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Cabin Fever? 3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Winter usually means cold weather and a lot of time spent inside. Instead of counting the days till spring, why not update your home's decor to help bring spring indoors? If you're ready to bring spring into your home a little early, try one of the following creative ideas. They're… Allstate https://i2.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ready-for-spring-featured.jpg?fit=685%2C340&ssl=1

Winter usually means cold weather and a lot of time spent inside. Instead of counting the days till spring, why not update your home’s decor to help bring spring indoors? If you’re ready to bring spring into your home a little early, try one of the following creative ideas. They’re so easy, even the kids can help!

1. Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

While frost and snow cover the ground outside, you can start an indoor herb garden and enjoy the revitalizing scents and flavors it brings. According to Good Housekeeping, all you need to get started is a collection of pots, soil, gravel, plant markers and seeds.

What types of seeds should you buy? Good Housekeeping says the following herbs grow well in containers indoors: basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme and oregano.

When it’s time to plant your herb garden, Good Housekeeping says to fill the pots with a thin layer of gravel, top with soil and then push seeds about one-quarter of an inch down into the soil. Most herbs prefer at least four hours of direct sunlight per day, according to the National Gardening Association, so put your containers in a sunny spot. Don’t forget to consult your seed packaging to maintain appropriate moisture levels.

Depending on the types of herbs you plant, the National Gardening Association says you could see them sprout in a matter of days or weeks.

Looking for inspiration on how to set up your garden? Check out the “Indoor Herb Gardens” board by SeedsNow.com on Pinterest.

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2. Add Colorful Bouquets of Fresh Flowers

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, nothing says spring like fresh-cut flowers. Strategically placed bouquets can help bring a bit of spring to your space.

Fox News Magazine suggests visiting the local nursery to get a variety of freshly cut flowers. HGTV recommends choosing three different types of flowers in complementary shapes and colors to set in containers around your home.

OneGreenPlanet.org recommends plants like bamboo, lotus, plum blossoms, magnolias, African violets and chrysanthemums to brighten up your home. The organization suggests placing these plants in corners, by the front door and in window sills.

For other flower arrangement ideas and spring-themed plant types, visit the “Spring Decorating” Pinterest board by Midwest Living.

3. Create Your Own Lamp Shade

Spring usually means more sun-filled days. Indoors, using sheer fabric to create DIY lamp shades can allow more light into your space. Better Homes and Gardens suggests this rustic basket shade:

  1. Get a wire egg basket with a hole at the bottom.
  2. Cut a piece of sheer fabric to line the inside of the basket, just around the sides.
  3. Tie the piece of fabric to the bottom of the basket using twine and a needle.
  4. Hang upside down and put over a lamp or hanging light bulb.

For other creative ideas for DIY lamp shades, reference author Alice Hocker’s “DIY: Lamps/Shades” board on Pinterest.

It may seem like winter will never end, but with these three simple spring home decor ideas, you can start enjoying brighter days — even if it’s just in your home.