Is It Spring?

“Is it spring?”

“Yes, it is.”

“And the flowers are growing?”

“Yes, they are.”

“Are we going to Mimi’s house?”

“Not today. Today is Sunday, you are going to Mimi’s house on Monday”

“No, today is not Sunday, it’s spring.”

Ahh, I see now where I went wrong. How do you explain the seasons to a four year-old?  I tried to explain the markers of spring-time to my curious little boy, but spring is a very abstract concept.  When does it begin?  When does it end?  What causes it to be spring?  Well, like my son, I don’t understand the physiology of how the seasons change, but I am thankful for it.

There is just something about springtime that is invigorating.  Even if it’s still only 40 degrees out, if the new spring sun is shining, I want to get out in the garage and clean something, or work on a project.  The coming forth of new life, even the annoying weeds in the garden, brings new life to my soul.

This season is one of transformation.  Cold, hard dirt that housed the death of winter begins to thaw and plants and trees come out of hibernation and begin their ascent toward the warmth of the sunshine.  Our grass becomes lush and green again, tulips and daffodils begin to sprout flashing their pretty colors against the browns and greens of the earth.  And our neighbors come out of their homes and there is new life in the neigborhood; mowing lawns, riding bikes, playing ball in the driveway.  It’s beautiful.

The transformations that begin happening around us in nature with the entrance of spring often motivate us to begin our own transformations on our homes, both outside and inside.  We brush away the cobwebs of winter, shake the dirt out of the rugs and get to work bringing new life to the stuff we’ve been staring at all winter.  Maybe that’s a whole remodel.  Maybe it’s just a few new accessories and a good deep clean. It’s amazing how even small tweaks on your home can make a huge difference.

I have recently had the opportunity to work with a wonderful client on bringing new life to their recently purchased home.  She and her husband came to L. J. Wagner Home Interiors looking for some inspiration for a way to blend their very traditional furniture with their new home that was a little more transitional.

Inspired by her collection of gorgeous blue and white ginger jars, as well as two existing saddle colored swivel chairs she planned on keeping, we went with a color palette of navy blue, tan and shades of grey for the walls.

The previous owner had painted just about every wall in a shade of yellow, there were several Tommy Bahama fan/light fixtures, and the fireplace had a slightly awkward layout with small glass shelves on either side that proved fairly useless.  We talked about what to do about the fireplace layout, and while they weren’t ready to make a major renovation on the fireplace they really wanted to do something to update the look and make it more functional. Thankfully her hubby is handy with the tools and up for the task!

He was able to update the fireplace, the kitchen island, and add a new storage bench for the eat-in kitchen table.

Together we selected a pair of sophisticated sofas from La-Z-Boy that featured arms with a soft curve outward, a rich brass nail-head trim around the back of the sofa — framing the cushions, all covered in a fabric that combined tan and ivory with just a slight lineal pattern to create some interest.  We picked out toss pillows that mirrored the rich navy of the ginger jars and added some pattern and color to the neutral upholstery.

The coffee table beautifully tied in the stone on the fireplace and added a modern flare to the room.  The traditional hutch, sofa table and end table stayed in the room as well which added warmth to the space – not to mention displayed her lovely collection of ginger jars that inspired the design.

Through some well thought-out color choices and furniture selections we were able to bring new life to this beautiful home.  Let the newness of the season motivate and inspire you to clean out, organize and think outside the box.  Transformation is a process that sometimes has several steps.

So get out in the sunshine, pull those weeds and start dreaming of what your space can become!

– Lauren



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