Spring in NYC: Cherry Blossom Trees

We moved to New York from San Francisco a few months ago, so this is my first real spring in 6 years. I’m loving all the trees and flowers that have started to bloom, and I’ve been stalking cherry blossom trees throughout the city of New York.

We even had one bloom right outside our door!

cherry blossom tree outside our door - www.HelloLittleHome.org

It only lasted about a week, but every time I left my apartment someone was taking a picture.

I had visions of visiting Washington, D.C., for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but unfortunately that’s not happening. Maybe next year!

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has hundreds of it’s own cherry blossom trees, so of course we had to visit.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Trees and Photo Shoot - www.HelloLittleHome.comCherry blossom photo shoot!

We even saw some pretty tulips!

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Tulips - www.HelloLittleHome.comI had to elbow my way in to get this shot. Tulip mayhem!

I’ve also spied cherry blossom trees in Central Park:

Central Park cherry blossom trees at Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir - www.HelloLittleHome.comCherry blossom trees surrounding the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

and Riverside Park:

Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.comThese were my favorite!

The pretty pink and white blooms are just so springy and sweet.

Do you have a favorite spring flower?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Eco Friendly

Happy Friday! This week has had an eco friendly theme, and I’m continuing to go green with my links today.

One of my favorite eco friendly tips is to buy secondhand. I’ve just begun to scope out the thrift stores in New York, and last week I made a trip to Housing Works.

housing works thrift store finds - www.HelloLittleHome.com

I loved the bamboo and rattan chairs, and how cute is that toy juke box?!? The planter would look perfect in a Mid Century Modern home.

We have these Kangaroom Recycle Bags in our kitchen. They are super easy to carry and to keep clean.

kangaroom recycle bags

Almost every major piece of furniture in this colorful apartment is vintage, handmade, or thrifted!

Here are 26 ways to decorate that plain tote bag you have lying around your house.

Cute DIY Gold Dipped Vases – the perfect project for cheering up those boring floral shop vases. I might tackle this one!

Grow something green! I love this brass hanging planter from Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters Hanging Brass PlanterShe Knows has 52 inexpensive ways to go green.

Here are 10 ways to go green while saving green.

You can even go green at work!

What are your favorite ways to be eco friendly?

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Eco-Friendly Home Decor

Decorating your home in an eco-friendly way doesn’t have to mean rough fabrics and crunchy design. There are so many more options today. Check out my ideas for a cozy, green living room:

eco friendly home decor - www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. Start by painting your walls with Sherwin Williams Harmony in Mount Etna, a no VOC paint formula. This rich color would look great accented with white trim.
  2. Group three of these Bambeco Reclaimed Drum Lid Mirrors over your couch.
  3. West Elm’s Shoji Armoire has clean lines, holds a 40” flatscreen, and is made from sustainable eucalyptus wood.
  4. Green Sofas offer a large variety of styles, and all sofas are constructed from kiln dried, sustainable wood, recycled springs, soy-based foam cushions, and natural fabrics. I like the modern Carol model.
  5. The Gianna Kilim Rug from Pottery Barn is made with recycled yarn. It would add a color punch in both traditional and modern homes.
  6. Pillows from Hammocks & High Tea are made from fabric printed with water-based, no VOC inks. Plus, they are super cute.

What are your favorite eco-friendly home décor finds?

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