Every quarter I love to add a few small touches to our home to make things feel a bit more updated and festive for the upcoming / current season and I feel like that urge is in overdrive due to being at home all of the time from the pandemic combined with my pregnancy “nesting” instinct.
I believe in the “less is more” approach when it comes to most things (fashion, decor, etc.) so these seasonal item swaps are relatively minimal — with a bit more twinkle at Christmas time, obviously 😉, but all of the little changes really add up to adjusting the ambiance of our home to reflect the season. Typically, I want winter weather to last forever, but this year I’m really craving the fresh beginnings that come with spring so I’m making our seasonal home decor update a bit sooner than I normally would.
This is a perfect example of why I recommend sticking with mostly neutral decor year-round so that swapping out any seasonal items is super easy.
I hung our spring / summer wreath on the front door, swapped out the dining room table “centerpiece”, moved some of the floral arrangements around, have a spring-y candle burning, and have updated the scent of the hand soap in our house. Again, these aren’t MAJOR changes, but those little seasonal adjustments make all the difference.
I discovered this boxwood wreath two years from Pier 1 (maybe you remember?), but I didn’t care for the bow that it came with so I replaced it with my own ribbon. I think what I like most about this particular wreath is the natural effect that the faux branches have. I think there’s definitely a time and place for a well-manicured, perfectly symmetrical boxwood wreath (particularly during the holiday season! I swoon over this one), but for spring and summer I think it’s nice to have a wreath that looks more “organic” in its styling.
I’ve had this little bunny planter with faux fern since last year, but it felt a little lonely just by itself so I gave her a little pink bow and added some potted faux chamomile plants this year to bring some spring-y freshness to our dining room table. I really liked this centerpiece as well, but the planter box just didn’t quite work out for our setup. I also got this pale green runner for our dining room table that I think works so well for spring and really helps the bunny and planter pots pop against the white tablecloth.
I like to change out the floral arrangement on our living room coffee table with the seasons, and I think that white is so fresh for spring! Of course, I love to have real flowers in our home, but by their nature just don’t last very long and these faux florals can be enjoyed for years. I threw this arrangement together with a few faux hydrangea stems from our local Michael’s Craft Store probably seven years ago so this specific (and very amateur LOL) setup isn’t something that I can link, but I found a lot of really beautiful arrangement options to share. It’s amazing how far fake flowers have come to look so realistic!
You could also take the same route that I did and create an arrangement of your own! Choose a few floral styles that you like (I think these stems are absolutely lovely) and you could use a vase that you already have and would like to display or you could pick up an inexpensive vase that matches your decor style. I love watching floral arrangement styling videos — they’re so soothing!
I shared in this post how I change out my candle scents throughout the year and it’s time to use my favorite springtime candle: Diptyque’s Linden Tree (aka “Tilleul”)! I think this is traditionally sold as a summer fragrance, but I have a different scent that I prefer to use during the summertime so I stock up on this one when it’s available and save it until the following spring! Such a beautifully elegant and fresh fragrance! I’m so glad that Diptyque made this scent into a candle because I absolutely love it.
I used to be a staunch Mrs. Meyer’s soap fan, but the pandemic forced me to look elsewhere for our dish and hand soap as Mrs. Meyer’s was sold out everywhere for long stretches at a time. I certainly don’t hold that against them — everyone was clamoring for sanitizing products and COVID-19 restrictions have slowed production and shipping WAY down for everyone, so it absolutely made sense!
We like to use refill containers for our soap dispensers whenever we can to cut down on our plastic usage and my search for new soaps led me to Williams-Sonoma (the kitchen appliance store? why, yes — the very same one!). They actually offer a decent amount of “homekeeping” options and lots of soap / lotion scents, but my husband and I both absolutely love the brightness of lemon so we went with their Meyer Lemon scent for both our dish and hand soaps. I really don’t think that you can go wrong with any citrus fragrance when it comes to kitchen or bathroom soaps — they’re so uplifting and happy!
I hope that making these types of tiny updates to your living space will brighten your day.
Here’s to spring, with more days of warmer weather and sunshine!