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Bring on the bunny for spring

Posted: March 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Decor Store manager Carolyn McLintock arranges the French laundry section of The Decor Store.

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Spring is always energizing, and the season often gets us motivated to sweep out the cobwebs and brighten things  in our homes.

In doing so, you can go with a variety of spring themes, from Easter bunnies to flowers and birds. And, if you need any ideas, stop by The Décor Store in Valencia.

Here you will find more than you could imagine in spring décor, from the traditional to the whimsical to the natural.

“Decorating for spring just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t switch out the dark colors and thick fabrics for breezy linens and lighter, trendy colors,” said Carolyn McLintock, the manager and head designer of the Décor Store in Valencia, and one of the company’s buyers. “Spring colors go from soft, pale shades to bright, bold shades that are fun and relaxing — getting us ready for the warmer season that is coming,”

 

French laundry

One of the newer themes emphasized at The Décor Store this year is called “French laundry.” It often employs natural linens and burlap.

“It’s French-inspired,” McLintock said, “with fleur-de-lis and French writing.”

 

Yard stakes

Seasonal yard stakes make driving up to anyone’s home a “welcome spring” extravaganza, McLintock said.

You can put the yard stakes in flower beds, along the driveway or in a large plant container near the front door.

You can find all sorts of yard stakes at The Décor Store, along with whimsical yard signs with sayings such as “Plant a garden, feed a bunny.”

 

Flowers

“Instead of displaying a giant inflatable Easter bunny on your front lawn,” McLintock said, “put some bright spring flowers in beautiful terra cotta pots by your front door.”

You can get loose artificial flowers that can last a very long time, if not in direct sunlight, she said, and you can use them year after year.

Flowers can go into creative containers all over the home. You can use empty wine bottles, or mason jars, and put a few stems into the jar and tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar.

“These also make great May Day gifts to your special friends,” McLintock said.

The Décor Store has a whole section of artificial floral stems, in a variety of colors.

 

Wreaths and things

A wreath on the front door is great for welcoming visitors — but it doesn’t have to go on the front door. You can hang a wreath in the house in the middle of a mirror, or lay the wreath flat on a table and use it like a large candle ring.

“Put a glass jar in the middle and fill it with something for the season,” McLintock said, “You can use colorful eggs or candy for Easter, or lemons or other fruit for spring.”

 

Mantel

“The fireplace mantel is a perfect place to bring in spring accents,” McLintock said. “It is already a focal point of the room.”

You don’t have to do a lot of color — even a simple ivy garland lying on the mantel brings the feeling of outdoors inside. And don’t forget about the inside of the fireplace, with florals, greens or arrangements of candles.

 

Birdcages

Another way to bring nature and the garden indoors is to use birdcages, bird nests and pots filled with plants.

“Birdcages aren’t just for birds anymore,” McLintock said. With them you can create a home for candles, some ivy and even a small stone bird or frog to make it playful.

Bird nests can be used sitting on the mantel with a colorful egg for spring, she said, or just as a companion to a bird or two sitting around. 

 

Whimsical, elegant

The Décor Store has several “whimsical” sections. In one, you will find soft, stuffed-sock bunnies and cows. In another, you’ll see oversize “crazy” butterflies, in honor of the monarch butterflies of spring. And the Margaritaville section features quirky flamingoes.

Elsewhere, you will find elegant, hand-blown and hand-decorated eggs from Austria, or shiny, old fashioned “foil” Easter bunnies. (Be warned that children think they can peel these to find chocolate inside.)

There is also a lilac/lavender section in the store. “Lavender just makes you feel better,” McLintock said. And the coastal section features beach-themed items. “A lot of people use these in their bathrooms,” she noted.

 

Light and cheerful

“Spring cleaning (Isn’t that an awful term?) can just be a time to rework your accessories and make over your shelves,” McLintock said. Get the winter dust out and replace objects with items light and cheerful.

Bring white into the kitchen shelves using white china or ironstone, and add plants and pictures that are special.

Look for areas in your home that are cluttered or unorganized and give them a facelift by removing everything, and only putting back what you really use.

Heavy drapes can come down, and put up sheer curtains that blow with the slightest breeze.

Pillows can be changed out for a softer shade. “And don’t forget to clean the Christmas glitter out of the sofa cushions,” she said.

The Decor Store is located at 25658 The Old Road in Valencia (next to Old Navy). For more info, call (661) 255-7445 or visit www.thedecorstore.com.

jwalker@the-signal.com

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