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Bringing Spring Into Your Home

    

You may already know that decorating affects your well-being, but you might not realize that it also affects the well-being of everyone that lives in and visits your home too. So, lift your spirits, purge your memories of winter and celebrate the beginning of warmer weather. Spring is in the air‌ and it can be brought into your home too! With a little creativity, you can give your home a new seasonal look without major investment. Accessories are a good place to start. Often times you can transform your home just by changing or modifying accessories and it’s much less expensive than buying new furniture!

For example, you can create a new centerpiece for your dining or coffee table by filling clear glass containers with items that remind us of spring. It could be flowers, (artificial or real) or seashells and sand you brought home from vacation. Vary the size and shape of containers used and display together for maximum impact. If you don’t already have glass containers, local thrift shops and yard sales are a great source to find inexpensive, interesting clear glass treasures! Once your containers are filled with beautiful spring themed items, place them on a colorful tray, placemat, table runner, etc. for an additional pop of color. Don’t forget to check your closet too . . . a scarf can make the perfect finishing touch for your table- scape. Pillows are another inexpensive way to bring spring colors into your home. Instead of buying new ones, try recovering existing sofa pillows with a lightweight floral and/or stripped fabric and plop one in every chair too. Adding a border of pompoms can bring a little fun in as well! Or, try using your spring inspired scarves (provided you didn’t use them all for your table-scape) for a no-sew quick change . . . they can be easily tied around the pillows you already have for a fresh new look.


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Now let’s talk about paint! Painting is one of my favorite ways to refresh a home and add pizzazz. It creates a lot of value for a small amount of money and can revitalize items that you no longer like or those that may be headed to the trash. Reconsider using your old brass candlesticks and outdated picture frames . . . imagine how beautiful they would be painted a robin’s egg blue, bright yellow, or a crisp clean white. Painting mis-matched items the same color will bring a sense of cohesiveness to your home as well. Spring is all about the flowers, right? So why not bring some blooms into your home by using floral dishes on your table. (If you didn’t inherit a set from your grandmother you’ll have to create your own!) A fun and inexpensive way to make do this is to visit local resale shops or use on-line sites. Look for tableware with pretty pastel flowers and build your own set. Keep in mind everything doesn’t have to match, so feel free to combine different patterns and colors. . . eclectic is both practical and in style! Lastly, we should not forget our sense of smell. Seasonally scented candles scattered throughout your house is a great way to bring the smell of spring into your home. Look for scents such as orange zest, blueberries, wild lavender, ocean mist and seaside grass . . . your nose will thank you! About Rita Wood, The Room Arranger Temecula resident Rita Wood, The Room Arranger, has been a certified member of the Interior Redecorator Network since 1999. Her specialty is helping clients transform their home in a few hours, using the furniture and accessories they already own and love, creating a beautiful comfortable and more functional space they’ll be proud to call home. Originally from McGraw New York, she studied interior design in New York City and was trained by Laurie Ward, author of “Use What You Have Decorating”. Rita has worked with clients in Upstate New York, Southwest Florida and here in Southern California where she now calls home.

Neighbors may 2018 pdf 36 37  

Bring Spring Into Your Home

Neighbors may 2018 pdf 36 37  

Bring Spring Into Your Home