Spring Fever

tulipsThe other day Jane posted about spring in DC. I guess it’s that time of year, because I’ve been going through major spring fever for the last few weeks.

Normally I can make it through March before spring fever strikes, but some unexpectedly warm weather a week or so ago brought it on early.

During that wonderful early week of warm weather I started going for long walks again on my lunch hour. And even though it’s been much cooler the last few days, I’m still going for those walks. There’s something about being outside in the middle of the day — in the sun — that makes the rest of the work day go by much more quickly.

However, what’s really hitting me this year with spring fever, is a desire to add some touches of spring inside my home. It’s way too early here to think about putting any container plants on my patio — although I’d dearly like to be able to do so. In the meantime, I want to make a few inexpensive indoor changes to make it feel more like spring has arrived.

As a first step in spring decorating, I’m going to swap out my winter quilt this afternoon for one I have stored away in pretty spring colors. That’ll pretty much do it for my bedroom, but my living room could really use some help. I love my furniture, but it’s all rather dark, and the pillows and throws I have are all in more winter-like colors (dark reds, golds, and greens).I wish I was handy and owned a sewing machine, because I’d really like to try to put light slip covers on my furniture for the spring and summer.

Since I’m not remotely handy, I won’t be making any slip covers. And I’ve looked at prices for nice slip covers, and they seem to be way out of my current decorating budget. So, I think a visit to some discount home stores may be in order to try and find some pillows in lighter colors.

Other than that, I’m stumped. Do you have any quick, inexpensive decorating tricks to make your home feel more like spring? LinnieGayl

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9 Responses to “Spring Fever”

  1. Jane AAR says:

    Well, I work at a shop that has been spring since mid-February. We sell things like ceramics, trays, knick-knacks, that sort of thing. So here are my suggestions:

    -flowers, real or fake. my room was brightened considerably with a spray of artificial purple flowers (not certain of the variety, but certainly spring-like).
    -spring placemats on your table. you can get some really pretty, colorful, and inexpensive placemats to brighten your table. (or a spring-y tablecloth, too)
    -spring-colored candles, even if you don’t light them.
    -spring-themed kitchen towels

    Most of this involves buying things, which is too bad, but most of those things can be got for less than $10, I’d think. Good luck decorating!

  2. Magdalen says:

    Find a forsythia bush (yours, or a friend/neighbor — but someone generous & friendly because you’ll need permission), cut long stems/branches that are still bare. Put them in water and they should flower for you inside your house. (This rather assumes you’re someplace cold enough that forsythia hasn’t already bloomed, like here where I am!)

  3. LeeB. says:

    One good use of old calendars is to save particular pictures you like and frame those. If you have some old picture/diploma frames that you aren’t using, replace the picture/diploma with a spring-like picture or photo and stick that up on the wall. Or put those propped up on a fireplace, top of a bookshelf or on the kitchen counter.

  4. LinnieGayl says:

    Jane, I like your ideas, and they shouldn’t cost that much.

    Magdalen, I love forsythias, and had no idea you could get a bare branch to flower….will have to find someone with a bush!

    Lee, swapping out some pictures is an interesting idea.

    Thanks, everyone!

  5. CindyS says:

    I have a hard time changing up for spring.

    One thing I have is a table runner in bright red – I will put in on a bed all in white – people think it’s a fancy bed sheet I have but for 10 bucks, it can be used on a mantle or on a shelf.

    I do have seasonal (for lack of a better term) throw pillows. In fact, Bob said I wasn’t allowed to buy any more pillows. I tend to like them for a season and then I’m done.

    Bright coloured towels in the bathroom – even little coloured soaps in the shape of birds eggs are cute to put out. I just took out my reindeer towels down although our white wreath is still hanging on the interior door.

    I was at Home Depot today and they had Hydrangea bushes (huge) for like 16 dollars. That alone would do it ;)

    Cindys

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