Does spring fever have a grip on anyone else? You know, that itch to go out and start digging in the dirt even though you know full well that the ground is probably still hard as a rock and that there is still lots of time left for the snow to fly! It makes me want to draw garden blueprints and buy every flower in sight at the grocery store to liven up the last days of winter while I impatiently (insert me tapping my foot) wait for official season for digging in the dirt to arrive!
My case of spring fever is at an all time high this year because we have had waves of unusually warm temperatures here in the heartland. When you are out cleaning up the yard in t-shirts in February, and bulbs that shouldn’t make an appearance for another month are already standing tall, it makes it really hard to remember that is still winter! While it may be way too early to start breaking out the gardening tools, it is the absolute perfect time to peruse your spring decor for gaps that you can start looking to fill in preparation for the calendar to announce the official start of the spring season!
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Very few people, myself included, have time to change out their entire home decor from season to season. To make my life easier I only give one or two areas a complete overhaul. Since most of the areas will not get changed out, I put together the basic bones of my decor with vignettes that can easily be changed out from one season to the next. (See this post!) There are a few key items I collect that I consider essential to each particular time of year to help me make updating each display for the new season fast and easy.
Today I’m revealing spring decor essentials that I stockpile to make the transition from the cocooning of winter to the new beginnings and color of spring!
Spring Decor Essential #1–Nests!
I collect nests of all shapes and sizes!
Empty nests, nests with eggs, nests made of metal and nests made of realistic natural materials! I love them all!
Smaller versions can be tucked in among your existing accessories so easily.
Larger versions like this giant one in the terrarium can be used to hold other items in your vignette.
They are easy to add to existing displays, are typically neutral in color so they don’t fight with colors of other components, and they are traditionally very cost effective. Some are even downright cheap!!! Shop for nests at places like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, but don’t forget to watch for them in your local design and decor shops too.
If you have strong colors in your rooms, like my china blue walls in the living room, adding in natural pieces provide interest and seasonal flavor to your tabletop decor without introducing colors that are at odds with their surroundings.
Spring Decor Essential #2–Birds & Bunnies!
In our neck of the woods there are two true signs that spring has arrived–bunnies and birds!!! In fact the birds already seem to be in full spring mode as the flit around finding the perfect building materials for their nests. The bunnies have also come out in force to happily play their games of chase all around the yard. It is usually fairly easy to pick up various versions of these critters for tucking into existing decor to bring a touch of spring into your rooms.
Again, I tend to stick with those that are neutral in color so that they can be used anywhere in the house regardless of a room’s color scheme. This also allows them to work with any future changes to the wall or furniture colors.
I am particularly fond of these shabbied cast iron versions because they look right at home with my cottage style.
Although, this little beauty won my heart while on a trip to New Orleans with its jeweled button wings and spiffy little crown!
And, who could resist this sweet little cherub holding a bird in a nest! He’s small enough to easily work into existing displays, yet big enough to make a noticeable impact.
These wooden rabbits can be used together, alone, over a doorway, in the middle of a gallery wall or layered over something like this iron gate. They can even be used in table top vignettes simply leaning up against other objects!
Since I am a self-professed bunny addict, this is also the perfect time to display any Easter bunnies that you have collected! I just take the holiday specific rabbits down once Easter has passed.
Spring Decor Essential #3–Branches & Florals!
These may be strictly traditional, like these pussy willow branches in a vintage coffee server that are coupled with bare branches adorned with bird’s nests.
But I also gravitate towards items that are more whimsical in nature like these glass pea pods adorning a faux boxwood wreath.
Pick up a bouquet of real flowers to tuck into one of your favorite ironstone, china, or silver containers. Tulips and iris from the grocery story add a pop of color in a silver serving piece using a simple DIY flower bonnet that makes flower arranging effortless. These handy creations also allow you to turn any type of container into a vase for flowers.
Or add high quality faux florals to wreaths or vases!
One of my favorite early spring touches is to use small bundles of good quality faux flowers bundled together and placed haphazardly in existing displays to add punches of color to spring decor.
First and foremost, buy what you love! Maybe you are not a fan of nests. To bring that natural element into your spring decor consider filling empty space in crates or containers being displayed with Spanish moss. Not a fan bunnies, but the return of the frogs croaking out by a pond says spring to you? Go out and find yourself some sweet little frogs to place in your existing decor!
I like to invest in high quality faux florals that will last several seasons and look real enough to combine in arrangements with real flowers. This is one of my tricks when I want a large bouquet, but don’t want to spend tons of money on real flowers or can’t find exactly what I want. Also be sure to buy varieties that you can easily change out as the growing season progresses. Start in early spring by adding a pot of faux pansies or vase of lilacs to one of your vignettes. Later in the season, pull it out of the display and replace it with a potted geranium of a similar size.
Spring fever got a hold on you? While it may not be wise to give in and start digging in the dirt too early, it is the perfect time to cool the fever by giving your rooms a fast and easy spruce with fresh spring essentials that exude your personal style and help you hold on until the season officially arrives!
Hugs ’til next time!
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