Spring is definitely in the air—the perfect time to wash out those linens, open up the windows and bring in some gorgeous cuttings from your blooming garden! Local designers told us their favorite ways to spruce up for the season.



LN: How do you get ready for spring?

RR: Always freshen up with new pillows (1). In the bedroom, you could do bed linens; for the family room, you could change out your slip covers. If you have hardwood floors, you could find a brightly colored rug to freshen up, or remove the area rugs for spring and summer. (2)

LN: What are your favorite flowers to bring inside?

RR: If you have your own garden, use what you find there! I always pick the first lilacs (3), which I love because they smell so good, and of course roses and hydrangeas. Mix in herbs or green, leafy ferns—they smell amazing!

LN: Any other tips?

RR: If you have an enclosed room like a dining room, master bedroom or child’s room, you can accent the trim with a lighter shade instead of just white. It works really well if you have nice molding, arched doorways or a coffered ceiling.



LN: How do you get ready for spring?

KS: I celebrate the arrival of spring by dusting off my screen porch and bringing out the wicker furniture and pillows, readying it for al fresco coffee or tea when the sun happily returns (1). I also bring out my English terra cotta pots and fill them with pansies, snapdragons, begonias and creeping Jenny (2). Then I make a cup of Bissinger’s hot Mexican chocolate and enjoy the view of the hundreds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus that will soon pop up in my garden.

LN: What flowers do you like to bring inside?

KS: I absolutely love wandering through the garden each morning (3), plucking a new exotic tulip bloom and bringing it inside to place in one of my many milk glass vases, which so quietly allow the exquisite tulips—I love the parrot varieties—to take center stage in my living and dining rooms. A quiet bit of drama in a fabulously exciting season!



LN: What’s the most noticeable thing you could do to make your home ready for spring?

KK: One of the quickest, least expensive ways to change for the season is to paint a room. Fresh paint is like giving the room a bath, and it’s very uplifting and shifts the energy of the room. (1)

LN: What flowers do you like to use indoors?

KK: From November all the way through April, I love to use forced bulbs, from paperwhites to amaryllis (2) to grape hyacinths. You can find different, creative ways of displaying them—they don’t have to be in soil, so you can suspend them and allow them to grow in intriguing ways.

LN: Name a design fad you think has run its course.

KK: Predictability. Living with the unexpected and the freedom to be completely self-expressed is definitely the way we are shifting. To feel as if it’s a cookie-cutter process and you have to fit in, I would say is a trend that’s gone.



LN: What fabrics do you like to work with this time of year?

JR: We always love silk. We use a lot of silk panels for draperies and pillows, which are a nice touch. A nice taupey silk, or ivory, is good for spring. (1)

LN: What’s a design trend you would rather not see anymore?

JR: Round rugs. We think rectangle or even a square rug in patterns or animal prints is more up to date. (2)

LN: What are some easy ways to get your home ready for spring?

JR: De-cluttering is a big one: Get rid of any extras that you’ve had sitting through the winter, like throws. Just reorganizing a room will make it feel less cluttered.

LN: Any other thoughts for spring decorating?

JR: I like to use clear glass decorated with some kind of filler for a seasonal accessory. Mercury glass also is pretty big right now.



LN: What are your favorite flowers to bring inside?

AS: Things that are widely available and growing in the spring: tulips, hyacinth, daffodils (1). At the grocery store the other day, I saw forsythia and pussy willows and they’re just beautiful—I’m more than ready for this!

LN: What’s your favorite spring color?

AS: I think most people think of yellows, pinks and reds at this time of year. Also purples, which really go along with Easter—the deep purples that you see in hyacinth and tulips. Tangerine also is a hot color this year. (2)

LN: What fabrics do you like to work with this time of year?

AS: We’re involved in the Table Top event for Children’s Hospital and this year, we’re doing a Lily Pulitzer look—tangerine, pink, turquoise, yellow—the colors just speak of spring. By the time we get to spring, my eyes are just thirsty for color.

LN: What’s a trend that you’re over?

AS: Borders. They were so popular several years ago and so many people did them, but now I can safely say they’re dated.