Monday, January 14, 2013

Weather Forecast...27 degrees Can Spring arrive any sooner?

Weather Forecast...27 degrees 

Can Spring arrive any sooner? 

I always find this the hardest time of year for me. The holidays are over, the days are long, cold and gray and the house seems bare since all the festive holiday decorations have come down. Ughhh….will spring ever get here?

Don’t despair! You can add just a little color and texture to your space and it will help lift your spirits until spring arrives!
Here is a quick and easy way to make a dramatic touch to any room: Start by taking a tall clear vase and filling it with tall tree branches. Add some cedar or evergreen sprigs and possibly some pinecones to this arrangement. To add some visual interest you could tuck in some peacock feathers or a bird’s nest (which will remind you that spring is certainly on the way!). 
Since I live on a beautiful property in the Northwest, I have the luxury of going out my door and finding a plethora of greens to pick from.
For those of you who don’t have that luxury, this is a great time of year to visit your favorite garden shop. I chose some twigs purchased at Michaels in this shot to show you how easy this is to do and added my favorite ornament for fun (to remind me not to take life so seriously!) This spot of green helps keep me going until those spring flowers start to bloom.

Also, the addition of colorful and textured textiles can instantly help a space feel livelier. Go to your local fabric store or search online for some heavier weight fabrics like tartan plaids and hounds tooth and cover an assortment of accent pillows. You can find great end roll discounts at most fabric stores for almost nothing and it is a great way to get an expensive fabric on a pillow without having to spend much.

Something as simple as just changing the lighting in a room can also help you with the winter doldrums … or just giving that old lamp a new shade.

Use these late winter months as a time to freshen your décor and you might even consider taking this time to read some of those many educational Horse books that might help us for the upcoming show season!

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