Spring is the season that celebrates fresh new beginnings, it’s a season filled with such natural beauty and color.  Once winter is over, I can’t wait to celebrate spring’s glorious return by infusing our home with the colors, shapes and scents of spring.

I am so honored that Victoria Magazine asked me to share my top 5 decorating ideas for spring.


It is so rewarding to reimagine and refresh our existing rooms by adding a few show-stopping accessories, or just re-arranging some of the antiques that are already there.


Living in California, our garden bursts into bloom quite early, and I draw inspiration from mother nature.  Our garden is visible through large French windows in the living room, I let it take center stage in my decorating.  I bring in lots of soft neutral colors of white, cream and linen, with just a few colorful accents.

As an antique dealer I am always trying to incorporate our heirloom antiques into our home’s design in a new way, so change is a constant.

For spring, I edit my collections, and display fewer pieces to freshen up and lighten the look of our rooms. I display a few antique French porcelains with pastel colors on my tea tray.

Pillows in soft colors line our couch in the living room.  I design simpler table settings for the dining table with silver, china and antique white table linens, so that my flower arrangements can really take center stage.

1. Bring the beauty of nature indoors.  

In spring, bring the beauty and scent of fresh flowers to your home.  Flowers and blooming branches add the colors of spring. To create a stylish spring arrangement, choose an unusual antique container. Your heirloom sterling teapot, an antique ironstone pitcher, or even a few Limoges teacups filled with flowers, these all celebrate the joy of spring in your own personal style.

2. Lighten up.

Choose lighter color accents in a softer color palette. Shift to a subdued palette  of bisque, cream, white and linen colors. Pantone’s color of the year, greenery, is the perfect revitalizing accent for this soothing color scheme, bringing a pop of spring to your room.

3. Curate your collections. Creating a home surrounded by things you love is a beautiful way to express yourself. Your collections infuse your home with your personality, and evoke memories of places and people you love. Spring is the time to edit, perhaps put a few of your pieces into storage to really let the ones on display shine! Or mass a number of your items together in one exceptional presentation in an antique French armoire, or on a silver tray.

4. Focus on floral patterns. Add seasonal touches to your home by displaying flower-themed decorative accents. Antique floral hand painted porcelains on your tea table, a rich floral patterned French pillow on your settee, these all whisper spring in a beautiful way. For your desk, a flower bedecked antique set sets the tone for spring!

5. Set a fresh new table. As the season changes, reimagine your table settings. Be daring and try something new! Combine your antique dishes with a new charger or plate, add a contemporary striped linen napkin, mix up patterns.  Table settings are not about being perfect, have fun and create some new looks for entertaining that makes your heart light up.

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  1. I can always count on seeing something so beautiful whenever I visit you! Great tips as always Lidy! I love bringing in more flowers for Spring and pretty bright Spring colors that I do not normally use like pinks! Love your lavender floral transferware…such a beautiful color for Spring! …. and that desk set, oh, be still my heart! Your articles are always amazing and I learn so much from them! Thanks Lidy!

    1. Shirley, I feel that way when I visit YOU! Spring is always better with lots and lots of flowers, I agree!

  2. Lidy, I love every photo but I just have to rave about that fab wood table. The tablescape styling is so appealing to me.

    I love the way the large napkins are folded and placed under the plate but draped over the table. Lovely. I’m going to keep that in mind on my end.

    Useful tips too.

    What a pleasure to pop over and browse your pretty blog.

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  3. Hi Lidy, I so enjoyed looking at, and taking in all of your beautiful decorating ideas. I love the way you fit
    in some of your heirloom antiques, into your decorating schemes. I tend to decorate in the Tradional design, but I too love to add some heirloom antiques in my decorating. I use the soft creams and linen colors for backgrounds, and add a piece of color, to make a splash. Whether it be fresh flowers, or a beautiful silk
    arrangement. I have a French Country Desk, that the lovely desk set you have shown, would look fabulous on. I could proudly display my Business cards in the holder. It is in the large foyer of my Bed & Breakfast. I will definitely have to look for that item on the French Country website. You inspire me so much with your wonderful designs. They are so pleasing to ones eyes, and they give you a good feeling inside your heart. Thank You for sharing with all of us.

    1. Janice, thank you. I agree, antiques give you something to talk about, and wonder about – where was this made, who made it, where did it spend most of its time….etc. etc.

    1. Thank you Amy! You always have beautiful ideas in your home.

  4. Every photo is stunning dear Lidy! I feel so inspired, that I want to totally change every tabletop and mantle in the house 🙂
    Always so beautiful my friend!
    sending hugs your way….

    1. Thank you June! You are so sweet, always an encourager friend. I hope your May is off to a lovely start!

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