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How to Decorate a Table for Spring

Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

We had a gorgeous week here in New Jersey. It’s been so wonderful being outside again!

Since the weather was so lovely yesterday, we enjoyed an incredible evening on the deck with our new outdoor living set .

How awesome is that sunset???

Sunset on the Deck

The certified tree expert came this week to inspect our ash trees. I’m going to go a little more in-depth in a blog post about it, but the short of it is…the ash borer is doing a lot of damage.

And given it has been moving across the country and destroying ash trees at an alarming rate, I strongly suggest you find a certified arborist to have your trees inspected.

emerald ash borer damage
In the last week, damage to the tree bark expanded to two more trunks. This tree is a goner and I’m so sad about it.

My two front trees will need to be removed because they are too close to my house and power lines to keep with the extensive damage these pests caused.

But there are things a certified tree expert can do to help preserve ash trees if they have not been afflicted with these terrible pests yet.

So don’t delay in having your trees looked at!

The most interesting thing learned from this visit is the source of this damage to the tree bark. While it is the result of the tree having ash borers, the ash borers are not ripping the bark off themselves.

Woodpeckers are doing that damage! Apparently, the woodpeckers rip off the bark to get to the borers. I had no idea, did you?

emerald ash borer damage in NJ

On another note, yesterday my oldest daughter turned 21! I can’t even believe it.

Time really flies doesn’t it?

Stacy Ling on the boat in Vermont
Mackenzie and I in Vermont last summer.

My gardens are starting to emerge from the ground and I even got some pretty blooms! My crocuses were the first to flower in the yard.


And now my daffodils are starting to bloom too. There aren’t many yet, but it’s starting!

Spring is here. Yay!


What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a BUSY week on the blog this week! I think I published a new blog almost every day.

I shared a tour of my home for spring and joined a huge spring tour with 29 other amazing home decor bloggers.

The inspiration is gorgeous!

Every home had some unique spring decor ideas that I would love to add to my own decorating style.

If you are looking for spring decorating inspiration, there’s lots to see in this home tour.

Birdhouse Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

Are you on Pinterest? I participated in a Pinterest Challenge this week where a group of home decor bloggers was tasked with replicating an inspiration photo with their own decorating style.

I was so inspired by this challenge, that I made not one, but two centerpieces! Wait until you see the other one I made!

Birdhouse Centerpiece Idea for the Dining Table

Do you remember the virtual supper club that I do every month? Well, it’s that time again, and for this month’s theme, we shared a spring holiday brunch menu.

Gah! Everyone’s spring tables look so pretty! You can check them out HERE.

How to Decorate a Table for Spring

Oh and the brunch menu is amazing! I want to make a few of these dishes for Easter this year.

For this month’s supper club, I was in charge of bringing the beverage.

And let me tell you, it is SO GOOD!

My friends and I enjoyed it the other night and I will be making this all summer long.

Wait until you try it! CLICK HERE for the recipe.

Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade

And just in case you missed it, check out this fun video I made of our virtual supper club!

YouTube video

My dogs have been making appearances on my Instagram for a while now. But they’ve since found a following on Tik Tok.

Here’s their latest antics. And they literally do this every single day!

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My favorite thing about blogging is the great friends I’ve made around the globe.

And I want to share some of them with you this week because they are really inspiring me.

One of the homes that struck me during the spring home decor blog hop, is my friend Cecilia’s from My Thrift Store Addiction. I love how she styles all her vintage finds and just adore her pretty tablescape!

rabbit themed tablescape with rabbit plates and ceramic rabbit table decor
Photo by My Thrift Store Addiction

How beautiful and serene is my friend Yvonne’s bedroom from Stone Gable Blog? She shares a lot of great spring decorating ideas that I know you’ll love.

white and cream farmhouse bedroom with basket wall hanging
Photo by Stone Gable Blog

And if I didn’t love my good friend Rachel’s DIY Shiplap Tree from The Ponds Farmhouse at Christmastime, I LOVE how she decorated it for spring on her front porch!

What a great idea!

wood shelf tree decorated for spring with rabbits, eggs, topiaries overlooking lake
Photo by The Ponds Farmhouse

Here are some more amazing inspo from around the web!

But there was so much more this week that I really enjoyed!

You’ve got to check out this beach cottage spring home tour, it’s gorgeous!

There are lots of amazing spring decor ideas HERE too.

This outdoor tablescape idea.

This coastal bedroom idea.

I love this centerpiece idea too.

And I really loved this garden-theme spring home tour.

spring forward with my rustic farmhouse spring home tour

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  1. I always love reading your weekly blog post, Stacy. But heartbroken to see all the damage that these pests are causing. And I would have never guessed about the woodpeckers! Happy Birthday, Mackenzie! That view by the fire was gorgeous and so is your garden. You were so busy last week! Thank you for sharing my home tour, my friend. Wishing you the best week ahead.

    1. Thanks Kim! I’m so sad about my trees! I can’t believe how much damage the emerald ash borer does and the sheer amount of it throughout my town! It’s unbelievable.