5 Quick Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

We feel it in our bones. Spring! The very air around us smells like fresh dirt. All the bulb plants are popping up, the days are getting longer, and the wind has a hint of warmth to it. Spring is coming. Are you plotting out your garden and yard for the warm spring months? Don’t forget to invite the spring into your home as well as your garden this season.

If you are anything like us, you are delighted to throw open your doors and windows and let all that wonderful spring light and air into your homes. Say goodbye to the winter greys and welcome in the lightness of spring with these five easy and quick ways to bring in the magic of spring.

  1. Buy spring flowers! One of the best ways to welcome spring into your home is through flowers. Buy spring-time only flowers like tulips and daffodils or purchase arrangements that have soft or bright colours, the colours of spring.

 

  1. Cut back vines and branches from your windows. When you’re outside plotting your garden planting, look critically at the outside of your home. Allow the light to enter your home by assessing any branches or vines that inhibit the light from filtering into your windows. There is nothing that brings spring into your home like letting in all that sunshine.

 

  1. Change up your home accessories to lighter colors. Accent pillows and throws are the perfect way to invite spring into your home. Instead of keeping the textures and colours of winter all year long, put out pillows that are crisp white or soft pastels to lighten up the inside of your home for spring. Tuck away the heavy throws of the cold months, replacing them with lightweight blankets in bright colours. 

Consider rolling up your dark, heavy rug and put down a lightweight rug in a lighter colour instead. It can change the whole feel of your room. Outdoor rugs can work well inside too and are perfect for high traffic areas to protect your floors against the outdoor elements of spring.

 

  1. Create a spring centerpiece. Make spring the focal point of your home with a springy centerpiece. Grab your favorite crafting friends and come together for a craft night. Brainstorm ideas for creating a masterpiece of spring you can showcase on your dining room table or on your fireplace mantel. Your home will immediately feel lighter and brighter.

 

  1. Lighten up the scents. Our sense of smell is far more powerful then it often gets credit for. When you think of spring, you not only imagine what you see, your experience is also impacted by the smells around you. Winter and spring both have distinctive scents associated with them. Spring scents, just like spring sights, is all about lightening up. Instead of the heavier smells of winter, like cinnamon and evergreen, change out your sprays and candles to soft spring smells, like bergamot and sandalwood.

 

These five simple changes will transform your home from wintry magic to springy sunshine in no time at all. So, throw open those windows and let all the spring in that you can.


Feng Shui & Spring Cleaning: 5 Tips to Feel Good in your Home

Spring has arrived, and the world around us is bursting with new life. The trees are budding, flowers are popping out of the ground, and the days are longer and warmer. Perhaps because nature performs its own ritual of spring cleaning and renewal or maybe it is simply tradition – whatever it is, spring cleaning just feels necessary and right.

But what if we took spring cleaning to a new level and added in elements of feng shui into our cleaning rituals? Feng shui is the Chinese thought of how to spatially arrange your spaces in light of the flow of energy.

As you begin to spring clean, include these five elements of feng shui to make your home feel the best and most welcoming!

  1. Open up and air it out. One of the best parts of spring cleaning is simple – opening your windows and letting in the fresh air to scrub out the clinging scents of winter. In feng shui, opening your windows facing east is the traditional practice for best energy flow. Welcome in the spring and freshen up your living space.
 
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Hardwood Floors and Humidity

What you Need to Know

Checking, cupping, and gapping.  These are words you never want to hear when talking about your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are a natural product and are sensitive to humidity as it absorbs and loses moisture when it reacts to its surrounding environment. Keeping humidity levels in check will prevent potential damage to your floor.    Here are images of hardwood floors that have been affected by some form of humidity:  

Checking example:  

Checking consist of fine hairline cracks running along the grain on the surface of the wood flooring.

 

 

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A Beautiful Design Experience with AirBnB

Winter Blues?

I don’t know if anyone else is feeling it, but at this time in winter I start to anticipate the brilliant spring and summer seasons, dreaming of the sun to replenish my garden and also for it to extend our daylight. It’s hard not to allow your mind to wander to summer getaways.

This year, I took the opportunity while planning a summer getaway to stray from the usual hotel camaraderie and to instead introduce my parents to  AirBnB. After some convincing, we found ourselves that Sunday morning scrolling through the many different escapes AirBnB had to offer. 

(All photos shared are from the AirBnB website and link through to their page.)

Being Introduced to AirBnB

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to yet explore AirBnB, the website offers a modern day take on a bed and breakfast.  Hosts can sign up to the site and after thorough identity checks, they lend out a room, or entire home/apartment to travelers.  

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Fun DIY Valentine Décor to Make Love Come Alive

It used to be only Christmas and Halloween were the holidays that we broke out the decorations. Now, you see Easter trees and fall-themed lights for other family holidays. Not to mention the reds, pinks, and hearts of Valentine’s Day decorations.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated the world over on February 14. Its origin contains spiritual roots, but it has become known as the holiday of love. Romantic, child, and friendship love all matter and count on Valentine’s Day. No one love matters more than the other. read more…