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4 great ways to welcome spring into your home

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceMarch 6, 2014 

I can almost smell the hyacinths, feel the sun on my face and see the bright emerald of the tender green shoots reemerging in my garden. Oh my goodness, but I am so ready for spring this year. I’m excited to pass this seasonal disorder, with all its joy and energy, on to you. If you have the bug, cure your spring fever with these four fun steps:

1. Fill your table with wonder.

For an instant pick-me-up, set your dining tables for spring. Pack each place setting with lots and lots of whimsy. Start with an interesting placemat, like a wicker charger. Then layer up with a mix of plates, perhaps a basic white dinner plate topped by a spring salad plate, then finished with a sorbet cup.

Clear glass is a great addition to a spring table, whether it’s your stemware or serving pieces, like a simple glass cake plate that serves as a riser for your favorite cute-as-a-button tea pot.

Have fun with your spring centerpieces. Start with wonderful containers to hold grasses or flowers or succulents, live or artificial. Then add in accents like little votive candles. Or use seasonal but sculptural vegetables in a vase to make a statement.

2. Dress up your door with spring greens.

Your front door decor tells everyone what to expect inside. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time on a look that grabs attention.

Have just a second? Hang your monogram on the door, entwined with a few twists of spring greens. For the stunning but simple look, we hung one of our wooden paddles (used as a tray or serving piece usually) from the door knocker. Then we mounted a metal monogram. Need a change? Spray paint the letter white or a playful spring color like magenta, tangerine or apple green. Finish off this door treatment with strands of spring greens or ribbons.

If you love the simplicity of a front door wreath, less is more this season. If you can’t find a wreath you like, make your own like we did by connecting seven inexpensive moss balls. Stop there or give the wreath added movement by weaving in faux spring vines, like ivies and honeysuckle. You could thread in a spring ribbon, too.

I am over the moon about inexpensive wicker wall baskets. Hook them to your door knocker or an “s” hook hung over the door, pack them with flowers, and it’s spring. We tucked in a few moss balls and silver orbs for visual interest. You could sub those for little birds’ nests – cute!

3. Liven things up with spring linens.

All it takes is a few yards of spring fabric to give your home new energy. One of my favorite tricks is to take a yard of fabric, hem it on all sides, and use it as a table topper. Turned on the diagonal on my dining table, it sets the stage for seasonal magic.

Perk up your place settings with spring napkins and placemats. It doesn’t take much to add some sparkle to your table.

This is also the perfect time of year to get going on those window treatments you’ve been putting off. Everything outside your window is going to start getting pretty, so frame your windows with a great treatment. My favorite looks are Roman shades or panels, jazzed up with interesting finishes. Another simple but gorgeous finish for shades and drapes is to outline the sides and bottom with a Greek key tape.

4. Wake up the garden with goodies.

I don’t have a lick of ability when it comes to planting or tending a garden, but I do love to accessorize them. Dot your beds with interesting focal points like a bird bath, a trellis, a garden statue or an urn holding a shrub or flowers. Remember, when it comes to garden decor, less is more. Just a touch here and there is all you need.

On your patio or porch, focus your attention on creating comfortable and attractive seating areas. If you want to freshen up your weatherworn outdoor cushions and pillows, start now so you will be ready on the first warm day of spring.

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