I so appreciate your sweet comment, though! xx

  3. Everything looks great!

  4. Great advice (though I do not love dusting!)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Ha! Me neither, Alison!! That’s why I have to motivate myself by thinking happy Spring thoughts. 😉

  5. Great tips, Rachel! Your home is so gorgeous!!!!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Jen! And thank you for organizing this tour… I’m honored to be included! xx

  6. As always, everything is stunning Rachel! I think you have the best house ever because of all that gorgeous light it gets!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Jenna! I admit that it has taken me almost three years of living there to find enough light in some rooms, but others really are bathed in it. :) I’ll be so sad to leave it!

  7. Rachel, every space looks fabulous! You have such great light in your home! I was wondering about the window with the gray painted trim….would you paint all of the windows/trim that color? We have some painted white and others are still the hideous golden oak color. I love white after it is all said and done, but now I am wondering if gray wouldn’t be just as pretty (and easier to apply). I am not a patient person, so painting things white really can stress me out in a short amount of time. I was just looking for an alternative to white and was wondering your opinion. Thanks!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You are so kind, Michelle, thank you! I LOVE my gray window, but I did only paint the window, not all the trim in the room. It’s Dovetail by SW, by the way, if you’re interested. We actually had gray trim and white walls in our apartment in Paris, and I really loved it. I wanted to commemorate that when I painted this window, but I wasn’t up to painting all the trim (that was already white). I think a white room with gray trim is just gorgeous… I think Dear Lillie was the one who did that in her living room and then changed her mind and painted it all white again; you might go check her blog for some comparisons. If I were you, I’d try it in one room and see how you like it! Good luck!!

  8. Your home is so beautiful and so fresh like a gorgeous Spring day…..

  9. Everything looks so beautiful, Rachel! These are such great tips! I can’t wait to open the doors and windows here in MA… though it may be a little while still 😉

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Oh dear, Nina, it was 85 degrees here today!! I hope you get some warm sunshine soon, my friend. 😉 And thank you!

  10. Everything looks gorgeous, and these are great tips!

  11. Beautiful – all of it!! I love that DIY eucalyptus wreath. Definitely pinning that for a future project (like tomorrow..). :)

  12. Rachel…..your home is absolutely lovely! I love it!❤️

  13. LOVE all these bright and beautiful photographs!!! Your home looks great!!

  14. I enjoyed your home tour with morning coffee. What a wonderful way to start the day. Your home will likely sell in a New York minute since it is so very lovely. I look forward to seeing how you updo your new place. Best to you, Susie

  15. it’s all so fresh and crisp Rachel, I love it! and that grey window trim against the light wall is *wonderful*. I would be very tempted to do that throughout the house :-)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Cynthia! I’ve always wanted to do that in a whole room…. Maybe in this next house. :)

  16. Great tips Rachel- your house is looking incredible! I bet it will be snapped up in no-time at all. Hard to leave though, now that you have it so perfect!

  17. Lovely! That was a 4-pin blog! Well done! 😀

    I do get so many ideas for my home and my mom’s new home from you. Thank you for sharing.

  18. I know you must be sad to leave your gorgeous home – but try to focus on all of the beautiful memories you will make with your family in you new home. Have moved many times myself I know it can be hard! Your pictures and home are beautiful – and your next home will be too! Pinned! Hugs – Heather

  19. Love your style! I am so ready for spring too! We are having great weather here in Ca. and I have already done some painting to lighten things up inside. Now I need to get to work on the outside! I am visiting from Moonlight an Mason Jars today.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Good for you, Pamela! So glad you’re enjoying spring already. :) Thank you so much for coming by!! xx

  20. I love how bright and airy your home is! Gorgeous :)

  21. I just cannot get over that kitchen…gorgeous tour, Rachel?

  22. Great tips! I have to admit – this Wisconsin girl is jealous of your mild Texas winter, haha! So fun begin on this Spring Home Tour with you – loved your ideas and inspiration! (PS. We’re kitchen light pendant twins – woot.)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You must have great taste!! 😉 Thanks so much for your sweet comment. For what it’s worth, I’d die for a white Christmas sometime. I guess the grass is always greener…

  23. I love every.single.photo! Such a beautiful color palette and attention to detail. And your photography is incredible. You’re so talented!

  24. Your kitchen is gorgeous, Rachel. And your whole house of course. I know you’ll make the next house just as gorgeous.
    Hugs, Jamie

  25. All that sunlight in your home is so beautiful, Rachel. And that kitchen… I just can’t get over it! So happy to be part of this home tour with you! :)

  26. I love your approach to the spring home tour!! So fun and fresh, and totally enjoyed all your tips :) XO

  27. Delightful ideas! Pinned and shared.

  28. Gorgeous! Love it! So fresh, inviting & springy! I just started getting my house spring ready which is what I need since we are in the midst of a kitchen reno! I’m new to the blogger community but excited to share my journey too :)

    -Kayla ( sheekndivine.blogspot.com)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You are so kind, Kayla, thank you! And congratulations on your new blog and welcome to the community!! Oh, and big big hugs to you as you go through your kitchen reno – I feel for you, friend!!

  29. Love your decorating! Did you paint your exterior brick? What color is it? We are planning on painting ours this summer.

  30. Rachel Paxton says:

    Thank you so much, Sue Ann! We had it painted a few months after we moved in (almost three years ago), and I love it, too! :) It’s Ellie Gray by Sherwin Williams.


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