As the old saying goes, ‘spring has sprung’.

As you feel the warmth and light gradually come through your bedroom window earlier and earlier, and you suddenly feel the need to shave your legs (no judgement…it’s been a long winter!) you may be thinking how you can further perpetuate this warmth through the rest of your home.

And finally, you have a Saturday morning spare. While it might be too tempting to crank the following seemingly spring-themed happy tunes (possibly determined by your era); Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Pharrell’s Happy or possibly anything by Taylor Swift or Five Seconds of Summer, there are a few other ways to get you in the mood for spring, with or without the most relevant soundtrack bound to freak out your neighbours. Here are some From the Stash suggestions:

Two words – ‘Spring clean’. All year you’ve looked forward to this…nah that’s not true! Deciding on what to keep and what to throw out sometimes leads to suddenly requiring a long nap followed by any sort of procrastination. But just hang in there – we’ll get through this together!

No it isn't…today is a good day for a spring clean!
No it isn’t…today is a damn good day for a spring clean!

Start by seeing what you can hide, throw out or donate, beginning with the wintery items – blankets, clothes, heavy throws – while at the same time look at what you’ve hoarded over the year – not just during the winter.

There are two ways to handle this a) Go by the mantra ‘if in doubt, throw it out’ or b) Get a few massive plastic crates or containers for these items and stow them away – out of sight out of mind – and let your obliging future self deal with them.

Greenery! A little bit more oxygen in a room never hurt anyone! Try all sorts of arrangements for your abode, such as plants for tables or to place in the corners of rooms, and plants that can be hung.

Concrete is now in fashion and it's stunning!
Concrete is now in fashion and it’s stunning!

Please, please don’t keep the plants in the plastic containers you bought them in – it’s a cardinal sin of the spring spruce up! Grab yourself a selection of funky pots! Concrete is very much on trend this spring and pots are a bonus if they feature patterns or quirky or inspiring musings!

If you have the worst ‘green thumb’ in the history of all things gardening, very much on trend are terrariums. These often feature very quirky little garden scenes which not only make you feel like a giant whenever you hold them, but are also self sufficient. Every now and then you might need to give them a spray of water, but often they can be left at their own accord. We found a few at Seven Pages, Sassafras and a variety at Little Lands in Olinda.

What’s on trend? As far as theming goes, there are plenty of options this spring. This includes copper or brass, marble, luxe themes with a splash of industrial. Navajo, tribal or aztec themes are also key.

Aztec or tribal themes are the flavours of the season.
Aztec or tribal themes are the flavours of the season.

At Vintage Stash we’re loving the tribal wall art from Gold Coast Designer A Boy Named Aaron. This includes cross bows, crosses, and skulls either completed with feathers or rosary beads and in a similar vein, we have hand crafted, hand designed ceramic homewares from Melbourne artist Carla Dinnage.

The colours of the season! There are a few ways you can go about this. As per our comments above, themes of copper, brass or marble provide a good start to your colour schemes, however, you can brighten these up with a splash of hot pink, teal and blue tones. Another option is complementing any modern decor with something vintage and we have a great range of vintage items, including these unique vases. The colours just speak ‘spring’.

Antique among the modern could include a 1960s retro Italian pottery vase by R.H Molino - stamped to the base, or a rare 1960s Nanny Still Riihimaen Lasi Finland orange glass designer slab vase.
Check out our 1960s retro Italian pottery vase by R.H Molino – stamped to the base and a rare 1960s Nanny Still Riihimaen Lasi Finland orange glass designer slab vase.

Easy options? Pushed for time and coin? An easy and affordable way to simply spruce up your home is with light throws or cushions that are brightly coloured. Oh and guess what? Pineapples are back in fashion, so these can be incorporated into patterns on throws, cushions or art work. Anything that brings that tropical feel to your home!

An easy and affordable way to spruce up your home for spring is by using light but colourful throws.
An easy and affordable way to spruce up your home for spring is by using light but colourful throws.

And there you have it! You’ve spruced up your home for spring! Happy? We’re happy for you.

Now you can sit back, relax in the warmth these tips have provided. And you know what, crank up Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go…just for good measure.

Anything else you’d like to know about how to get your home spring ready? Drop into Vintage Stash at 358a Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria.

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More soon, From the Stash! 

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