I was romanced by a single 65-degree sunny glimpse of Spring last week, I think it was Wednesday, and I’m already mentally prepping my window box and deciding how I should springify my space… (springify, word of the day. Don’t ya just love my holly-words. I swear, I speak a whole new English sometimes.) Springing up your home is easily accomplished on a budget, from simply swapping out throw pillows and exchanging current drapes for sheers or bamboo roll shades, to locating must-have home accessories with a ‘springy’ vibe. Exchange felt and flannel for linens, cottons, and bright bold hues or cool pastels. For the ultimate home, you must engage in a little elbow grease. Don’t ever forsake the gathering together of your mop and method products. You can’t even begin to think Spring without a thorough scrubbing down of your entire space, along with reorganizing closets and drawers. Better get started, packrat. I’m willing to bet you have about two months worth of magazines stacked next to your bed. Personally, from my attic to my coat closet, I’m ready to take it all on! Prepping for spring is an exciting time of year for me, which sounds so Martha Stewart, but it’s true. I’m excited to prepare my space so I can soon open the windows, invite friends, and fill my space with fresh daffodils, plump tulips, and the sounds of birds-a-singin’.
First stop for me, Target. That’s where I’ll shop for cleaning supplies and such. After I’ve removed the dust bunnies (or dust monsters, depending on how often you clean), I’ll then head back to Target for home accessories. I’ll beeline my way over to their mini fresh plant section for some foliage, and then, I’ll definitely scoop up some inexpensive ceramic vases. They have some lovely ones this season, too. All eyes on the Panek Tobin vases, I’m craving these! Aren’t they positively fresh? For $17.99, I imagine them on my living room windowsill or on my desk.
I know I sound like your mother, but If you’ve got spring fever like I do, get a jump start on your spring cleaning while the weather is still painful. Then, on the next 65-degree day, you can play outdoors vs. cleaning your space.
I’d much rather spend beautiful spring days shopping in the city for fresh finds and people watching while dining al fresco.
Here are some of my fresh finds from the Target ceramic vase collection. You can browse their website for these vases by clicking here.
1.23.06 COMMENT: Readers, Brent just wrote in to say that the global home stuff at Target is 75% off in Minneapolis, which means it should be that way around the country by the weekend. YEAH!
Okay design police, please don’t whack me over the head for this, but I had to veer off a little today and post some fresh finds from the new travel collection from the Gap. I’m certainly not the authority on Gap bags since I’ve never owned one, but I simply adore the floral pattern, shown here in blue (also available in pink). I wouldn’t trust a $98 suitcase simply because I’m not sure how sturdy it would be for the entire wardrobe that I roll with on vacation, I wouldn’t know what it means to pack light. I may really need those shimmer sparkle pants in case we go see this amazing opera or something… I’d have to say ‘no’ to the suitcase, but the tote…ah how sweet it is, I can totally see myself swiping my visa for that. I think it would be useful for those quick trips you make to your parents’ place on the weekends, or the ‘trunk driving bag’ you always keep packed with the basics in the trunk of your car just in case you end up staying out a little too late, drinking a little too much, and you can’t drive home. Your ‘trunk driving bag’ makes it that much easier to just crash at your b/f’s pad.
Check out their sassy little passport holder for $12, travel cosmetic bags for $12.50, floral canvas luggage tags for $9.50, and of course, their large floral duffle bag for $68 and wheeled luggage priced at $98.
My inspiration of the day comes from this stunning portrait by British artist, David Hockney. Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark, Hockney’s friends, seem to be a bit tiffed that we’re looking in on them, don’t you think? It’s almost as if Celia is ready to tell us, in a most adoring British accent, “Pardon me. Have you got no manners? We just had an altercation and I’m trying to mend ways with dear Ossie here. Kindly let us be.”
The room, from the lilies in the vase, the lovely railing on the balcony, the large shutter doors, the way Ossie is digging his toes into the shag rug, the glowing sunlight dancing off of his bright teal jumper. Fab.
Doesn’t it appear as though these Londoners just recently occupied the space? I say this because the phone doesn’t have a table yet. Maybe that is what the argument was all about? Where to place the chair he is sitting on? :) Aha! A space war between two design freaks, perhaps?
The cat seems to be oblivious to everything, perhaps watching a passerby in the garden below. Typical feline.
You can see the painting above, along with many others, at the Hockney exhibit, soon to take place at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts from February 26-May 17, 2006 in the Gund Gallery. Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets.
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