Vases aren’t just for flowers: Cut a branch or two from plants in your yard and place in a vase with water. “A sculptural branch off a bush or tree makes for an unexpected and delightful connection with the outdoors,” says Sarah Barnard, LEED AP, an interior designer in Los Angeles. “Whatever is growing at the moment gets to be on your foyer table, and it costs nothing.” A go-to choice is a cherry blossom branch, but virtually any branch will work—experiment with jade, eucalyptus, or any other plant in your yard.
Brighten your kitchen with a pop of yellow. Fill a white bowl or glass vase with lemons for sunny functionality. Not only are lemons inexpensive décor—they’re convenient to have on hand for whipping up, say, a fresh spring salad. Yellow daffodils also illuminate a room.