Hi! I’m Coelle, mom to three wild boys and wife to one adventuring husband. I’m also an interior stylist who lives in Madison! I work with clients to improve, change and beautify their home spaces. I love working with families and consider it my speciality. After all, it’s all I know! I love to create anything from a happy play-room for the littles to a serene master getaway for parents. I love bright, warm spaces that feel like a retreat for the people living there. Today I’m sharing a few tips I have for giving your home a little spring spruce up (without breaking the bank). After the cold months of winter, it’s fun to give your home new life!
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(Disclaimer: I’m not focusing on the spring cleaning today, although my first point is related).
Okay, throw the windows open – let in that cool spring breeze and read on…
- Declutter! I’m thinking specifically toys here. Are they all played with? If not, donate! Have the kids help decide which ones should go if they are old enough. (Take them to Goodwill, St. Vincent De Paul, daycares, or preschools, just to name a few ideas.) Or take some and stash them away in toy rotation. Best parent magic trick ever when you take them out a couple months later and they are played with like they are NEW! Either will make it easier to tuck the rest into tidy bins or baskets when needed.
- Take down kids’ art and start fresh! Try the app Artkive to save the good stuff (allows you to share with family and make books and other products of their masterpieces!). And then save the REALLY good stuff in a hanging file folder bin, one for each child. It will feel magical to clear the refrigerator or bulletin board.
- Hang a shoe rack in the garage! This way the muddy shoes of spring won’t’ make it inside! Also, spring in Wisconsin is the recipe for SO many shoes. One day it’s sandals, then rain boots, but oh surprise, the next day you need your winter boots again! Fingers crossed we are past that this year. Keep all those options out of the house now that it’s warm enough to slip them on in the garage. We found a rack system from Home Depot.
- Get new throw pillows! On to the fun stuff. Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to refresh a room! Switch out the couch pillows; I suggest washable, removable covers with little kids or pets around. You can even switch the throw pillows on your bed if your feeling wild. If you currently have square pillows on your bed, switch it out for a lumbar!
- Get new house plants! In the Madison area I like to hit up The Bruce Company and Felly’s. Both places will be really helpful if you give them an idea of your lighting situation and if you tend to over-water or under-water. I have asked for “an office plant that is impossible to kill” a few times so believe me, don’t be embarrassed to ask anything. Hanging plants are all the craze right now and give height and interest to any space. And a cute option if you have a little one that likes to dig in the dirt! And if you go for the big plants, don’t be discouraged by the cost of planters. I have my big plants all in baskets from Target or Home Goods that were a fraction of the price.
- Grab a new door mat! The first impression of your home when someone walks up! Try the trend of layering a clever mat over a patterned rug.
- Print a couple new family pictures to display! My favorite digital print shop currently is jennysprintshop.com.
- Switch out some art! You are probably thinking art is expensive! Well it doesn’t have to be with all the affordable digital print shops online.
- Add a basket of pretty cloth napkins to the dining room table. Economical, Environmentally friendly AND just cute to look at.
- Buy yourself some tulips. Nothing says spring like tulips.