September 29, 2019
The way we live can have enormous impact on how we feel and while cosy-ing up for winter brings us comfort and security, heavy layers and clutter can bring us down as the weather warms.
With spring in the air it’s time to freshen up and find your happy place.
At this time of year, nothing makes us happier than pottering around the house, making the rooms feel fresh and airy. Somehow a little spring cleaning lightens the mood and helps us to feel confident and organised. With spring upon us, here are five of our favourite ways to refresh the house in a flash!
Don’t tackle everything at once, it’s just too overwhelming. We like to start with a drawer or a messy corner that will deliver big impact for very little effort. You could re-arrange your shelves, coffee table or mantle with displays that reflect the season. A good trick to lighten things up is to pack away some of your books and magazines, and replace these with a few candles and vase of flowers. Mirrors and glass reflect light into darker corners, and can make a space appear larger. Mix these in with organic shapes and textures, such as shells and fresh greenery from the garden to carry the outdoors in.
A cross-breeze through the house clears stuffy air and can be achieved simply by opening a window and door on opposite sides of the room. A diffuser in the hall can be instantly uplifting and will spread your favourite scent through the house. For spring, we can’t go past ‘Tomato’ and ‘Lavender’ from Carriere Freres. Now is the time to pack away heavy blankets and throws from the bedroom and living areas, and replace them with lightweight throws in neutral colours. Roll bulky rugs away to lift the space instantly and replace thick curtains with light gauzy fabrics to let the light and a breeze in.
This is quick and easy to achieve with the right accessories. Scatter cushions and throws are an affordable way to lift a tired old sofa, while a new vase filled with fresh flowers can be a welcome addition to any room in the house.
Reinvigorate well-used areas, like the kitchen and bathroom, by giving them a deep clean and replacing old hand towels with soft, fluffy new ones. A pretty new hand soap always makes a difference near the sink, our current favourites are ‘Naturally Nourished’ hand wash in the kitchen, while our go-to for the bathroom is the divine ‘Luxury Gold’ hand and body wash.
Although the days are becoming warmer, spring evenings can still carry a chill in the air. Make the transition from winter to spring with candles or wax melts. The warm glow from the flame will reflect the best of winter, while a nice floral scent embodies spring. For us, SOH Melbourne ‘Green House’ candle is the perfect choice for relaxing evenings spent at home enjoying the freshness of the new season.
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