The calendar is telling me that spring should be making an appearance any day now (not to mention that pesky groundhog), but y’all? It is COLD here. We had a hard freeze this week at HGTV headquarters, and there is snow in the forecast tomorrow. Snow! I am doggedly ignoring all of this and instead looking at this lovely Easter wreath, packed with charming paper flowers and so easy to make, it will warm your heart (if not your freezing hands). Check out the DIY video:
The best part of this floral wreath? It’s inexpensive and, if stored properly, can be enjoyed for many spring seasons to come.
So, what’s the weather like in your part of the world? Are you dreaming of spring decor while there’s frost on the ground?
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Strawberry season is upon us, and for me, that means lots of opportunities to whip up my one of my all-time favorite spring dishes: strawberry shortcake. I know I’m not alone in my devotion to this dessert; in fact, I seriously question anyone who claims not to be head-over-heels for this classic combo. (If you want to diss strawberry shortcake, you’ll have to go through me first.)
That’s precisely what makes it perfect for a spring dinner party or a Mother’s Day brunch. Plus, it’s easy to give it your own spin to make it feel extra-special: In this Italian-inspired version, lemony ricotta cream and balsamic-mint strawberries elevate the Southern classic.
Strawberry Shortcakes With Ricotta Cream and Balsamic-Mint Berries
Get the recipe and see step-by-step photos after the jump.
Animal-related motifs and patterns always attract me, and my undying affection for all things art deco has been well-documented. So I’m in the sweet spot for DwellStudio’s new line of spring pillows.
One of the things I love about DwellStudio is their blog, where they frequently write about where they got the design inspiration for certain pieces. Turns out this pillow collection was inspired by Martin and Osa Johnson documentaries and “the 1920s Golden Age of Adventure.” (See their post for more inspiration and their mood board.) I dig how they look all together, but if pressed, I’m partial to the zebra pillow. It reminds me of that Scalamandre wallpaper I dream about, and this zebra scarf I’ve wanted for the longest time. Perhaps it’s a sign to buy the pillow? Yes, that must be it.
Happy First Day of Spring, everyone! The season stands for new life, growth and rebirth, and I’m feeling that all around me. The weather in New York has been eerily wonderful lately, and it seems the city is collectively in a better mood. This Spring Design Trends package has me obsessed with refreshing my decor. The HGTVGardens launch put gardening back on my radar, and even my Facebook news feed is full of flower photos these days. I’m not the first to gravitate to florals (stripes and dots tend to catch my eye first), but I think the finds below are a cheery way to welcome spring, don’t you?
The Botanical Coasters would look so fresh with glasses of Sparkling Sunshine Punch resting on top of them. (Check out the floating ice flowers!) Cheers to the warmer weather and good times to come!
How are you ringing in spring?
Sure, copper is our official color of the month, but vibrant green is the unofficial color of every March thanks to spring and, oh yeah, a little holiday full of green beer and four-leaf clovers. But this year, it’s also having a moment on it’s own, from spring fashion runway pieces (green shoes!) to home accent pieces to bedding to House Beautiful‘s March cover story. In honor of this fabulous hue (and St. Patrick’s Day), here are 5 rooms that celebrate vibrant green with style.
Design by Tobi Fairley; photo by Nancy Nolan
Designer Tobi Fairley blanketed this room with a neutral backdrop to allow the bold kelly green fabrics and lamps to shine.
Design by Emily Henderson
Designer Emily Henderson gave this small sunroom a burst of color and pattern with vintage-inspired carpet and ’50s vinyl chairs.
Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Red and green? It can work post-December. Really. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s secret: Add dark brown. Depending on which color is selected as dominant, this combination can take on either a masculine or feminine vibe.
Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Bold, saturated greens can lighten up the darkest of spaces, like this no-window walk-in closet. Vintage white accents juxtapose the super-preppy green-and-brown color scheme.
Design by Linda Woodrum
The lush green shade on the walls of this bedroom in HGTV Dream Home 2009 is at once bold and relaxing. Designer Linda Woodrum used the same hue for walls and ceiling to create extra height in this luxurious space. Feeling, ahem, green with envy yet?
What do you think: Is there a bright green room in your future?
Some surprises you get with a new house can be less than positive. They can range from annoying (Surprise! The sellers left a giant oil painting of a quarterback in the attic.) to slightly more horrifying (Oh look, the faucet suddenly has no water pressure!), but luckily, there are lots of good surprises too.
Good surprise exhibit A: Discovering the new-to-us garden. Since the yard thinks its spring (It was 70 degrees yesterday…in February.), each day we’re seeing new bits of green shooting out of the ground. And almost every day, a different flower pops out. Of course, as gardening novices, we have to run to a flower book (or to the all-knowing HGTV gardening editor, Marie) to identify most of them.
Everything from crocuses…
Freshly-sprouted purple crocuses
Yellow daffodils, after the rain
…to rambling vinca. And more is popping up every day!
Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.
What surprised you most (good or bad) about your first house? Tell me in the comments below.
The tradition of giving ‘May baskets’ to unsuspecting neighbors and crushes is all but gone. This sweet and chaste way to celebrate spring — I won’t get into the debauchery that is the origin of the maypole dance — peaked in the U.S. during the Victorian era and started to disappear after first half of the 20th century. If you’d like to help revive this custom, here’s what you do: assemble baskets of sweets and fresh flowers, leave them on your neighbor’s door, ring the doorbell and run away before they catch you. If you are caught, you’re supposed to exchange a kiss. (To avoid kissing possible strangers — run fast.)
A Field Journal
I can’t help thinking what delightful treat this would be for a grandparent or elderly friend, relative or neighbor. A surprise gift of a cheerful ‘May basket’ just might take them on a trip down memory lane. Or throw caution to the wind and leave one on the front door or car of a love interest. Maybe some Beltane fires will spark, if you catch my drift. Here are six of my favorite basket designs (click on the links for DIYs) sure to put a smile on a lucky person’s face.
More May Basket Inspiration After the Jump
I agree with my grandfather, there’s nothing more satisfying than picking and eating tomatoes and strawberries fresh from the garden after a couple months of love and care. If you’re expecting warm weather this weekend, why not plant a fruit or vegetable garden of your own? If you’re tight on space, many of these edible plants can thrive in containers.
Create Your Own Edible Garden with Help from HGTV.com:
For more edible gardening tips, check out these helpful how-to videos from Garden Girl TV’s Pattie Moreno who shows how to plant everything from corn and beans to grapes and potatoes. Happy gardening!
As I desperately yearn for a Spring that must surely be somewhere in my future (I refuse to wear my winter coat again), I find myself drawn to the colors of the elusive season.
At first glance, I thought that this rug by Lulu & Nat might be a bit much, but after seeing it in a room setting with that soft gray sofa, I think it’s sunny and delightful. The design duo behind this eponymous line is split between Mumbai, India and London, England. They blend their Anglo-Indian influences perfectly in this lively collection. Might even be bright enough to buoy me until sandal weather.
Easter Sunday brings back so many … itchy memories for me. I never threw a tantrum while getting dressed. I kept it together because I knew if I cooperated and wore the fluffy floral dress, uncomfortable patent leather shoes, white gloves, straw hat and smiled through the family photo shoot that I’d be rewarded with all the Marshmallow Peeps and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I could eat. While I still love eating Easter Sunday brunch at my grandmother’s, I’m so happy that I get to pick out a soft sundress of my choosing. And decorate my home to my heart’s delight. I’m getting an early start on Easter decorating this year (a good 3 weeks early!) How about you? Here are my four favorite handmade projects you can complete in a snap and enjoy the entire month.
This delicate egg garland is the perfect Easter decor piece in all its glittery, pastel goodness. It’s ideal for hanging above a spring-style vignette or wrapping around the stair banister. Yes, glitter can be messy, but that makes it all the more fun, right?
Hippity Hop, 3 More DIYs After the Jump