Spring Refresh

There’s a reason why Spring is the perfect time to clean out your home and start from scratch – it’s the season of rebirth, so why not the season of redecorating?

During the winter months, my living room became a comfy, cozy den as I hid out from the snow and rain (ie. lots of blankets and pillows for binge-watching Netflix). But, as the weather changes, I’m drawn to an aesthetic that’s light and fresh (and definitely less bulky). Essentially, I want my home to be an oasis of tranquility as my social life gets increasingly busy over the course of the Spring. Suddenly my days off are spent at the park or on a hike, my evenings at a patio party or barbecue – when I get home, I just want to zen out on the couch with a book and a glass of wine.

I recently visited Crate & Barrel seeking inspiration for how to update my living room from my hibernation zone into an oasis. The old adage remains true: seek and ye shall find.

Without completely overhauling my living room, I found three key ways to brighten up my space and create the tranquil zone I’ve been dreaming of.

~ Sarah S.

  • Area Rugs: a simple patterned rug in the right colour palette can truly transform a space. Switching from a dark winter palette to a light green or ivory is an easy way to open up your living room. Plus, it’s easy to change out a rug with minimal effort and they don’t take up much storage space. Personally, I’m in love with this Alvarez Mineral Blue Hand Tufted Rug.
  • Greenery: whether you have a green thumb or not, a plant (or five) can bring life to your living room. Luckily, Crate & Barrel has something for every ‘skill’ level, from live blooms to succulents to faux plants. You can check out their full selection here.
  • Mood Lighting: a contemporary lamp with a cream linen shade is a nice accent for any living space. The clean lines fit well with the uncluttered aesthetic of spring, while the cream shade brings a subtle pop of light to the room (and adds literal light for curling up with a book). My personal favourite is the Castillo Black Floor Lamp pictured below.


Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel