As much as we look forward to warmer weather all winter, it still seems to surprise us when spring suddenly appears. Maybe it’s because we’ve been hibernating with hot cocoa, soft blankets, and good books for the last four months, but spring always catches us off guard. But it’s a good “caught off guard,” don’t you think? Who doesn’t love the warm weather!?!

If you’ve been in the same cold-induced coma as we have, there’s no need to worry. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite home decor tricks and shortcuts that will make it slightly easier to emerge blinking in the spring sunshine. Ready? Here we go:

Flower Art

Don’t have a green thumb? Pick a bouquet of flowers from the Darren Gygi Home Collection and you’ll never need to worry about watering! Try sticking with a single color range or choose several complimentary colors to mix it up. And flower/nature art from the Darren Gygi Home Collection is versatile enough that it can remain displayed into summer’s long, hot days!

Get Dimensional

Don’t limit yourself to just wall artwork! Add layers of visual interest by including both 2-D wall art as well as 3-D garden pickings. Moss, ferns, twigs, branches, and even grass are easy to harvest from your yard and will last for weeks after they’ve been cut. Don’t have any yard to harvest (read: lack of green thumb, above)? Visit a nursery or garden center to pick up any of these items inexpensively! Combining traditional home décor with garden trimmings creates a palette of color and texture that

Use What You Have

The standard bouquet-and-vase scenario can be pretty, but boring. It’s just so cliché! Grab that old pair of rain boots, hollow out a tree stump, spray paint an empty #10 can, or even dismantle burnt-out lightbulbs. Not only will you give the environment a break, you’ll also give your wallet a rest. AND you’ll have a unique display that is exciting and not the least bit cliché.

Inhale Deeply

Want to feel fresh fast? Add a sliced lemon, a sprig of rosemary, a couple cinnamon sticks, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to a cup or two of water on the stove. Simmer on low, and you’ve got yourself instant potpourri. No chemicals, just natural scents that combine to make any home feel like spring. Mmmm! Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Don’t you feel more fresh and relaxed already? Instant spring! (Just don’t forget to turn off the stove when you’re leaving the house or going to bed!)

There’s something about being outside on a cool spring morning that is invigorating! The emerging flowers and elements of nature just wake you up! The same principle applies to decorating your home. Wake up your walls by inviting the elements inside with the flowers and greenery from the Darren Gygi Home Collection. Choose your favorites to add that spring in your step to your spring (haha—bad pun, we know). Trust us—your walls will thank you.