prep for spring

prep for spring

Guys, I am so excited, because this week, March happens! I don’t know about you, but I have been embracing these warmer temperatures in Nashville. I am fully ready to say goodbye to February and hello to spring.

And so, here are some easy ways to prep for a season switch:


1. Put the winter decor away.

I know, it’s technically still winter. But when it’s March, my mind thinks spring. I have already stored away all snowflake-scented candles and wintry decor. I have floral candles back out and placed fresh blooms on countertops. I finally stripped away the rest of the Christmas lights (yes, I did have some strands still out…just white lights!) Refreshing your home means refreshing your mind.

2. Switch out your closet.

I still have sweaters and coats at the forefront of my closet. But with temperatures rising, I need my warm-weather clothes! I will keep some sweaters out for cold spells, but I am ready for my springy tees and dresses to be back and prominent.

3. Do a deep clean.

Spring cleaning means literally cleaning, guys. I get a little lazier about my home in the wintertime (I blame the weather). I have been cleaning, sure, but lightly. Sometimes just vacuuming but not mopping, for instance. Now is the time to take it up a few notches. I mean clean out all those crevices you normally avoid. Clear away all the dust (this will help with allergies, too). Scrub the tub. Wipe down the refrigerator. Do what you don’t want to do, and then feel awesome that you did it. I personally prefer to take a morning and do it all at once while playing some favorite music to keep me moving, but do what works for you.

4. Declutter and donate.

Whatever you did not wear or use this past winter season, say goodbye. Don’t just store it away, once again, if you aren’t really utilizing it (whatever it may be). Declutter, let go, and breathe a sigh of relief!

5. Refresh your bedding.

I love to have separate winter and summer bedding. It feels so nice to switch out thick blankets or comforters for lighter ones.


Making these changes feels good because it signals to your brain that spring is coming, and spring just makes people happy! Enjoy switching it up, and spread that spring fever!

Love, Bee

4 simple ways to liven up your home with green

4 simple ways to liven up your home with green

I am a plant lover. I absolutely love rooms that are filled with fresh green life. That is why I currently have nine real (and one artificial) plants in my small one-bedroom apartment and even more decorating my balcony. Take the plants out, and the room looks empty and lifeless to me. Green brings energy, motivation, and verve.

Today, I am sharing a few easy ways to liven up your home year-round with long-lasting plants. Do not stress if you think you lack a green thumb; my suggestions are easy. I believe in you!

1. Switch out fresh finds

I found this dried lavender and eucalyptus from Whole Foods. The lavender smelled amazing when I first bought it, and although the scent has faded, I love the look in my apartment (and no stress keeping it alive, it is dry). I also recently got some eucalyptus. I am not sure yet how long it will last, but it is so pretty and fresh.

2. Windowsill succulents

I have heard from so many friends that they cannot keep succulents alive. Here is the key to doing so: keep them permanently on windowsills, and ignore them. Above, I have multiple succulents, a cactus, and an aloe vera plant. All of these are between 1-3 years old, and are still alive and kicking. They have moved with me multiple times and survived. Guys, I rarely water them. I maybe give them a little water once a month. And they have probably gone longer. Plus, they like the sunshine that my windows provide. That is all you need to do!

3. Get a peace lily

Peace lilies are beautiful and so easy to care for! They are resilient and forgiving. You cannot forget to water a peace lily because they droop so obviously, you instantly know it is thirsty. However, do not overwater these plants. I usually wait for mine to droop a little before I water. Plus, peace lilies like shade so they are perfect to keep indoors! Mine is mainly in the shade but near a window so it gets a little light.

4. Go artificial

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There is no shame in getting artificial plants! I have found some authentic ones – like the one above – at Michael’s. If you really struggle with keeping plants alive, this is a great option.

Hope this helps! Tell me how you are keeping your home fresh and green in the comments!

Love, Bee

5 Ways to Declutter Before the Holidays

5 Ways to Declutter Before the Holidays

The holidays are upon us: Thanksgiving is little more than a week away, and Christmas will come flying soon after. This weekend is the perfect time to declutter, clean, and rejuvenate your home before it gets re-cluttered with decor and gifts galore.

Here are my tips for refreshing your space before the holidays:

Store away your summer clothes.

If you haven’t done this already, it’s time. Pack up your summer wear or rearrange your closet so that winter clothing is front and center. As you move your summer pieces, make a pile of items you didn’t wear this past season to give away. I always donate summer clothes in the winter and winter clothes in the summer, based on whether I wore them the previous season or not. If I didn’t, I say goodbye.

Clear out the fridge.

You’re going to have double the food in your fridge over the holidays, so it’s time for a deep clean. Take each item out, toss everything old, and wipe it down. It’s an easily procrastinated task, but if you buckle down and do it, you’ll feel so satisfied when it’s done.

Switch out summer items.

Scan your home. If you still have summer magazine issues lying around, lightweight blankets, and floral candles, put them up in favor of cozier decor and cedar scents.

…But don’t junk up the closet.

It can be easy to put everything in a closet, and feel like you’ve decluttered. In fact, you’re just cluttering up a closet. Be disciplined and donate anything you haven’t really used in the past year. Things like candles, vases, and purposeless gifts are often stored and forgotten. Don’t just put things away – get them out of your home completely if they aren’t being used.

Take it in small bites.

It can be overwhelming to tackle everything in a weekend. If reading this stresses you out, then you probably just need to take it in stages. Give yourself five minutes per day – that’s it – and accomplish one task. For instance: Clear out one drawer. Pick just five items to give away. Designate a clear spot for Christmas cards.

Just focusing on one task per day for five minutes will give you instant satisfaction and get you into a routine of slowly decluttering day by day.


When do you like to refresh your home? Do you have any tips for doing so? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Love, Bee


How I Decorated My Studio Apartment

How I Decorated My Studio Apartment

My apartment is simple and clean. I love it and feel super cozy every time I curl up on my couch. Although I am certainly no expert decorator, I often get compliments on my apartment and have been asked where I bought certain items. I am going to share how I went about decorating my own apartment. My ideas might be particularly helpful if you are new to Nashville, are moving into a new space, or are moving into a smaller apartment. Here, I’m just focusing on the living room:

Getting Started

Because I live in a smaller apartment, I opted for smaller pieces. I don’t like when a small space is bombarded by big furniture. I prefer the furniture to match the room! I believe this opens up the space and makes the room seem bigger than it actually is.

This may seem obvious, but always measure a room and compare it to the measurements of furniture before you buy the furniture! You don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised by furniture that is too big or too small. If you are moving to a new city and haven’t seen the space in person yet, ask for the dimensions.

Once you start picking out pieces, choose a color scheme and stick to it. I opted for grays and blues and did not let myself stray, no matter how much I liked a piece. I wanted the room to feel soft and cohesive.

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Purchasing Pieces

I’ll share where I bought the pieces in my apartment. All of these are well-loved by me, or I wouldn’t recommend them!

The CouchWinslow Armless Sleeper Sofa at Urban Outfitters

The Coffee Table – Rashmi Carved Coffee Table at Urban Outfitters; Unfortunately, this is no longer available, but here is another simple gray one

The RugHeidi Overdyed Block Print Rug at Urban Outfitters

The Pillows – I have two sets of pillows on my couch. One set is the Chunky Cotton Knit Pillows from Urban, which are no longer available. The other set is from Target, and they’re so lovely and comfy. I didn’t see the exact set that I purchased online, but I bet you’ll find something similar if you check in stores!

The Bar Stools Button Counter Stools from Houzz

The MirrorRectangle Decorative Wall Mirror from Target

Corner Floor LampShelf Floor Lamp from Target

The Plants – Plants really give a room some life! The table plant is from Creekside, and the window succulents are from both Creekside and Trader Joe’s. The vase and artificial white flowers beside the kitchen sink are from Michaels.

Any other pieces you see – the side tables, the TV stand – were given to me by family members. Never forget to ask loved ones if they have any pieces they’ve been wanting to give away!

This is my living room in its true state. I always have a candle (or two, or three) out, usually lit. Blankets to snuggle with drape on the couch. I always keep recent magazines on my coffee table for friends to flip through (and change them seasonally), and I read daily, so there will always be a book there.

It’s important to keep your space true to yourself! It’s your home, and you want to be happy there!

I hope this post helps – Please feel free to ask me anything else about my home or decorating tips in the comments.

Love, Bee