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5 Ways to Refresh for Spring

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Spring is finally here! The weather has been unpredictable, but we seem to have finally turned a corner and you know what that means. Spring cleaning and making a few small changes to give your space a refresh.

1. Add Greenery

This is the first thing I do in my own home, and all it takes is a trip to the local nursery. But what’s maybe even more fun is gathering vessels to plant your new green babies in. Think outside the box and reach for flea market finds that you normally wouldn’t think of as planters. I like to group the majority of my greenery in the room with the best light, the dining room in my home, and then spread a few others throughout for a fresh vibe.

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2. Rearrange Your Tables

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Swap out the lamps on your nightstands, rotate out the books on your coffee table, add some fresh flowers to both. It’s super easy to grab different things from around the house and made your tables feel bright and fresh and renewed.

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3. DIY a Piece of Large Scale Art

Gather some inspiration and roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get busy creating. A statement piece hanging over your sofa or acting as an alternative headboard can change up the entire room for a fraction of the cost of buying one. Plus, when someone asks who the artist is you get to take all of the credit!

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4. Add a Mirror

Want to make your space feel bigger or give it some new dimension? A mirror is your answer. Whether you want to change up the one over the bathroom sink or add a floor length piece to your foyer you won’t regret it.

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5. Use a Bold Color

Maybe it’s not a brand new blue couch, but a brand new bold color is sure to make your space feel refreshed. A new pouf, floor rug, or piece of art would have the same effect for a smaller chunk of your pocketbook. The point is to create a new spot in the room for your eyes to gravitate towards.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Mood Board to Room: Paris in the Spring

Strolling along the Seine, searching for the perfect antique treasures in the brocantes, eating croissants in a little cafe, admiring the abundant bouquets at the flower stalls … who wouldn’t love Paris in the springtime? Travel can provide some of the best decorating inspiration around, and Paris is simply a natural when it comes to style of all kinds. In this post, I will walk you through the process of creating a Paris mood board, and translating that to concrete ideas you can use in your own home. Ready? Let’s go to Paris!


Photos: The Paris Print Shop

In the inspiration board shown above, I have pulled together some of the most charming elements you might find while walking around the city streets of Paris: a smattering of pastel colored cafe tables, towering stacks of vintage books, bouquets of pink ranunculus, wrought iron balconies, plush antiques, and of course, the striking figure of la Tour Eiffel in the background. Le sigh.

So, how to begin pulling this inspiration together into something that you can actually use in your own home, even though you are likely thousands of miles away from grand Paris? Start by identifying some of the features that are easy to replicate at home: fresh bouquets of flowers, bistro-style chairs, and a print or map of Paris would be easy enough to track down, and will add lots of charm on a dime.


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To take your inspiration a bit further, it helps to take a peek inside an actual Paris apartment, like the gorgeous one shown above. The first thing you might notice is that the French are not afraid to mix things up – a stately tufted velvet sofa and classical flowing drapes stand happily alongside a modernist coffee table and unique artwork. But look a little closer, and you will notice there is something of a formula at work here: the classical “bones” of the apartment, including crisp white walls, subtle carpeting, and a few big classic pieces of furniture set the stage for the more eclectic accents.

Tips for decorating, Parisian style:

- Start with a clean, crisp white paint on the walls (tip: try Oxford White or Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore)

- Roll out a subtle + super-soft rug in pale blue or white

- Embrace luxurious textures like velvet and taffeta

- Have fun hunting for antiques at the flea market to add character

- Mix things up with a few very modern pieces

- Integrate small flashes of bold color (like pink) in accessories + artwork


Photo: French By Design

To pull it all together, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces that would work very well together in a chic, eclectic Paris-style living room. Begin with a few coats of crisp white paint on the walls, add in an antique gold-framed mirror above the mantle, a tufted velvet sofa, and a modern chair. Add a soft, Moroccan-style rug on the floor, toss a few hot pink pillows on the couch, and hang a vintage-reproduction map of Paris on your wall. Then all you need to do is buy yourself a baguette, and cue up the Edith Piaf on the gramophone!

Shopping Guide: Surya Morrocan Ogree pillow in Magenta; Safavieh Barcelona Shag in White and Silver; 1890 Guilmin Map of Paris.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Creating A Cozy Outdoor Space

I don’t know about you, but I live in the Midwest. If the weather is above 45° and the snow has melted, Spring has sprung. I’ve been hunkered down for the last 4 months, and I want some sunshine on my legs and fresh breeze on my face…even if that fresh breeze is crisp. That’s what coffee and blankets are for. Needless to say, I’ve been begging my husband to pull out the patio furniture from storage.

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Via Elle Decoration Photo by Katarina Malmstrom

Last year I started to decorate my outdoor space, but I stopped when it came to rugs. With so many beautiful patterns, shapes, and colors to choose from, how could I choose just one direction? This year is another story. I’ve got my inspiration set, and I’m ready to shop.

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An outdoor rug will give your space that needed focal point. It really doesn’t matter if it’s small or large. What does matter is creating that cozy space…the space you want to relax in. By defining your space, you tie all the patio decor together. It’s an easy way to bring in some extra color, texture, and pattern. Plus, you are increasing your square footage. Outdoor rugs are just the foundation you need that will take your space from ho-hum to shazam!

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Whether your style is chic, eclectic, boho, modern or romantic, here’s some inspiration that’s sure to dazzle your eyes. Here are a few that have caught my attention:

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  1. Surya Alfresco

  2. Jaipur Rugs Desert Mojave

  3. Trans Ocean Imports Toulouse Kilim

  4. Trans Ocean Imports Toulouse Texture

  5. Kaleen Five Seasons

  6. Surya Picnic

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House of Hipsters!

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Refresh Your Home for Spring

When the short, dark days of winter are over, you can practically hear the collective sigh of relief … spring is here, hooray! Why not take advantage of the natural boost in energy and positivity you feel at the start of spring to refresh your home? A bit of cleaning, clutter clearing, and decorating, and your home will be feeling fresh and new.

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Photo credit: Laura Gaskill

It’s best to do the cleaning and decluttering steps before moving onto decorating, because in the process of clearing things out you will find fresh new ways to use your old things.

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Photo credits: Real Simple, Ikea, Shira Gill.

Step 1: Clean. To make cleaning chores more pleasant, I think it’s so important to use tools you really like, like a cheerful vintage enamel bucket and natural fiber brushes. Also, there’s really no need to use the harshest cleaning products on the market – choose some natural products that smell great, and you won’t dread cleaning. Remove dust from window ledges, baseboards, and blinds, clean the floors, shine up mirrors and windows, and launder small washable rugs and cushion covers.

Step 2: Declutter. Clearing clutter can make your space feel larger and lighter. This is an essential step to work through before moving on to decorating, because sometimes simply having less stuff in your home can make it feel so much better, you realize you don’t need a thing!

Step 3: Decorate. Once your space is fresh, clean, and clutter free, it’s time to look around and consider what small tweaks would make the biggest impact to update your home for the season. For spring, consider lighter rugs, floaty white curtains, or new pillow covers in fun prints. And of course you can never go wrong with flowers – pick up a bouquet and divide it up between small vases to place in each room.

Step 4: Enjoy! When your work is done, sit down with something yummy to drink and a good book or fresh magazine, light a few candles, and savor your beautiful space.

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Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Lotta Jansdotter for Surya TextilaAmer Rugs ElanaLotta Jansdotter for Surya Textila in Cobalt and MossGenevieve Gorder Spear collection in beige and blue.

What are you planning to refresh in your home this spring?

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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