Take a cue from these Midwestern bloggers on how to decorate your home for spring.
1. Serene scene
Play with color in a sweet and simple way. Cobalt glasses pop on Kelly Rinzema's (thelilypadcottage.com) all-white mantel. Vintage window frames and a chalkboard add architectural interest. Wildflowers complete the serene setting.
2. Engaging tablescape
Weathered pots and ripe tomatoes are a bold contrast to natural linens in this garden-to-table arrangement. Andrea Dickerson (fadedplains.blogspot.com) mixes frill and functionality with a centerpiece of herbs. Garden scissors on the table allow guests to trim an herb of choice to sprinkle on their meal.
3. Customized bunch
A container in the shape of an initial personalizes a flower display or gift. Erin Souder (earnesthomeco.com) filled an M-shape papier-mâché letter with fresh buds for a Mother’s Day gift. Wet floral foam holds short-stemmed flowers in place. Using smaller flowers, like mums, keeps the letter’s shape visible.
4. Dainty design
An assortment of vintage handkerchiefs brings seasonal color to this room while doubling as curtain panels. Maria Marcusse (rustyhinge.blogspot.com) shops garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets to find old hankies. She fashioned curtains by connecting the handkerchiefs with three small hand-stitches along the top and bottom of each.
5. Seasonal style
Leftover scraps of fabric become a charming embellishment for T-shirts, pillowcases or place mats in just a few simple steps. Tessa Foley (nineandsixteen.com) used a bunny shape she found online as a stencil to create an appliqué for a T-shirt. She traced the pattern onto lightweight fusible web then ironed it onto gingham fabric. After cutting the bunny out, she stitched it onto a T-shirt, staying about half an inch from the edge to create a frayed look.
6. Preserved beauty
Bring nature indoors with a wreath made of flowers from your garden. Rubyellen Bratcher (abeautifulmess.com) created her arrangement by grouping bands of flowers around an 18-inch grapevine wreath. She suggests choosing flowers that dry nicely—such as hydrangeas, pyracanthas and craspedias—for a decoration that will last all season.
7. Handmade accent
Recycle old magazines—except for Midwest Living, of course—by crafting a flower garland. Shannan Martin (flowerpatchfarmgirl.com) brings seasonal flair to her home by draping the handmade pieces above doorways and windowpanes. She cuts hearts with a craft store paper punch. She staples five hearts together as petals, tops each flower with a pom-pom, and strings up a line of them.
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