Set for Spring

Writer: Laura Kristine Johnson
Photographer: Duane Tinkey

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Quickly add a pop of pattern to any room by tossing colorful printed throw pillows on seating or beds. Swap pillows seasonally for an easy update.
Missoni Ravenna pillow (left), $269; Missoni Rouen pillow (right) $449; Ligne Roset Ruché chair, $4,465. All from Projects Contemporary Furniture in Des Moines.

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Ditch drab dishware in favor of these sophisticated place settings that pack plenty of pretty with their botanical drawings and textured detailing.
Juliska natural willow placemat, $15; Juliska classic bamboo charger plate, $79; Juliska Colette dinner plate, $45; Juliska Field of Flowers party plates, $108 for set of 4. All from Trieste in West Des Moines.

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Bare kitchen and entryway floors perk up instantly with the addition of colorful rugs in punchy patterns. Indoor/outdoor options make cleaning a breeze.
Dash & Albert Rug Co. assorted 2-by-3-foot cotton and indoor/outdoor rugs; $33-$46, Porch Light in Des Moines.

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Lend a touch of whimsy to your table with hand-sculpted vegetable-inspired serving pieces, perfect for a spring soiree.
Vietri asparagus vase, $126; Vietri bunny tureen, $374; Vietri cabbage planter, $108; Vietri garlic truet, $59; Terrafirma fern citrus dessert plate, $35. All from Kitchen Collage in Des Moines.

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’Tis the season for gorgeous greenery. Invite nature into your home with a lifelike floral and succulent centerpiece that you can reuse year after year.
Custom muscari and succulent arrangement; $262, Accents + Interiors in Urbandale.

Freelance writer Laura Kristine Johnson is a content creator at Two Rivers Marketing. As a former home editor for Meredith Corp., she developed a knack for picking out pretty things. “When you want to breathe new life into tired spaces, bypass the big box stores in favor of smaller local shops that feature quality pieces dripping with charm and character,” she says.

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