Add a touch of spring to your home

Easter atmosphere

April has arrived and after a cold and snowy March, we are all more than ready to embrace the spring season. With a few simple changes around the home and a couple uplifting weekend projects, you can easily transition your digs from winter to spring.

Get growing – April is the ideal time to start planting seeds. Annuals and vegetables are easy to start indoors, but you need to think a bit about timing. Most seeds should be sowed 4-6 weeks before the last frost, so here in southern Ontario, you should start your seedlings during the second or third week in April.

Change your bedding – Nothing says ‘out with the old and in with the new’ like a set of crisp, new sheets! Pack away the cozy flannels and splurge on a set of light and airy cotton sheets. This spring, fuchsia, yellow and bright green are dominating the runway so be a trendsetter and update your master or guest bedroom with these zingy hues!

Decorate for Easter – Easter isn’t until April 16 this year, so there is plenty of time to make use of those Easter decorations. If you’re lacking in the Easter décor department, get the kids involved in a fun craft! Visit Pinterest to find a variety of easy craft projects, everything from paper maché eggs to toilet paper roll bunnies.

Add some new dishes to your menu – Winter was all about roasts, crock pot meals and hearty soups. Now that spring has arrived, it’s the perfect time to start adding some lighter fare to your weekly repertoire. Main course salads, quiches, grilled fish and lightened up vegetable soups are ideal for springtime dinner planning.

Say it with colour – A boost no matter what the season, bringing some bright colours into the home this spring is just the ticket to livening up your mood. Whether it’s with a few bold and bright throw pillows, a vase of fresh flowers, a big bowl of bright lemons or a dazzling new piece of artwork, a splash of colour will help drag your home out of winter dreariness.

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