Today is February 1st and while officially Spring is not until March, it already feels like Spring. At least here in Netherlands. In the farmer’s market, I could see the tulips and the hyacinths already blooming. The bulbs are sprouting. And surprisingly for this year, (I do not even if it happens other years as well but I have never noticed) I saw the cherry blossom blooming. That’s the ultimate sign of Spring. For me that is an opportunity to clear my winter decoration and redecorate my house for Spring.
Spring, to me, is a symbol of light and bright. The last two days were exceptionally sunny and gorgeous. We went for long walks in the woods and we wondered where the bunnies hide during the winter. Now it’s time for them to come back from their hibernation. It’s not yet Easter, so I will leave the Easter decoration with eggs and bunnies for March. For now, it’s going to be just a minimal touch here and there or perhaps a simple centerpiece on the table or a windowsill decoration that reflects the change of season. It is the right time to bring the Scandinavian minimalism and simplicity to showcase just that – that Spring is around the corner.
Thankfully the essence of Scandinavian design is simplicity. It’s not a complex process. We can create a minimal spring decoration out of a vase, some flowers or natural materials say a few twigs from outdoor or a few leaves or bulbs planted in a pretty planter.
Last Saturday I bought a big bunch of flowers from the farmer’s market just for 5 Euros. Perhaps I will post my photos in this blog. But you know what, your best bet is Hyacinths and Chamomile. I am allergic to hyacinths, so alas I can not buy them, but I was a little hesitant with the chamomile, especially because they are yellow and that’s not my favorite color. However, I had no idea how pretty these yellow chamomile flowers would look in a plain glass vase. It’s now my happy bright corner. Today is a very gloomy day, but every time I felt gloomy, I looked up towards my yellow chamomile and they make me smile. I am willing to pay such a small cost for this happiness, especially that it is going to last me at least for a couple of weeks.
Isn’t this beautiful? Ever wondered how these small things can make us smile and make a significant difference? And because Scandinavian design is so simple, you don’t need a ton of money to achieve this. A little luxury goes a long way. Hope you enjoyed.