Thursday, May 7, 2009

Creating a Welcoming Home for Spring!


Ahh, Spring glorious Spring! The time of year for fluffing our nests, saying goodbye to winter's chills, and welcoming the sunny days ahead!

Here are a few ways we can welcome this Spring into our homes using the 5 senses:

Sight -- Enjoy the bright, cheery colors of spring by spreading touches of spring color around your home! Add some fun accessories in citrus colors, or the color of your favorite flowers. Exchange darker colors in your home and wardrobe for those that are light & bright! Watch the children playing in the backyard! See the bees a-buzzin' around the flowers, and praise God for His creativity when looking at all of the different flowers and plants bursting forth from the ground! Clear out that clutter and do a little Spring cleaning for an instantly more beautiful home! Write a little note on a chalkboard saying, "Welcome, Friends!"


Sound -- Take some time to slow down and enjoy the sounds of Spring! Listen to the falling rain. See if your family can identify birds by their songs! Open the house windows and let in some of nature's music along with that wonderful fresh air! Remember that you set the tone for your home, and use a peaceful tone of voice! Be sure that your family hears an "I love you" from you at least once every day! Play some upbeat music to encourage a good mood while doing your seasonal cleaning!


Taste -- Go and pick some fresh strawberries straight from the farm, then make a yummy dessert! Share some lemonade with a friend on the porch swing. Hold the first outdoor barbeque/cookout with a top your own burger bar, and invite another family to join you! Start an herb garden and use the herbs in your recipes. Have a picnic! Treat the kids to a treat from the ice cream truck & go ahead and treat yourself too while you're at it!

Touch -- Put away those sweaters, and pull out your Spring wardrobe! Place crisp, cool, cotton sheets on your bed, and a lighter coverlet as well. Add some linen napkins to your table settings for meals. Walk barefoot in the grass. Get your hands in the soil and add a plant to your garden. Give your loved ones an extra hug!


Smell -- Light a fresh smelling, and lighter scented candle every day for a soothing atmosphere! Notice the air after a rain. Actually take the time to smell the roses! :) Fill your home with the scent of a fresh baked fruit pie! Chase the musty dust bunnies away with a good Spring Cleaning! On sunny days, open the windows to air out the house! Bring a bouquet of flowers inside and enjoy the lovely scent they bring!



I hope that y'all are enjoying SPRING! What do you just love to do in the Springtime?!

15 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

I love all the same things you do! :)
I love the smell early in the morning...it is true freshness!
sandy toe

Imperfect said...

Flowers! I LOVE flowers! And I love all the picutres of your pretty flowers. And I love wandering through the Farmers' Market, picking the delicious fresh fruits and veggies of the season. Yay for spring!

Sandy said...

Hi Stacey, one thing I love? To take 15 minute naps out in the sun. Ahhhh ...

Happy Mother's Day weekend!

Tricia Anne said...

You have such good ideas. Thank you for sharing. I really do need to lighten a few things up around here, mainly in my kitchen on a table that I decorate. I will refer to your post in the process. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Great spring ideas! Just wanted to tell you how much I loved your last post! I completely agree with "if you love it, buy it." I always can find a place for something I have to have. Speaking of which, I'm really kicking myself over that white scale. I saw the same one not long ago at a flea market and made the mistake of leaving without it. I'm kicking myself repeatedly!
~Michelle

southerninspiration said...

Spring is great, but we are already toying with summer.......it's been HOT the last couple of days. I want a few more spring breezes please, Mr. Weatherman!!

Suzanne

Naturally Jules said...

Love the tips for spring, especially the "tone" in the home (had to practice this one last night) I just found your blog recently and am truly enjoying it!

Melissa Miller said...

~Wonderful ideas Stacey!

Have a blessed and beautiful Mother's Day.
~Melissa :)

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

What great tips! The first thing I do every morning is open the windows and let the sounds and smells of the outside flow in.

Melissa Lester said...

Those pictures are beautiful! I am so enjoying the flowers and warm weather spring has brought, but I'm having trouble getting all my spring cleaning done. All our closets need to be cleaned out, but what a huge project that will be! I want to get that done before school is out, but about the time I realize I need to get my to-do list finished before summer, we start having end-of-year plays, programs and parties. Hopefully this weekend I'll get it done!

Ki said...

Happy Spring to you! Love seeing my insulator and spring project in your photo...I am flattered! Have a wonderful season. Enjoy the outdoors and God's gift of spring.
Peace,
Ki

Ria said...

Dear Stacey....your blog is so inspiring! I want to keep coming back for sure...(this is my first visit!)
Have a nice spring!

Sarah Mae said...

Lie in a field staring straight up into the wild blue...

Oh yea, I also like blogaversary party's, especially my own...hehe... :)

Glitter and Bliss said...

I love blue hydrangeas!!! They are my favorite!! I just find it hard to keep the soil right so they stay blue. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

You've been tagged...see my "6 Things About Me" post.

Amy