Spring Spruce Up

Decorating and Remodeling Tips

If your home needs some spring sprucing, here are some redecorating/remodeling tips to go from outdated and dingy to freshly updated, making you fall in love with your home all over again.


It’s the heart of the home, and it’s where many homeowners sink big money to make upgrades. Kitchen renovations don’t have to require a second mortgage though. Re-facing rather than replacing cabinetry can bring about a whole new look for a whole lot less money. This is a good option when the existing cabinets are still in good working condition and you’re just looking for an aesthetic change. Other small-scale options include swapping out the countertop and sink, changing the lighting fixtures and updating tired floors with contemporary wood or tile. 


When plumbing is involved, project costs can skyrocket, but there are some relatively simple ways you can give your bathroom a facelift on a modest budget. For starters, swap out all the fixtures, from lighting to faucets. A new vanity is another instant upgrade, whether you opt for an updated version of the original or select a whole new style for a completely fresh look.

Also consider upgrades that can increase natural light and fresh air without compromising privacy, such as the addition of skylights to your ceiling or “fifth wall,” which can completely change the lighting dynamic of the room. In addition to balanced, natural light, skylights like those from Velux, for example, can open to help refresh your space and keep it odor- and moisture-free.

Living Room

A common space where the family gathers is likely to sustain the greatest wear and tear, and because you spend so much time there, it’s also a room where you’re likely to find a list of things that irk you. Creating a new color scheme is a simple fix that transforms the space, but changing the palette of the walls is just the beginning. Also consider taking your redesign to the ceiling with vibrant colors, creative wallpapers or even exposed beams. Round out the room by swapping out lamp shades, adding vibrant throw pillows, replacing old curtains or blinds, or tying the color scheme together with a new area rug.


In your private sanctuary, all the typical options for updates apply for sure. However, this is a space where the furnishings can be an especially impactful way to influence the ambiance, especially if a construction project in the room where you sleep is impractical. Changing out the style of the bed frame and complementary pieces creates a whole new vibe for the room. Then bring in a new collection of textiles for the bedding and drapery to help round out the renovation.

Decorating Tips

Oma's Barn, in St Peters, is open again for the season and has a wide variety of items for both indoor and outdoor decorating to bring some springtime to your home. Oma's is even offering online shopping now. 

The White Hare, in Cottleville, is another amazing home decor store. Owner Sarah Corrigan offers these spring decorating tips:

  • Bring the garden indoors by incorporating zero-care silk plants such as topiaries, potted greens and boxwood balls.
  • Instantly brighten any room with a quick switch from bland pillows to pillows with bolder, brighter spring floral patterns and a coordinating throw.
  • Loosely arranged spring stems in a large vase are a show-stopper in the middle of a table. Add in a beautiful runner underneath for added interest and texture.
  • Create a “spring-scape” in any window space, on shelves or on a tray with a grouping of potted tulips, statuary such as a bunny, candleholders and a printed fabric napkin underneath it all to soften the look.

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