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Designer Tom Stringer calls the rehab of this northern Michigan lake cottage Renovation-Lite, because he consciously avoided overhauling its charming eccentricities. A coffee table designed by Stringer holds stacks of old National Geographics. “They added the perfect yellow punch. They’re so classic — just like blue and white. But we also knew they’d be great rainy-day reading,” he says.

Here are some similar accessories from Design Style Guide:

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I live in the heart of the mid-west, so when spring popped its wonderful head around the corner last week I almost shed a tear.  Yes, I am over dramatic, but it has been a LONG and GLOOMY winter and I’m ready for some sunshine!!!  (So is my dog, by the way.)

But with the change of seasons also comes a very bad habit of mine.  That habit would be shopping.  I used to think it was because I was so happy to see winter (or summer) go. I had tricked myself into believing that all I wanted to do was get ready for the next weather phase.  So I would pick out a new sofa, or a new pair of chairs, nothing would look good enough and I would plot how I was going to redo the house.  But over the past few years I have realized that retailers really rope me in.  Yes I am sure the sunshine has a little part in it, but when Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel debut their new colors and accessories, I‘m like a kid in a candy shop.  Now I am NOT a money tree, so I often get lectured by my husband who CANNOT seem to understand why I have to redo the whole house just because the temperature spiked for one week.  But then again he is is interested in other things, so I don’t expect him to understand.

Two more pillows in the blue and yellow combination.

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So this spring I am trying out a new tactic, one that will hopefully be a little easier on the pocket book.  I have started to switch all of my larger, more expensive pieces of furniture to neutral colors.  That way if the design magazines tell me purple is the new color, well no problem, all I have to do is swap out a few things here and there!  My husband seems to be a little more responsive to this seasonal redo as well.  A major item to be replaced with EVERY season is throw pillows.  Yes they can be pricey, but they also pull the room together and finish it off.  They can add a little color, pattern, and texture.  You can also argue that they are useful since your head does need something soft to lie on!  The nice thing about throw pillows is that you can now just buy the insert and switch the cover as often as you like.  So now that April is here, stuff your winter throw pillows in a closet.  Don’t be upset that they cost too much money to sit in a closet, trust me they’re not going anywhere, and bring some spring into your home!  Check out these wonderful creations to inspire you as well.

And if you do not want the blue and yellow combination, here are some other choices.

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If you have any accessories that would go well in this room, let us know in the comments bellow.

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Image Source: http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/designer-living-rooms

Since today is the April’s Fools Day, here some fun facts:

The origins of April Fools’ Day are shrouded in mystery, experts say.

The most popular theory is that France changed its calendar in the 1500s so that the New Year would begin in January to match the Roman calendar instead of the start of spring in late March or early April.

However word of the change traveled slowly, and many people in rural areas continued to celebrate the New Year in the spring. These country dwellers became known as “April fools.”

Another theory is this:

The idea came from Roman jesters during the time of Constantine I in the third and fourth centuries A.D. As the story goes, jesters successfully petitioned the ruler to allow one of their elected members to be king for a day.

So, on April first, Constantine handed over the reins of the Roman Empire for one day to King Kugel, his jester. Kugel decreed that the day forever would be a day of absurdity.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/03/080328-april-fools.html

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