My friends, yesterday was such a great day. Yesterday, I got my hands dirty with some revolutionary new DIY products from RustOleum (will share very soon). Yesterday, I ate gumbo. Twice. Both servings were a little bit spicy and a whole lotta heavenly. I am now obsessed with recreating that magical flavor at home.
Yesterday, I walked the streets of Nawlins. I savored beignets with café au lait. I walked every cobblestone street in the French Quarter from Decatur to Dauphine. I visited antique shops and drank a hurricane. Thankfully I drank the hurricane after I visited the antique shops and not the other way around, or I may have done some serious damage to my bank account. It was all so fantastic, I barely even noticed it was pouring rain.
Today, I’m headed home, but here to take the reins is the lovely Emily A. Clark! I had the pleasure of meeting Emily last November when I visited New York and have followed her blog ever since. Emily is an interior decorator with her own design business ~ she has amazing taste, and I absolutely love how she uses bold color in fearless ways. Emily is here to share a few tips on sprucing up your home for spring with intense pops of color.
“I don’t know about you, but after a whole week of being snowed-in with my kids and one too many frosty mornings, I’m pretty much over winter and longing for the first signs of spring. Thankfully, it’s not too early to start thinking about ways to infuse some life into your home. While seasonal decorating this time of year often centers around pastels, Easter eggs and bunnies, I like to take a different approach when adding touches of spring to my home.
Spring to me means fresh and bold color. There are lots of easy and inexpensive ways to incorporate this concept into your existing decor.
For a quick update, I like to start by shopping in the produce section. I recently gave my mantle a fast facelift using different shades and textures of green.From Winter. . . .,To Spring. . .
I grabbed lots of green and mixed white and glass containers for a fresh feel. This is a fun look for a party or guests. However, if you ‘re looking for something with longer shelf life, you may want to opt for faux fruit. . . . (Hobby Lobby is a great source.)
There are other ways to breathe new life into your home. Instantly freshen up an older piece of furniture by painting it a bold, unexpected shade. I gave this old campaign dresser a makeover from gray to green by using Benjamin Moore’s “Fresh Grass.” It’s a constant bright spot in our home office..Incorporating bold color doesn’t always have to come in large doses. Sometimes the simplest pop can make a big difference. There’s been lots of talk lately about the color “honeysuckle” since it was picked as Pantone’s “Color of the Year.” It’s a bright reddish pink and reminds me of spring blooms. I used it to change up the bedding a bit in our master bedroom. (Best of all, I recently picked up a pillow in this shade at IKEA for under $3!)..Botanical prints are another tried and true way to freshen things up. They work in traditonal homes as well as more modern spaces. I have filled our dining room walls with pages from this book that I ordered on Amazon..Framing botanical pages is an extemely affordable way to liven up your space with color..
Botanicals give you a wonderful color palette to pull from for the rest of your space. Besides artwork, a beautiful floral-inspired fabric can work wonders for giving your room a more spring-like feel. You may want to consider changing out heavier, solid drapes with a brighter pattern in a linen or cotton for the warmer months.I used Covington’s “Wilmington” pattern to create colorful drapes for our home office. If you prefer it in a smaller dose, use a whimsical botanical fabric for a couple of throw pillows, to recover storage boxes or even framed as artwork...Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box this spring. Go bold with color, even if you only use it in small bursts throughout your home. Start freshening up now–warmer weather is (hopefully) just around the corner..Thanks to Kate for letting me share my spring vision while she’s away. To see more ways that I’ve used color throughout our home, check out my blog!”