Happy Spring Dear Readers!
Once again, the season of new beginnings is upon us. I know spring can look very different depending on where you live, but hopefully, whichever window you might be looking out of, you can see something that makes you smile. Whether it’s an ornamental tree in full bloom, the return of a migrating bird, or the slow and steady drip of an icicle you’ve been watching all winter — I hope you can find something in the landscape that makes your heart happy.
And, while Mother Nature may be unpredictable, our homes do not need to be! So, once you soak in the spring season erupting outside your window, turn your attention indoors, where you do have a little control, and get busy bringing the springtime in!
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First, add a Spring wreath to your front door.
Before we go inside, let’s pay a little attention to the front entry. Whether or not your ground is warm enough for planting, everyone’s door can probably use some cheering up. You know it’s looked sad since you took down the holiday wreath, so why not adorn it with a spring fling!
#1 — Nothing screams Spring more than tulips and this wreath from Pier 1 goes all out in a bright, cheery yellow!
#2 — For a more understated look, Pottery Barn offers this woodsy wreath complete with birds nest!
#3 — If you just can’t imagine Spring without a pretty pink, this soft touch from Target may be the wreath for you.
Second, spring clean your front entry.
Even here in Austin, Texas, where winter is mild, the gear that accumulates around our point of entry gets a little overwhelming in the winter months. So, before you go any further into decorating your home, take some time to declutter what you can. Hopefully, it’s time to put away some of your heavier coats, and if you live in the South you can store the basket of mismatched mittens and gloves until next year. Soon the entry will be overflowing with with sunscreen, bug spray, and beach towels, but for now, even if for a brief week or two, maybe a simple vase of flowers will do.
#4 — This streamlined console from West Elm looks great in a minimalist season like Spring, but when it’s time for winter or summer gear there is lots of space for storage baskets beneath it.
#5 — Robin’s egg blue is not just for the birds! If you’re looking to update your entry why not try this pretty spring color on your furniture, from Pottery Barn?
#6 — Pier 1 brings the outdoors in with this classic wooden console. Just add flowers to bring the woodland to life!
Next, refresh your table scape with Spring florals.
Once inside, of course we head straight to the kitchen. Now, my real home does not have the storage necessary for seasonal dishes, but if yours does, by all means pull that lovely stuff out! In our home, I observe the change of seasons by swapping out our table linens – place mats, cloth napkins, and napkin rings! These collections take up little space to store and are not a big investment, yet they bring festivity to our family dinners.
#7 — These table linens from Crate and Barrel prove you can set a lovely spring table without a pastel in sight.
#8 — Leave it to Anthropologie to deliver “not your grandmother’s floral” in this exquisite table runner.
#9 — I’ve missed peonies ever since I moved south. These gorgeous napkin rings from Crate and Barrel may be just what I need to remind me of springtime in the North.
Then, lighten up your living room with Spring throws & pillows.
If chilly weather means you brought cozy plaid throws and faux fur pillows into your space, it may need to shed a few layers for the warmer seasons ahead. A lightweight throw in a brighter color, and pillows that are more sleek and less furry will lay the foundation for spring and summer lounging.
#10 — If florals are not your thing, try some overscale greenery to lighten up your living room, including this throw pillow from Crate and Barrel.
#11 — This punchy yellow throw from Pottery Barn proves that throw blankets still have a place in a living room fit for Spring!
Finally, bring in fresh Spring flowers wherever you can!
You don’t have to wait for your garden to bloom to enjoy spring blossoms. Treat yourself as often as you can with the gift of fresh flowers. Have a lovely vase (or 2 or 3 …) on hand to display the season’s bounty.
#12 — Simple glass vases, like these from Pottery Barn, work with any interior and let flowers take center stage.
#13 — On the other hand, these lovely vases from Target look fabulous with or without blooms!
#14 — Simple and neutral, this vase from Anthropologie stands alone with it’s earthy texture, and yet compliments any arrangement you throw in it!
#15 — Bud vases are so fun, because finding something to fill them is so easy! Your child’s freshly picked dandelions will be elevated to art with these playful vessels from Target.
So go ahead – let the calendar call the shots and declare it springtime in your house, no matter what’s happening outside in your neck of the woods.