If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom or screened-in porch, consider a refresh this spring. Old school wicker and rattan designs are popular again and can even have a modern feel if you choose more simplelined furnishings. Pick outdoor fabrics in bright fresh hues of hibiscus, lemon and lime for a playful feel.
Take every opportunity to turn off the HVAC system, throw open your doors and windows (preferably those with screens), let the fresh air in and clean out all of those germs of the cold and flu season. Lift those shades, blinds and shutters, and let the sun shine in; it will lift your mood and vitamin D levels. Hit up your local nursery for orchids, ferns, succulents and lilies to bring some green into your rooms.
Also consider the way art or fabrics can transport you to another landscape. A Texas wildflower painting or a fresh English garden rose wallpaper can invigorate and transport you.
5 Spring Spruce Ups
- For those with a black thumb, consider a spectacular porcelain hollyhock in an antique pot or a succulent made from seashells.
- Preserved boxwoods topiaries look sculptural in front of a window or flanking a door, and you can’t kill them!
- Consider a traditional floral chintz pillow to liven up your living room.
- Art can bring in any landscape you’re pining for, or a stunning floral still life for a never-ending bouquet.
- Try a sweet, floral scented candle to bring the garden inside. My favorites are Orange Blossom by Joe Malone and Bamboo by Nest.