How To: Spring up Your Home

Every year on February 2, people ask, will the groundhog see his shadow?  Will we have an early spring or six more weeks of winter?

This year, Punxsutawney Phil declared six more weeks of winter, but Staten Island Chuck, who has the highest accuracy rate at 80 percent, and Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam disagree.

Close up of a cute prairie dog looking at the camera

Whether you want to bury your head back under your duvet and enjoy the coziness of winter like Phil or you’re on team Chuck & Sam and say bring on the sunshine and fresh flowers, spring is just around the corner.

Fans of spring, read on for some fun and creative ways to “spring” up your home. And for those who seek more winter, perhaps bookmark this page and come back in a couple of months.

 

Spring Décor

Colorful flowers in colored pots on a woodhouse balcony. Canon Eos 1D MarkIII.See similar photos:

Now is a great time to start thinking about changing your home’s décor to create a bright, spring feel. Here are some quick and easy ideas we found to welcome spring into your home.

  • Place plants in a sunny nook. Combine plants of differing texture and color, but the same light and watering needs on a table tray.  To create a point of interest, add a glass terrarium with a whimsical detail, like a fairy or cute animal figure.
  • A good coat of paint is one of the fastest and easiest ways to change the look of any room. Paint an accent wall or the whole room a color that feels like spring to you.  Consider painting chairs in a contrasting color, then adding a new area rug and window treatments.  This weekend project can update an entire room with relatively little time and expense.
  • Add fresh flowers in interesting and colorful vases to focal points in your home, like coffee and dining room tables. Clear away clutter around them to ensure good lines of sight to the blooms as you walk through your home.  Add food coloring to the water in clear vases to add even more color your room.  If you use white blooms, like daisies or carnations, they will take on the hue of the water. For adding spring color to small spaces, place a handful of flowers in an espresso or tea cup.

 

Spring Garden

Update your garden with pretty annuals. These are plants that come up in the spring, reach maturity, flower, seed, then die in one season. They are a quick way to add color and they generally come in cell packs that are easy to transport and transplant into your garden. Choose plants that are well established, but not already pot (root) bound.  Also look for plants with dark green foliage that are compact and free of insects and disease. Careful to not plant too soon though. The soil should not be too wet; wait until soil forms a ball in your hand and then crumbles easily. Also, since annuals prefer warm soil, you should not plant them until the threat of frost has passed. Visiting a local botanical garden is a good way to learn about what grows well in your region. And as optimum planting times vary throughout Utah, it is best to consult your local nursery or contact your local county Utah State University Extension agent about planting dates and tips for ensuring your flowers thrive.

 

Spring Outdoor Living

Spring is a great time to expand your living space outside of your home. Try these tips to optimize your deck and patio space for relaxing and entertaining.

  • Place comfortable furniture with bright spring cushions, pillows and throws around tables close enough to encourage conversation. Vary texture to create interest and add depth to outdoor living spaces, like using woven throw blankets.
  • Add spring flowers in attractive pots and hanging baskets in key focal points.
  • Incorporate an attractive patterned area rug in fade-resistant and mildew-resistant materials for a pop of color and to create the feel of intimate space.
  • Put up hooks to hang seasonal items you want easy access to, like sun hats and light sweaters for cooler evenings.
  • Use planter boxes and larger hanging plants for a feeling of privacy in areas where homes are close together. You can also use tension rods and lightweight drapes to create privacy and a pop of spring color.

 

Spring You

In addition to sprucing up your home, spring is a great time to work on improving your own health and fitness. After you hang up the ski boots, transition to spring outdoor activities like hiking, biking and running outdoors.

For runners, everything from 5Ks to marathons are held each week in Utah and many help support local causes. You can find upcoming races on utahrunning.com.

One timely run is the 2.2-mile Groundhog Day run, which can be completed any time in February.  After registering for the run on Virtual Run Events, you choose your own course and time, then report the time back to the organizer.  The cost to register is $17 and you receive a fun 3-inch Groundhog Day medal and an official bib. 15{b0691beea1c2f39bd1c58efe4ba0816740a602e2685bc83cc0a70ecfa3fcdf10} of the entry fee will be donated to International Children’s Heart Foundation. The foundation is focused on the cure and care for children with congenital heart disease and they are gold rated by Guidstar.org for their transparency in how they use funding.

 

While many are still enjoying winter fun, it’s not too early to start thinking about outdoor living and changing over the season of your home’s décor. With so many ways to prepare for spring, you are sure to find at least a few ways to refresh your home and your well-being – regardless of how you see your shadow.

Do you have a favorite outdoor living tip?  Share it with us in the comments below.

 

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