So… how have you been holding up during the quarantine? I know there are still several states that do not have “shelter in place” procedures in place, but here in New York, we do. I live about 30 minutes outside of New York City. We have a lot of COVID-19 cases in my tiny county. I’ve been out twice in three weeks – once for a doctor’s appointment, and once to get quarters from the bank so we could do our laundry (we have a paid laundry in our building’s basement).
If you are not in quarantine, let me tell you, it’s BORING! Most especially when you live in a tiny condo. To say that I have “cabin fever” is an understatement.
I’ve been trying to find things to do around our home to keep me busy. There is only so much Netflix and Disney+ I can watch.
Let me tell you, our condo has not been this cleaned and organized in a very long time. I’ve even thinking about how you use carpet rakes to clean the bedroom carpet. Don’t get me wrong, I do clean, but mostly on the weekends. These days I am dusting and vacuuming pretty much every day. I still hate cleaning, but I appreciate it giving me something to do.
Have you started spring cleaning yet? If not, now is certainly a great time.
With the change of the season, it’s also not a bad idea to do a little spring decorating too. You don’t have to go crazy and decorate your entire home, or even each room. However a few new pieces here and there, some fresh (or realistic looking) flowers and/or plants, and lighter, brighter colors.
I love decorating for the holidays, but I also enjoy switching things up for the change of season as well. In the spring I like adding flowers (realistic ones – I don’t have a “green thumb”). I also like to add some color around my home. I even switch up our shower curtain (our spring/summer ones has a lot of pretty flowers on it).
For most people, going to a store to pick up some accent pieces to spruce things up for the change of season is easier said than done these days, when all non-essential stores are closed. You can shop online for pieces, but that takes a lot of time, not to mention all that individual shipping fees.
There is a way to get some new accent pieces for your home all in one shop. It’s called Decocrated. If you follow my blog, you have probably seen other posts about the brand.
Decocrated is a business that curates beautiful home accent pieces and more, and crates seasonal boxes to send to it’s customers.
Decocrated is a subscription service, but you can purchase an individual box and cancel your subscription at any time. Trust me, once you’ve received your first box, you’ll be hooked.
Whenever my Decocrated box arrives, it’s like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one.
I try desperately not to look online for spoilers. I like the element of being surprised with what’s inside the box. You never know what you’ll get.
Each box features several full size products such as candle holders, framed artwork, throw blankets, wreaths, baskets, pillow covers, signs and more.
Not too long ago I received the spring box from Decorated. I hate to give away any spoilers, so if you don’t want to know what is in the box, you might want to scroll down to the bottom of this post.
The Decocrated box is a fairly large box. Inside you’ll find all the pieces individually packaged. Decocrated takes care into making sure all of your items arrive safely to your home.
Inside you’ll find some extra cardboard pieces, which are used to buffer the product boxes. Those cardboard pieces are clearly marked that they are not a box, this way you don’t have to worry about accidentally not opening something up.
As always, I was extremely pleased with all the goodies that came with the spring Decorated box. Some of the pieces I can easily utilize year round, not just for the spring months.
This is what came with this seasons’s box.
I LOVE this metal “house.” I can see this being using in many way. I can also see me using this outside on our (covered) balcony.
Currently I have a flameless candle inside this piece. Once I am able to get out and do some shopping, I would love to put some flowers inside of this. Maybe even have some ivy vines (fake) wrapped around the outside.
It’s a lot bigger in person that it looks in the photo.
I have so many ideas for this piece! This is one of my most favorite pieces from this box.
This is a really pretty magnetic chalkboard with wood accents on the side (the wood is a bit darker than it appears in my photo).
There are hooks on the back so you can hang it up. Currently mine is not hanging up, only because I have not committed to where I want to hang it up. There is not a lot of room in our kitchen.
Currently mine is resting on the counter top. I use it to make notes to myself.
It doesn’t come with chalk, but you can get chalk at your neighborhood dollar store.
The magnets on the chalkboard also came with this seasons’ box. They are beautiful in person! It’s hard to tell from my (horrible) photo, but the magnets are very colorful, and some of them have inspiring words on them.
Sadly, my photo for the framed piece of artwork didn’t turn out that well either. This piece of art is a lot more colorful in person.
This framed 8″ x 10″ (guesstimate) piece of art is by Kelly Merkur. She also created the artwork on the lovely magnets that came with this box.
I like the simplicity of this piece of art. Most of the art I have on my walls is of places and nature. This piece is different than what I typically have. I like that it’s different. I also appreciate that it came already framed. That way I was able to hang it up right away and not have to worry about going to a store to find a frame for it.
Also in the box are these really interesting metal “tubes” (for lack of a better description) and tray. The “tubes” are different sizes (heights) and are empty on the inside. You can fill them with whatever suits your fancy, from flowers to flameless candles, or anything else you can think of.
You can also separate the pieces and use them in different areas of your home. The possibilities are endless.
I took a photo of one of the “tubes” on it’s side, so you can see what they look like from that angel. They do not have any images or text on them. They are plain, inside and out. It’s up to you and your fabulous creativity to come up with the many fun ways you can utilize these.
Even thought it’s not really a decoration for your home, this season’s box came with a lovely burlap-like tote bag with the expression “It’s what’s inside that counts” printed on the outside of it.
You can never have too many tote bags, most especially because most stores have done away with plastic bags.
I like to keep a few tote bags on my front seat for when I run in and do a small shopping, or visit the local drug store. I save the grocery store bags for when I do a large food shopping.
I also use tote bags like this to bring stuff to work with me. This bag is going to get a lot of use out of it.
Often Decocrated boxes come with throw pillow cases for 8″ x 8″ size pillows. These are typically the size pillows that come with couches. You can also pick up the insert for a few dollars on Amazon.
Normally I love the pillow case covers from Decocrated. Sadly, this time around they don’t match with our couch or any other furniture. That’s OK. I’m still holding on to them just in case that changes in the future.
The pillow cases are always very well made and made out of really nice material. These are NOT “cheap” pillow cases.
Let me show you have I displaying the contents of the spring box into my home decor.
I am using the metal tray and three out of the four “tubes” to house a flameless candle and flameless candle tealights. I like how it looks with the tealights better, but sadly, I only had two left. Once I get the chance to purchase more I am going to swap out the flameless candle (in the middle) with a tealight.
I also placed a fake potted succulent on the try for a pop of color.
To the right you can see the metal “house” that also came with the spring box. Inside of that is another flameless candle. When I can get out and do some shopping, I want to add some colorful flowers to it.
The metal sign in the middle came from the Decorated fall box. I love it so much that I keep it up year round.
Here is how that display looks at night.
It looks so pretty displayed in our hallway.
I hung the framed art print near by to this display on the wall. I like how it looks with the green wall color.
I use the tote bag often. I haven’t thought of a way to incorporate it into a decorative piece, but I’m sure some super creative people could do that.
Remember how I said I didn’t hang up the chalkboard yet? I still keep it on my counter top and use it often. I like that it’s both a chalkboard and it’s magnetic. The magnet you see it from the spring decorated box (not the Easter one, the round one).
Please excuse my horrible handwriting.
The magnets are housed on our refrigerator. Please excuse the marks (the downside of owning a stainless steel fridge – it always gets marks on it).
You can see how colorful they are, as well as make out some of the beautiful words.
If you are interested in seeing what other goodies I’ve received from Decorated’s seasonal boxes, do a search for “Decocrated” in the search box on the top right side of my website.
If you are interested in learning more about Decocrated, or to purchase a box or subscription, visit Decocrated.com.
Save $10 on a Decorated box with the code SHESCRIBES10, or $30 on a subscription with SHESCRIBES30.
Be sure to follow Decocrated on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest). Also, check out these hashtags on social media to see what others are saying about Decocrated’s spring box – #SpringBox #FeaturedArtist #Decocrated @KellyMerkurArt #iDecocrated
*I received a free box in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Decorated links found in this post are affiliated links.