It's time to celebrate the coming of spring by remaking your home in a fresh way. • I pull out some of my can't-miss spring-decorating accents to add a burst of seasonal whimsy in a few strategic places. Some are beloved, tried-and-true tools. And some are new additions that keep my home fresh and unexpected. Here are a few of my favorites for this spring. By Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard News Service
Anything with bugs: In real life, they make me scream. But when you put bugs on decorative accents, I can't get enough of them. Hang a montage of framed prints that feature some creepy-crawly pests. Showcase salad or serving plates decorated with bugs on your dining table. Put bug-themed drink coasters on your side table. Place a silly bug figurine atop a plant stand, and cover it with a cloche.
Bowers of flowers: What is spring without an overabundance of flowers? Bring out your dishes, accent pillows and table linens that sport a floral theme. Hang a set of botanical prints above your doorway. Invest in some lovely faux-spring greenery to use in strategic spots around your home. Fill an oversized olive vessel with found branches mixed with spring boughs.
Ferns: For me, ferns are the essence of spring, and I use them in force when I decorate for the warmer months. For a simple centerpiece, place maidenhair ferns in vintage pots and run them down the center of your table. To fill up a dark corner, put a large fern in a blue-and-white Oriental cachepot that stands atop a classic dark wooden riser. Or just tuck one into a standing display on an end table.
Cloches: Cloches are bigger than ever today, whether they are made of glass, wire or even terra cotta. I adore cloches because they give anything placed beneath or next to them a sense of importance. Rest a wire cloche over a statue of a spring frog, bird's nest or stack of hand-painted plates. Or tuck a terra-cotta cloche in a display with a few pottery urns or vessels.
Lanterns: I am still preaching the love of lanterns because they are one of the world's most versatile tools. For spring, fill a lantern with greenery and nestle in a bird's nest. Insert a print featuring a bird, bug or botanical. Brighten it with a battery-operated candle. Or add a fun spring figurine like a cricket, frog or bird.
Wicker balls: These nifty accents feel organic and natural and are an ideal way to add texture and interest to any display. Toss balls of different sizes and colors into a footbath, and display on your dining-room table. Put one under a cloche. Fill an iron garden urn with branches, and then cover the base with wicker balls.