Treat Your Senses & Home Interiors: A Sensory Guide to Spring

by Grace Davin

You can tell Spring has arrived when everyone seems to be freshening up their wardrobe and personal looks. But what about your home interiors, do you change them too? Springtime is Mother Nature’s season to replenish Earth’s bounty. So why not take a cue from her majesty when it comes to revamping your home decor?

Springtime is the perfect time of year to spoil your senses. Try a new floral fragrance to enhance the blooms that you encounter in your garden or at the park. Add a new seasoning to farmers market fresh veggies. Hold onto to cozy moments at home while enjoying cool breezes flowing in through open windows. And, set the right mood with a playlist for spring brunches and dinner parties. Approach this season poised for transformation, so you’ll be ready to take on any challenges or create personal comfort when needed.

While you’re stocking up bowls of fresh fruit or embracing natural hair, it might be the perfect moment to liven up your home with some new decor. If you’ve already KonMari’d your home, consider these home decor objects and accessories for a friend’s upcoming birthday or housewarming gifts. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, too.

Allow this guide to serve as inspiration, not push you to your credit card limit. Be realistic about your budget so these decor objects and accessories will bring you a smile rather than a reminder of your looming debt. There are three price points as options for various budgets. You may decide to splurge on your dream candle and save on a bathrobe. It’s your life, your interiors, and your money. Spend it wisely!

By Scent with Candles
Candles are my personal kryptonite. I love picking them up while traveling to add to my collection of mementos, as they double as home decor objects. The olfactory sense is our strongest link to memory and very much influences our moods. If candles aren’t your thing, maybe a Muji air diffuser to waft your favorite essential oils or even Astier de Villatte’s incense. You know what your thing is, let us know, too!

silver case with candle, black candle, home decor container with floral candle with woman's face

$ Voluspa has a huge catalog with various scents ranging from fruity to spicy, woody to green. A garden scent is spot on for the spring season. If you want to try something a little different, there’s also very cute macaron shaped, mini-candles wafting scents of rose petal ice cream, birthday cake, and french toast.
$$ Imagine yourself sitting in a comfy chair during a thunderstorm, reading a book of poetry, or scrolling through Instagram. This BYREDO peyote poem candle is for that kind of mood. Tamu loves all rose scents, what are your favorites?
$$$ Fornasetti is an amazing force in Italian design and art. Their candle collections provide humor and creativity alongside wonderful scents. Fornasetti candles are equal parts home decor and cheeky art. Once you’ve burned through this extravagant candle, the holder can serve as a mug or flower vase.

By Taste with a Dash of Salt
Salt is perhaps the easiest way of adding an extra layer of flavor to home cooked meals. Of course, follow the rule of salt to taste, not salt to dehydrate your mouth and leave you thirsty throughout the evening.

tiny glass bottle with black salt, glass container with sea salt, 12 tiny glass tubes with sea salt

$ Plunge into Hawaiian terroir with a black lava sea salt from The Spice House. It makes for chic presentation, too.
$$ This French garlic and thyme sea salt is affordable, but you’ll have to factor in shipping from France. It’s great on scrambled eggs, grilled vegetables, or atop a fresh salad. Very delicious.
$$$ If it makes Oprah’s O List, it’s gotta be good. This Hawaiian salt sampler would also be a perfect gift for foodie friends.

By Touch in a Bathrobe
Every shower or bath could be a spa experience with the right bathrobe. Like the right slipper, it has to be a good fit for you. Choose between an everyday robe and something worth treating yourself over.

woman in mint green bathrobe, woman with a short floral bathrobe, woman in pink and purple floral robe, woman in indigo and black robe, woman in orange patterned robe

$ This affordable Just Love option comes in springtime shades and has a scallop texture to bring your mermaid dreams to reality. Torrid also has a great selection for curvy beauties.
$$ Pro-tip: Next time you’re at a luxury hotel or spa, check their gift shop and pick up a bathrobe for a unique souvenir. I picked one up at La Mamounia in Marrakech and it’s a traveling spa feel.
$$$ If you’re looking for something for an evening lounge, check out this silky dip by Savage x Fenty, a floral number by Natori, or a unique silk kimono by & Other Stories.

By Sound with New Sound Systems
Streaming music from your phone or laptop is very convenient but if you want to amplify your experience listening to your favorite artists, here are some upgrade options.

headphones with colorful chord, white floral pattern record player, vintage sound system

$ Whether you’re short on space in your home or just not ready to commit to a record player, consider these Happy-Nes headphones from Anthropologie.
$$ Spin your favorite vinyls on this stylish, portable record player by Crosley on Urban Outfitters. It’s a beautiful home decor object open and closed.
$$$ Music lovers, look no further. The iconic Brionvega RR126 was designed by Italian design masters and brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni.

By Sight with Gallery Wall Art
Gallery walls are all the rage these days in home decor. Follow Anthropologie’s gallery wall guide to bring your ideas to curate your own personal exhibit in your living room or select a statement piece.

framed home decor art, cinema poster of a little boy with a red balloon, abstract tan outline of face, blue background with vase of red and yellow flowers

blue sky and blue sea

$ Etsy has plenty of art and film posters to feature on your walls or collect for a gallery wall. Peruse the vintage film prints from Art House Editions or music posters on Encore Design Studios. You could also DIY your own photos and print with Mixtiles.
$$ The Poster Club has something for everyone and even makes framing easy. Choose between unique floral or artsy abstract prints.
$$$ Find a statement or centerpiece for your interiors on One Kings Lane, such as this Big Sur scene by Max Wanger.

…and some extra decor bits for all of the senses:

white pillow with graphic black text, aluminum hands home decor objects holding bracelets, and a white teacup with a sculptural butterfly and green floral pattern

$ Feel the love with this graphic International Love Heart pillow by Alexander Girard for Vitra.
$$ This chic set of hand-etched jewelry holders will add a stylish element to your bedroom or dressing room.
$$$ Spoil yourself with this gorgeous Gucci springtime butterfly mug.

Let us know which are your favorites! Please comment or share if there are any brands or specific products you would add to this list.

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