Produced by Meredith Ladik and Jean Schissel Norman
If spring bulbs are slow to flower, preview the planting season with an indoor planting shelf filled with tulip and hyacinth blooms forced in a nursery. Top a pair of painted brackets with a stainless shelf; install the unit just below the windowsill. Slip the blooming bulbs into cheery pots and arrange to your heart's content.
If branches are blooming in the yard, turn them into indoor art by grouping a collection of vases. Fill one or more with the loveliest branches of forsythia you can find.
If company is coming for brunch, stitch napkins together to create a tablecloth. For added interest, offset the napkin corners, then hand-stitch across the seams using embroidery floss. Edge lilac linen napkins with rickrack. Fill a compote with eggs and tuck in a little rosemary, too.
If spring sunshine is streaming in, multiply it with mirrors gathered on a nightstand. This set of frameless mirrored circles provides plenty of options. The mirrors corral clutter and provide a safe surface for a cup of tea. Get a similar effect by scattering mirrors on a coffee table. Place a vase of flowers on top, and the mirrors will instantly double the blooms.
If spring showers have arrived, keep umbrellas handy in an inverted ceramic garden stool place by the front door. Even if umbrellas are damp, they can be tucked in the holder.
If woolly blankets feel too heavy, replace them with bedding in a spring palette of green, yellow, pink and lilac. For a soft look, select a solid but textured coverlet and pair it with pretty patterns and solids. Include a couple of throws for cool nights.
If a neutral rug seems too blah, toss a throw rug on top for a splash of color and pattern. It's an affordable way to change the look—plus, it only takes the blink of an eye to make the change.
If pillows need perking up, create a simple wrap pillow. For an 18-inch pillow, cut a 36-inch square of fabric. Place the pillow form diagonally in the center of the fabric square. Draw two opposite sides together over the pillow, and knot. Draw the other two sides together over the first knot, and knot the second pair. Slip the ends of the ties under the knot. For a second option, press a length of fabric into a band. Stitch or fuse trim to the edges. Stitch two pieces of ribbon to the band, fit around a pillow, and tie.
April 14, 2013 6:05 PM
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