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Celebrate Spring Bring It Indoors
by Elyse Justice
04/06/06
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Celebrate Spring – Bring It Indoors!

Spring…the word itself feels vibrant and new, bringing to mind colors, smells, and activities that seemed buried during the long winter months. The air is fresh, the weather is changing and walking outdoors on one of these breezy, sunny days fills the soul with refreshment and joy. Why not create these sensations inside your home?! There is no better time to revitalize your décor than the season where the air itself encourages new ideas, energy and life.
Here are a few thoughts to inspire you to bring spring indoors…


v Create an exciting focal point in a room, specifically one lacking in windows, by creatively fashioning your own! Nail a pair of wooden shutters, spaced the desired distance apart, to a blank area on your wall. Adding anything from simple windowpanes (painted or actual) to a mural of an outdoor scene, bring this concept to life. Hanging a window box below the shutters, containing a complementing floral or greenery arrangement, adds an exciting dimension. This idea is great for the room that feels dark or plain.

v Add energy to a room by painting the walls (perhaps just one or two as accent walls) a cheerful “bright” color such as pale, sunny yellow, sky blue, or even a creamy lime or peach. This is a bit more involved (especially if it involves changing or adjusting an existing color scheme), but seeing the transformation of the room and its effect on the occupants, will make it well worth the effort!

v For a unique, cozy country touch to a bedroom, use a lattice arbor for a “headboard.” This is an extremely easy way to add height (and charm!) to your room. Paint it the color of your choice or go with pure white to contrast with colored walls. Drape flowing fabric or weave flowers and/or vines through the lattice strips. Regardless of whether you enhance it or enjoy it in its simplicity, when this in-expensive treasure is spanning the head of a bed, it sets a romantic, dreamy tone for the whole room.

v Another economical and shamefully easy suggestion for a unique headboard is to use a length of picket fencing. This, too, can inspire much creativity color-wise. This concept is particularly delightful in a child’s room. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Paint the walls blue and sponge playful white fluffy clouds… the white “headboard” will contrast beautifully; at the base of the wall(s) (using a small paintbrush or the side of a sponge brush), make grass “grow” from the baseboard – even add some flowers for a feminine touch. Your child will love sleeping
outside – in his bedroom!


The blessing of these and other projects of this sort is that you can do them yourself, on a budget, and it is easy to locate materials! Go to your local garden center or salvage store and be inspired – look, don’t just see. The best part of all is that though these ideas are inspired by spring, they are enjoyed all through the year. In fact, you may appreciate your “brighter” home even more next winter!

There are thousands of possibilities; so much beauty all around us; creativity that God has given us. I encourage you to use it and enjoy it. Have a wonderful spring – inside and out!


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