Oh joy, oh rapture! It is March and I think that means the worst of winter is behind us. While we New Englanders have been shocked and surprised in past years with an April blizzard or two, on March 20th, Mother Nature will wave her wand and grace us with another Vernal Equinox. Therefore, it is not too early to begin to gradually transform your interiors in the anticipation of spring's rebirth.
So here's not one, but seven Tips to help you joyously welcome the spring:
- Lighten up your windows. Replace heavy window treatments with lighter versions. If the view is pleasant, leave the windows bare or dressed only in privacy shades/blinds. If you like more textiles, consider dressing the windows in light and filmy panels or sheers voluminously draped over a rod. Place a bird's nest and artificial bird in one of the drapes of the filmy fabric!
- Remove those heavy wool area rugs. Consider replacing these with either lighter cotton throw rugs, or keep the heft of wool, but choose rugs that are lighter in hue and theme. Botanicals and playful geometric prints are a nice warm weather alternative to the serious heaviness of winter's oriental rugs.
- Invest in a nice set of slipcovers. There are now catalogs and web sites devoted entirely to nothing but slipcovers! Having slipcovers for both cool and warm whether guarantees two things: 1. Your rooms will instantly take on the look of the new season and 2. Your furniture will last twice as long. AND most are washable!
- Create space between your furnishings. We want to focus less on hunkering down and nesting, and more on expanding and breathing the fresh new air of the season. With more space between furnishings, not only is it visually uplifting but the energy is physically freed up and free to circulate. When temperatures allow, throw open the windows and cleanse away the stale winter's air.
- Bring some real flowers indoors. There's nothing like the smell of forced narcissus bulbs to foreshadow spring. And if they are a bit too heady for you, stop in at the supermarket and bring home inexpensive bouquets of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. Your mood will begin to improve, I promise you.
- Change the scent of your home. In cool weather months, scents like cinnamon and pumpkin, hollybery and pine are wonderful. As the weather warms up, we intuitively want to start smelling light floral scents like lilac and day lily, or wonderful fruity aromas like pear and tangerine. Scents are found in a myriad of forms, including candles, sprays, potpourri and "plug in" oils and gel packs.
- Rise earlier. When the sun starts to grace the morning sky at increasingly early hours, view it as a gift that you don't want to miss. Tackle the things you never seem to get to once the family rises. OR spend this hour alone with your mug of coffee contemplating your next bold move.
Until next time, always decorate from the heart!