Welcome to Project Design! Today I’m joining this fun series hosted by Cindy of Rough Luxe Lifestyle, Mary Ann of Classic • Casual • Home and Annie of Most Lovely Things along with a few other fabulous designers to share some simple ideas on how to bring a touch of spring into your home. I just love these bloggers! Wait until you see their beautiful ideas!
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I could not love this topic more because winter in New England lasts a bit too long for me – around this time every year I am so over the frigid cold and can’t wait for more sunshine, warmer temps and trees starting to bloom!
Here are a few ways you can usher a little spring into your living room – even if it’s freezing outside.
ONE | CHANGE OUT PILLOW COVERS
I know – Captain Obvious!! But seriously, this is the easiest trick in the book for bringing in a fresh pop of color. Pillow covers are such a quick and affordable way to freshen up your space!
I much prefer new covers to buying more pillows with inserts because I don’t have a lot of storage space in this house. Grab a few down pillow inserts and then you can vary the look of a room through the seasons or when you need a change, and only store the covers.
For squares look for 20″ or 22″ pillows or bigger for a higher end look. Sometimes I have found 20″ down pillows in pairs at Homegoods and they are great to use as is or with covers. Use inserts that are 2″x2″ bigger than the pillow cover for a fuller, comfier pillow instead of a flat pancake (so buy 22″x22″ pillow inserts for 20″x20″ pillow covers.)
I ended up buying these solid blush pink pillow covers you see above (listed as mauve but most definitely not mauve!) without a plan of where they would go and was amazed how they went with my next recommendation…..
TWO | TRY SOME NEW ART
If you’re tired of what you’re looking at every single day and are yearning for a change, there are many affordable art options available. Find something that speaks to you!
For some fresh spring/summer color I downloaded this print – Cove by LaurieAnn Gonzalez at Juniper Print Shop – for $20 and then had it printed on canvas ($53 on sale with shipping for a 30″x40″ canvas). When the weather warms up I’ll DIY a frame for it like I did here but in the meantime I’m loving this subtle piece with it’s pretty blues, greens and soft peachy pinks.
THREE | RESTYLE BOOKSHELVES
A great way to change up the look of your living room and bring in some spring. (Do you see all that darkness to the left in this photo? That’s the dreary winter light that makes me need a living room refresh. And also a flight to someplace warm and sunny!! 🙂 )
I have resisted the whole “turn the books around” trick for a long time (because how will we find books we want?) but truthfully, the books I’ve put in these shelves have been untouched since I gave this room a makeover for the One Room Challenge almost 2 years ago! I gave it a whirl and I must admit, I love the neutral, calming affect! Plus, I’m using what I already have, and using what you already have in a new way is always awesome right?
Bookshelves are another perfect place for downloadable art that you can change out easily, inexpensively and not feel too committed to. This pretty print – Abstract Art No. 24 – is by Jenny Kun of The Crown Prints on Etsy and is only $5.90 to download. It reminds me of spring blooms; I printed it at home onto 8×10 photo paper and popped it into frame with a mat (you can also have it printed at Staples or even Fed Ex on one of their high end printers for better quality color).
FOUR | ADD IN SOME FRESH PLANTS
The best accessory to a room – living, green plants that add fresh organic color and purify the air!
Weak winter sunlight and my sore neglect have killed nearly every houseplant this year (see the poor peace lily to the left above that I am trying to nurse back to health?) Snake plants are highly recommended for being hardy and withstanding low light, so I’m giving this one a try. At any rate, every room benefits visually from fresh (or really good faux) greenery, and they are also good for your health too!
If you’re not digging the flower selection at your local market, try just a bunch or two of fresh greens to get you through the end of winter onto spring.
This love bug hasn’t experienced spring yet, but she has discovered mud and of that – she is a fan!