Decorating & DIY

Bring Some Spring Into Your Home

Happy Spring! The drab browns of cold winter days are giving way to the emerging pastels of warming Spring. Don’t let the pretty stay outside your windows. Bring some Spring into your home! Here are a few ways to do that inexpensively.

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Change your soaps

Changing your soaps out will add both color AND scent. So nice. If the man in your house objects to the annual “girlification”, ignore him.  The manly-er spice and woodsy scents will be back in 6 months.

Pot a flowering plant

Transplant a flowering Spring plant into a permanent pot for long-lasting decoration. Violets and miniature roses are favorites. Bulb flowers like tulips and hyacinths are pretty and traditional, but short-lived. Booo.

Add a candle

You can count on Yankee Candle for seasonal spring scents. What does “Happy Spring” smell like? Light. Floral. Clean. (I’m giving this one away as a hostess gift when I visit a friend in a couple weeks. She’d slap me if I brought her chocolates since she’s dieting. And grumpy ’bout it. She’ll LOVE this instead.)

Emerge from social hibernation

Winter can be isolating. Bring in a real, live person! Invite a friend or neighbor over for a cup of tea to start your warmer weather socialization. Pull out your seasonal dishware. (Recognize the tea-cup, Mom?)

Anticipate the holiday

The big Spring holiday is Easter (or Resurrection Sunday as we call it at my house.) It’s time to bring out the decorations to commemorate the day. Like the folks who keep their Christmas trees up till February (I’m not one of those), I like to keep these decorations out awhile before and after the Easter holiday. So I choose decorations that have seasonal longevity – nothing too bunny-with-carrots.

Add fresh kitchen linens

Spring placemats and towels are great accessories to bring Spring to your kitchen and table. And there are SO many options. They’re instant brighteners for the most-used room in a house. (Yeah, there’s a bunny there. No carrot, though.)

Shop your house

Look for items around your house or in your storage area that suggest Spring and bring them to a more prominent place for display. The ceramic bird is normally on my porch; the cloche and nest on an upstairs bookshelf, and the greenery in the basement family room. For Spring, they’re gathered on the main level of the house. (They get to talk.)

Add a seasonal pillow

A Spring-themed pillow from a giant super store is an inexpensive way to change the mood of a guest room or family room. Bonus: I scored this seasonal pillow for $5 on a 75% off clearance display. I almost felt like a thief for paying only $5. Almost.

I hope these suggestions spark your enthusiasm to bring some Spring into your home. Here’s to warmer weather, pretty flowers, and Resurrection Sunday!