Spring cleaning tips from around the ‘net

Good afternoon!

clothesline

Now that it’s officially spring, we’ve compiled a fun list of spring cleaning tips we’ve found around the internet, plus a few of our own!

Lighten the load. If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.

Do a switch-out. Switch things out seasonally, or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain color or pattern. (Housebeautiful.com)

Reorganize your bookshelves. Use a funky pattern or rhmythm to break up the monotony of your shelves.

These books have been rainbowtized!

These books have been rainbowtized!

One in, one out. When you buy something new, get rid of something old.

Stock your stain-fighting kit. We love this one from MarthaStewart.com. Make sure you have the ingredients on hand to fight common stains like coffee, red wine and candle wax. (For a printable chart of common stains and what you need to remove them, see this stain chart.)

Overlooked Surfaces. You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a good scrub-down. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dish liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water. (Better Homes & Gardens)

Refresh Window Treatments. While and draperies aren’t typically dirty enough to launder, you can go over them thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. Remove dust from sheer curtains by putting them in the dryer on low with a dryer sheet. (Better Homes & Gardens)

Stop Clutter at the Front Door: Mount a plastic or cloth shoe rack inside your front entry closet door, and use it to stash all kinds of living room and family room miscellany—toys, hats, gloves, magazines. You can even designate one of the pockets for mail you’re not sure whether to save or toss. (Womansday.com)

Assess your seasonal decor. Go through your holiday drawer/box/cupboard (or in some cases, the entire attic!), identify any decorations you might be able to live without, and donate them. If you didn’t use it last year, you probably won’t use it next year either!

Does your attic look like this? Be honest.

Does your attic look like this? Be honest.

DIY. You don’t always need to buy expensive gadgets and cleaning products! Check out this coffee filter shoe deodorizer and more DIY cleaning tips on Pinterest!

Do you have any brilliant spring cleaning tips? Do you do a deep clean once a year or do you prefer to keep things more casual? ;)

Customer favorites: shower curtains, hooks and towels

Today, we continue this week’s tribute to bathroom decor by sharing with you our customers’ top 10 favorite products, so far this year.

Best selling bath towels, shower curtains and hooks…

Kettle Grove shower curtain.

Kettle Grove shower curtain

The Kettle Grove collection is one of our most popular, and in addition to the adorable shower curtain, it also includes braided rugs, quilts and bedding, kitchen linens and accessories, and window treatments.

Sturbridge Wine shower curtain

Sturbridge wine shower curtain

Sturbridge Wine is kind of a touchstone of our site! In addition to the shower curtain, this collection offers a variety of window treatments and accessories perfect for any country home or lodge.

Black Star shower curtain hooks

Black star shower curtain hooks

There’s a reason these are among our best-selling shower curtain hooks– they look good with just about anything!

Checkerberry shower curtain

Checkerberry bath collection

Checkberry is one of our oldest and most beloved country decor collections. The collection includes curtains and window valances, braided and woven rugs, kitchen linens and quilted bedding.

Red Star shower curtain hooks

Red Star shower curtain hook

Love them? Need something to hang from them? We recommend the Vintage Star Wine and Burgundy applique star shower curtain.

Apple Jack shower curtain

Apple Jack

 

The Apple Jack collection is another home run from Park Designs; a cheerful array of patchworks and plaids. The window treatments coordinate nicely with the Checkerberry Braided Rug and tabletop pattern. 

Red Button shower curtain hooks

Red Button Shower Curtain Hook

No explanation necessary! Pairs well with the Heartfelt shower curtain.

Star Vine fingertip towels

Star Vine bath towel

Got stars? It’s a great look that can match a variety of country decor.

Star Vine tissue box cover

Star Vine tissue box cover

Another piece in the Star Vine collection. Other bathroom accessories include a soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, and tumbler.

Folk Art shower curtain

Folk Art shower curtain

The Folk Art curtain coordinates well with the Home Place bath collection, shown above.

Have a wonderful Thursday and Friday, friends! 

 

Country bath decor favorites

Good afternoon!

How’s the weather where you are? We got a little taste of spring before another cold front came through…

sad cold daffodils

Sad, cold daffodils

Luckily we have some fun indoor decor to share with you this week. One of our (and your) favorite topics (according to our “analysts”) is bathroom decor, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite bathroom posts of blogs past…

Our 8 favorite bathroom accessories

water faucet soap basket

Bathroom makeover

Thistleberry bath decor set

New bathroom decor collections

Kettle Grove shower curtain

Bathroom decor patterns: shower curtains, towels, rugs and more

FFF towels

 

Our bathroom decor sale ends 4/21/14!

country bathroom decor

Our bathroom decor sale ends 4/21/14!

 

6 DIYs for spring and summer

Spoiler: Almost none of them include yard art! (Confession: sometimes we love yard art.)

Pinterest! It’s a great place to be in springtime. There are so many great crafts and DIY project ideas on the internet right now, we thought we’d share some of the wonderful things our Pinterest friends have been up to lately.

Here are six DIYs for spring and summer.

Home Fragrances

DIY Rustic Mason Jar Sconce

Rustic Mason Jar Sconce

mason jars

Country chair planter

country chair flower pot

Flower pots wreath

flower pot wreath

Felt flower bouquet

felt flower bouquet

Burlap bunny table runner

burlap bunny table runner

And a bonus DIY: how to make your backyard awesome this summer

backyard fire pit

For more fun country home decor ideas, check us out on Pinterest and be sure to add your own crafts to the Fun Craft Projects board!

Primitive Home Decors on Pinterest

What’s your favorite DIY project or spring craft?

P.S. Bathroom decor is 10% until April 21!

Bathroom sale

March favorites

Happy April 1! Have you been fooled today?

Today we thought it would be fun to do a top 10 list of customer favorites. This can be helpful in gathering inspiration and home decorating ideas, and maybe even finding out about items you didn’t know we had.  So here are the top 10 items you loved in March!

Heartfelt Country Valance

Heartfelt Country Valance

Sturbridge Wine Lined Point Valance

Sturbridge wine lined point valance

Saffron Valance

Saffron window valance

Wine Sturbridge Window Valance

Sturbridge Wine Window Valance

Black Star Shower Curtain Hooks

Black star shower curtain hooks

Checkerberry Layered Scalloped Valance

Checkerberry layered scalloped valance

Cambridge Wine Valance

Cambridge wine valance

Red Star Napkin Ring

Red star napkin ring

Sturbridge Navy Point Valance

Sturbridge navy pointed valance

Coffee Bean, Pip Berry and Star Garland

Coffee Bean and Pip Berry Garland

Helpful hints for April: we’ve just introduced our 2014 spring line of bunnies, chicks and critters, and a lot of fun new window treatment patterns from Raghu. Have a great week!

Easter chick

 

 

Spring Preview!

At the time of this posting, it was a balmy 31 degrees and there were flurries of snow blowing outside…Happy spring?

I can't wait any longer, I'm gardening!

I can’t wait any longer, I’m gardening!

We have a fun spring preview for you today, including a lot of new bunnies, chicks and critters, and some favorites you may recognize from last year.

Easter Decor

This includes everything from bunnies to decorative signs and Easter baskets.

easter bunny pair

Spring stakes

Easter chicks

A handful of new baby chicks just arrived!

Easter chick

Bug dolls

We have a few new faces to add to this collection from Pearson’s Simply Primitives, including Baby Flutter and Baby Bumble.

baby bumble primitive doll baby flutter primitive doll

More bunnies!

You’ll recognize some old favorites here, as well as some new friends including Buddy and Bonnie.

Buddy Bunny primitive doll

Bonnie Bunny primitive doll

Spring decor

Here are our miscellaneous spring critters and seasonal decor.

Maddie Inchworm

And this week, shipping is on us for all orders over $100!

spring sale

 How’s the weather where you are? 

4 ways to dress up your windows

Good morning!

In case you missed the email, we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all week long with a 10% off sale — good for everything in the store.

St. Patrick's Day Sale

We’ve gotten some great feedback lately on our new country curtains and window treatments (here’s our post on all the new patterns!) so we thought we’d take some time today to share some fun ideas for dressing up your windows.

country gathered swag curtains

Shown above: Sturbridge green gathered swag

1. Use household items as curtain hardware and tiebacks. A belt, a length or rope or even a tree branch can add a personal touch to your country curtains.

tree  branch curtain rod

 

(Image source: HGTV)

2. Contrast. If you have dark walls or wooden window frames, try a light, airy pattern on the windows to add contrast. Or, if you have a light, neutral colored room, try painting the window frame a darker color!

Rosemary curtain tiers

Shown above: Rosemary country curtain tiers.

3. Mix textures. We’ve mentioned before how we’re big fans of mixing plaids with stripes!

Heartland applique scalloped valance

Shown above: Heartland striped applique scalloped valance

4. The ball gown effect. Better Homes and Gardens suggests it’s okay to let those extra long curtain panels pool on the floor rather than simply brush the surface. It’s called “puddling!”

puddled curtain style

We also got a great photo from a customer who just received an order of the swags from us. We love getting pictures from you guys!

country gathered swag curtains

If you have any of our items in your house, email your photos to
Marie@primitivehomedecors.com
or post it on our Facebook page and we’ll share it on the blog.

Do you have any fun tips or tricks for window treatments?