Spring Decorating

Instantly refresh your home with these 10 easy updates



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1) A new piece of art or a mirror will instantly add a feeling of renewal to your foyer. What better way to say “welcome home”?! Savvy and stylish tip: If new art isn’t in your budget right now, consider moving around the art that you already have.

2) Add some sparkle to your kitchen, bath, or foyer with a new chandelier. Lighting is a great way to revitalize a space. Getting sick of your old lamps? Simply replace the shades to give them new life!

Olga Adler
John Queenan

3) Fresh botanicals like cut flowers or flowering branches are one of my favorite things to put in an interior. They’re cheery and are such an easy way to change your décor on a whim.

Olga Adler
John Queenan

4) A large vessel filled with seasonal decorations like moss balls is an instant attention-getter! It could be moved around from kitchen to foyer to living room to bring spring into all of the rooms in your home.

5) Slip on some white! Light colored slip covers are so fresh looking. Go for loose fitting slip covers if you like the shabby-chic look or order well fitted ones for a more tailored look.

6) Update your color scheme. Purchase a few accessories in the same color, bunch some together (like vases or candleholders) and put the rest throughout the room (like a throw blanket and lacquered tray). For a bigger impact opt for a few large pieces rather than many small ones. Other easy color fixes: Refresh your window treatments with a new trim for a pop of spring color. Replace white lamp shades with ones in a deeper color for an instant mood-changer.

Olga Adler

7) Take a walk on the wild side and add some animal print to your rooms!

Olga Adler
John Queenan

8) Enliven your powder room with a fresh coat of paint or grasscloth wallpaper. Use clear glass apothecary jars to display colorful glass marbles or guest soaps. Get coordinating towels and candles for a well put-together look.

9) In the kitchen, use fruits and vegetables to decorate. Display them in glass bowls and stands. Then, place herbs in decorative pots for a dash of spring green.

Olga Adler
John Queenan

10) Other inexpensive kitchen counter accessories are bottled drinks. Perrier and Pellegrino are great for a touch of green. A row of old-fashioned Coca-Cola glass bottles would look great in a country kitchen for a splash of red.

Olga Adler
John Queenan


Olga AdlerOlga Adler is a fashion-loving and world-traveling interior designer. Known for her fondness for simple forms, love of color and unique accessories, she has won acclaim for her refreshing approach to classic design. She is the author of “Distinctive Interiors of Fairfield County” and recipient of 2010 Fairfield County “40 UNDER 40” award.

To contact Olga visit her website: www.olgaadlerinteriors.com or call 203-438-4743

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