Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bring In Spring!


    It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: 
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. 
                                                           ~Charles Dickens

What a dramatic entry! Bird symphonies, riots of color,  leaves shooting out of trees, sun-filled, balmy days. There is a freshness in the air that beckons and just begs for something new. 
Here--simple, yet delightful spring things to have and to hold.

Watch out for: Yellow mountain lupines. These wildflowers stage a short but spectacular annual show. Look for them on roadsides, where their tall, willowy stems and delicate, buttery flowers literally dance in the breeze.

Have around: Things that have a vintage feel.
Left: Galvanized and copper cans from Jo-Ann's 
$4.99 and $9.99, Below right: Target Home antique green soap 
dispenser and toothbrush holder $12.99 and $9.99

Go sensual all the way: Candles engage your sense of smell and woven items like the bird's nest candle holders here, add texture.
Below: Pottery Barn bird's nest candle holders $12 for 2, Pier 1 Imports Citrus Cilantro candles $.69-$11

Stop and smell the roses: No reason you can't have them while the ones in your garden are not yet in bloom. Stay away from silk ones, they're just tacky. Cuddle up with this one instead.
Right: Pier 1 Imports Green and Yellow Roses pillow $30

Get a dose of color: These pretty hurricanes will 
look right all year long. Use them for votives 
or flowers in the spring,take them outside for
your summer table and fill them with mistletoe
branches in the winter.
Below: Home Inspirations green and yellow 
hurricane candle holders from Jo-Ann's $12.99 each
Below left: Pottery Barn recycled glass fluted jars 
$6 each

Step into spring: Usher in the season right at your front door.
Left: Target Home apple blossom wreath $19.99, Smith & Hawken wreath holder $24.99, Below: Coir doormat $19.99, all available at Target

Add sophistication: The citrus and the season's gray on these pretty pillows will add oomph to your sofa
Dwell Studio for Target toss pillows in Peony available at Target $24.99