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Can you be­lieve it is less than four months un­til Christmas? Spring has ar­rived and it feels like yesterday I was pre­par­ing our home for last spring. It’s that time of year to dust out the cob­webs, open the win­dows and re­visit your in­te­rior space as the days grow longer and the tem­per­a­ture rises. A sea­sonal reawak­en­ing if you will, to launch into spring with a freshly re­vived in­te­rior.

They say a hair­cut is like a hol­i­day, I say de­clut­ter­ing is like a hol­i­day. The per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion and soul sooth­ing qual­i­ties are just an added bonus. More im­por­tantly, it pro­vides you with a clean blank can­vas.

A spring clean al­lows you to look at your in­te­rior from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive with a more open ap­proach. I read an ar­ti­cle re­cently by a top New York de­signer who uses a

tech­nique called “the three-sec­ond scan”.

De­signer An­gela Min says: “With a pen and a small notepad, go into each room with your eyes closed. Open your eyes, and very quickly — in three short sec­onds — spot three ob­jects in the room that vis­ually bother you the most. Use that as your start­ing point for re­dec­o­rat­ing.” This ap­proach nat­u­rally pri­ori­tises the most im­por­tant things to change and high­lights prob­lem­atic ar­eas, rather than feel­ing over­whelmed with a long list.

Take ad­van­tage of our longer days and reen­er­gise your in­te­rior spa­ces with nat­u­ral light where pos­si­ble, or ma­nip­u­late the po­si­tion of nat­u­ral light with strate­gi­cally placed mir­rors.

Nat­u­ral light is known for its abil­ity to af­fect mood by in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­liev­ing stress.

Embrace the sea­sonal change and what Mother Na­ture pro­vides by in­tro­duc­ing pops of colour and green­ery through­out your home. I like to style trim­mings from our palms in glass vases through­out my home, cre­at­ing bal­ance and adding a slightly trop­i­cal vibe.

Pops of blush pink flo­rals will be pop­u­lar this sea­son, paired with brass and rat­tan.

If you’re not much of a green thumb, there are qual­ity ranges of ar­ti­fi­cial plants that could al­most pass as liv­ing. Known for its earthy and sim­ple aes­thetic, rat­tan is so hot right now and it’s the per­fect ad­di­tion to a spring in­te­rior.

Sym­met­ri­cal yet in­tri­cate pat­terns com­bined with its light, bright and fresh vibes makes in­tro­duc­ing rat­tan into a re­vived in­te­rior ef­fort­less.

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