Spring is a great time to freshen it up, says owner of Meadows Home and Decor boutique
Spring is always a great time to freshen up the home. With the weather getting warmer and the days staying lighter longer, it’s the perfect time to get the creative juices flowing and find ways to revamp your living space.
At Meadows Home Decor & Gifts boutique in downtown Princeton, owner Shelley Monier offers some of the more popular trends for spring.
She said black-and-white furniture with pops of color is really big this year. In her store, she’s displayed black furniture with brightly colored floral arrangements. She mentioned the look is inspired by designer MacKenzie-Childs, who is well-known for her black-and-white, whimsical designs for the home.
Shelley said the classic springtime look that will never go out of style is a colorful flower arrangement in a vase that can set on a table or fireplace mantle.
“It’s simple, but it just brightens up the room even on the gloomy days spring brings,” she said.
Another hot trend is modern farmhouse decor, which, she said, is in high demand in the area. With the well-liked HGTV home makeover show, “Fixer Upper,” people drive a long ways to find farm accents for their home.
“It’s a great look that never goes out of style,” she said.
Meadows also offers a wide selection of unique figurines for spring holidays such as Easter and Mother’s Day. Gift ideas are available for people searching for birthdays, anniversaries or weddings. The shop also does custom silk arrangements for prom.
Located in the back of the shop, floral designer Wanda Galloway keeps busy creating all sorts of custom floral arrangements for all seasons. For spring, she said, people are requesting bright, cheerful colors to display in their homes.
Whether someone is looking to freshen up a floral arrangement at home or is hoping to fill an empty container with a spring arrangement, Galloway is full of all kinds of ideas for revamping home decor.
She said it’s most helpful when customers bring in photos of the space they’re looking to change up. It gives her a better idea of their decor style and makes it easier to suggest a certain look.
Galloway’s advice for those looking to put a new spin on a certain area in their home is the same for everyone — use what you like, get rid of what you don’t like. She encourages people to change up the pieces they already have and make a new, inspired look.
“It gives a fresh look on something old,” she said.
In the home, Galloway said, people are changing their furniture pieces to look more eclectic. While there was once a time when home decorators bought all matching furniture, she said, people are now getting rid of that look and incorporating vintage and painted pieces with materials and textures that were once considered a “no-no” in the fashion and design world.
“It’s now about stepping outside the rules and creating that unexpected look that really is fun and makes it one of a kind,” she said.
Tid-bits of history on Princeton's 'White House'
Meadows is located in one of Princeton's historical buildings on South Main Street, known to many as The White House.
There's a lot of history that's occupied 501 S. Main St. The structure was originally built in 1895.
It was first occupied by N.W. Isaacson & Son dry goods from 1895 to 1957. Isaacson was one of many Swedish-American businessmen who moved to Princeton in the late 19th century.
The building then housed a dress shop called, The Alma Magnuson, from 1957 to the 1970s.
In the 1980s and '90s, it served as a pharmacy. Many will remember picking up their prescriptions and other pharmacy needs at Kirby-Henning Pharmacy.
The pharmacy moved out of the building in 2013.
The building sat empty until Meadows Home and Decor opened in 2017.
Source: Bureau County Historical Society