Guest Post: Dreaming of Spring with Emily

February 5th, 2014

Groundhog Day is such a tease, isn’t it? The prospect of immediate spring at beginning of February is enough to send me into a  frenzy, but, alas, never-ending winter always seems to prevail. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to say goodbye to this Polar Vortex business and work on my tan (read: perpetual sunburn).

Although the temperatures may not be complying with my wishes for springtime, I do have a few go-to ways to make my indoor living space feel sunny with a high of 75 even when it is frigid outside.

  1. Spring Cleaning — If you had seen the kinds of fits I used to throw in order to avoid cleaning, you’d laugh at my suggesting this. However, after moving into my own place and realizing that the blinds won’t dust themselves, I’ve reformed. I would like to tell you I have a regular deep cleaning routine, but it seems like every time “Dust the freakin’ baseboards” is on my To Do list, something else comes up. Taking an afternoon to clean all the forgotten nooks and crannies (windowsill behind the blinds, included) will freshen up your space and, really, who doesn’t love the clean home smell? And one last bonus bit for free, I highly suggest making a cleaning playlist because it makes otherwise boring time a lot of fun. Mine includes some Backstreet Boys, Beyonce, Vanilla Ice, and Dexys Midnight Runners!

  2. Colorful Prints — One of my favorite ways to change the look of my space is by adding mood-shifting prints. This winter I hung a black and white canvas print of New York City to help transition into the colder temperatures and mellow out my mood. Well, spring’s a-comin’ and I am lusting over some brighter art for my walls. This lipstick print is on my wishlist, and pretty much all of Paul Ferney’s work puts me in the mood for warmer temperatures. Etsy has more options for art prints than anyone could ever exhaust, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll find something within your price range, whatever it may be.

  3. Open Those Windows — This one is easy. Just do it! Natural sunlight will brighten your home in the most delicious way and, even if it’s too cold to have the actual window open (or, if you’re like me and have the windows painted shut), opening the blinds will do wonders for your mood. Goodbye sad, cold winter, hello beautiful spring!

  4. Fresh Florals — Around this time of the year, I cannot go to the grocery story without coming home with a fistful of flowers. Living in a small town in west Texas, I don’t have many options in the floral department, but I can usually find some bright orange tulips or a few pretty white or purple spider mums. Having flowers in the house never fails to make me smile, even when they’re not quite ready to grow outside.

Lastly, here are some images that are making me giddy for spring!

A cheerful gallery wall:

Emily SC 1


Open windows and a clean color palette:

Emily SC 2


Don’t you just want to lay in these flowers? So deliciously colorful and springy!

Emily SC 3


I love Emily’s posts.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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