Hooray – spring is finally in the air down here in beautiful Birmingham! Now while I don’t want to jinx the weather we are currently enjoying here, the days of ice and snow do seem to be falling behind us. Daffodils are emerging from their winter slumber, green leaves are sprouting from the trees and the sunshine seems more abundant in its beauty and warmth! Of course, as I am greatly admiring all of this seasonal loveliness, I can’t help but look around my own home and dream about the upcoming opportunities for dining al fresco with my husband or hosting a gathering of our friends outside on the terrace!
Now is the perfect time to start reviewing your sunrooms, patios and decks. Take a close look at your outside landscape and allow yourself to be inspired to bring the outside in through your tablescapes, your seating, even in how you decorate the inside of your home. A change of season is always a perfect time to make small changes to your home. For example, if you have a collection of gorgeous blue and white porcelain, why not bring it out of the china cabinet and let it “breathe” for a while. Grouping your pieces on a center table or buffet creates great impact and doesn’t look so cluttered. Or, you could simply rearrange your vasselier as we have done with this lovely set of plates for a pretty springtime touch.
Another beautiful look would be to arrange your pieces as a focal point on your dining table. Add some crisp white linens, a few candles, perhaps a lovely tablecloth from Provence (we have these by the way!) and you have a beautiful springtime setting that even the Europeans would envy!
Yet, as simple as it is, porcelain is just one way of showcasing the seasons. Now is also a great time to exchange your winter throws for lighter ones, change a lamp shade from dark to light, or perhaps add an old French iron gate coffee table to your sunroom – you get the idea. We have lots of these beautiful items to get you started. Here is a sneak peek at some of the beautiful spring pillows that have just arrived – with more on the way!
A change of season always feels like a breath of fresh air to me, especially when it comes to using and enjoying one’s own antiques and accessories. Use your pieces as they were meant to be used – they are not only a part of our past, but they are also a part of your personality!
Enjoy the season!