TEN CHIC IDEAS TO GIVE EACH ROOM A SPRING REFRESH
BY LAURIE BROOKINS
With the latest home accessories, you’ll brighten up your spaces and add details rooted in elegance and cozy comfort.
With the arrival of spring, thoughts inevitably turn to renewal and rejuvenation. It’s an idea we happily apply to each element of our lives, from a new wardrobe to an update within your beauty regimen or an addition that pushes and elevates your fitness routine. Also key to a spring transformation: refreshing the spaces that surround us as we realize that spring fashion should be reflected in our homes as much as we embrace it for ourselves.
How do you infuse your home décor with splashes of springtime? Start by keeping the details light, bright and reflective. Imagine the sun shining through windows on balmy days, and the chic home accessories that will seem utterly luminous in such a moment. Next, select the stylish textures that will add layers of elegance throughout your home, either as an added touch to a space or as a statement centerpiece. Finally, remember to engage multiple senses: not only the gleam of reflective surfaces that thrill the eye and the touch of cozy textures, but also the thrilling scents of sophisticated candles infused with the notes of spring.
We’ve gathered 10 fabulous home-décor pieces sure to inspire anticipation for spring’s arrival, all from the exclusive boutiques of South Coast Plaza
Crate & Barrel
SOUTH COAST PLAZA
THE SPRING HOME EDIT
Eye Vase Rectangular, Small and Large
Located 250 miles east of Paris, you’ll find the town of Baccarat, which has been crafting crystal pieces that dazzle the eye since 1764. The house’s Eye Vases rank high among the designs that best reflect (pun intended) Baccarat’s tradition of exceptional crystal handcraft. Exterior horizontal cuts are blended with interior vertical cuts on each vase, with the resulting depth of design creating a magical effect. Available in small and large sizes in rectangular (seen here) and round shapes, Baccarat’s Eye Vase is the perfect vessel to hold fresh blossoms in the spring, and every season beyond.
Level 3, Penthouse
Knitted Cashmere Pillow and Scented Candles
Texture is an essential element of the handcraft at the heart of Brunello Cucinelli, the label that’s known for blending supremely soft knits with the high style of Italian fashion. And indeed, if you’re a fan of this luxury brand’s sought-after cashmere sweaters and other fine apparel, now you can add a knitted cashmere pillow to your décor to imbue your living spaces with the beauty of this upscale aesthetic in an accessory entirely made by hand. Designed in a cable-knit motif, the cashmere cover is also removable for effortless cleaning.
In an ultra-versatile neutral tone, this cashmere pillow is also a perfect backdrop for Brunello Cucinelli’s candle collection, handcrafted in a romantic terra cotta that evokes thoughts of Italy’s most beautiful villages, each embossed with Brunello Cucinelli’s branding and logo. The woody notes of ebony and teak, meanwhile, add a sophisticated scent to every home.
Level 2, between Jewel & Carousel Courts
Socca Taupe Sheepskin Upholstered Bench
At CB2, sustainability is always top of mind, and that’s true of this Socca Taupe Sheepskin Upholstered Bench, with walnut wood that’s been certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council with humanely sourced Mongolian sheepskin, which adds incredible texture to any room while also offering plush seating comfort. Perfect for an entryway, as additional seating in a living room or at the foot of a bed, this soft, chicly simple bench is a perfect finishing touch.
Level 3, Crate & Barrel Wing
Sur La Table
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Shallow Round Dutch Oven in Sea Salt
Add a springtime touch to your kitchen with a classic Le Creuset Dutch Oven in a beautiful pastel. Among the coveted cookware brand’s most popular hues is Sea Salt, sure to add a vibrant, minty touch to any kitchen or dining space and is exclusive to Sur La Table at South Coast Plaza. From braising and roasting to cooking spring soups and pasta dishes, this 2.75-quart Dutch Oven goes from stove to oven to table effortlessly and will quickly prove to be both a stylish and indispensable element to meal preparation.
Level 1, Crate & Barrel Wing
Antique Wax Vase
Paris-based Diptyque, the purveyor of the beguiling scents crafted for upscale spaces, has created a new home accessory that’s equal parts innovative and rooted in handcraft and tradition. Portugese-based Manulena is collaborating with Diptyque on a collection of vases crafted from repurposed wax, poured in a mold to create a piece that evokes thoughts of ancient art forms. Embossed with Diptyque’s signature oval, each vase is designed to hold water and will develop an elegant patina with continued use. This unscented statement piece also will not interfere with candles used throughout the home.
Level 1, Jewel Court
Jo Malone London
Design Edition Layered Candle
Known for combining seemingly disparate notes to create wholly unique scents, Jo Malone has released a spring offering in its highly popular Design Edition collection: an English Pear and Freesia with Lime Basil and Mandarin Layered Candle, packaged in a colorful, elegant print custom-designed by artist Martyn Thompson. These bright, refreshing notes are laced through a 21-oz., limited-edition candle poured in the British countryside and housed in a porcelain vessel. The result is a fragrance perfect for spring entertaining.
Level 1, Nordstrom Wing
Selle Imaginaire Change Tray
From spare change to your keys or even beautifully stacked chocolate truffles, everything seems a bit more elegant in an Hermès catchall. Collectors covet these beautiful porcelain trays, which are crafted in France and feature some of the famed house’s most iconic motifs. “Selle Imaginaire,” for example, translates to “Imaginary Saddle” and is the name for the motif that highlights the equestrian roots of Hermès in a whimsical, colorful fashion. Another thoughtful touch: the tray’s underside features a layer of velvet goatskin to protect tabletops. Ideal for gift-giving and every room of the house, it’s an instant way to add a splash of color with a practical home-décor piece from one of the world’s most celebrated brands.
Level 1, Nordstrom Wing
Radius Nesting Coffee Tables
Modernist design meets practical details in these stylish nesting tables, crafted of a kiln-dried oak veneer that’s finished in a Heritage Gray stain via a nine-step, handcrafted process. The pedestal base offers both a clean design and substantial support, while plate levelers on the underside allow you to place these tables on uneven surfaces with ease. Sold individually or as a pair, these nesting tables have been designed so the lower surface effortlessly fits beneath its sister piece, created a modern, two-tiered design. Finally, each table is finished with a protective, oil-based lacquer sealant, relieving you of worries about spilled drinks or other accidents.
Level 1, Crate & Barrel Wing
Crate & Barrel
Offered in a wide variety of colors, textures and sizes, Crate & Barrel’s collection of outdoor planters is perfect for designing a chic outdoor space that’s as elegant as any room of your home. From the curvaceous Ophelia planters — inspired by Crate & Barrel’s popular Ophelia vase collection — to the dramatic Modern Crock Black planters and the streamlined Jo Grey Outdoor Pedestal planters, the newest designs for Spring/Summer 2023 enable you to create a multilayered outdoor space filled with your favorite greenery. Lightweight and frost-resistant, each planter in these new collections also has been crafted to include a drainage hole, which any gardener will quickly agree is vital to a user-friendly, open-air piazza.
Level 1, Level 2, Crate & Barrel Wing
“Sisterhood of the Rose” Large Square Cushion
Australia-based boutique Camilla showcases the stunning prints and sophisticated taste of designer Camilla Franks, who debuted her eponymous label in 2004. Almost 20 years later, Camilla is known for its beautiful botanicals and other upscale prints in both fashion and home décor, a decidedly romantic aesthetic that’s perfect for an entire room or as the ideal accent. The latter is true of this “Sisterhood of the Rose” cushion, a handcrafted design that’s inspired by enchanted fairytales. Two different floral motifs adorn each side of this reversible silk pillow, which is adorned with contrasting trim, tassel details and hand-embellished crystals.
Level 1, Saks Fifth Avenue Wing