Jaime Roberts is a self-taught interior designer who resides in West Buckhead with her pug, Penny. She enjoys a good cocktail and being outdoors. HOST LIGHTEN UP The warmer months are coming so it’s time to ditch those cozy fur throws and velor pillows and mix in a few lighter pieces, both in color and texture. Sheer curtains allow for more sunlight to peek in [and hello, your new plants will need it!], and some pops of fun patterns will brighten up your living room and your mood. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, for some of the craziest patterns can have the biggest impacts. My pillows are a hodgepodge of pottery barn, west elm, anthropologie, online trading groups, and thrift store finds. IKEA has the cheapest inserts around (20x20 - 26x26 - and 16x26 all for around $6) so you can spend a little more on the ‘case and browse through some cool shops on etsy or whatever tickles your fancy. REVEAL | Q2 2017 25 I love entertaining on my patio because it brings together all of my loved ones, we get to eat drink and be merry, and I get to show off my designs. My favorite way to dress a table is all about the layers. For centerpieces, mason jars at different heights display freshly cut flowers and branches. Wander through your neighborhood and see what you can find, and then add in a few store-bought flowers if you need some additional oomph. I add fallen flowers from my Camellia tree as my lowest layer, but you can add in different heights of candles, or even weave in a string of white lights in you’re having your soiree in the evening. For plates, I have trusty white plates from IKEA, but I dress them up with a unique antique plate for each setting. These salad or dessert plates add color and character amongst your table and will have your guests wondering where on earth you found such eclectic decor. I’ll share my secret – My Favorite Place. It’s located in Chamblee, and to quote my boyfriend, it’s “a hoarder’s wet dream” so be prepared mentally when you go in to shop or you can get overwhelmed easily. Know exactly what you’re searching for and take your time for the best pieces are often times up under something unsightly. All of my plates came out to $25, and mixed in with my handcrafted champagne flutes and carafes, it transforms my little patio into a bohemian dream. Don’t forget to bring some coziness outdoors with fun pillows and a few sheepskins thrown over your chairs for extra pizazz. I look forward to seeing how you ladies have spruced up your homes and you can share your creations o n instagram using the tags @jaime.roberts #ASCspringspruceup to follow everyone’s ideas, and finally, HAPPY SPRING!