Interior Design

Lightening Everything Up With Spring Decor

The days are getting warmer, new green shoots are pushing up in the garden, and folks are getting vaccinated. After a winter of literally hibernating in our house to avoid both the lousy weather and the Coronavirus, we can finally get outside and feel the sun on our, unfortunately, still masked faces. Nevertheless, I feel hope and a sense of a new beginning with the advent of this Spring. This feeling makes me want to change up the decor in my house to lighten things up and bring the hopeful elements of Spring and Easter into my house.

With my Christmas and winter decor, I tend to try to create a warm and cozy environment using lots of texture and rich color. For Spring, my philosophy is less is more. And, in my largely black and white color scheme, I like to bring in more white elements to brighten things up. A good example of this is how I dress the mantel.

Spring mantel

Here’s a tip for arranging branches. In order to keep the cherry blossoms in this composition from spreading out too much in these wide-mouth urns, I used Easy Arrangers

Inexpensive faux cherry blossom branches and a moss-covered bunny set the mood to think Spring!

I try not to get too cutesy with my Spring/Easter decor, but, as you can see from the mantel, I can’t help adding a few bunnies. This handsome black and white bunny goes perfectly with my color scheme and feels quite sophisticated to me.

Black and white ceramic bunny from Michaels a few seasons ago.

Another more elegant bunny that I proudly display, is a distressed cream-colored rabbit balanced on a ball pedestal.

This vignette, located on my kitchen bar top, features the aforementioned bunny, a boxwood topiary, and a tiered plate stand displaying a variety of Easter eggs, and spring greenery.

I use a mix of faux and live florals in my spring decor. On the console table behind my sofa,  A pair of large metal egg luminaries flank a crate of daffodil bulbs in a green metal basket.

I picked up the crate of daffodils from the Home Depot and the egg lanterns are from Pottery Barn.

 

This little end table gets lightened up with a touch of Spring in the form of a white tulipiere filled with creamy tulips.

 

Bird nests and preserved boxwood wreathes freshen up the candelabra while a vintage wrought iron bunny perches on a stack of books in this tabletop vignette.

In addition to the little  vignettes I arrange around the house, I like to create a spring tablescape that I maintain throughout the season.  For this table, I stuck with my white and black scheme. 

To incorporate some black and white into the eggs in the tureen, I wrapped black gingham ribbons around the moss eggs.

Black and white placemats, black chargers, and buffalo plaid napkins rolled inside (admittedly a bit cutesy) reclining bunny napkin rings make up the place settings. The center of the table features an antique toile tureen filled with moss-covered and robin’s blue eggs. I also added a pair of cracked egg ceramic bowls planted with white primroses for a fresh floral element.

My buffet’s usual display got a spring lift from a few faux cherry blossom branches and a pair of DIY Chinoiserie Easter eggs. I had fallen in love with these gorgeous handpainted Chinoiserie eggs that I had seen on Pinterest. Unfortunately, they didn’t seem to be available anywhere. Since I knew I couldn’t attempt to duplicate them with paint ( I am crafty but not an artist), I decided to try to emulate the look using decoupage.

Kitchen dining area buffet
Black “Blue Willow” pattern decoupaged wooden goose eggs.

To make the eggs, I spray painted the unfinished eggs white. I then copied a variety of “Blue Willow” designs in grayscale on my printer. I carefully cut out each motif and decoupaged them onto the eggs using Mod Podge. And finally, after they dried, I sprayed them with a matte clear coat of sealer. They are not as fabulous as the hand-painted ones, but I think they turned out rather well. I like them so well that I plan to make some additional decoupaged eggs for my Easter table. Look for them as well as some decoupaging tips in my Easter Tablescape post. 

While I don’t go crazy with spring decor, I love the feeling of hope and rebirth (especially this year!) that lightening up my home with flowers, bunnies, nests, and eggs gives me. 

Happy Spring!

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4 thoughts on “Lightening Everything Up With Spring Decor

  1. Love the bunnies! As someone who is also not a fan of “cutesy” I really admire how you found a way to make the seasonal decor both festive and sophisticated

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