As a major plant-addict, I am very excited that spring is here. I'm finalizing garden plans, potting up sweet peas, and continuing my steady effort to turn my house into a registered rainforest. (My husband is less thrilled about that last bit...) Something that I played with a lot this winter was how to create a space that makes me less susceptible to seasonal depression in the constant rain and gray skies here in Seattle. As a beach-loving Florida girl then transplanted in beautiful, sunny Colorado, the transition to the Pacific Northwest has definitely required some finesse. As I began nesting in our new place last November, my collection of plants began to

increase and I finally had a realization. My plant-obsession is how I bring nature indoors to help me feel more connected and less caged. I subconsciously began curating a space that created the feelings I was lacking. My second realization was that this act of curating a beautiful space isn't just helpful for combatting seasonal depression, but increasing our joy. Our home should be our sanctuary, and should be representative of what we want to create in our lives. I'm sure chaos, dust bunnies, and piles of old magazines isn't what you're thinking... So, some tips to get started!

  • Declutter . . . the best thing I ever did for my space was read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She presents a system for how to properly declutter your home and I learned that getting rid of things I don't need feels AMAZING and slightly addictive... Peter had to keep a close eye on me for a few weeks after I finished the book. My space felt open, fresh, and