The trees are set in a frozen still life. A myriad of icy white, snowy trees set against the landscape as if from a painting. Fog rolls softy over the hills muting the land and soft flakes of snow dance dizzily to the ground. Yet I know spring is arriving. She peeks her head out then retreats from the cold. But signs of her are gradually appearing. The black birds have arrived. The finches speak loudly as they work on their apartments, preparing their nurseries. Babies are being born in the fields. The egg basket is filling back up. She is tip toeing back, welcome Spring, welcome.
My farmhouse is darker right now because of the sun rising higher in the sky. Soon, the plants will have to be moved to the porch to sunbathe. The living room in all its warm winter colors now depresses me as I cannot get outside quite yet into the warm sun, but cannot stay in the confines of this dark house. It is time to add spring to the farmhouse.
There are easy ways to add seasonal change to a house for spring. Last fall we added soft, textured blankets, and candles everywhere. Soon, it will be lighter longer and we won’t need so many candles, nor will we need the heavy woven Indian blankets.
I just bought two chairs after Christmas off of Craigslist. A quite nice western design which matches our southwestern décor. Southwestern décor around here needs to be saved for when the mustards, deep reds, and browns shine…fall and winter. Right now I crave large rose prints. Laura Ashley style, small floral prints, spring colors. It would be ridiculous for me to get back on Craigslist and find more furniture with these design parameters.
Surefit.com provided the means to reupholster the chairs seasonally. Two lovely floral prints arrived by mail. They can be washed, stored, and displayed all as I see fit. Quilts and vintage pillows of desired pattern cover the sofas. New inexpensive cushions are added to the rocking chair making it green with a homemade pillow of small red flowers instead of the gold and red plaid it was. Two old throw pillows hidden inside a large sham from our sheet set instantly transform the other rocker. A tablecloth of lovely print covers the tile coffee table. Flowers can be added to any room to instantly add garden life to spaces. Unnecessary knick knacks and decorating pieces that match the southwestern décor take a vacation to either the thrift store or the garage. Everything is spiffed up, cleaned up, and new photos added to the wall.
Now the house is ready for spring. It’s time to start seedlings.