Monday, February 27, 2017

Ways to Brighten Your Home this Spring

Spring is in the air and it is time to rid those winter goodies of your house. Start this gorgeous season on the right foot by brightening your home, using these ideas!


1. DUST OUT YOUR HOME FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Open up all the windows and begin dusting from top to bottom. That means everything! Dust all your kitchen cabinets, ceiling fans, door frames, AC etc. Move to other items like tables and chairs, decorative pieces etc and clean them properly.


Additional Tip:  Remove all the curtains, give them a proper wash, change if it is necessary and dust the rods.

2. START ADDING A FEW NEW THINGS
Buy new bedspreads in complimentary colours. Check your plants and make new additions. Choose new home decor items. Be sure to choose designs that you feel best reflect the sunny spring mood that you’re in.


3. NOTHING LIKE A NEW LAMP TO BRING OUT THE SPARKLE
Try to add beautiful floor lamps in your bedroom. If you already own few, try to change their shade, think for some DIY project to change their colour or pattern. Pick the trick that best fits your mood.


4. POTPOURRI ESSENTIALS FOR RELAXATION
Use candles and potpourri that have light and airy fragrances – no need to overwhelm your senses with strong scents. Go for lavender or lemon as both the scents remind the open meadow and spring air.


Additional Tip: Simmer cinnamon sticks, orange peels or cloves in hot water to freshen up the rooms and get rid of odours.

5. ADD FLOWERS
Add fresh flowers in your home decor. Fill assorted vases or recycled jars and bottles with water and variety of flowers for instant brightness.


6. FILL YOUR HOME WITH MUSIC…
...Turn on your CD player and let the melodious music fill your home and your senses! Try to find out new trends but make sure to play some old hits!


Add pretty spring flair to your home with vast ideas choose any thing centerpieces, table settings or door decorations to start with and feel the difference!


Thank you for reading :) my post! Those who are still here.. Let me share a Spring Potpourri Recipe with you.

Making a DIY Potpourri is quite easy and can be personalized with any scents that you love. Toss in herbs or sliced citrus for filler, and the potpourri can be refreshed over and over again with your favorite scent.

What You Need:

Flowers
Sheet pan
Parchment paper (one may use aluminium foil too)
Scissors
Essential oils
Spray bottle
Citrus fruits (optional)
Fresh herbs (optional)
Whole spices (optional)
Directions:

1. Gather your flowers to use for making the potpourri. Any kind of flower will work, especially ones that already have strong scents, such as roses. Flowers with small, individual petals work great, or whole heads can be used too. Preheat your oven to 200˚F.

2. Cover a sheet tray with parchment paper. Cut the flowers from the stems right below the heads and place them on the tray, or remove individual petals and place in a single layer.


3. To add scent to your potpourri, cut and add thin slices of citrus fruits, or tuck in springs of rosemary, lavender, or thyme to the mix. You can also add whole spices, such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, which are both pretty and wonderfully scented.

4. Add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil to one tablespoon of water in a small spray bottle, and spritz the potpourri ingredients. Then pop the potpourri into your oven.

5. Dry in the oven for at least two hours, or until the flowers are brittle but not burnt. When the potpourri is ready, remove from oven and give another spritz of essential oil.

6. Once it's room temperature, gently mix the potpourri and place it in a bowl. To refresh the scent, simply spritz with the oil mixture.

Mugdha

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