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People - it was gorgeous here yesterday!  Got up to the low 60's and was perfect.  I was able to run errands without a coat.  And at one point, I got in my car and it was HOT (I have black interior so it heats up quicker).  I know I am going to be hating that soon enough - but man, it was nice!
Pretty much that and all the Easter stuff out has got me in a Spring color mood.  So I wanted to find some cute things for you guys that you could add to an existing room that would bring in a bit of Spring without totally breaking the bank.

My first inspiration color is yellow. There is something about a pop of yellow that is really inviting and hopeful.  Yellow is probably one of the colors that is most associated with spring.  Perhaps it is the welcome sight of daffodils popping up after the snow.  Perhaps it is the the warmth that is associated with sunlight.  Either way, yellow has a way of making you smile.  

Yellow Room traditional living room

(Photo from BHG.com)

So my idea was, if you have a neutral kitchen/dining area, how could you add just a few pops of yellow to brighten it up and create a little spring in your step whenever you walked by the room.

My "Neutral Base" for this set is this Black Pedestal Table, at JCPenney for $199, and some classic Ladderback Chairs that were $129 for two also at JCPenney.  I say insert whatever you have sitting in your house, unless you were in the market for a new dining set, in which case - that is a deal!

Surrounding it I have picked out several yellow accents.  Now - I would not recommend adding ALL of these accents to a single room.  But a couple here and there should give you the bright look you are looking for in your home.  Starting in the top right corner and heading clockwise, we have

-  A Sunny Valance from Target for $25.99
-  A 5' Yellow Shag Rug from Overstock for $74.99
-  A 5-quart Yellow Colander from Overstock for $13.99
-  A Calla Lily Print from Overstock for $71.09
-  A Fun Apron from Overstock for $28.49
-  A Set of Two Rachel Ray Bakers from Cooking.com for $19.95
-  A LOVE print from Made By Girl for $25.00
-  A Yellow Teapot from Overstock for $24.99
-  A Set of 6 Placemats from Amazon.com for $23.18
-  A 16-Piece Dining Set from Overstock for $79.99

There you go!  Ten Bright Sunny pieces for under $75.  As always - I got nothing for picking out "these items" - this is just me finding fun stuff for you.  Don't forget when if you are shopping online with Overstock or Target to make sure you go to Bing.com/shopping first so you get your cash back.  Target's is worth 3%-7% and Overstock is 3%-10% back!

Does yellow make you feel sunny?  Are you an all over brights person - or do you switch out your brights seasonally?   I'm more of a switch out your brights seasonally kinda girl myself - but I am curious if I have some more adventurous folks out there!  

10 frugal friends said ...

Anonymous said... @ February 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

We are definitely using this color throughout our tiny ugly house so I am glad you posted this. Yellow is such a happy color.

Joey Lynn Resciniti said... @ February 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Our new house has a sunny yellow in the playroom (I guess some would use it for a formal living room, but you can see what life stage we're in). I love it! It's great for a happy play space.

Faye @ GreenOrganicMama.com said... @ February 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Happy SITS Sunday! Love your blog. Following you now :)

Faye @ GreenOrganicMama.com

"Yeah, that works..!" said... @ February 22, 2010 at 5:40 AM

Yellow is always a great choice for the warmer months! I usually bring it in through tabletop accessories and fresh flowers. Since sunflowers were our flowers at our wedding, I have a great close-up photo of one hanging in our kitchen for year round cheer!

Kerri said... @ February 22, 2010 at 5:59 AM

My mom's favorite color is yellow! My kitchen is a pale yellow with white wainscoting. We leave it all year round. We live in an old farmhouse, so we have had to renovate every. single. room.

Stopping by from SITS! Love your great ideas!

Red Velvet Confections said... @ February 22, 2010 at 6:29 AM

I really like the traditional living room design at the top. It's soft, bright, cheerful and timeless.

Visiting from SITS...have a great day!

Anonymous said... @ February 22, 2010 at 6:32 AM

Thanks for stopping by. I love all the shades on yellow you used in your rooms. They are so warm and inviting.

Claudya Martinez said... @ February 22, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Yes, certain shades of yellow are pure bliss.

Thank you for turning me on to polyvore. I had no idea it existed.

Tim @ Remodeling Guy said... @ February 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Ha! I know what you mean about the weather! Two pretty days in a row here in Florida! LOVE that top picture! ~ Tim

Anonymous said... @ June 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

My kitchen is done in yellow and orange and I love it! I am slowly make the house colorful but not tacky! So I love the fun shades! You should do pink next!! =)

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