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May032009

The Design Lounge: Spring Has Sprung!

I have always been a huge fan of Spring. Growing up in the midwest, the winters were fierce and the summers inferno-esque. In spite of (or perhaps somewhat because of?) the totally unpredictable weather, the tornadoes, and the torrential downpours, I would have to say that there is no season that tickles my fancy more than Spring. Babies and puppies come out of hibernation, trees bloom deliciously large blossoms, lovers picnic in the park. People are happy and ready to make a fresh start, before the oppressive heat sinks in around early June and stays through the end of September.

Now, living in Florida, the "seasons" fall into two categories: Hot and Dry, and Hotter and Rainy. Spring here is more of a mindset that I have to force upon myself, rather than an actual event. Here, spring-ish weather happens during the months that the rest of the country calls "winter." So, come March and April, I have to role play my actual Spring by wearing flowy dresses, picking flowers, drawing in the park, and doing some deep cleaning at home.

Spring is the perfect time to revamp your home and do a little Spring Cleaning. Today, I bring you a few of my favorite ideas I've seen this season for making your home a little bit Springier after all those cold, dark days of Winter (or hot, dry days of Winter if you live in Florida like me).

1.) Grow a Garden

Growing your own garden is the new black. Everyone is doing it and this seems to be the Year of the Green Thumb. You don't have to own an acre of land to grow a proper garden, either.  A couple of pots, a sunny porch or windowsill, and you are good to go. Below are some links to some articles that will be much more informative on this issue than I.

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Can't go wrong with About.com's advice on the matter.

Learn how to make a one-pot herb garden for inside or outside here.

For the semi-handy, learn how to build a raised bed here.

2.) Reuse some bottles

What an awesome way to reuse old bottles - add a pour spout and voila! You can store olive oil, vinegar, and any other liquid your heart desires, in these uber-retro pop bottles.



Check out the deets here.

3.) Tshirts Galore!

Looking to update your wardrobe for the season? Got an old tshirt that you want to spice up a bit? Make some DIY tshirts with any design you like! (As a designer, I HEART the use of big fonts.)



4.) Add some color to your room

Holy moly. I am not condoning stealing here, but technically paint swatches are FREE.



Hopefully these suggestions will add a little spring to your step and a little light into your life. Remember, good design does not have to be bad for the earth or for your pocketbook!

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