Home & Garden

Spring Preening for Every Room

After a long stretch of being at home, it’s time to refeather your nest

April/May 2021

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COLOR THERAPY

Changing the color of the walls around you, or even a mantel or a bookshelf, can have an uplifting effect. These hues in particular inspire a cheerful mood: the soft blush of Conch Shell by Benjamin Moore (benjaminmoore.com); the warmer pink of Rangwali, the bright crimson of Radicchio, or the poppy teal of Vardo, all by Farrow & Ball (farrow-ball.com); and the spring-in-the-South Lounge Green by Sherwin-Williams (sherwin-williams.com).

photo: Alice Gao

SITTING PRETTY

For those whose couch cushions have endured a few more dents than usual during the pandemic, the Dries sofa, a collaboration between the Southern native and Jayson Home executive Devin Kirk and the upholstery artisans at North Carolina’s Lee Industries, offers an inviting upgrade. A modern update on the traditional English silhouette, the couch comes with hand-tied springs, casters, unfinished turned legs, and perfect-for-curling-up-with-a-novel velvet upholstery ($4,750–$6,500; jaysonhome.com).

photo: Alice Gao

HOME BASE

Once a spot to pay bills and pen thank-you notes, the home desk has morphed by necessity into a do-it-all command center. Jonah Meyer, an artist and furniture maker who founded Sawkille Co. in New York, has taken the new demands to heart with his contemporary take on a hardworking (and multitasking) roll-top desk. Crafted from bleached maple, the versatile, easy-going piece fits in with any number of decor styles ($7,000–$7,800; sawkille.com).

photo: Alice Gao

TREE OF LIFE

Take a style cue from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British country houses, outfitted with mudrooms designed for corralling the stuff of life with pieces such as hall trees. Nestle this antique reproduction by Virginia-based Kenian by the front door to organize bags, boots, umbrellas, and walking sticks—then take one last glance in the mirror before you head out ($813; kenian.com).

photo: Alice Gao

WARM REGARDS

For an authentic campfire-style experience in your own backyard, the nostalgic appeal of the Dude by Cowboy Cauldron is hard to top. Gather by this smallest of the company’s offerings (in case your home is not on the range) to cook up oysters or s’mores ($1,000; cowboycauldron.com). 

photo: Alice Gao