I don’t know about YOU….but *I* am READY for SPRING! Even though we’ve had a fairly anemic winter this year where I live…I am MORE than ready for spring to have sprung already! I can only imagine how those of you back east that are still getting clobbered by winter storms are feeling!
So to help get us through this last gasp of winter weather and ready for the glorious springtime ahead…I have gathered some ideas for bringing our homes out of hibernation and into the bright sunshine of spring!
First things first…..
1. Start With A CLEAN Slate
Clean out all the dirt and grime winter left behind. Scrub the floors, and dust and wash the windows to let the sun shine through. Unclutter shelves, cabinets, tables and countertops. You’ll be surprised how quickly your home starts to feel fresher once it’s CLEAN.
2. Organize Before You Decorate
Banish winter to the basement or garage. Collect ice scrapers, shovels, salt and other winter survival gear and relocate it to an out of the way spot. Move your sweaters and other winter clothing to storage and get out your spring and summer duds. Reorganizing will give you a whole new outlook for spring.
3. Bring The Outside In
Fill vases with your favorite blooms and place them on tables, mantles and window sills to remind you that spring is here. Buy an inexpensive bouquet at the grocery store and split it up around the house. I like to use pretty little mismatched vases or mason jars.
Don’t forget nature’s other gifts as well. Gather branches, pebbles, shells, etc and place them in simple containers around the house.
4. Paint Your Front Door
This is something I definitely have on my “To Do List” this spring! Actually it’s on my husband’s to do list because he has wanted to try a new color for the front door for a long time now and I have been too chicken. This year is the year! What color do you think I should try?
5. Paint An Accent Wall
Spring is the time to paint, since you can finally open your windows and let the fresh air in. Paint an accent wall a high-contrast color (the brighter the better). My friend Natali painted one wall in my bedroom as a Christmas present last year. I chose a bright coral color and I LOVE it!
All you need is a single quart to completely transform a space. You can add in accessories to complement it and simply change it when you get tired of it.
6. Give Your Bookshelves A Boost
Relieve the monotony of rows and rows of books. Sort books by size and subject…line up books, some vertically, some horizontally, in patterns…or arrange books by color for another surprising change. You can also pack a punch by papering just the inside back section of a shelving unit. It’s quick and easy to do, and you get the look of wallpaper without it taking over the entire room!
7. Perk Up Your Pillows
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to update your home is to make or buy new pillow shams for your throw pillows. Replace the throw pillows on your sofa or bed with bright colors & patterns and don’t be afraid to mix in a bold print.
8. Change Up Your Furniture
Now’s the time to swap that dark wood bench or upholstered chair for a lighter, spring-colored wicker replacement. Bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms will welcome the warm seasons when filled with wicker or other garden-inspired furniture. One of my favorite things to decorate with in the spring and summer are vintage watering cans!
9. Give Life To Old Furniture & Accessories
Adding doses of color doesn’t have to mean a big price tag. Purchase second-hand items such as a side table, or a wooden chair. Small pieces can be easily sanded, primed and sprayed with your new color crush. When you’re tired of them and want to create a new look, give it away or re-donate it.
10. Revive Your Bedroom
Strip the flannel sheets and go for cool, silky, high-thread-count cottons. Change out winter comforters, bedskirts, duvets or pillow shams for others in light-colored sheers and florals.
11. Fill The Fireplace
Now is the perfect time to sweep away the ashes of winter fires and start fresh. Fill your firebox with silk plants, an arrangement of candles, or a display of beautiful birch logs. Or, cover the box with an attractive folding screen.
12. Play with Punches of Yellow
Nothing says “spring” like the color yellow. Lemons are a fresh, inexpensive style accessory that are also readily on hand for cooking! A large white bowl or tall glass vase of lemons can bring instant style into the kitchen for spring. Pots of yellow daffodils can do that same!
13. A Whiff Of Spring!
Since it’s now starting to look like spring inside – make it smell that way too! Replace your winter candles and potpourris with spring scents. Place a different scent in each room so you notice the change as you move through your house. Essential oils are a great way to add a fresh scent to your home and lift your spirits at the same time. I love the combination of lavender and grapefruit in a diffuser! Makes my home smell so fresh!
If you are looking for MORE design and decor inspiration for your home…..check out my Pinterest board “From House To Home,” or check out the Pinterest board for the awesome new reality series, NBC’s American Dream Builders.
The series, NBC’s American Dream Builders, is from the producers of Survivor and The Bachelor and is being hosted by Nate Berkus. It follows the nation’s top 12 designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize.
I have always admired Nate’s sense of style ever since he first started appearing as a guest on the Oprah show many moons ago. So I know if he’s involved there is going to be lots of great design and decor ideas involved!
During each weekly episode, two teams will take on a brand new project and must redesign and renovate the space from the inside out – all in a matter of DAYS!
The show premieres Sunday, March 23rd on NBC.