Depending on where you live, it might be a little early to look for signs of spring. You also may be looking for signs of fall, if you live south of the equator. But around here, those first signs of spring are so encouraging. Here in Idaho, we have long, cold winters. By the time March comes around, anything with green or a little color – such as the first crocus or hyacinth – is cause for celebration.
Sometimes, we have to find our dose of color elsewhere; in our home decor, maybe some new table linens in spring colors, around the house that really announce the arrival of spring.
Because our winters are so cold, I have winter drapes/curtains that are made from heavy fabric to keep as much cold out as possible. When the temps warm up, I take those down and put up my spring drapes/curtains made of lighter fabric, pretty colors, or simple white curtains that will blow in the breeze when I can open the windows.
I change the pillow covers from fall/winter colors (rich jewel tones, which I love) to ones that are lighter, spring colors, for instance, white and natural backgrounds with some appliqued flowers with simple shapes, some with raw edges, straight-stitched around the flower edges. I’ll put away the crocheted ‘blankies’ we keep on the couch to use on cold winter nights to snuggle in while watching a movie.
Another thing is putting away some of the decorative doo-dahs I have around. Clearing clutter can bring a fresh new look into a room. Not that I consider my favorite things clutter, mind you, but putting some away for the summer can give you a new look, and it’s all brand new again in the fall!
If you have quilts hanging on the walls as I do, switch them out. Taking down the wintery ones and putting up some more spring/summer-like quilts will definitely give your home a new look, and you haven’t spent a dime!
My final tip: this month’s issue is full of colorful projects, some of them quick and easy. Have fun bringing in spring, and if you’re south of the equator, just do the opposite and bring in some fall!