[noads] Hey friends! Spring has sprung—finally! It’s the season of rebirth and brings a fresh, fun newness that I desperately need after a long, Midwest winter. And while I’m excited to finally spend time outside, I’m still a homebody at heart and I like to make sure my space is decked out for lazy weeknights in, lounging in my backyard, and dinner parties with friends. I’ve put together a list of what I’m looking at to help get my home into the swing of spring; you’ll be happy to know most of my picks are sustainable! Throw open those windows, bring in the fresh air and sunlight, and dig in for options that’ll spruce up your whole house. Senior Lifestyle Editor[/noads]
One of my favorite ways to give my living room a seasonal facelift is with new throw pillows. (Can you ever have too many?) This season I’m especially feeling lush fabrics, touchable textures, and rich colors. Target’s newest home line, Opal House, checks all three boxes for me with this pleated velvet oversized lumbar pillow; the citron color will go especially well with my navy Chesterfield couch and is sure to be a sunny spot on a cloudy spring day. Now let’s make like Lil Jon and head to the window, to the wall. I’m a true believer in the power of fresh air, so until the humidity of Midwest summers takes over, I keep my windows open day and night. To give my house the laid-back feeling I’m looking for this spring, I’m hanging white linen sheers on my windows. I’m excited about these linen curtains; they’re handmade in Lithuania from 100 percent organic linen, so it’s a pretty purchase you can feel good about. If your walls are feeling a little stale, hanging new art is an easy fix. You can print out your favorite snaps from the past year and hang them in the float frame from internet fave Artifact Uprising, or go budget friendly with something from IKEA—a few of the Virserum frames are perfect for curating a gallery wall. If you’re looking for something a little more elevated, I always recommend Society6. Everything on the site is made by independent artists and it’s great to support the little guy. I’ve got my eye on rich photography, simple line work, and abstract landscapes.
Kitchen + Dining
I love having friends over when the weather gets nicer. Whether we’re sitting inside around my vintage mid-century dining table or eating out on the patio, spring dinners with my favorite people are one of the best parts of the year. Before our first get together, I’ll pick up some new tableware and glasses to get in the mood for food (as if I’m not already). These pretty blue petite Moroccan glasses from The Little Market look perfect for warm-weather cocktails—and each purchase supports artists in Morocco. For those al fresco nights, I’m excited to bust out these bamboo plates from Xenia Taler. They’re shatterproof, super trendy, and biodegradable. I love the bright stripes on the Marseille and Amalfi collections—at under $50 for four plates, I’m buying both sets.
I’m staying on the linen train with new sheets—there’s no easier way to make a change to your bedroom that looks pretty and feels indulgent. This year I’m looking at Parachute’s linen sheet set, made out of 100 percent European flax. The blush color is still on trend but is muted enough to not be overwhelming. Even the smallest spaces need upgrades; for me, that’s my makeup corner. I don’t have a dedicated dressing room (one day!) but I do have a small space for my makeup table and accessories. If you don’t have a spot like this, create one! But don’t just pick a corner and call it a day; spruce up the space with a few accessories. No. 1 on that list is a mirror you really love. Though I always recommend getting a dedicated makeup mirror (that 10x magnification is ideal for eyebrow tweezing adventures), hanging one like the Reese mirror from World Market will help reflect light around the room and remind you that this space is all about you—just as it should be.