It’s finally starting to feel like Spring outside, which is good because I’ve had the house ready for Spring since late February. I start that early for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I’m very eager for more light and warmer temperatures come late February into early March so I figure if I bring Spring inside then maybe I’ll start feeling like it really is Spring (even when we have 10 inches of snow). Second, I’m a visual person so I usually have to rearrange things 2, 3 or 4 times before I’m happy with the way something looks.
When I think of Spring decorating I think pastel colors and flowers. Fortunately most of my decor is white or pastel colors so I already have a lot to work with. That doesn’t stop me from occasionally adding to the collection at HomeGoods and I definitely move things to different rooms each year when I set them up. For example, I used to have the white and blue ceramic jar in the dining room and now I’ve moved it to the family room.
I love decorating with flowers, especially fresh ones but that can get pricey so I use a lot of faux flowers around the home. There are a lot of good quality faux flowers out there, like these tulips. I bought them at TJMaxx a couple of weeks ago. I think that they look like the real deal, although my husband complains that they have a strong plasticy smell (he’s super sensitive to that sort of thing). The smell doesn’t bother me and I’m sure it will eventually wear off. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.
I like to take the petals and bend them in different ways so that they don’t look perfect. I think that this makes them look more real. After all, live flowers are unique and are anything but perfect, especially after a couple of days.
I like the faux flower selection at Pottery Barn. They can be more pricey than other retailers but I’d rather pay a little more for a faux bunch that looks real. Plus, I know I’ll get my money’s worth because I’ll have them forever. (Another advantage the fake flowers have over real ones.) I bought a few bunches of white hydrangea from Pottery Barn about 5 years and they still look great. I placed a small bunch of them in a white tumbler on the coffee table, as seen in the photo below.
Go get flowers (real or fake) and make your house a place that brings a little Spring inside, even if it hasn’t gotten to where you are just yet.