It’s the little things in life that count—and thank goodness. Between prepping the patio, replanting the front yard, and planning summer schedules, the idea of taking on one more project has us huddling under our (freshly cleaned) sheets in resignation. That’s why we’re doubling down on the details this month, with stories about the small things you can do—from garden gates and accent rugs, to tips for hitting the trails—that make a world of difference.
Because why should you reinvent the wheel if an accent spoke will do?
The Window to Your Garden
If you’re looking for a shovel-free gardening project this spring, Country Living has this guide for sprucing the “window into your yard” with 15 glorious garden gates that protect your nursery while also inviting you home and your guests in.
Going for a traditional look? Try a red lacquered barnyard fence. Opting for some zen? We love the idea of adding a “Moongate”—a separate arch over your trellis or fence to grow vines on. Other suggestions include fashioning garden tools to your fence for some rustic flair or adding a pop of color by embedding marbles into an otherwise plain wooden door.
If you’re already in love with your gate, Country Living also has this how-to for transforming your old swingset into an outdoor oasis. (The trick: trade out plastic swings for cloth hammocks!)
Pet Grooming 101
Grooming your critter’s coat does more than just cut down on lint and lighten your spring clean. Weekly brushing can help eliminate hair balls, improve your pet’s circulation, and even help build their core strength, according to this article from Better Homes & Gardens.
So if you’ve ever wondered whether your four-legged friend actually needs that annual “summer cut” or how to clip their nails so they can grip the floor without tearing holes in your couch, BHG’s list might just be in your wheelhouse. Read the full article to learn more.
Home Decor Hacks
Whether or not we’re in for April showers, we’ve got towels—more specifically, towel bars—on our mind. Apartment Therapy demos 10 creative ways you can use towel bars to organize household clutter. Our favorite tip? Drape your favorite patterned fabric over a double-towel bar to create a makeshift book sling. If you’re not a big reader, store your shoes instead.
If towel bars are otherwise occupied, House Beautiful has this feature on updating your space by focusing on the items that matter most, including this area rug advice from Thumbtack pro and interior designer Joe Human on slide 13: “Don’t be scared to go bold on the floor!”
The Most Common Mistakes Runners Make
There are few better ways to enjoy the crisp spring air than by tying on your sneakers and hitting the pavement. But your morning run shouldn’t leave you limping, according to this article from Reader’s Digest. It turns out that overly long strides, static stretching (which can actually cause injury!), and eating too soon before hitting the trails can do more harm to your body than help. The number one way you can treat your body like a temple this running season is to know your limits, RD explains.
And while we’re all exercising responsibly, we’ll be tuning into this seasonal playlist courtesy of Refinery29. Beyonce, G-Eazy, and Kenny Loggins? We love the spring.