Our homes become our nests during winter, our refuge for warmth; but when spring comes around our homes can feel rather lifeless. DECO has foraged a few items that can help you turn over a new leaf and spring up your home décor for this season.
Firstly, can we all get excited about the idea of cooling down in the pool or, even better, in the sea? Hanging up a beach towel or rolling them up and putting them in a basket in the bathroom can be a great reminder that summer and holidays are on their way.
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR
Change up your drab winter scatter cushions, opting instead for bright pastels, colourful prints, soft cotton and pure linens.
Winter can take over your entrance halls and passageways, which become shoe, umbrella and raincoat/jacket hoarding spaces. Neaten and brighten up these spaces with a colourful and fun shelving piece. Put the books back in the cupboard and bring out those little summer clutch bags and sandals to put them on display.
1. Ombre Blue and Pink Beach Towels Available from @home- R299
2. Medium Nambiti Basket from Mr Price Home- R199.99
3. Geo Print Scatter Cushion from Woolworths Home-R199
4. Box Shelving from Abode- R1 800
5. Cubist Wall Display from Superbalist for R699.
6. The Wanderer in the Forest yoga matt, from Sentiens Yoga Matt- R495
If you have no space for a bookshelf then try out a hanging shelf, one preferably with some modern flair and, best of all, space for either a plant or a fun picture. Anything to bring in that bright pop of colour. Still no space? Then try a really unusual wall hanging clock.
Small accessories placed in the lounge and living spaces can make such a difference. The right decorative vases and bowls can do wonders for any space. Filling them with flowers and fruit are perfect reminders of the blossoming of spring.
Water jugs are also a fun accessory to have about the house during spring. They double as vases and can be used to water pot plants in and around the house. If you’re not much of a water drinker yourself, then get glass carafes in different sizes and use them as you please. They are a great way to bring your wine out to the patio in style.
Pot plants can spring up your home very quickly. By placing one or two around the living room, you can immediately feel refreshed. Spruce up the table settings with some bright and fun napkins. These are much easier to store away when winter comes again.
And lastly, get outdoors and get active! Trade in your old monochrome yoga mat for something fun and refreshing. By buying just one new item of gym equipment, be it new sneakers or even just a bright sweat-band, you can get excited about being outdoors once more.
On the other hand, an amazing outdoor day bed can really get you excited for the prospects of lazing about on those long, hot summer days!
7.Santorini Summertime Linen Daybed from Coricraft- R8 495
8.Origami Wall Clock in Rose from Superbalist- R149
9.Large Diva Round Vase from Weylandts- R595
10.Standing Planter from Superbalist- R149
11.Sentiens Yoga Matt- R495
12.Tall Jug- Once off Pieces from Clemintina- R1 700
13.Feisty Floral Watercolour Napkins from Hello Pretty- R260
14.Lesley Bookshelf from Vamp (comes in assorted colours)- R1 975
The Green Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa will be on shelves from 28 September. Packed with sustainably stylish interiors, it’s full of all your favourite features and decor tips plus the green spaces of Patrizia Moroso and Pietro Russo. Order your copy – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #GreenIssue #DECOselfie.
DECO intern Charné Mingo is an aspiring street and fashion photographer, with a background in TV, set design and writing. She is a free-spirited explorer, with a passion for travel and meeting people from all walks of life. She finds peace in cooking, exhilaration in cycling, solace in reading and absolute bliss in walking her dogs whilst listening to music. Follow Charné on Instagram @charne_mingo.