Setting the Stage for Spring

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Are you as tired of winter as I am?  I get so excited when I see daffodils popping up all over the place.  As the temperatures rise, I get a bigger case of Spring Fever everyday.

With every change of season I get an itch to "Stage" my home's décor.  Just like I change my wardrobe to reflect the season, I also try to change my home.  As fall and winter approached, I changed to spice-scented candles, heavier fabrics for window coverings, thick blankets for my bed and pinecones and winter berries replaced my florals.  I was thrilled to add touches of the winter season throughout my house, but now I am ready to Stage the house for Spring! 

        

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    Spring is rapidly approaching and the warmer temperatures invite wonderful décor ideas on the inside and outside of the home.   Before changing anything for Spring Staging, the first thing that must be done is SPRING CLEANING!  That is right - those dusty baseboards, light fixtures, windows and windowsills all need a thorough cleaning.  Get out the rags and dust mops and go to town eradicating dust budustbunniesnnies and spider webs.  As the sun begins to shine those fingerprints on the walls and dust on the baseboards become very apparent.  I had a friend last week who started cleaning and ended up painting two rooms in her home to shake off the winter blahs.  Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is just what is       needed.

 

Once the cleaning is over, take stock of all that you have displayed.  Can you lighten and brighten anywhere?  Maybe change out throw pillows for something with a lighter color or spring theme?  What about your linens?  Is it time to change out the heavy comforters for lightweight quilts?  Can you lighten up on the window treatments a bit?  Light-weight fabrics on the windows will allow the sunshine you let in to invigorate and inspire you to lighten the load of your winter décor.

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 How about those candles?  The scents of Christmas are not what you want to smell when you are planning your garden.  Good scents for spring are anything floral or citrus.  If it smells like something that will grow outside, chances are that will be a good scent for spring.  Spring is all about the anticipation of new growth that sprouts from the decay of winter.

 

As the temperatures rise, we are drawn like magnets to the outdoors.  It might be a little early still to plant flowers, but if you feel you must plant - keep it to containers that you can bring in at night in case of a frost.  You get a punch of color and life, but aren't sacrificing planting too early - what a great compromise! 

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The one way to say "spring" louder than any other accessory is with flowers.  There is nothing more spring-like than a bouquet of daffodils or tulips.  That burst of color and fresh scent gives your home or office a dual sensory lift.  Lilacs will be coming soon and the Forsythia bushes are starting to bloom.  Trim off a couple of Forsythia branches, put in a vase and viola - instant appeal for spring!

 

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There are countless ways to update for spring.  If you would like more information and a live demonstration, attend the staging workshop, Stage It for Spring, held on March 26 at 7pm.  The workshop is located at Whitt's End, Home and Garden in Cool Springs Plaza.  It is free to the public and refreshments will be served.  Discover some easy and affordable ways to Stage for Spring in your home!

 

 

As seen in The News Enterprise, Homes Section, March 20, 2009

Posted by

Sheila Kennedy

Owner of Staged SO Right

Creator of J29 Project, Draw the Line, Eye on the Prize and Hear My Voice Programs

www.j29project.com

Staging you AMAZING!

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Sharon Tara
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Yes, I am ready.  But Mother Nature, evidently, isn't.  It is so coooold today!  We organized, much to my husband's dismay, the office last weekend and I couldn't be happier.  I can't wait to get those flowers planted, but I have to wait a little longer!

Mar 24, 2009 04:50 AM #1
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Sheila Kennedy
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Sharon - I am really ready.  Getting ready for Thursday's demo has made it worse I think.  The weather has been good, but I am ready for some heat!  Congrats on getting the office finished. That is where I should be headed.  I started it during the ice storm and still am not finished.  Someday right!?  Yeah - I think waiting on the flowers is probably a good idea - I am from NY and can remember snow on Mother's Day. 

Mar 24, 2009 05:04 AM #2
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

I've been thinking spring for a month now.  My husband and I have dumped closets, cleaned them and pitch out years of STUFF.

We are starting the painting process so that when spring gets here IN ABOUT 6 WEEKS we will be ready to get outside.

It was so cold today that we had a little snow in the air.

Mar 24, 2009 09:59 AM #4
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Sheila Kennedy
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Vivian - I wish I had a lilac bush to trim from.  I love that smell!  All I have is forsythia - I just am using what I have!  Thanks!

 

Virginia - You have been busy!  Isn't that a great sense of accomplishment though?  I am trying to work on my house, but life gets in the way!  Hope it warms up there soon!  Today was 73 degrees - I am loving it!

Mar 24, 2009 10:26 AM #5
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Andrew Haslett
Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI - Fort Knox, KY
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Sheila, thanks, but no thanks, on the cleaning reminder :-)

The rest, great ideas. Forsythia, I got in abundance.

I have lilac and lavender, too!

Mar 24, 2009 10:40 AM #6
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Sheila, I just took all my curtains off to wash them and the windows. I envy you for having Lilac and Forsythia... maybe even some Lily of the Valley? But I have to admit the neighbors grapefruit tree is in full bloom and the fragrance fills the air.

Mar 24, 2009 10:47 AM #7
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
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Sheila, such great ideas to bring spring into our homes. My husband & I spent Sunday cleaning our closet and I feel SO much better!

Mar 24, 2009 10:53 AM #8
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Sheila Kennedy
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Andrew:  Lucky you - I am sure your yard is beautiful! I really think you should rethink the cleaning thing.  It will make you feel better once it is done and everything will look better. Thanks!

Silvia:  Oh I wish I have gotten that far.  I take solace in the fact that if I am busy writing about spring, I can't prepare for it in my own home!  Lily of the valley are my favorite - but I don't have any.  That landscaper is coming out next week and I am going to ask that those be put in the design. Thanks for stopping by!

Annie:  I know how that feels, but it has been a long time since I've had it.  Next week is spring break and I plan to do Spring cleaning then!  Thanks!

Mar 24, 2009 02:14 PM #9
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Andrew Haslett
Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI - Fort Knox, KY
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Sheila's got some great ideas! The demonstration workshop was great, and had good attendance. Sheila is a bundle of energy and ideas!

Mar 26, 2009 03:11 PM #10
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Sheila Kennedy
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Thank you very much Andrew!  I was really pleased with the attendance - many new faces which was fabulous.  I appreciate your compliments and was glad to get to meet you in person.  Thanks for attending and thanks for commenting!

Mar 27, 2009 12:54 AM #11
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