Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring Cleaning means buying more stuff!!

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I don't know about you, but when Spring comes around the icy parts of my wallet melt and I have the strong desire to run out and go shopping. I want Spring and summer clothes and bright happy things for my apartment. But we're in a recession here, and I have no money because I make no money, so this is probably not the best idea for me right now. This is a total shame because our apartment really isn't season friendly. Sometimes (just to brighten the mood, or make things feel new) the best thing you can do to give your home a mini facelift is just change around the accents. Swap out the throw pillows, lamp shades, dish towels, switch plates and any other little details you think look too drab for the Spring.

Perfect example (that was super easy and I spent NO money): Fall is by far my favorite season, and I love, so am absolutely obsessed with, Christmas. All of our candles are named things like "Pumpkin Pie," "Fireplace," "Evergreen tree," etc. For my birthday I got a candle from Noelle that smells like a tropical beach, and I told her it reminded me of California (we're moving there in August which I'm sure will bring a whole host of moving related entries!) so now I have it out. Realizing that my "Fresh Leaves" or dark green candles didn't really match it, I switched them out for brighter colored ones and ones that smelled more beachy. The instant scent transformation already makes the place seem brighter and lighter.

Now, that's not as good as being able to buy brand new throw pillows. But if I could go shopping, here's some really cute things that capture the spirit of spring that I might buy for our home:

Crate and Barrel:






William Sonoma:

$39.00-62.00

Pier 1:

$2.95

Usually I don't like fake flowers (ones that look real are very hard to find, and it looks cheap to me). But, for those of you who do like them, I thought these were very cute. And there were some white hydrangeas (which are one of my favorite flowers) too. These are $5.00 each.

Pottery Barn:

$9 for a set of 3

Eggs - $14

$7.99

Target:

$19.99

Bed Bath and Beyond:

$5.99-12.99

There is a whole line of products with this pattern (including bath linens and glassware). This placemat is $6.99.

Anthropologie:

$14.95

$2.95

Urban Outfitters:

Online only - $4.99

2 comments:

Btrflygl said...

Cute stuff!

Maybe hit up the yard sales in a few weeks. Or thrift stores?

Or do a "swap" with your girlfriends looking to clean out their closets?

Young, Broke, and Married said...

I caved today and bought some new linens to put on the living room tables. $15 well spent though! Once I switched out the tablecloth I already felt better.

That swap idea is a good one, though. I just wish I had girlfriends who lived on their own and I could do that with!

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