Spring is around the corner, at least I hope it is after the coldest, wettest winter in recent memory. Today I’m sharing a few simple, minimal effort, ways to refresh your home for spring.
It is cold here in Northern California. Unusually cold. And wet. We even had snow. But have no fear. Signs of spring are in the air. Daffodils are blooming, birds are chirping and daylight savings is days away.
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Today I’m talking about some simple, minimal effort, ways I’m refreshing my home for Spring.
I’m joining up with Cindy, Mary Ann, and Annie who have lots of inspiring ideas to get your home spring-ready! You’ll find their links at the end.
Here’s what I’m doing at Snowberry …
ON THE PORCH
First things first, after the cold, wet and windy winter our porch got a good spring cleaning. A broom and my lightweight blower are all that was needed to remove winter’s debris and provide a clean slate. I also washed our Dutch door and porch windows. The rest of the house windows will have to wait until the current storm system passes. Oh and our lanterns also got a good cleaning. It’s amazing how dirty they get. Ugh.
Once everything was spic and span, out came my spring doormat, I bought this one last year and still love it. My wildflower wreath is also in good shape, but it’s no longer available. This one is similar. The local nurseries and grocery stores are stocking up on spring blooms and I’m working on refreshing all our planters and window boxes.
We’re lucky to have a small, covered front porch and I love having a bench where I can sit and enjoy my morning cocoa, afternoon ice tea or evening cocktail. I can’t wait for warmer days to start enjoying time out here again.
ON THE TABLE
Suddenly I’m a tablecloth connoisseur. I mean tablecloths for everyday, not just special occasions. And I adore my newly acquired Lily of the Valley tablecloth from the Monique Lhuillier x Pottery Barn collection. I also indulged in the line’s etched wine goblets … although I use them more as iced tea or water glasses. They pair beautifully with my Moroccan drinking glasses. It may be cold and dreary outside, but when we sit down at the table it feels like spring!
The rest of my spring table is a hodgepodge of things pulled from the cupboards. My round, woven placemats are dusty blue (they look green). I think the dark green or ivory would be pretty too. I used a solid green linen napkin, but I love this Provence striped option.
Pitchers filled with grocery store flowers make great centerpieces … as do bowls filled with seasonal fruits and veggies. The last of our Meyer lemon harvest are on the table … and I’ve got a bowl of artichokes in the kitchen on the coffee bar/buffet. They look so good I’ll probably cook them this weekend. One of my favorite Instagramers, Kaleb Wise, recently shared his simple method for cooking artichokes.
AROUND THE HOUSE
Spring bulbs and flowers from the grocery store or clipped-from-the-garden are my minimal effort ways to add touches of spring to the house. I bought an inexpensive pot of daffodils at Trader Joe’s and plopped it right into the seagrass bowl my friend, Kim, gifted me. No repotting necessary.
Hellebores are the first flowers in to bloom in our garden.
Followed by camellias.
Beyond flowers and plants, I rely on my decorating trifecta … pillows, trays and throws. A quick change out of any or all of these pieces will give your room a fresh look for the season.
I also switch out my coffee table books to reflect the light and bright colors of spring.
And I recently added these inexpensive faux moss balls to a large wooden bowl.
ON THE PATIO
When I planned this post, I hoped we’d have our spring patio up and running by this weekend’s time change. As we did last year.
At this point I hope we can take the covers off and pull the cushions and pillows out of storage by April.
Tip for any of you currently shopping for patio furniture … ALWAYS BUY THE FURNITURE COVERS. It may cost a little more, but trust me, it’s worth it and you won’t be sorry.
IN THE GARDEN
It’s never too early to plan your spring and summer garden. And I’m excited to see ours come to life over the next few months. I’m not a knowledgeable gardener but I’m an enthusiastic one. These are some of the tools I can’t live without for garden puttering.
First of all … flexible plastic buckets. I have them in several sizes and keep them handy in the front and back yards to easily toss weeds and other garden debris. I also keep one filled with potting soil. It’s easy to grab both handles with one hand freeing up the other to carry something else … like a plant, or glass of wine. Last year I bought a gathering basket which makes me feel very chic while swanning around clipping flowers, picking citrus and or harvesting tomatoes and other herbs and veggies from our raised beds.
Martha Stewart always says ‘you must have the proper tools’ and a good pair of clippers is essential. If you going to splurge on anything this is where to do it. Other essentials for the garden are gloves (and a good hand cream), a protective sun hat and garden shoes (it took me a long time, and many pair of ruined shoes, to catch on). And, of course, you can’t be without a cute watering can.
Spring Garden Chores: I picked up a couple of tips this week, from Loi, of Tone on Tone, who fertilized his boxwoods with Espoma Plant-Tone. And Molly in Maine who says she learned (from Loi!) to feed her hydrangeas with Epsoma Holly-Tone in April/May. I’ve ordered both and I know my boxwoods and hydrangeas will look better than ever.
Planting veggies is still a ways off. I have a tendency to jump the gun on planting tomatoes. This year I swear I’m going to show restraint. My friend Kim’s father is a wonderful gardener, known for his tomatoes, and Kim has promised to let me know when he gives the go ahead to plant. If you plant from seed you’ve probably already started. That’s an advanced maneuver and beyond me.
SPRING INSPIRED SHOPPING FUN ~
So there you have it.
As promised …
Simple, minimal effort, ways to refresh your home for spring.
Now let’s visit my friends for their spring ideas.
As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
See you Saturday when I join Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.
Until then, cheers from Snowberry!