As I write this, it's a glorious Sunday afternoon; sunny, clear blue sky and about 65 degrees. The dogs and I have just returned from a long walk - our first ramble around the neighborhood after a long week of cold temperatures and steady rain. While it may feel like Spring today, one look at the bare trees and brown grass lets you know that the Earth is still slumbering, with it's re-birth weeks away. However, that doesn't stop me from thinking about it - about longer days, warmer weather, colorful fields of flowers; the changes of the seasons.
When the seasons change, I get the itch to change other things as well. Things like bed linens and paint colors. I haunt my local Tuesday Morning store and Pinterest boards looking for ideas. Sometimes, a simple change - like new towels, candles or a vase - is all it takes to bring a freshness to my humble abode. Last year, I re-painted the front doors and it totally changed the outside feel of the house. Every now and then, I get the urge to move furniture around and create an entirely new look inside my house. The dogs make themselves scarce during those sessions. Smart dogs.
A local furniture store had a fantastic Veterans Day sale in November and I bought a beautiful wood entertainment center for my living room. I love it and can change it up each season - or whenever I get the urge - by rotating the items I put in its nooks. It's an easy, low cost way to satisfy my desire for change.
A friend uses throw pillows to brighten up the rooms in her house. Whenever a room starts to feel "stale," she drops by her local fabric store for different material and makes covers for the pillows. Voilà! A fresh, new look without having to break the bank!
Right now, I'm feeling the need for the green of Spring. A trip to my local home furnishings superstore may be in order. I love to browse their silk plants and trees. I do grow live plants in the yard during the warm months of the year but, as any live plant that has had the misfortune of being delivered to my home will tell you, I do much better with silk. ;-)
Do seasonal changes give you the urge to shake things up within your home? Are your changes large scale or small?
Do you have different sets of bed linens and towels for winter and summer? I have a friend who has a different set for each season of the year!
How do you bring the "green of Spring" into your mid-Winter life? Any tips for economical ways to brighten up the house and make it seem fresh and new?
While I'm in the mood to change things up, what about our on-line home? Any suggestions for sprucing things up here at the Romance Dish? New features you'd like to see? Changes to existing features? Share your ideas while I'm in a "furniture moving" mood!