How To Transition Your Home Into Spring

Spring is here and that means it’s time to say goodbye to winter. From gathering friends in the back yard to opening the windows to enjoy the breeze, it’s time to ready your home to celebrate the season. Here are some subtle changes you can make that will help you transition your home into spring in style.

Living Spaces

Remove heavy draperies that keep you warm in winter, and replace them with linen or light sheers. You can also update your room with blinds or shades. Also, swap out thick wool rugs for flat weave versions or keep floors bare.

Bathrooms

Change out plush rugs for flat weave versions. Add a plant or a vase with fresh flowers. Then add hand towels in bright spring colors. You can also change your hand soap to one with a light scent.

Dining Room

Swap out heavy drapes for light sheers or consider keeping windows bare. Add greenery to your room. Invest in light colored dinnerware, adding punches of color with accent pieces or even edibles, such as oranges and apples.

Foyer

Freshen up your entryway by removing heavy coats from the closet and putting away boot trays. Hang a festive floral wreath on your front door, and replace tired doormats and throw rugs. If you have a table in your foyer, add a vase filled with greenery or fresh flowers.

Bedrooms

Clean and store heavy linens, and replace with fabric such as cotton or linen, and a light coverlet. Breathable fabrics will help you stay comfortable as temps heat up. Add a vase with flowers to your nightstand, and update spice-scented candles with fragrances such as spring flowers or beach.

Color Crush: Decorating with Green

When it comes to colors, green is a crowd pleaser. From lime to emerald, Kelly, olive and celery, green offers something for everyone. It can be neutral … or not. It can make a statement or it can soothe the soul. It also feels rich (well, it is the color of money and envy.)

Sorry Kermit, but we think it’s easy being green! Find your favorite shade or mix and match a few. Here are five pieces that will turn your home into an inviting retreat.

Celery Green

This soft green chair will go with anything. Pair it with basic beige to add a layer of interest. Use it with black for a dramatic combination. Or mix it with colors such as coral, navy or red for a sophisticated, vibrant palette.

 

Lime Green

The light and bright shade of green will feel like a little bit of spring in your room. This accent chair will bring a bit of spring into your room with its vibrant lime green. Imagine how it will perk up a basic space.

Kelly Green

The luck of the Irish will be with you when you add a bit of Kelly Green to your room. This vibrant shade makes a statement, so use it sparingly, like with this accent chair. The pop of color is playful and fun.

Emerald Green

An emerald green chair brings a rich burst of color to your room and shakes things up. It’s a great choice if you prefer to keep your wall color neutral. It makes a statement without overpowering your room.

 

Olive Green

This deep shade of green is a rich neutral that adds depth to a room without being overpowering. It goes well with black, brown or khaki, and has the feel of causal elegance.

Adding A Touch of Whimsy to Your Décor

Whimsical accents deliver creativity as well as a bit of the fanciful to your décor, turning an ordinary room into a playful place that makes you smile. It’s as easy as choosing unusual artwork, clever hardware or colors that seem to take flight. Here are five easy pieces that are guaranteed to boost your happiness and your sense of whimsy.

Imagine this lovely llama perking up your living room or bedroom. Its colorful tassels and Hawaiian lei help release your inner child and demonstrate that you don’t take life too seriously.

Skull hardware? Why not? Instantly update a cabinet or chest with details that throw caution to the wind and add personality to your space.

The hottest animal of the season is the octopus, and this pillow goes all in with its bedazzled beauty, showing off your trend-setting passion.

A bicycle built for one becomes the coolest barstool in the neighborhood, demonstrating to family and friends that you love to have fun.

A pop of color, especially when it’s an avant-garde banana chair, will lift your spirits and make you feel like a rock star.

Pinterest’s Five Top Home Trends for 2018

Pinterest is a popular place to go for design inspiration. From options for kitchen countertops to ways to dress your bed, you’ve probably gone to the site searching for ideas. The people at Pinterest keep track of popular search words, and release their list of trends based on what people want to see. Here are five of the top home searches that might be on your list of things to do:

Wall Art

Pins for “wall art” were up 637%, which means that bare walls are out. From canvases to metal sculptures, wall art gives you a chance to put your personality on display.

Mixed Metallics

Pins for “mixed metals” were up 423%. We’re combining stainless steel, brass, bronze and rose gold – and looking for inspiration.

 

Source: Pinterest / Terrazzco

Terrazzo Flooring

Pins for “terrazzo” were up 316%, which means the popular speckled flooring of the 1970s is back in fashion.

Source: Pinterest / Apartment Therapy

Statement Ceilings

Look up. Statement ceilings are a trend for 2018, with a 310% increase in pins. Use paint or wallpaper, or create patterns with wood or other textured materials.

Source: Pinterest / HGTV

Spa-Inspired Bathroom

Getting pampered is easy when you design your bathroom to feel like a spa, complete with candles, fluffy white towels and rattan baskets. Pins for “spa bathrooms” were up 269%.

President’s Day: First Lady Style

It may be President’s Day, but our First Ladies deserve some attention, too. In addition to working on issues that affect our country, they’re great role models for their strong sense of personal style. From our current administration to the past few leaders in office, we’ve seen a bold change in politics as well as design taste.

 

Here are the accent chairs we feel are fitting of some of our most recent First Ladies:

Melania Trump

First Lady Melania Trump is known for her striking sense of fashion. Chic and modern, she adds her own twist to a variety of looks to make them her own. Since the Trumps’ New York penthouse is adorned in gold, we felt our Gramercy Wing Chair would complement her style. A traditional wingback chair gets a modern twist with gold velvet upholstery finished in croc pattern. Adorned with hand-applied gold nail head trim, the chair also features stylish Lucite legs that give it an air of extravagance, which is signature Trump.

Michelle Obama

As First Lady, Michelle Obama led the effort to get kids moving. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in the garden or try something different. Her bright and bold personality would be a great fit for our Ethan Chair. Its glamorous green velvet upholstery highlights the curved silhouette, while the gold legs let you know it’s meant for someone unique.

Laura Bush

When Laura Bush was First Lady, she brought a sense of Southern elegance to the White House, looking as confident at important dinners as she did relaxing outdoors. Her Texas home is rich with traditional style as well as rustic touches. Our Palmer Wing Chair would suit her well, with its warm check plaid in gray and marigold, as well as its modified wing style that provides a relaxed twist to classic form.