Celebrate the coming season by brightening up your home with these simple tips
In like a lion, out like a lamb, March is a month of transition and rebirth. Winter gives way to spring, ice and snow ebb to buds and green shoots. The days grow longer and lighter and our hearts have a tendency to follow suit. With a new month just a couple of days away, I’ve set my sights on March 20th, the first day of spring. In many ways, this winter in Philadelphia was an easy one, light snowfall (save for winter storm Jonas), temperatures that — thankfully — didn’t often dip below 25F, but that doesn’t make my anticipation for warmer weather any less intense. I’m ready to shed my winter layers in favor of the lightness of spring. While it may still be a few weeks until I can confidently step outside sans sweater and heavy knits, my home has already began the seasonal transition. Brighter hues, fresher scents… today I’m sharing my tips for bringing spring indoors, even when the snow is still flying beyond our windowpanes.
Bring home some blooms. Last year I committed to purchasing myself a small bouquet of flowers every Friday, to enjoy over the weekend and brighten up my bedside table and kitchen counter throughout the week to come. It’s a small, inexpensive ritual, but one that can go miles for your mood and well-being. If you haven’t indulged in a bouquet in awhile, now is the perfect time. My personal favorite, when sunflowers aren’t available, are the small 5-stem cottage rose clusters sold by Whole Foods. At around $5 to $7, they’re affordable, and the blooms come in a wide variety of colors. I also love the gerbera daisy bunches sold by Trader Joes. Their bright hues and cheerful demeanor greets me at the start of each day, reminding me that a new season will eventually descend.
Sunflowers, roses, and daisies are excellent non-toxic choices for those of us with curious pets (be sure to keep highly toxic seasonal flowers like tulips, lilies and daffodils for the office) Or visit the ASPCA website for a full list of safe and unsafe flowers and houseplants.
Lighten up your scents. As the days grow longer and we begin to crave lighter fare in other areas of our lives, now is the perfect time to pack away wintery candles and scents that call to mind cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Opt instead for something light and gingery, like our Free People Candle. The perfect blend of wintery pine and bright, springy eucalyptus, it’s the ideal aroma for the seasonal transition.
Spring clean. Spend a weekend morning whipping up a batch of homemade cleaning products, then dust off the cobwebs, take down the curtains, and give everything a good once-over. You’ll be amazed at the difference washing your windows (inside and out) and laundering the curtains makes. Those nooks and crannies that may have spent the past few months collecting dust and outside grime. Go here for some easy recipes to whip up that will help you clean your whole home, naturally.
Bring some life indoors. Besides flowers, potted plants add life and beauty to a home unlike anything else. Hit up your local greenhouse for a refresh on faves such as cacti, succulents, snake plants and other air purifiers that will not only add a welcome burst of green, but help you with your spring cleaning, too.
Trade in your fabrics. Trade out the dark woolens and heavy knit blankets of winter for lighter and brighter fabrics in your bedroom and living room. If the air in your home is still too chilly, consider picking up a bright white vintage bedspread to drape over your darker blankets, or making some simple cases to cover your throw pillows with. A crisp white bedroom and cozy, soft-hued living room is like an open invitation for relaxation and creativity.
+ What are your tips for welcoming spring? Please share!