Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Spring! Decorating for the Seasons

Welcome Spring in an orchard near my house

In this part of California, you definately know why we are called the 'Golden State'. For about three months, usually January thru March, it is green and beautiful. Then the gold part sets in and actually it's more brown, but right now it is stunningly gorgeous with the almond and peach trees blooming. It may not be the coastline but when you see acres and acres of blooming trees, it truly is a sea of pink deliciousness. So i thought i would share some spring time and talk a little about decorating for the seasons.

In some parts of the country, it may not feel like Spring but its 'on' here and i'm getting the itch to change things up in my house. It's a sickness that happens every year and i just have to go with it. My mom was recently here for a visit and admiring some curtain panels I had up. I said "thanks mom, but those are about to be taken down for something different...actually wouldn't those look nice with your colors?" Her comment back was something along the lines of once she has it up, it's staying there. Alas, i am afflicted with the disease to change decor. Do you think there is a support group?

Pier 1 panels
In Fall i tend to want to nest and cozy things up, add warmer colors and textures, but in the Spring it's all about shaking things out and lightening up (and don't we all need just a bit of that right now!). In Spring we're ready for lighter and brighter, so you could put a light colored slipcover on a couch or chair. Change pillows (this is where you can use some new colors from last months newsletter), candle colors and accessories. Bring in more nature inspired objects; a birds nest with some blue eggs displayed on a cake stand or a large vase with pussy willow or blooming branches (try Michael's if you don't have the real thing). Putting items in glass apothecary jars or vases is a great way to display them and the reflection from the glass adds light and sparkle to your room.
Throw rugs and area rugs are another way to add color to the floor and outdoor or cotton rugs can be used inside as well. They're relatively inexpensive and indestructible. In the Fall, just wash and store them until the following Spring.
If you have a collection of pottery, glassware, rolling pins, whatever it may be, rotating your collections in and out of view is another way to keep things fresh. By paring down what you display from season to season, you eliminate clutter from your room and shelves and this gives your eye a place to rest and appreciate what is there. Plus everytime you change what's displayed, you get to appreciate it all over again and remember why you loved it in the first place.

Williams Sonoma Home

Pier 1

Williams Sonoma Home

So this year when it's time for some Spring cleaning, make an appointment with yourself and your home, put on some good music, move some furniture around and change it up a bit! You'll be surprised how good it looks and feels...Happy Spring!


Colour Me Happy said...

I always seem to buy new bedding in the springtime! Maybe it's just that I want to have some colour and freshness on my bed!

decormate1 said...

Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share…from something I wrote this month…
Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!
Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
Bold, baby! Bring on the bold!
Boldly say what you want to say when designing a room. Make a statement and let your personality shine through. If you go in for the palest blues to soothe and relax, add a custom zing to make it pop! Love black and white photography? Maybe even some of that ultra-hot photo alphabet wall art in black and white? Splash in some passionate pink or revved up red on the wall to make it sizzle.
No longer are walls content with neutral shades. Any color of the palette goes! Splash on muted melons or eccentric eggplants with savvy sage. Classic colors cozy up with velvety crimsons and Dijon yellows. Color is fantastically bold and beautiful! Rich textured throws, swags, rugs and runners jazz up every room, every time.
Patterns are all the rage now, too. Twists and twirls, paisleys and pearls-bold is key! Did you ever in a million years think of dotting stripes and striping dots? Designers these days are pulling out all the geometrical stops. Paisley mixes with all sorts of combinations-checks, polkas, and weathered solids. Discover a new way of looking at the world around you in different shapes and deigns.
Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
by T. Miller
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