Kenneth Brown's 10 Must Haves For Spring

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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