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3 ways to refresh your home for spring

3 ways to refresh your home for spring

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3 ways to refresh your home for spring

Looking to update your home for the season but don’t have time or budget for a major renovation? Do it right with these three easy DIY paint projects that can each be done in just a day.

“The seasonal transition from winter to spring is the perfect time to freshen up,” says Sharon Grech, colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore. “If you’re like me, you don’t have unlimited time to devote to working on your home, which is why small weekend projects are perfect because they’re quick, easy and affordable.”

DOOR: Night Train 1567, Aura® Grand Entrance, Satin TRIM: Plantation White, Aura® Grand Entrance, High Gloss EXTERIOR WALLS: Grant Beige HC-83, Aura® Exterior, Satin
DOOR: Night Train 1567, Aura® Grand Entrance, Satin TRIM: Plantation White, Aura® Grand Entrance, High Gloss EXTERIOR WALLS: Grant Beige HC-83, Aura® Exterior, Satin

Hit refresh with paint

Nothing says refresh quite like bringing new life to a tired piece of furniture. A fresh coat of paint is the perfect solution to make old, dated furniture seem trendy and new. Look for pieces that have solid construction and interesting shapes. Grech says headboards, wardrobes, chairs and side tables are all great pieces to transform. If you are unsure of the condition of the furniture or how to paint it, visit a local paint retailer to ensure you get the product that is right for your project.

Amaze with an accent wall

Feature walls are a great way to make an impactful change to a space. “Many people think accent walls need to be very bold and vibrant hues, when they can be neutral to create a more cohesive and harmonious feel,” says Grech. Explore painting the fifth wall, otherwise known as the ceiling, for a unique and modern look that can add dimension to a space.

Front door décor

The front door has the ability to instantly create an inviting impression before guests enter your home. “Applying a fresh coat of paint to your front door is a great DIY project that can be done quickly and can invigorate the look and feel of your home,” says Grech. “Because it’s so easy, you can even change your door colour seasonally.” Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance collection, inspired by European enamel finishes has more than 42 curated colours.

Find more informaiton at benjaminmoore.com.


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Eternal Spring

Floral motifs in home decor predicted for spring in RENO & DECOR’s Trend Watch

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Floral motifs in home decor predicted for spring in RENO & DECOR’s Trend Watch

Just like we count on seeing the first tulips in our garden emerge as a sure sign of the arrival of spring, floral motifs seem to sprout every year around this time in fashion and decor as well. We covered the oversized, tropical-inspired blooms trend five years ago here on the trend page but there has been a shift in the type of floral print we are seeing. From large-scale, edgy-looking flowers to small, delicate ones that look like they took root in the ’80s – this is not your grandmother’s tribute to the dated floral theme though; mixed with modern and traditional pieces, the minute petals breathe new life into a space.

Maria Raco, founder of exclusive designer wallpaper showroom NewWall, talks about the current take on the sought-after springtime trend. “The oversized floral trend had its shining moment a few years ago but the current trend is definitely smaller, very real-looking and bursting with colour,” says Raco. She affirms the popular posies reflect our incessant need to bring the beauty of the outdoors into our interiors. “Flowers represent beauty and installing a floral wallpaper is the perfect way to achieving this in your home.”

Of course, seeing the delicate blossoms after a Canadian winter evoke feelings of hope and happiness as we anticipate imminent real-time outdoors enjoying nature’s beauty first-hand. The flowers may be smaller and echo another period in time but they keep us in an eternal spring frame of mind.

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10 Large Floral 34″ SUITCASE from Herschel Supply Co, $259.99; thebay.com


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In The Garden : Welcome To Spring 2017

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In The Garden : Welcome To Spring 2017

Recovering from the heavy weight of snow on their branches, the cedars are now bent over. The local rabbit population have nibbled the bark on your young apple tree, and the yew hedge is burned on the south and west sides. This may not describe your garden, but these are things I’m witnessing in mine. Many of your precious plants can be saved with the following information.

WINTER BURN

The dead foliage on the south and west sides of your yews, holly, boxwood, and other evergreen shrubs, isn’t necessarily the result of a cold winter, but more likely a sun burn. The sun is remarkably powerful as we approach spring. As the sun reflects off of the late season snow, it can burn the outside foliage of the aforementioned shrubs. There’s very little you can do to solve this problem. Using a gloved hand, give the plant a vigorous shake to get rid of some of the brown foliage. By late May or early June, your evergreens will look fresh as a daisy as the new growth pushes past the dead, brown foliage.

SALT DAMAGE

You may notice salt damage along the margins of the driveway and the street, in addition to plants that have salt-laden soil near their roots. The west-facing foliage of the cedar hedges will have received the brunt of the westerly winds that carry the salt spray from the road. The answer to all three of these dilemmas is to wash them down with clean water from your garden hose. Soak the foliage of all plants that have been exposed to salt and to salt spray.

To save your tired lawn, spread a three- to four-centimetre layer of triple mix or lawn soil over the thin and damaged portions, then broadcast grass seed by hand at the rate of about one kilo per 100 square metres. Rake the works smooth, step on it to get a firm contact with the soil and seed, and water it well for up to six weeks until it has germinated. Fertilize your entire lawn, especially the boulevard at this time of year, to bring it back to life. Use a quality, slow release fertilizer with DDP iron in it for the best results. Or, you can apply a lawn recovery product that contains all of the above ingredients – seed, fertilizer and compost.

SNOW DAMAGE

The weight of a wet snowfall may have pulled your cedars and junipers down to the ground. Pull them into an upright position and secure them by using long two- by two-inch stakes or guide wires. Or, you can leave them alone and wait for the sap to rise. When late spring arrives and new growth appears, the chances are very good that your sad-looking evergreens will find their own way into their naturally upright position.

YOUNG FRUIT TREES

You may find that these have been nibbled by rabbits and other vermin. When the snow lies deep, winter ready rodents (versus those who hibernate) get hungry, as their normal food sources are covered. The bark on a young fruit or crabapple tree becomes very tempting by late winter. If you have lost the bark layer all the way around a branch or the trunk, it is likely dead. If the rascally rodent only ate a portion of the bark, you could be in luck. Do not use a sealant or pruning paint. Never underestimate nature’s ability to fix things without our interference.

You really won’t know the extent of damage until the daytime temperatures rise and new growth appears. In the meantime, plant some pansies and violas – you can’t go wrong with an early splash of colour.

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author and broadcaster. Check out his new book The New Canadian Garden published by Dundurn Press. Follow him on Twitter @MarkCullen4 and on Facebook. Sign up for his free monthly newsletter at MarkCullen.com

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