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Six simple ways to usher in spring

Spring is the most glorious time of year for blossoms, so why not bring those bright bursts of Mother Nature inside?

Spring is the most glorious time of year for blossoms, so why not bring those bright bursts of Mother Nature inside? For a dynamic floral piece, try clustering together vases and bottles of various sizes and shapes, with a single stem in each, mix and match the flowers for a more playful look!

Tip: If you don’t have multicoloured vessels, create a colourful effect by adding a drop of food colouring to the water!

Water your flowers - literally

For a more unusual arrangement, try submerging a single stem in a jar of water – a tulip works well – along with a few slices of a citrus fruit to complement the colours . Simply spectacular!

Fresh coat of paint!

It sounds cliché, but that doesn’t change the fact that a fresh coat of paint transforms a space instantly and affordably. Why not give your front door the VIP treatment by painting it with a fresh colour? It’s a happy and bright way to welcome guests all year-round!

Wrap it up!

Apart from dusting and decluttering, there are only so many things you can do to tidy up a bookshelf, right? Wrong! Here’s a fun, easy way to impose a colour scheme on your personal library – use wrapping paper to make easy book covers in fun colours! You can tailor the colour story to your space!

Throw it on!

Accessories are an easy way to brighten up a space; especially pillows, which add a dramatic touch with very little effort. You literally throw them on and voila: a happy room! Don’t overdo it, though. Two contrasting solid cushions will serve you well and a single well-patterned pillow can make an impact all on its own.

Making scents of it all!

Remember, your space is taken in and enjoyed through all your senses! Brighten the air and eradicate winter with a great DIY air freshener. Simply simmer fruits, spices and essential oils on the stove top or in a slow cooker to fill your space with natural scent of the season. Here are some combinations to get you started:

  • Orange peels, fresh ginger slices and a few drops of almond extract
  • Rosemary sprigs, lemon peels and a few drops of vanilla extract
  • Lime peels, thyme sprigs and a few drops mint extract

Simply combine the ingredients and bring to a boil with water, then reduce to simmer. Your home will be filled with the goodness of springtime!

-by Tyler Wisler