I don’t know about where you live, but here in Chicago it feels like Spring is never going to get here. This time of year, every Midwesterner is desperately wishing for Spring, we know it’s so close, but the temps don’t quite let us totally put away those heavy winter coats and sweaters. The stores are full of pastels, florals, and swingy dresses, so why not make your home feel as light and bright? This year, I’ve done three things that have easily transitioned our home from Winter to Spring. Even though it’s freezing outside, the atmosphere inside matches my warm-weather mood.
Bring the Greenery In
If you didn’t know already, I’m obsessed with house plants. The more succulents I have around me the better my mental health is. Honestly, if our apartment could look closer to a plant nursery that would be perfect.
Regardless of my obsession with greenery, bringing leafy green accents into your home is the easiest way to instantly make you feel like Spring. While everything outside is still sort of brown and leafless, stop by your local nursery or flower shop and pick up a couple of plants suitable for your home. Or if your thumb tends to be more brown than green, there are so many faux options that will give you the same brightening effect. We have a combo of faux succulents, with a few live ones that we picked up recently from Trader Joe’s and the Home Depot (nursery options are limited in our neighborhood). Bringing some green into our place lifted my mood instantly. I think if any photos had been taken, you would’ve seen the silliest grin across my face carrying these in.
Replace Your Spicy Scents
Besides greenery, my next big home obsession is candles. Luckily, I have an understanding boyfriend who doesn’t mind I have candles dispersed throughout our entire apartment, and like to light at least a few of them every evening when we get home. It adds an instant cozy factor to any room, plus the smell nice. Win, win.
To quickly change your mood from winter to Spring, an easy trade out is placing your spice-heavy scents into storage and bring in some fruity or floral scents. Now I know sometimes those types of scents can seem overwhelming to some, or feel like they’re more suited for the restroom of a ladies lunch club, but if you test out a few I guarantee you’ll find one you like. A couple tips I like is to go for more tropical fruit or floral. They tend to have more subtle notes of pure sweetness, and feel more fresh and luxurious (picture a beach vacation). Scent notes I tend to look for include coconut, mango, and grapefruit. Currently, I’m burning the Driftwood Sands by Bella by Illume and Escape the Ordinary by Happy Place, both from Target. They’re both Spring/Summery, without being overwhelming.
Small Accents Are Everything
The smallest decorations can make a huge change in your decor, taking it from season to season. There’s no need to have tons and tons of decor plastering the fact that it’s a new season if that’s not your style. Personally, for most seasons I like to just add a few small touches to bring in the new season (except Halloween and Christmas of course… then I go overboard). For Spring time, I’ve added a couple cute bunnies to our entertainment center. I love how sleek they look, but still add a blatant “Spring is here’ vibe.
What are your favorite tips for bringing Spring into your home? I’d love to see photos of your home, ready to welcome the warmer weather.