How to Refresh for Spring

How to Refresh for Spring

Hello & happy Spring!  Aren’t you so glad it’s spring again?  I know I am.  I am ready for warmer temps and lots of sunshine.  Of course I live in Texas so that means I’ll be complaining about those exact things in a few short months. Well, besides the weather the change of seasons also means it’s time to refresh our homes.  Bring some outdoors in along with color.  That’s exactly what I want to talk about today.  And get ready, there are lots of pics in this post.

So, I don’t claim to be an expert in this area; however, I have learned a few things with years of practice.  Here’s the strategy I use when I want to change things up a bit, but don’t necessarily want to go out and buy all new stuff.

First, I gather my decor items in one area and start the room with a clean, empty slate.  By doing this I feel free to change things up from what they were before and see items in a new way.  Also, sometimes just by moving things around it feels like everything is new again.

 

 

decor items gathered in one spot for a spring refresh

 

Okay, so here’s all the stuff I have to work with for this project.

And, here’s my living room that I’ll be working on.

 

 

 

blank slate living room ready for a refresh

 

Now, one rule of thumb I try to use when arranging items for a table is:

  1. place a vertical /tall item – think signs, candles, statues, art
  2. add a horizontal item – think books, art, trays
  3. bring in something shiny – metals, mercury glass, mirrors
  4. add a natural object – anything of interest from nature (even if it’s faux)

 

So, I began my work with my console table. For the bottom shelf I added a metal turquoise tray  for my vertical item.  Next I brought in a wicker basket for my horizontal item.  I added flowers to the basket for my natural item.  For shiny, I have sequins on the bunny and a light up candle.  However, after Easter I will be changing out the bunny and added some mercury glass.

 

styled console table

 

For the top, I added a sign and a horse statue for my vertical element, a mirror for my horizontal element, a small pot of grass for my natural, and my lamp and gold sculpture are my shiny.  I also added a couple of framed pics and another touch of turquoise with a small bird.

Next, I needed to work on my accent table.  This sits between two chairs.  On this table, I have a tall lamp, a horizontal metal tray that’s filled with a bird’s next and eggs.  I have also added a small vase of tulips.

 

accent table with birds nest and tulips

 

 

side table with vases and flowers

 

I used the same formula for my coffee table.  This time, I corralled all the items in a turquoise tray.  However, I still have a shiny mercury glass candle, a tall bunny figure, and a vase of peonies sitting next to a short stack of books.

 

living room decorated for spriing

 

And, here’s a close up pic of the tiered tray that sits on my kitchen island all ready for spring.  For this, I filled it with spring blooms and a few small Easter touches.  However, I save the bottom tier for our fruit.

 

 

tiered tray and breakfast area

 

So, that’s my simple formula for refreshing my space.  I hope it helps you to do the same.  I think by having a set of “rules” to follow it makes the task a little easier.  Otherwise it can feel very overwhelming.  And just for fun, here’s a few more pics of some spring decor.

 

entry with large bunny

 

dining room console styled for spring

 

dining table

 

kitchen

 

tulips in frame

 

So, how do you style for spring?  Do you have any rules or formulas that help you to get the job done?  I’d love to hear them.  So, make sure to comment below.  Also, don’t forget, you can sign up to receive my posts delivered straight to your inbox here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time~

 

 

 

 

 

Angie The Freckled Rose

25 Comments

  1. Hi Jenny, I love to decorate and refresh my house too. Use what I have instead of buying new stuff. Though, Homegoods is my go to store for home decor when I need something. Let’s get real. It’s when I want something. I never really need anything.
    I like my house to feel warm and happy. I think Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Tulips and daffodils are my sign that Spring is here. Looking through your pictures, I noticed a couple of items we have in common. I have that black sign with inspirational sayings on it. I also have the horse. I bought mine at Z Gallery. I love it. It’s on my console in my kitchen. I want to take a picture to show you. Not sure how to add a picture to this comment.
    If you are interested in viewing my blog it’s called FarfromPerfectme.wordpress.com. Keep in mind it is a little scatterbrained at the moment. My random thoughts and ideas. Trying to figure it all out. I might need to change the name of my blog to scatterbrained me. 😉
    Thanks for sharing your ideas. 😍
    ~Becca

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      Hi Becca! I’m so glad you stopped by. 🙂 I’ll definitely come visit your blog as well. I’m glad you liked the pics. That is funny that we have the same stuff. I guess great minds think alike. 🙂 Yes, I love Home Good too. I try not to go too often because I can always find something I want. I hope you’ll come back soon.

  2. Everything looks so lovely! I just love spring. I love the time when everythings blooming 🙂

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      Thanks Cristina. I agree – spring is so pretty. I wish it would last just a little longer in Texas. It seems like we go from spring to summer in a few short weeks. I’m glad you stopped by today.

  3. I like the way you showed the before, during, and after stages of your spring decorating project. Great tips for creating vignettes! Everything looks quite fresh and lovely.

  4. Beautiful! I love your “rules”… I try to add a variety of textures, shapes and sizes for interest but am not nearly so good about decorating for the seasons.

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      Thanks Joanne. I probably forgot to mention that I also try to incorporate different textures. It’s hard to remember everything that is in your head when you do something and then turn it into a list. 🙂 Oh well. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I am visiting from the Coffee and Conversation link-up! I love your “formula” for items to group together. Am jotting that down!

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      I’m so glad. Maybe that will help when you’re styling your own home. You’ll have to let me know. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

  6. Hi! I’m one of the co-hosts from the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Up. I’m in love with your living area. The colors and decor are just soo pretty for spring! I love the info you give on mixing it up and how to style everything! It’s so inviting and pretty!

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      Oh my goodness! That is so nice of you to say. I am flattered. Please come visit again. I’ll definitely be dropping by the weekly link ups.

  7. I’m skipping the easter bit (which is cute) and simply focussing on me loving your house! It is beautiful! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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        Well, thanks Lisa. That’s so nice. I’m glad you came by. By the way, thinks for hosting the link up.


  8. What beautiful ideas and inspiration for spring, Jenny! I particularly like your idea of taking everything out and starting fresh in a room. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas and your home with us at Hearth and Soul. Yours is one of the featured posts this week. The link party is live now, hope to ‘see’ you there!

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      Thanks so much for visiting. I am so flattered to be featured. I appreciate that and I’m glad my tips could help.

  9. Jennifer,
    What a beautiful home you have and I love your tip on how to decor. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. I am pinning for furture.

  10. Such great tips for everyone! I love your design inspo for decorating shelves and how you pick pieces out. For someone who does not feel like they can decorate, this gives them a great starting point! Thanks for linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday! Hope you make it to our instagram pages and join our #tuesdaydwellings hashtag and play this week 🙂

    Happy monday!
    Jess

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      Thanks Jess. I am glad my “formula” for decorating was helpful. I’ll definitely look for you on IG.

  11. I love the idea of taking everything out of the room and starting from scratch. I move stuff around but I think that would be helpful. Your house is beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.

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      Aww. That’s sweet Christine. The chairs are from Restoration Hardware. I love those white cabinets too. They make everything feel bright and open. In my last house I had to paint the kitchen cabinets. That is a BIG job! Good luck with yours.

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