Spring Prep

It’s getting warmer, right?

Who am I kidding, even the underwear model on the Calvin Klein billboard outside my office window looks like she’s shivering. Let’s pretend that the buds are thinking about opening and that spring is just around the corner.

Hit up a florist’s shop for a few sculptural sprigs. I planted a dwarf cherry tree and quince in our backyard expressly so I could use the branches to make this type of casual arrangement, but I worry the effect of willful and impetuous pruning results in wonky trees. (I will hack away at the loathed forsythia bush that conceals the gas line at the corner of our house, that thing is on steroids.)

Take a page from Mother Nature: green makes everything look fresh and lively. Inject a bold verdant emerald (Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year) to shake up the status quo.

Butterflies are free… and way too smart to be flapping their wings up here at this time of year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring them inside.

Lift those rugs and bare your floors…

…if not your legs.

The inspiration you need for a thorough spring-cleaning. This space is primed and ready for summer days.

Or start small and get a jump on things with an indoor herb garden.

Before you know it, everything will be green again…

For more inspiration, browse our Colourful Spring Rooms photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Jacky Hobbs Creative Freelance
2. Design Hunter blog
3. California Home + Design
4. House Popularity
5. Design Seeds blog
6. Indecora blog
7. The Room Blue blog
8. Put it in a Jar blog
9. Love Monkey Bear blog