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Spring Inspiration

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Spring is a season of new, fresh beginnings. It's a time where nature's glory hits a peak. It is also a great time to update your interior and exterior spaces. The weather is most favorable for taking up home improvement projects. During winter's short daylight hours you have surely noted something that does not become you including everything else that you would like to change once and for all. So, if there is something about your design ensemble that makes you feel uneasy and you simply reached the point where you can't simply ignore it, then it is time to do something about it and shake off those winter blues! Here's how.

Spring cleaning. 

It is time to freshen up your home. How? Get rid of all the unnecessary clutter that you have collected that's getting dusted. So, if you haven't found a spot to permanently place or store that gadget or accessory or ornament then maybe it doesn't really belong there. Just like the above quote suggests, keep the things you love. If you want your home to look its best then you really must get rid of all that's not needed that only adds on a "weary" look to your interior. It also helps to look through your drawers and closets. Arrange your clothing according to their color and you'll end up with a super stylish closet that won't cost you a thing! If you happen to have spare pillows, throws and candles then this is a good time to swap them. Buying an oversized piece of art is an excellent way to create an interesting accent on a boring wall. Also, I strongly recommend to introduce a work of art in your gallery wall or renew some of those family photos and/or quotes as an absolute must!

I read this quote while surfing on the net for design quotes and loved it. Hence, I decided to turn it into a typography poster. It speaks of a basic truth and since we might forget it, this is a great reminder to have somewhere in a home.

A great example of an oversized work of art! Entry designed by architect Dale Hubbard

Color enhancement. 

Perhaps this may be a good time to paint that guest room, basement or even your kitchen that you have put off for so long. If you're still not up for it then, introducing pops of color here and there might be enough to make a change. Bright and deep colors like cobalt blue, indigo, lime and lilac are great colors for creating some beautiful accents here and there. A throw on your sofa in a bright, cheerful color is a real good idea.  New dinnerware is also a fabulous way to introduce your choice of pop color. Personally, I like to change my bedding color scheme. I find it amusing and an inexpensive way to change my mood instantly. Sometimes I buy a new duvet cover, while other times I just buy pillow cases in a different color but in coordination to the existing bedding and it feels like a whole new set (although it costs just a fraction). Using color palette combinations like the ones shown below might come handy as they are great inspiration sources for color coordinated schemes. (I stumbled upon this site a while back with beautiful color combinations based on true inspiration from nature and I 've used it a few times already, I think it's worth visiting if you're color blocked). Another good idea if you are a DIY fan (even a beginner) is to change the color of a piece of furniture i.e. your nightstand or dresser using chalk paint. Check out Annie Sloane's tutorials here on color distressing techniques. You'll be surprised with the result!

 Indigo striped dinnerware
Striped indigo dinnerware

 A bedroom with a teal nightstand and matching throw
The teal nightstand and the matching throw add on the color touches that upgrade this lovely bedroom.

Dip dyed duvet cover
If you're a DIY fan, then dip dying is the thing for you. It's affordable and stylish!

Palette #3266 Palette #3273

 Palette #3265 Palette #3259
Awesome color combinations via that spell out 'Spring is in the Air'

Yes to Wallpaper.

Wallpapers' popularity is growing steadily once again over these last years. I really like them but I admit that I used to hesitate using them some years back. But, wallpapers have come a long way making them a really interesting option to consider. There are some extremely good quality wallpapers with floral or geometric patterns and made of a variety of materials like silk and bamboo thus, they have a wonderful texture and feel to them. Their price tag is not always very attractive however, if you limit the coverage area then you can cut down the cost considerably. The bottom line is that you can decide how far you want to go with them i.e. an accent ceiling, a single wall, a mural, a screen, a fireplace, a vanity room... The outcome is a long-lasting, awesome focal point with a timeless style. If you ask my opinion, wallpaper on accent ceilings is the ultimate style-setter! So, perhaps this is a good time to introduce wallpapers in your home as well.

 accent ceiling in kid's bedroom
A nursery with a striped wallpaper ceiling complimenting the dark accent wall. Brilliant!

 Kitchen with wallpaper on ceiling
A stylish kitchen with a wallpaper accent ceiling

 Wall covering by Phillip Jeffries
Wall covering by designer Phillip Jeffries

 Wallpaper as a mural
Wallpaper mural

 Dining room with wallpaper on walls
Unbelievable elegance mainly due to the wallpaper!

Custom wallpaper in dining room

 Dark wallpaper in a room
Stunning room with dark wallpaper

Green Styling.

This is the perfect time to add some new plants as a style statement and that includes adding fresh flower arrangements just about everywhere. Don't forget to replace any plant that hasn't survived through the winter. Planting herbs and keeping them in the kitchen is one of my favorite things. It comes unbelievably handy to have some fresh basil, rosemary, parsley and spearmint just when you need them. I never thought so until I tried it myself and used them repeatedly in my home cooking. But besides the herbs, there are several low maintenance plants such as the cactus, aloe vera, livistona palm, fern and my all time favorite: the olive tree, that you can introduce in your living room and/or bedroom at an empty corner or even on your coffee table. Plants and flowers are bright reminders to get in touch with nature anytime, all the time and at any place.

 Wild flowers in a jar
Wild flowers in a jar. Image via

 Fresh flowers in a bathroom vanity
Fresh flowers in your bathroom vanity

 large cactus in planter
A big cactus in a weave basket adds a layer of texture and some spring freshness in this minimal white interior.

 cactus on coffee table
A planter with a cactus as coffee table decor!

A mini bar, a fresh flower arrangement, books all add a colorful touch up on this setting. A great blend! Image via elledecor.

An urchin, magazines, coasters and a vase with some fresh flowers in a tray and you're set!

Celebrate spring by embracing all its colors, odors, and sounds... If I was to give you an advice it would be to focus on the people you love and how you share your home and time with them and worry less about everything else. I will surely like to take on this advice myself because the truth is I don't think I do that as much as I should... (but that's something I will be posting about soon)!

Have fun getting inspired and remember to share these simple inspiration tips,


  1. Interesting point of view to have wallpaper on a ceiling!


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