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Spring decorating to brighten your homeDecorations, DIY, Furnishings, Ideas, Interiors March 11, 2014 - 4:12 pm No Comment
Thanks to Jeska Hearne, the author of Lobster and Swan blog, for the creation of her article exclusively for First Home News.
Jeska is an interior design writer who lives to make her (and hopefully our) surroundings a happier, more beautiful place. Her interest began when she was in college where she studied Graphic design and design communication, and developed her obsession with the beautiful pages of Vogue and Elle.
Freshen the air indoor areas of your home with a deep Spring clean. I’m loving all the Spring cleaning activity on Pinterest at the moment, with lots of lists of all the things I could easily do when I get the cleaning kit out. With lots of lovely brands offering natural cleaning products that smell as good as perfume these days, it doesn’t have to be a thankless task carry out that much needed clean.
Here’s my checklist, and although it isn’t all so fun, all will be worth it in the end when you can put your feet up in a fresh relaxing home:
- Safety first – check smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
- Clean out and tidy your kitchen cupboards and fridge, discarding anything that is past it’s expiration dates.
- Dust, vacuum and mop floors and skirting boards.
- Flip or rotate your mattress.
- Clean mirrors, light bulbs and windows to let all that extra light in.
- Wash pillows and curtains to help reduce allergens and dust mites.
- Hang rugs and throws out in the fresh air on a clothes line to freshen.
- Open all doors and windows to thoroughly ventilate your whole house with fresh spring air.
Add a rug
I enjoy plain and simple interior settings but love to add a surprising splash of colour with soft furnishings and decorative details that can easily be swapped into different rooms throughout the year. A soft rug underfoot is all the better if it comes with a bold pattern to lift a room aesthetically.
Create living art installations using blossom, spring flowers and twigs. I’m a huge fan of two tone apple blossoms and cherry is another option if you’re looking for a shabby chic look. Utilise frilly blooms, which look lovely in vases or tied together on a front door and do things like scattering edible petals on tiered cakes to use as gifts if you’re visiting friends. There’s nothing more joyful than being handed a posy of pretty coloured flowers after all the greyness of Winter.
For an instant spring wow moment – decorate the treads of your stairs with vintage floral wallpaper. I loved this idea the minute I discovered it in a book I was reviewing. To paper your own, just cut to size and glue pretty patterned papers to your stair treads with a wash of PVA glue and then seal them with another layer. Once dry, use a clear matt varnish to create a more protective finish.
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