Spring is HERE!! Finally, after hunkering down in our apartment this past winter, we are now celebrating spring’s arrival in our new home (and loving every minute!). Between the big move and my son’s spring break, it’s been a minute since I wrote my last post. I wanted to share three home refresh ideas that I’ve been working on in the new digs as we get springtime ready!
Home Refresh No. 1 – Have Carpets Professionally Cleaned
This was the very first thing I did BEFORE moving all the furniture into our home!
The rug in our master bedroom is from Ballard Designs and measures 9×12 ft. I had it professionally cleaned by Normandy Carpet this spring.
Yes, I know… it’s a hassle. It doesn’t seem like something that absolutely must be done for happy home living so it’s easy to put on the back burner. But wow oh wow… the results of having carpets professionally cleaned can be stunning. First of all, flooring is the foundation of a room’s interior design (literally!). Secondly, a gorgeous area rug is like having a piece of art on the floor. Why not show it off at its best? It needs care and maintenance so that it can continue to make a statement and anchor a room for years to come.
Live in the Washington DC or Montgomery County, Maryland area? I used Normandy Carpet. They picked up my area rugs and cleaned them off-site at their facility (which I think is easier with pets or young children at home because there is no waiting around for a rug to dry). The technicians were professional and courteous. When picking up the rugs at our apartment, they carefully moved all the furniture. On delivery day, the technicians took their time getting the placement of the cleaned rugs just right in our new home. And the best part? The rugs came back looking vibrant! I was shocked! Honestly, with all the dust and dirt removed (the junk that regular vacuuming wasn’t picking up), I fell in love with these rugs all over again!
Home Refresh No. 2 – Add Bright Blooms to the Front Porch
Three little words… INSTANT. CURB. APPEAL.
Any other busy moms and dads out there?! There is just so much going on this time of year… parent/teacher conferences, end of the school year celebrations, sports activities, and work gatherings to name a few. Having time to spruce up the garden is not always a reality. But there is one thing that you can do that I promise is SO SUPER EASY: buy ready to go planters. Head to your local nursery or Home Depot and grab a couple of those already planted plastic flower containers. Back at home, nestle them into your own existing outdoor containers. No one will ever know that you didn’t come up with such an artful arrangement on your own! And the “planting” part takes two minutes. The best aspect about this method? The planters can easily be switched out when you are ready for a refresh later in the summer. What better way to welcome guests than with fresh flowers growing by the door?
One last thought? This would be the best Mother’s Day surprise for the hardworking and busy Mom in your life! Give the gift of flowers that will last all season!
Home Refresh No. 3 – Update a Room’s Artwork to Reflect the Season
One of the best parts of moving is getting to reimagine your artwork display. I love thinking about how existing pieces gain fresh perspective simply by moving them to a new area of the home or hanging them with different artwork. I like to say that artwork displayed in the same room “talks” to each other. There is a conversation happening between the pieces and the conversation can be reenergized with a few simple updates.
So this spring, don’t be afraid to get creative. Is the room feeling a little tired? Try rearranging what’s on your walls or add one new piece to your collection. Try a piece with a lighter and brighter palette. You will be surprised at how even a small update can make a big difference in the home.
Need ideas? Don’t forget to check out the artwork of DC area artist Jennifer Allevato. Her modern florals are stunning! And check out my Valentine’s Day post which highlights 3 Gorgeous Art Looks from Minted – these will brighten up a room any time of the year (but especially in the spring!).