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12 Essential Spring Gardening Tips

12 Essential Spring Gardening Tips

01/20/21 Martha Steward

Follow the advice outlined below for a welcoming garden that's filled with color and fragrance—and song.     It's chore time! Stepping back into the garden after a long, harsh winter can be overwhelming, but it is also a time of relief. Even with a winter chill still in the air, there are plenty of tasks to start handling now if you want to get your garden in party-ready shape by the time the temperatures rise.   Big believers that gardening should add joy-not stress-to your life, we've come up with some tasks to get you reacquainted with your outdoor space. It can be tackled bit-by-bit as you have time (or delegated to members of your household who need an outdoor activity). Spring is a fabulous time to assess damage from winter, fix tools, fill in holes in the landscape, tend to your lawn, perform essential pruning, make new beds, plant from bare-root or container-grown plants, feed everything, begin composting, be kind to the birds, add a layer of much, and tune up your drip system.   Sounds like a lot, but if you move through this list and check things off one-by-one, your garden will be the envy of your neighbors-not to mention your favorite place to put your feet up-in no time at all. A few words to the wise: Walking on or digging in soil when it is still too frozen and wet may compact it, and plant roots need soil to live their best lives. So, if the ground is still too hard or fully saturated with water, be patient.   Related: Why You Should Start a Family Garden   Survey the Yard   First, look up and assess the trees. Make note of tree limbs that should be removed or cabled, especially those that overhang structures. Hire an arborist to maintain large trees. Next, assess the mid-level. Cut down last year's perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Then, the ground plane: Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms. Lastly, give a good once-over to all your hardscaped areas: Check fences, steps, and pathways for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.   Tune Up Tools   In case you didn't store them properly for winter, give your tools some attention so they're in good shape when it's time to work. Bypass pruners benefit from a sharpening. Wooden handles benefit from being cleaned, sanded, and massaged with linseed oil. Make note of what is missing, and order tools for the new growing season.   Got Gaps?   Choose new plants for any parts of the garden that feel bare. Order perennials, trees, and shrubs for spring planting. People don't often realize that nurseries are happy to special order varieties you're after that they might not otherwise have in stock.   Refresh the Lawn   If you've got grass, spring is an important time to turn your attention to your turf. Send the mower and leaf blower for servicing, or if you have the right tools, sharpen the mower blades yourself. Refill your mower with oil, install fresh spark plugs, and lubricate moving parts if necessary. Clear the lawn of winter debris and look for areas that need reseeding before mowing.   Prune Shrubs   Remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches from woody plants. Thin and trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea, and most roses, except for old-fashioned once bloomers. Prune cold-damaged wood after plants resume spring growth. Prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees after flowering.   Prepare New Beds   It's entirely possible to create a new planting bed where one has not previously existed. What's most important is to dig the soil, adding oxygen and relieving compaction, and then adding amendments-like compost-that will jumpstart the creation of a rich, living soil. Clear the planting area as soon as soil can be worked, removing sod or weeds and debris. Spread a 4-inch layer of compost or well-rotted manure and any amendments over soil, and cultivate it to a depth of 10 to 12 inches with a spading fork. Rake it smooth before planting.   Related: 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Care for Your Backyard   Plant from Bare-Root   Though it can be intimidating, planting from bare-root (meaning plants come to you dormant, not in a soil-filled container) takes full advantage of the best planting time for many plants, including fruit trees, roses, hostas, and daylilies. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible.   Plant Container-Grown Plants   Transplant container garden plants anytime during the growing season except during the heat of midsummer; be sure to water them thoroughly before and after they go in the ground. Early spring crops include seeds of cool-season flowers like sweet peas, poppies, and calendula, and vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, and spinach.   Fertilize   Your garden is waking up, and it'll appreciate a little fuel. Apply balanced fertilizer (the numbers on the container should read 6-6-6 or 8-8-8) or fish emulsion around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas, camellias, blueberries, or citrus. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.   Start a Compost Pile   Start a compost pile, or use a compost bin, if you don't have one already. Begin by collecting plant debris and leaves raked up from the garden. Find equal amounts "brown" (carbon-rich) materials like dried leaves and straw and "green" (nitrogen-rich) materials like grass clippings and weeds. Chop these up first to speed decomposition.  There are two main approaches to backyard composting. A "hot pile" is built all at once with alternating layers of greens and browns. It's turned regularly, not added to, and provides a finished result in just a few months. A "cold pile," on the other hand, is added to regularly and not turned. Finished compost takes longer to form and is usually scraped out from the bottom of the pile.   Clean Bird Feeders and Baths   If you have already made yourself a welcoming spot for your local feathered friends, now is a great time to give your feeders a refresh. Disinfect the feeders by scrubbing with weak bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach: 2 gallons warm water). Rinse and dry the feeders thoroughly before refilling them. Scrub birdbaths with bleach solution, then rinse them thoroughly and refill, changing water weekly. Clean birdbaths and feeders regularly throughout the season. If you're new to that bird life, even a plant saucer filled with water and cleaned regularly is usually enough to draw in some new friends.   When in Doubt, Mulch   Possibly the single easiest thing you can do from both a functional and aesthetic point of view is to give the garden a fresh layer of mulch. A several-inch-thick layer of your favorite mulch, say wood chips, straw, even finished compost, gives everything a clean, tidied-up look while helping to suppress weeds and retain moisture.   Click here to read the full article.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Family-friendly Design

The Do's and Don'ts of Family-friendly Design

04/16/21 Mina Hochberg

Are you looking for ways to design your home to make it friendlier and safer for kids? Here are some do’s and don’ts for decorating a home with a family in mind.   Don’t Use High-Maintenance Fabric   When picking upholstered furniture, do your research and choose a fabric or material that repels spills and stains — and is resistant to snags. Leather and microfiber are great high-performance fabrics, and tight-weave fabrics are more snag-proof than loose-weave fabrics like tweed. Designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design used Crypton for this family room sofa to meet her need for a stylish yet stain-resistant fabric.   Do Offer Low Seating Options   Whether it’s beanbag chairs, floor cushions, stylish poufs or sofas with low profiles, kids enjoy seats that are low to the floor. “I am a huge advocate of a pouf,” says Emily Henderson. “It adds texture and warmth to any room, and it’s nearly impossible for your kids to hurt themselves on or around it.”   Don’t Put Rugs Under the Kitchen Table   If you’re not a fan of cleaning rugs that are crusted over with applesauce and spilled beverages, just do away with rugs under the kitchen table. While a rug can add warmth to a room, it may not be worth the hassle of cleaning stains and messes that are bound to happen with kids. Designer Cortney Bishop kept the floor bare underneath this dining table, making messes much easier to sweep and wipe.   Do Use Tables With Easily Wipeable Surfaces   If your dining table is a popular spot for crafts and coloring activities, it might be worth picking a table with an easily wipeable surface. Kalina Todorova, interior decorating expert with BoConcept, suggests glass tabletops, which are easy to clean when markers and glue stray from paper. Glass tables are also easy to wipe down after messy meals.   Don’t Clutter High-Traffic Areas   Resist the impulse to clutter high-traffic areas with too much furniture and decor. Entryways and family rooms are common areas for congestion and chaos, so think twice before filling them with accent tables, lamps and other non-essential decor. Design by Cortney Bishop.   Don’t Skimp on Kitchen Counter Space   If the kitchen is a gathering hot spot for your family, designate some counter space for kids to snack, draw, chat or help with cooking. Outfit your kitchen island or counter with comfortable stools that invite family members to gather ‘round. Bria Hammel Interiors outfitted this expansive quartz countertop with eight customized bar stools to accommodate extended family gatherings.   Do Add a Banquette   Banquettes are a perfect solution to accommodate wiggly, squirmy kids during family meals. They’re especially great for expanding seating capacity in small spaces. A banquette with storage under the seats is an added bonus. Design by Alicia Weaver Design in partnership with Schulte Design Associates.   Don’t Forget About Storage   Whether it’s bins, baskets, consoles or built-in cubbies, you can never have enough storage in a home with kids — especially in mudrooms and family rooms, where kid gear is most abundant. “Functional, beautiful storage pieces can be a great way to quickly hide kid toys when guests stop over at the drop of a hat,” says Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors.   Do Choose Furniture That Ages Well   Invest in furniture that ages well and improves with wear and tear, such as vintage items and leather upholstery. Interior stylist Leah Ashley placed vintage toy bins in this console unit made of distressed wood. Nicks and dents will be less noticeable and add to its vintage charm. Photo by Madeline Harper.   Don’t Use (Too Much) Open Shelving   Shelves overflowing with toys and games can be an eyesore. They can also make it look like kids have commandeered your living room. The solution? Use closed storage. “Closed storage is your best friend because it massively reduces visual chaos,” Emily Henderson says. “I like to mix open and closed storage. That way your kids can see some of their toys and easily help clean up.”   Do Get Creative With Storage   Kids come with a lot of stuff, so look for unexpected spots to add extra storage, such as on walls, behind doors and underneath furniture. Here in a kids' play space, creative wall shelving for storage does double-duty as cute wall decor. Extra, out-of-sight storage is available in the built-in cabinetry. Design by J&J Design Group.   Don’t Resign Yourself to Queen-Sized Beds   A king-sized bed makes a world of difference for morning family snuggles — and for those nights when kids come crawling into your bed. Get an upholstered frame to make snuggling even more cozy. Curated Nest Interiors chose a stain-resistant fabric for this king-sized bed.   Do Create a Cozy Reading Nook   Encourage kids to read by creating an inviting and cozy reading nook. You can place a comfortable beanbag chair near low bookshelves, or you can go all out and design a built-in nook. Bria Hammel Interiors designed this bookcase and reading nook under the stairs.   Don’t Overlook Velvet   Count velvet as one of those fabrics that seems off-limits and overly fussy for family use but actually isn’t. “It may seem counterintuitive, but velvet is actually super kid-friendly,” Emily Henderson says. “Plus, it’s super beautiful.” Velvet is soft and doesn’t snag like some woven fabrics, so it’s an especially smart choice for sofas that see a lot of kid action.   Do Use Sofas With Attached Seat Cushions   If you want to keep sofa cushions off limits from fort-building and general playtime chaos, Kalina Todorova, interior decorating expert with BoConcept, recommends sofas with attached seat cushions. The less wear and tear on those cushions, the longer the sofa will last.   Don’t Just Shop for Kid-Themed Art   Having kids doesn’t mean that you have to cover the walls with dinosaurs, princesses and art specifically marketed to kids. Instead, pick grown-up art that also has kid appeal. “Just because it’s a kid’s space, it doesn’t mean kids can’t be exposed to quality art at a young age,” says Denise Davies, CEO of D2 Interieurs. “Nothing dates a room more than a juvenile mural or painting.” Pop art and abstract art are good places to start if you’re looking for colorful pieces that appeal to all ages.   Do Frame Your Kids’ Artwork   If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art to hang on the walls, you can’t get much more one-of-a-kind than your own child’s artwork. Curate your child’s art file and pick out several frame-worthy pieces. They will instantly personalize a room without looking like you just slapped an art project on the wall. Designer Emily Henderson decorated the wall of this family room with framed kid art and other family mementos.   Don’t Be Afraid of Color   Use color to bring a sense of play to a room. You can go all out with a boldly colored sofa or bright accent wall. You can also punch up a muted color scheme with colorful accents, such as throw pillows or art. Designer Cortney Bishop brightened up this neutral-toned entryway by hanging candy-colored coat hooks on the wall.   Don’t Use Furniture With Sharp Edges   Furniture with sharp edges can keep parents of young children on a constant state of alert. For peace of mind, use furniture with round shapes or curved corners. Large ottomans are a great alternative to coffee and side tables with hard edges. Design by Betsy Helmuth.   Do Get Bunk Beds for Sleepovers   Bunk beds are traditionally used for multiple siblings to share rooms, but they’re also great for sleepovers once your kids are of sleepover age. Designer Cortney Bishop packed this room with single beds as well as bunk beds, with plenty of built-in drawers.   Do Expand Sink Space   A double sink can help avoid bedtime bottleneck in the bathroom when kids are trying to brush their teeth and wash up at the same time. This bathroom from Cortney Bishop Design incorporates a trough sink, a stylish alternative to double sinks.   Don’t Buy Furniture That Will Be Quickly Outgrown   Consider the longevity of your design choices and opt for furniture and decor that your children can grow into. If you think your kid will outgrow a bedframe or color scheme within a year or two, it may not be worth the investment. “Think about how the child can grow into the space as a young adult,” says Chelsea Allard, VP of Design & Social Media at Case Design/Remodeling Charlotte. For this bedroom, Case Design created a bunk bed with the idea that the extra bed may someday be converted into a desk.   Do Shop for Stylish Kid-Sized Furniture   Make your kids’ spaces just as stylish as the rest of your home with small-scale versions of on-trend furniture. Bria Hammel Interiors picked a sleek midcentury modern table for kids to work on in this playroom, along with simple metal chairs to complete the look.   Do Bring Nature Inside   Plants bring a room to life and foster a child’s connection with nature. Young children, especially, take joy in watering plants. Designer Killy Scheer used plants to accessorize this sunroom. A trio of plants fills one corner while a snake plant adorns an opposite wall. Small plants add color to the white countertop and shelves. Photo by Ryann Ford.   Do Design a Space for Play and Exercise   Dedicate a space for kids to get the wiggles out, especially for those days when outside play is not an option. Smart D2 Playrooms converted this three-car garage into a kids' gym complete with climbing wall, climbing rope, tumble mats, saucer swings, art center and individual nooks for the kids.   Click here to read the full article.

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What Will Real Estate Look Like in 2021? 3 Homebuying Trends You’ll See This Year

What Will Real Estate Look Like in 2021? 3 Homebuying Trends You’ll See This Year

02/8/21 Blake Morgan

  Chances are, you or someone you know has bought or sold a house in the last 10 months. No matter if you are moving across the street or across the country, it’s all part of a record-setting real estate boom.    The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every industry, but perhaps none as surprisingly as real estate. Triggered by job and financial changes, the push to stay at home and low interest rates, a record number of people have bought homes during the pandemic, even as a recession lingers and unemployment rates remain high. And the trend will continue throughout 2021.    The real estate boom is far from over. Here are three key homebuying trends to look for in 2021.    Record-Setting Pace   Homes aren’t just selling, they’re selling at a record-setting pace. The Covid-fueled real estate boost caused an average of 42% of home listings nationwide to sell in two weeks or less. One survey found that more than half of homebuyers say the pandemic accelerated their homebuying process. In the competitive San Diego market, 55% of homes are off the market in less than weeks, with an average of just 20 days on the market.    The record-setting pace is good news for sellers but makes for a difficult experience for buyers. In many cases, potential buyers are outpriced in the competitive market or forced to make rush decisions.    However, the record-setting pace could start to slow slightly during 2021. Houses were flying off the market because of a supply shortage and an increase in demand, largely due to a spring freeze in buying, paired with low interest rates and changing job situations. But as supply and demand start to balance out as the year progresses, look for the competitive seller’s market to slow down, but not by much.    In 2021, Zillow expects 6.9 million existing home sales, which is the most since 2005. The projected 21.9% one-year gain in sales is the largest since the early 1980s. An increasing number of millennials are buying houses, and with Gen Z closing in on prime homebuying age, the market demand should hold steady throughout 2021 and into the future.    Perhaps good news for buyers is that 2021 won’t be such a steady rush. Due to the pandemic, typical homebuying seasons went out the window in 2020, creating a free for all. But as things return to a new type of normal in 2021, look for homebuying seasons to return, with a surge of buyers in the spring and summer months and things cooling down towards winter.    Changed Budgets, Higher Prices   The homebuying surge comes in the middle of financial strain and high unemployment numbers. So although many people are buying homes, they aren’t always stretching their budgets. Research found 63% of homebuyers were forced to lower their budget by an average   of $28,400 due to the pandemic. At the same time, 65% of buyers backed out of buying a home, most often due to budget.    When paired with record-low interest rates, lower budgets can still get buyers more home than they could have bought a year ago. Interest rates are likely to stay low throughout 2021 but will start to increase in the second half of the year. Buyers or people who were thinking of buying within the next few years are now speeding up their timelines to make their money go further.    Lowered budgets are changing what some homebuyers are looking for, leading to growth in less expensive regions. In some cases, buyers with lowered budgets are shopping for homes below their price range in hopes of being able to put in an above-list price offer.    Although individuals are lowering their personal budgets, the markets as a whole are increasing. A rise in demand is actually raising home prices. Nearly one in four buyers who purchased between April and June 2020 paid $500,000 or more, an increase from 14% of buyers in the preceding nine months. Experts predict that home prices will increase 5.7% in 2021 to reach new heights.    Leaving Cities And High-Tax Areas   The move to remote working has pushed people out of cities and led to an increase in homebuying in the suburbs. Suburban areas have seen higher home sales growth than urban areas, and many homebuyers have increased their willingness to commute when they return to work in the office.    In the suburbs, homebuyers are more likely to find traits that are increasingly desirable: larger houses for more time spent at home, dedicated office space and personal outdoor space, as well as proximity to beaches, trails and open space.    The top 10 most competitive real estate markets during the pandemic are Seattle, Omaha, Lexington, Denver, Indianapolis, Portland, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Oakland and Tulsa. These areas will continue to thrive in 2021, especially in their suburban areas.    Aside from leaving urban centers, many people are leaving high-tax areas. Some of the world’s richest people, including Elon Musk, who recently overtook Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world, are leaving high-tax areas like California in favor of lower taxes. Musk moved himself and the headquarters of SpaceX from California, the state with the highest income tax, to Texas, a state with no income tax. Joining the ranks include Splunk CEO Doug Merritt, who also moved to Texas, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who relocated to Hawaii and even Tom Brady, who recently bought a Miami mansion.   The effects of the ultra-rich leaving high-tax areas will be felt throughout their cities. Others may follow in their footsteps to take advantage of lower taxes, especially as remote work opens up the potential to work from anywhere, and finances are tight for many people.    What will real estate look like in 2021? In most cases, a continuation of the incredible growth of 2020. Even during a pandemic and recession, homes will continue to sell at a breakneck pace.   Click here to read the full article.

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Santa Clara County Real Estate Prices, Market Conditions

Santa Clara County Real Estate Prices, Market Conditions

05/1/21 Hailey Chang

    © Compass 2021 ¦ All Rights Reserved by Compass ¦ Made in NYC Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California operating under multiple entities. License Numbers 01991628, 1527235, 1527365, 1356742, 1443761, 1997075, 1935359, 1961027, 1842987, 1869607, 1866771, 1527205, 1079009, 1272467. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate. Equal Housing Opportunity.   Santa Clara County Real Estate    Strong Finish to 2020 & Heated Start to 2021    February 2021 Report    Our January report focused mostly on 2020’s annual statistics. This report will put most of its attention on quarterly and monthly indicators, which better illustrate changes occurring as 2020 progressed and 2021 began.    Sales volume in January increased approximately 45% above January 2020, a very substantial year-over-year increase. As is the norm, new listings started to come on market in increasing numbers after hitting the usual, annual low point in December. The number of new listings was up 24% on a year-over-year basis, while the number of listings going into contract was up 39%.      In most of the markets around the Bay Area - but especially those with more urban concentrations - condo markets were generally softer in 2020 than house markets. This was the case in Santa Clara County, as illustrated in a few of the charts and tables in this report.                

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Bay Area Real Estate - 1 Year After the Pandemic Hit

Bay Area Real Estate - 1 Year After the Pandemic Hit

03/2/21 Hailey Chang

Statistics are generalities, essentially summaries of data generated by dozens, hundreds, or thousands of unique, individual sales. They are best seen not as precise measurements, but as broad, comparative indicators with reasonable margins of error, and how they apply to any particular property is unknown without a specific comparative market analysis. Anomalous fluctuations in statistics are not uncommon, especially in smaller markets with fewer sales and wide ranges in sales prices. Longer-term trends are typically more meaningful than short-term changes. Data from sources deemed reliable but may contain errors and subject to revision. Some analyses pertain to different selections of counties, depending on the data source. All numbers are approximate.

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How to Update Your Home for Spring

How to Update Your Home for Spring

03/2/21 Ashley Knierim

 Instagram / restoringlansdowne   There's something utterly rejuvenating about spring. After months of cold and dreary weather, many of us feel an urge to spruce up our homes and embrace the energy that comes with the new season. But it can be difficult to know where to begin to give your space a fresh feel.   If you're itching to update your home without making a drastic change, here are 15 easy ways to embrace the spring season inside and out. Sprinkle in Bright Colors Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal in the outdoors, so try having your interior mimic this. While those dark colors felt right in the winter, it's time to swap them for pastels or even bold neons. If you're really feeling daring, change out some of your old dining room chairs for ones with a pop of color, as seen in this beautiful space from naptimestyle.    Instagram / naptimestyle Decorate With Flowers One of the easiest ways to update any room is to add a bouquet of fresh flowers like this one from _awkward_peach. From bunches of daffodils and tulips to sprigs of eucalyptus and hyacinths, take advantage of all those flowers at your local grocery store. Decorating with fresh flowers is easy and can be done in every room of your home. Between stunning centerpieces and nightstand-friendly bud vases, there's no place in your home that couldn't use a few flowers.   Instagram / _awkward_peach Use Lighter Fabrics Put away the heavy faux fur throws and cable knit blankets, and replace them with lighter fabrics, such as cotton or linen. As this light and airy bedroom from hemmainteriors_com proves, crisp neutrals can make a room feel bigger and brighter. Layering whites and pale pinks can be a lovely way to add a pop of color while still keeping your space neutral.   Instagram / hemmainteriors_com Add Greenery It can be hard to keep plants alive when the air turns crisp and the daylight fades away. If you've sacrificed a few houseplants to the winter season, replace them with new greenery, such as these plants from coletteslittlehome. Before you buy, make sure to pick the right plants for your lighting to ensure they survive until next spring.   Instagram / coletteslittlehome Paint a Room If you have a weekend to spare, consider repainting a room for a quick and easy makeover. Though it may not be bright, we love this green living room from naptimestyle. Green is the color of rejuvenation and rebirth, and thus it is a great choice for welcoming a new season.   Instagram / naptimestyle Switch Throw Pillows Looking for an easy upgrade you can make in just an afternoon? Swap out throw pillows and blankets throughout your home for a quick refresh that takes minimal effort. Whether you opt for soft pink throw pillows, as seen in this bedroom from my_grey_place, or you want something a little more neutral, swapping out textiles is a great way to make a room feel brand new.   Instagram / my_grey_place Swap Out Candles If you're someone who decks out your home with gingerbread and pumpkin-scented candles around the holidays, it's time to swap those candles for something a little more spring-friendly, such as in this room from dashlifestyles. Reach for floral or citrus candles to liven up any room in your house. Or simply go for unscented candles in pastel colors.   Instagram / dashlifestyles Add Baskets to Reduce Clutter   'Tis the season for spring cleaning. And adding a basket or two (as seen in this office space from restoringlansdowne) is a great way to reduce clutter and change up your look. A lovely woven basket is the perfect accessory to store everything from throw blankets to dog toys and stuffed animals while still looking chic and stylish.   Instagram / restoringlansdowne Update Your Patio Decor You don't need a full patio renovation to update its look for the warmer weather. Simply swap out a chair or side table for something new and fresh. Although this lovely little outdoor space from roundthepenroses is simple, the bright throw pillow and fun side tables are perfect for welcoming spring weather.   Instagram / roundthepenroses Switch Your Art Updating your entire gallery wall is probably too much of an undertaking. But exchanging a few pieces of art throughout your home is a great way to make the rooms feel fresh and updated. This little console table from my.burleigh.reno features a large leaning art print that's super simple to swap out each season.   Instagram / my.burleigh.reno Add New Tableware Another easy change you can make in your home come spring is in your kitchen. Keep a set of lighter dishes and cups in storage to rotate when the seasons change. We love using all-white pieces, as seen in this image from somutschlove, but bright colorful plates and bowls are also perfect for the warmer weather.   Instagram / somutschlove Change Your Shower Curtain Although the gorgeous wallpaper look in this bathroom from kellyvonweberinteriors may not be an easy spring update, the light tasseled shower curtain is. Changing a shower curtain is a super simple way to create the illusion that you've updated your entire bathroom. Pick a light and bright style that coordinates with your existing decor and fixtures.   Instagram / kellyvonweberinteriors Change Your Hardware From your dresser to the kitchen cabinets, swapping your knobs and pulls for something a little more modern is a great way to update the entire look. We love the gold-finish pulls on these cabinets from kaylalebarondesign. But you can even mix and match the hardware to create your own personalized look.   Instagram / kaylalebarondesign Upgrade Your Lighting If your ceiling is still sporting a decades-old light fixture, spring is a great time to revitalize it with something a little more modern. We love the black woven lamp in this living room from my_grey_place, which transforms the space and acts as a centerpiece. Swapping out fixtures is simple, even for a novice, and it's a great way to update any room in an afternoon.   Instagram / my_grey_place Display Your Own Prints Even if you can't plan a spring trip, you can pretend you're at one of your favorite destinations by printing and displaying some of your favorite travel photos. We love this little corner from prettyinthepines. The travel photography looks like works of art, yet it's personal and can easily be switched out for other prints in the future.   Instagram / prettyinthepines Try a New Doormat Want to smile every time you come home this spring? Swap out your wintery doormat for a bright, cheerful one like this mat from familyshiplapanddunn. A new spring wreath or potted plant for your porch are also simple ways to remind yourself it is finally spring when you come home.    Instagram / familyshiplapanddunn   Click here to read the full article.

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