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"Spring" into action!

OK - so I know we are still deep in the heart of Winter, but I can't help but day dream on a day like today (-15 with the wind chill in upstate New York) about Spring time. In Spring, all the colors begin to change and the fabrics and moods of our homes can take a turn toward the bright side. If you follow The Unique Nest on Facebook then you may have seen several of these photos already, but I thought I would share them here for everyone to see. I personally am most excited  for blues and yellows this Spring, and mixing them with the existing gray palette of my home.

The Spring 2014 Color Report has been released by Pantone - and those colors go far beyond just fashion. They are the colors of Spring that will work really well with home decor and accents. Country Living has a wonderful feature about using these colors and great design tips...check it out here.
 pantone spring 2014 colors
Over the past few weeks I have captured some inspirational photos either while out and about, or right around my home, that I feel capture the look of Spring that I will be going for.

Keep in mind that Spring is a time to play around with colors and patterns that you may not have used before or that you haven't seen in some time. One of my favorite interior designers, Sarah Richardson, does an amazing job showcasing the use of pattern and color in her "Cottage" series. Below are just two sample photographs of ways that she incorporates that Spring feeling through the use of fabric, color and pattern:
Sarah Richardson Design
Sarah Richardson Design
Lastly, if you're anything like me, the void of not having a garden to tend to is driving you mildly insane. So - try starting some small potted plants with herbs to give you the look and feel of being outside, even though it's still too cold to garden. These herbs will come in handy when cooking and will give you a look of greenery in the kitchen. Check out these really cool samples of herb gardens I found online:

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