Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Adding Spring to Your Home

I don't know about you but this NEVER ENDING winter weather is really getting on my nerves.  I think I have a bit of seasonal depression because of it. 
I've never been more eager to have it warm up so I can open the doors and windows and get my spring cleaning done.  When I'd come home from school and my mom would have everything wide open and airing out, and everything would be pulled off the shelves and walls to be wiped and vaccumed and washed, was always when I felt like spring had come.  Life seems to be a bit stuck on winter mode until that happens for me.

So in an effort to throw off some of this "blahness" (I'm sure that isn't a word but I'm using it) I've been looking at some ways to quickly, easily, and cheaply add some of that spring feeling to my home in the mean time.

Flowers and greenery

Nothing brightens up a room like something living!  Having a vase of flowers on your table or desk totally brightens that area.  And if you want something that will last a lot longer, or if you're like me and have a black thumb, there are gorgeous faux flowers and greenery for very reasonable prices.  Check out Ikea or I've even found beautiful fake orchids at Safeway for a good price.


Source: via Kirsten on Pinterest

Recover some throw pillows and add a light throw or a fun rug in a bright colour. Add a new vase or lamp or even pull books with bright covers off the shelf and use them in a more obvious place.  All inexpensive ways to switch things up a bit.  Switching out some of your accessories for something in a bright hue adds colour and make the space feel new and exciting again. 


Painting a wall or a piece of furniture can totally change and brighten a space on a budget.  You can even make an old lamp or vase new for the cost of a can of spray paint.  I like this because if you want to switch it up in the fall you can without feeling too bad.


Part of that spring feeling is adding more light to your space.  Cleaning your windows (when you can finally get out to do that) will instantly make your room brighter.  It's amazing how dingy they get over the winter!  If you have heavy curtains that aren't used for privacy or light control reasons you could consider changing them out with something lighter for the spring/summer seasons.  This will allow more light into your room and the light fabric will lend a light and airy feel to the whole room.


Clear out all that clutter that's gathered over the winter.  Every once in awhile, usually at the change to spring or fall for me, I like to clear all the little stuff out of the space leaving only the furniture.  It gives me a chance to look at everything I've accumulated all laid out and decide what I really like and what is working and what might just be adding to a cluttered or unharmonious look.  I can clean off all the surfaces and items properly and place them where they will look best.  A bonus of this for me (I seem to get tired of things quickly and crave change) is that I end up with a bit different look without spending any money.

And someday, whenever it may come, I will throw open my doors and windows and do a thorough clean and it will truly be spring for me!

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Chair Recovered

I had been thinking about getting a pair of chairs to flank my fireplace when we eventually mount the tv over it.  Since what I had my eye on wasn't at all in my budget right now, I jumped at an inexpensive stand in when it came up.

I got two of these chairs for cheap...$10 right in my budget!  They were simple, sturdy, comfortable, and I liked that they were kind of mid century modern which is the era my house was built in so I thought they'd fit the style.

Here's a couple of before and after shots!

And After

I'll hopefully get a tutorial up in the next couple of day.  I've been very busy with clients and life these days so the blog has been a little neglected, sorry!  I've also been working on a little makeover for my living room so most of my "free time" has been going into that.  But on the bright side I'll have some new pictures and maybe a couple of tutorial posts from it soon!  Stay tuned!