Seattle Culture

7 Ways to Pretty Up Your Home for Spring

Treasures and trinkets from local shops to breathe new life into your abode

By Seattle Mag March 23, 2015


This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Can you feel it? This hopeful season always carries with it a sense of renewal and expansiveness. Throw open your curtains, sweep away the dust bunnies and spruce up your decor with cheerful home accents that celebrate the revival going on outdoors.
1. Seattle’s Gnosis Picture Archive offers a multitude of reproduction natural history and scientific illustrations, including this 19th-century British bird eggs print, $10.

2. This slick birdhouse, $85–$110, designed by Seattle’s Peter Benarcik, is the perfect outdoor accent for a modern home. Sit at your window and watch the birds enjoy their seeds. Available at Five Ply Studio. Chinatown–International District, 815 Seattle Blvd. S, Suite B01; 206.465.5405;

3. Locally made candles ($18) and soap ($12) from Marigold and Mint scented with rose geranium and basil, carnation and lavender—and marigold and mint, naturally. Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.682.3111;

4. Store treasures in this exquisite, three-dimensional, nearly 8-inch-long bird wing dish by centuries-old Bavarian porcelain maker Nymphenburg, $380, at Flora & Henri. Downtown, 808 Howell St., fifth floor; 206.749.9698;

5. Filled with tea or used as a vase, this hand-thrown deer cup, $27, is microwave and dishwasher safe. Made by Todd Stevens, an artisan in the Port Townsend–based collective Kata Golda. Available at the SAM museum shop. Downtown, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100;

6. Give your couch a quick pick-me-up with a cushy throw pillow made with Dwell Studio’s Vintage Blossom in dove. $16.45 for a 16-by-16-inch cover by Cushion Cut Decor.

7. Perch an air plant inside this brass himmeli, a Finnish ornament traditionally made out of reeds and hung over the table during the holidays for good luck, $42 (air plant not included). Made by Renton-based Samantha Leung.


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