Spring Forward With Your Design

With all of these crazy New England storms, I can’t help but dream of the warmer days ahead (hopefully sooner rather than later!).  Longer days and beautiful Spring blooms are on their way, and I can’t wait to bring these beautiful colors and patterns into my home with the season.

Floral patterns bursting with color are the easiest way to “throw” Spring right into your living room.

Wisteria

 

Surya

 

Playing with different textures can add a whole new dimension to your Spring-inspired rugs and cushions!

Langdon Ltd.

 

Not all Spring patterns need to be big and bold.  Sometimes a dainty look paired with crisp whites is just right.

Kate Spade

 

Serena & Lily

 

My favorite part about this season is that it feels like the perfect time to be extra playful with my decor.  I love this bath mat for a fun and feminine touch!

LC Lauren Conrad Available at Kohl’s

 

Garden parties, holidays, backyard barbecues… Warmer weather calls for an update to your entertaining essentials!

Kate Spade available at Williams Sonoma

 

Crate & Barrel

 

The Little Market

 

The Little Market

 

You’re going to need a beautiful vase for your blooms, and I love how different, yet simple, this one is.

Pottery Barn

 

 

Adding in a bit of rattan decor will carry that warm weather style right into Summer, and Kouboo has so many great options to choose from.

Kouboo

 

 

Who else is ready for some Springtime style?!

Mixing in Menagerie

When I saw the menagerie-inspired Andrew Martin for Kravet collection, I was fascinated by all of the bright colors, animal prints, and stunning design.  It seems that lately, this menagerie theme is popping up all over our favorite stores, and we absolutely love it!  With Spring right around the corner, we love seeing designs like these overflowing with life and color!

From fabric, to dishes, to linens, and wall coverings, these four-legged creatures bring a feeling of the outdoors into your home.  Here are a few of our favorites we’d love to share!

 

Andrew Martin for Kravet

 

 

Andrew Martin

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

World Market

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Urban Outfitters

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Maximo Riera

 

 

Pottery Barn

 

 

Surya

 

 

Loloi

 

 

Arteriors Chandelier, Photo by Susan Hayward Interiors

 

 

Would you add a little menagerie to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

Our Favorite Spring Tablescapes for 2017

My 2 least favorite months of the year are February and March.  I’m tired of the cold, sick of my winter tablescapes, and generally feeling gloomy.  Starting to “dewinterize” the house perks me up, and one of the easiest to do is the table.  

I love the soft pastels, vivd greens, flora, and fauna that come along with warmer weather and lots of sunshine.  So, with one foot still in winter and one on its way into spring, you’ll find all of these things in my favorite Springtime tabletops!

Whether you’re gathering ideas for your own table decor or just enjoy seeing all of these lively designs, we hope you enjoy our gorgeous collection of Spring tables capes as much as we do! 

 

Oscar de la Renta

 

 

Style Me Pretty

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

Magnolia Market

 

 

Anke Illness for decor8

 

 

Isabelle de Borchgrave

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Midwest Living

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Love of Family and Home

 

 

What is your favorite Spring inspired tabletop?  Would you try any of these this season?  Let us know in the comments!

 

April Showers Bring…

…May flowers!  A timeless saying that couldn’t be MORE TRUE for the BEST spring design!  Using floral patterns in your space can be tricky, but we’ve found just what you need to welcome May into your home!

 

 

 

Kate Spade Gardner Collection adds just the right touch of glitz to brighten up that spring table!

 

Gardner Street Collection, Kate Spade

Gardner Street Collection, Kate Spade

 

 

 

Need a little light?  These Capiz shell lamps not only add light while turned on but are a great accent even when they’re not glowing!

 

Capiz Accent Lamp, Pottery Barn

Capiz Accent Lamp, Pottery Barn

 

Capiz Oversized Flushmount, Pottery Barn

Capiz Oversized Flushmount, Pottery Barn

 

 

 

This bedroom feels like you are  like falling asleep in a garden.  How relaxing to wake up in a room decorated with these two unique pieces!

 

Handcarved Lotus Bed, Anthropologie

Handcarved Lotus Bed, Anthropologie

Pearl Inlay Dresser, Anthropologie

Pearl Inlay Dresser, Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rug is perfect for a more subtle floral addition to your home, but still gorgeous in any room of the house!

 

Round Jute Rug, Serena & Lily

Round Jute Rug, Serena & Lily

 

 

 

When I first saw this pouf, I just wanted to plop down and see if it was as “smushy” as it looks.  I can’t wait to go to AmericasMart in July and head for the Global Views showroom to try it out!

 

Komaki Round Pouf, Global Views

Komaki Round Pouf, Global Views

 

 

 

I look forward to Lily Pulitzer’s new prints every year.  They just scream “summer fun”, and are sure to brighten any bedroom decor!  To add floral accents to your existing bedding, mix and match some throw pillows like these ones from Cyan Design and Pier 1 Imports-  they would be perfect on your bed or even on the couch!

Sister Florals Duvet Cover Collection, Lilly Pulitzer

Sister Florals Duvet Cover Collection, Lilly Pulitzer

 

Noonday Floral Pillow, Pier 1 Imports

Noonday Floral Pillow, Pier 1 Imports

Zinnia Pillow, Cyan Design

Zinnia Pillow, Cyan Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are YOU doing to showcase May flowers in your home?  Let us know!

7 Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Home For Spring

 

1. Clear the clutter

That’s right, it’s time to open up those window and start your spring-cleaning.  This year, as you’re shaking out the rugs and dusting off your shelves, toss out what you don’t use anymore and organize the rest.  The best way to freshen up your home this spring is to neaten up your living spaces and clear off those tables and counter tops. A clutter-free home will brighten your place instantly, without having to break the bank.  The one mistake most of us make after a cleaning spree is not having practical and accessible storage to avoid the clutter we all know will inevitably build…  This year, try fighting the most common clutter-causing offenders with a simple key hook/mail holder ($15.95 at Walhub) or one of these gorgeous Senegalese storage baskets from Serena & Lily.

   Senegalese

(Keeper//Rocker,Walhub)

 

(Senegalese Storage Baskets, Serena & Lily)

 

 

2. Create a warmer welcome

House

Who wants to drive up to a drab and dismal house every day?  Brightening up your front porch and entryway is the perfect way to set the stage for a fresh new outlook on your springtime tune-up.

For a quick and easy solution, try adding a few potted or hanging plants from your local garden center to your porch or front steps.

For those of you who may want to spend a bit more time out in the garden, try sprucing up your driveway or front walkway by planting a row of daisies or tulips.

 

 

 

 

3. Swap out the small stuff

One of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to freshen up a room is to change out little things like your throw pillows, lampshades, and mats.  This is instant gratification! We recommend coordinating your new lamps/shades with throw pillows to give each room a fun, fresh new vibe, like these festive embroidered pillow covers and burlap tapered drum lampshades from Pottery Barn.

LampPillow1Pillow2

(Tapered Drum Lamp Shade, )

(Bourgainvillea Branch Embroidered Pillow Cover, PB)

(Dahlia Embroidered Lumbar Pillow Cover, PB)

 

 

4. Change out your linens

Every now and then, it’s time to ditch the old towels and sheets and spring for a new set.  This year, give your bathroom a pop of color with a set of brightly printed towels, or bring some flowers into your bedroom with an embellished duvet like this one from Anthropologie that we just love!

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(Bright Dots Flower Sack Towels, Set of 3, Amazon)

 

(Georgina Duvet, Anthropologie)

 

 

5. Freshen up your kitchen

Funky new placemats, table runners, and fruit bowls are easy things to have fun with showcasing your new springtime style..  Try using floral serving papers in your platters when entertaining for an even more festive approach!  I love Vintage Italian Rosette Serving Papers from Sur La Table!  Use as disposable placemats for your next al fresco dinner!  And what is more welcoming than a cheery fruit bowl brimming with the fruits of the season! Serving_papers

Fruit_bowl

 (Vintage Italian Rosette Serving Papers, Sur La Table)

(Cadiz Serving Bowl, Anthropologie)

 

 

6. Fight the fur

furminatorMedDogLongHairUntil I visited my daughter’s house a few weeks ago, I never understood why everyone complained so much about their dogs shedding this time of year.  Well, having seen the enormous clumps of hair that appear in the corners of the room and the steady stream of fur that my little 6 month old grand-puppy, Rocco, would deposit all over the house gave me a new appreciation for the plight of all you dog owners out there.  As an interior designer, I recommend picking up a few extra rugs for your non-carpeted areas in colors similar to that of your dog’s coat; Shaking out a rug every few days is much easier than vacuuming the whole house an extra time.  And, as a doggy grandma, I will give you the same advice Rocco’s trainer gave us- buy a FURminator deShedding tool from your pet store to get rid of the fur before it’s on your floor!

 

 

7. Get outside!

Isn’t the best part about spring getting out and enjoying the gorgeous weather?  It’s time to spruce up the patio and break out the grill for many warm days ahead!  Whether you want to enjoy a few drinks outside on a cute little bistro set or host a barbeque this spring, we all need patio furniture that can hold out in the rain and store easily.  That’s why our pick of the season is this cute and practical all-weather wicker set from Pottery Barn.   Chairs are stackable and table folds down for easy winter storage!

img17c (Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Folding Bistro Table & Chair Set, Pottery Barn)

 

 

…So lets beat those Winter blues and think Spring!!

Susan Hayward Interiors