Signs of Spring, Part 1

Birds are chirping again, the clocks move forward in a week, and despite the impending snowstorm, crocus and hellebore blossoms are peeking their shy little heads up around town. We're just going to ignore winter's last gasp tomorrow and focus instead on all things warm and bright. 

To welcome the new season, we've rounded up some simple, no fuss ways to refresh your space. Scroll down for a quick list of decor ideas sure to usher in some sunshine (or at least melt the snow, we hope!). 

P.S. Stay tuned later this week for Part 2—a dive into the (admittedly less glamorous) home improvement projects you should schedule now for the spring. But first, the fun stuff!

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GO FLORAL

Sure it’s obvious, but the easiest way to infuse a breath of fresh air is to drop a bouquet of something colorful and sweet-scented—daffodils, hyacinth, freesia—into your favorite vase and leave it next to the sink or on a nightstand (bonus points if you sacrifice them for the guest room).  If cut flowers are too short-lived for you, then swing by Terrain for a live magnolia branch and enjoy the slow-opening blossoms for weeks!

Or, if you're looking for a more permanent solution to the winter doldrums, try a floral wallpaper. They work best in small spaces like a powder room or reading nook, and they last longer than the real thing.

 

PRETTY UP YOUR PAINT

If you’re tired of all the winter whites and can’t stand to see another gray wall, then maybe it’s time to pick a new paint color. Our favorite treatment? Limewash paint, which produces a subtle, lovely variation in color and texture, perfect for days spent inside during spring showers. Check out Portola Paints for colors—we love Etcetera and Rococo

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SWITCH ON A SCONCE

Until the days are longer, keep things bright with the right lighting.  A bed flanked with sconces looks cozy yet polished. Choose a plug-in version for the same look without the electrician’s bill. We love this fixture and this company.

 

ADD A MIRROR

Incorporating a nice big mirror is like a nice deep breath for your space.  Pick a pretty finish (like this Champagne option) and enjoy the light bouncing around the room as if it’s mid-summer. 

Do you have any seasonal rituals to bring about Spring in your home? Certain candles? Swapping in a new hand soap scent? Let us know below!