Ask the Expert: Lidy Baars’ Top 5 Spring Decorating Ideas

Ask the Expert: Lidy Baars’ Top 5 Spring Decorating Ideas

Spring is the season that celebrates fresh new beginnings; it’s a season filled with natural beauty and color. Once winter is over, I can’t wait to celebrate spring’s glorious return by infusing our home with the colors, shapes, and scents of the season. It is so rewarding to re-imagine and refresh our existing rooms by adding a few show-stopping accessories, or just rearranging some of the antiques that are already there.

Living in California, our garden bursts into bloom quite early, and I draw inspiration from Mother Nature. The garden is visible through large French windows in the living room, as well as in our master bedroom, and I let it take center stage in my decorating. I bring in lots of soft neutral colors of white, cream, and linen, with just a few colorful accents.

As an antiques dealer, I am always trying to incorporate heirlooms into our home’s design in new ways, so change is a constant. For spring, I edit my collections and display fewer pieces to freshen and lighten the look, like antique Limoges porcelains with pastel colors on a tea tray. Pillows in bright colors line our couch in the living room. I design simpler table settings with silver, china, and antique white table linens, so that my flower arrangements, and spring’s fresh foods, can really take center stage.


Ask the Expert: Lidy Baars’ Top 5 Spring Decorating Ideas

French Garden House curator and antiques expert Lidy Baars offers her top 5 tips on decorating for spring.

1. Bring the beauty of nature indoors.
In spring, add color with fresh flowers and blooming branches. To create a stylish arrangement, choose an unusual antique container. An heirloom sterling teapot, an ironstone pitcher, or even a  few Limoges teacups filled with flowers all celebrate the joy of spring in your own personal style.

2. Lighten up.
Choose lighter color accents in a softer palette. Shift to subdued bisque, cream, white, and linen colors. Pantone’s color of the year, greenery, is the perfect revitalizing accent for this soothing color scheme, bringing a seasonal pop to your décor.

3. Curate your collections.
Creating a home surrounded by things you love is a beautiful way to express yourself. Your collections infuse your home with your personality and evoke memories of places and people you love. Perhaps put a few of your pieces into storage to really let the ones on display shine. Or mass a number of your items together in one exceptional presentation in an antique French armoire, or on a silver tray, so that they take up less visual space.

4. Focus on floral patterns.
Add seasonal touches to your home by displaying flower-themed decorative accents. Antique, floral, hand-painted porcelains on your tea table, a rich floral-patterned French pillow on your settee—these all whisper spring in a beautiful way.

5. Set a fresh new table.
As the season changes, reimagine your table settings. Be daring and try something new! Combine your antique dishes with a new charger or plate, add a contemporary striped linen napkin, mix up patterns. Table settings are not about being perfect; have fun and create some new looks for entertaining that make your heart light up.



About the expert: Lidy Baars developed a passion for antiques at a young age in her native Netherlands. In 2007, she launched French Garden House, where she sells a wide array of antique items on her website, including much-coveted toleware.


Interview Cynthia Reeser Constantino
Photography courtesy French Garden House

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