Come Spring, I'm always looking to incorporate lively new furnishings and decorative items to my home. But there are so many fabulous finds out there in the décor world, I simply don't know where to start! So I thought I'd consult an expert for a bit of inspiration and guidance. The seriously talented Los Angeles-based interior designer Kenneth Brown was kind enough to share his 10 must haves for Spring with me! From lighting to bird feeders to artwork, he's pinpointed a handful of sophisticated items we all can afford that'll help pep up your home this season.
- #1: Turquoise Treasures - Kenneth recommends, "Turquoise colored pottery for boxwoods by your front door." For you modernists, this Mosaic Planter Set ($229) will bring a bit of that must-have hue to your doorstep. Looking for a more traditional cache-pot? Take home the Bauer Small Flowerpot ($30).
- #2: Lighten the Landscape - Kenneth says switch it up and "replace heavy darker artwork with lighter abstract landscape paintings." San Francisco-based artist Laura Marie W's Maui Dozing Painting ($725) will infuse your home with warm color. For something a bit more abstract, try Betsy Walton's Eden Print ($35).
- #3: The Life Aquatic - Kenneth's next must have is "aquatic printed dinnerware." Display your catch of the day proudly on Williams-Sonoma's La Mer Plates ($60). Take your table setting one step by further into the sea with Pottery Barn's Glass Sea Life Napkin Rings ($50).
- #4: Show Your Stripes - "One piece of zebra patterned or printed accent furniture" is another must, Kenneth says. The modern-meets-wild mix of Williams-Sonoma Home's Gibson Zebra Armchair ($995) is just the thing for Spring. Or, pick up Kenneth's very own Faux Fur Plush Throw for QVC ($50) for cozy chic stripes.
- #5: Leave the Light On - Also high on Kenneth's Spring list are "oversized outdoor lanterns for candles." Available in a range of sizes, Restoration Hardware's Santorini Square Polish Nickel Lanterns ($19-$129) are classic votives for lighting up your outdoor space.
- #6: Take Home Some Topiaries - He also recommends creating "groupings of miniature topiaries - orange, kumquat, and olive - for both inside and out)." Head to your local nursery, or order the Tutto Olivo Tabletop Topiary ($100) from Napa Style.
- #7: It's a Jar - Kenneth also loves "a cluster of old-fashioned jam jars filled with fresh-cut flowers for a casual centerpiece." Pick up some farmers market flowers and use household jars to re-create this lovely look.
- #8: For the Love of the Birds - Kenneth's next must is "a modern bird feeder outside family room windows." Available in a range of happy colors, the J. Schratz Egg Bird Feeder ($135) is a charming choice.
- #9: A Lit Pick - Kenneth also loves to have a "new coffee table book that sheds light on [his] summer vacation spot." Pick up a book about the history of the place where you escape when the mercury rises! Don't have a vacay spot? Order the new book Designers Here and There, which showcases the primary and secondary homes of noted interior designers.
- #10: A Vision in White - Last but not least, Kenneth says the "white orchid in a vintage Fenton hobnail white vase on [his] entry console" is what "reminds [him] of home." Take your pick of hundreds of vintage hobnail vases on eBay!
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