There is always a bit of anticipation when Groundhog Day rolls around, and it is only natural to feel some disappointment when you get the news that Punxsutawney Phil waddled out and saw his shadow. Instead of preparing to hibernate on the couch for another six weeks, however, why not take the opportunity to start freshening up your apartment for springtime? The tips below will help you feel like you are living in a sunny April day even if you are actually suffering through some extended weeks of February gloom.
Get Things Ready
Decorating is not terribly enjoyable if you are constantly brushing away stalagmites of dust to arrange a tablescape or finding yourself under attack from some dog-hair tumbleweeds that erupted from the pillows you just fluffed. Take a weekend to do a pre-spring cleaning, or at least a thorough house cleaning. This will allow you to focus on the fun elements when it comes time to start decorating. Your mind will feel refreshed enough to make your surroundings feel the same way.
Bring in Some Light
Nothing says “spring” like earlier sunrises and brighter days. While you cannot control the sun’s rays, you can add some extra light in your apartment to create the illusion of brightness. Strategically placing mirrors to reflect ambient outdoor light will lift your interior out of the shadows (hopefully before Phil sees them). For a fun springtime craft opportunity, head down to Baltimore’s Antique Row in the 800 block of North Howard Street to peruse the stalls and shops in search of an ornate mirror. At home, paint the mirror frame in a springy pastel color. It’ll bring light and bright hues into your life.
Brighten with Fabric
One of the easiest ways to make things feel springy is to add some color. Winter is a time of moody, dark neutrals, and spring is a time for cool pastels and vibrant pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows. Using fabric is a temporary way to inject some color into your space; a few bright pillowcases and an upbeat tablecloth are easy to sew and even easier to switch out for other color palettes when the mood strikes you. Determine your preferred energizing colors, and then head to the Winter Sewing and Quilt Expo in Hunt Valley. This event is packed to the gills with vendors selling fabric, sewing notions, and everything you need for your home fabric crafts.
Savor Edible Decorations
While it is generally a smart idea to purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season, edible reminders of spring are excellent decorating elements. Create an eye-catching citrus basket with lemons, limes, grapefruit, and mint sprigs; its zesty fragrance will perfume your home with a whiff of springtime.
Maintain Your Springtime Splendor
Once you’ve officially made it into spring, maintaining the joyful ambience doesn’t have to be difficult. Incorporate some fresh blooms throughout your home, and display them in areas where you spend most of your time. Life in an apartment is not conducive to raising an accessible flower garden, so consider attending Baltimore’s FlowerMart celebration, which is hosted in May each year. Dozens of local nurseries and greenhouses offer up flowering plants and bouquets scaled perfectly for apartment living, and your new floral treasures will bring the springtime outdoors in. Remember to water potted plants as the weather warms up for summer.