Robin Harrington is a talented homemaker and blogger in southeast Washington. Her blog, Keep Home Simple is brilliant because she writes about updating your home with DIY budget-friendly techniques to create that modern farmhouse elegance, while also trying new things like when she and her husband updated their entryway by adding planking and paint. Robin will show you how to paint over your tile back splash, make your own built-ins, and how to rest from all this and enjoy your family and home.
I love Robin’s writing because she’ll show you pictures of how she and her husband pull off these seemingly overwhelming updates to their home but she’ll break it down for you to show that these projects are within reach and anyone can learn how to do them. I also like how she explains the reasons why she does them and how the updates enhance the overall beauty and flow of the home.
Robin agreed to be a guest here on When in Tri-Cities and the following is her post entitled, “Spring is in the Air,” originally published on Keep Home Simple and republished here with permission. Follow @keephomesimple and @willowhousefarm, the Harrington’s farmhouse table business on Instagram.
After the coldest, harshest winter in years, I am more than ready for spring right now! Luckily it’s literally right around the corner, less than a week away. It has me grinning from ear to ear!
Just like a lot of you, when spring is on my mind, I start brainstorming about all those nooks and crannies in my home that need cleaning and special attention. My windows need a major cleaning from all that harsh winter weather, my closets need to be pared down and winter clothes need to be packed away till next year. All of this cleaning and paring down breathes a feeling of fresh clarity and lightness into our home.
Then it’s time to start thinking outside projects! Spring for us means planning our summer garden and eagerly checking the weather app on our phones to figure out the best time for planting. The warmer temperatures mean it’s finally comfortable enough to tackle other outdoor projects as well. We’ve lived in our current home less than a year and because we’re in the midst of turning our acre and a quarter into a small suburban farm, we have lots of outdoor preparations. (Planting fruit trees, fencing for animals, building raised garden beds, etc.)
We have seventeen chickens and one rooster, named Napoleon. It definitely feels like spring around here, when we go to collect their eggs in the afternoon and we come back with an overflowing egg basket. Our kitchen counter looks so springy after the eggs have been washed and are ready to be refrigerated.
My favorite way to bring spring indoors and lighten the stale winter mood, is to bring in fresh grocery store flowers. These flowers are from Yokes, our local market. Aren’t they beautiful? I love the pop of color.
Along with the scent of fresh flowers, I like to shop for new spring scents for our home as well. We love to light candles in the evenings around here, no matter what time of year it is. But instead of wintery scents like cinnamon or pumpkin spice, I like to switch to vanilla or coastal smells.
After a long cold winter, hibernating in our home, my favorite thing to do in the spring is to open all the windows. The fresh air and sound of local song birds, brightens my mood. What can be more simple than opening a window?
Happy Spring friends! We’ve made it through another winter.
See more from Will House Farm @willhousefarm.
Thanks for reading When in Tri-Cities. I have really appreciated all the readers that have shown interest in my blog and Instagram page @whenintricities. I moved here almost 8 years ago from Bellingham, WA where my husband and I had moved shortly after getting married. We are both originally from Utah. We love living in the Tri-Cities and experiencing Eastern Washington.
When I moved here the first thing I noticed was the beautiful Columbia River and the Sacajawea Heritage Trail next to it. I also enjoyed Market at the Parkway in Richland and the Country Mercantile! I don’t drink alcohol but I love the restaurants that some of the wineries offer like Tagaris and I love Anthony’s! Over time, I came to really appreciate the parks here as we are raising a family.
For those who are new to the area, Eastern Washington is generally known for its wineries, golfing, farms and STEM or Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics and typically when we think of arts and culture, we refer north to Spokane or west to Seattle and Portland. But I am seeing that change dramatically as more and more artists, artisans and designers are taking a chance on Eastern Washington.
There is so much growth and so many new businesses popping up here in the Tri-Cities that you blink, and an entirely new subdivision is up and running. The purpose of When in Tri-Cities is to attempt to keep up with what’s new lesser known that Eastern Washington has to offer – particularly what it has to offer us moms and our families (since I’m a mom and so there is a slight bias to what I’m interested in).
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-Alicia Walters, author of When in Tri-Cities, contributor to Living TC Magazine, a regional magazine in Tri-Cities, WA. When in Tri-Cities is completely separate and not sponsored by Living TC Magazine in any way.