Metro-East Living

Shopping: Get ready to think spring — in color

No winter doldrums with pops of color from At Home in O’Fallon.
No winter doldrums with pops of color from At Home in O’Fallon.

My neighbor across the street still has Christmas greenery strung across her porch. I, on the other hand, am about to put away the last two pieces of indoor winter decor until next November. I see daffodils sprouting in several places in my garden, and while I know it’s too soon, I still need to see some vibrant color that makes me think of spring and help lift the spirits.

Ready for color

Pushing my cart around inside At Home in O’Fallon makes me smile. The retailer is always ahead of the game with seasonal displays, and this time of year I don’t mind at all. You’ll find lots of pillows, trays, vases and throws in vivid shades to liven up the living room, beautify the bedroom and generally banish all this grayness and gloomy skies. All at so-reasonable prices, too. A big rectangular serving tray with handles in a geometric pattern of teal, navy, gold and orange is $12.99. A fuzzy teal throw pillow is $14.99 while others in chartreuse, orange and polka dots are $19.99. Going big? A modern, blue, tufted-back sofa is $499.99.

Rainy day ready

At Target in Shiloh, I spied some practical rainwear for toddlers in fun spring colors and patterns. (Check other Target locations as well.) The green hooded slicker for boys has dinosaurs on it ($18.99). Snaps replace buttons so kids can easily get in and out of the coat. Matching rubber rain boots are $20. The girl’s versions are either pastel striped or pink with a see-through background. Same prices apply to slicker and matching boots. I saw sizes from 12 months to 3T.

Ready rabbits

Vintage decor always has a place during the holidays and celebrations, especially where kids are concerned. Set a little Easter table just for the little ones with help from World Market in Shiloh. Little bunnies romp across ceramic egg cups ($3.99) and mugs ($5.99), as well as melamine egg-shaped plates ($1.99) and bowls ($2.49), and plastic tumblers ($3.99). You’ll also find juice glasses, placemats, kitchen cannisters, cake covers and papier-mache eggs. They all featured timeless illustrations created in the early 20th century by Marianne Dreschel for the Nestler Publishing House in Germany.

Ready to move on

Spring cleaning is at hand. Retailers are emptying shelves, bins and racks. It’s hard to find TOMS shoes on sale, but Peace by Piece in downtown Belleville has them as low as $30. It’s all part of a clearance that includes pants down to $5 and dresses to $10. Get ’em while they last.

Ready for a kitchen redo?

If you’re preparing for a kitchen renovation but aren’t sure where to start, take advantage of IKEA’s Kitchen 1.0 seminars at 8 a.m. every Wednesday. That’s before the St. Louis store off Forest Park Boulevard opens so there will be lots of changes to ask questions about and learn about products, warranties, tips and services. RSVP by emailing

Ready for laundry day

Get your act together when it comes to sorting laundry with Lowe’s rolling rack that holds a trio of lift-off polyester bags with metal handles. The rack is on casters and the bags have big mouths so it’s easy to shove in and take out the dirty stuff. You can roll the rack into a closet or right up to the washer. Find it on clearance for $35.98 and in stock at the Belleville and Fairview Heights stores.

At Menard’s in O’Fallon, I was still thinking about how to shape up my laundry area. I have an old, freestanding wooden drying rack that sways and squats under the weight of a semi-wet bathroom rug or heavy sweater. I’m surprised it hasn’t collapsed since it’s gotten such abuse! Menard’s has what looks like a much sturdier version that not only is made of aluminum tubing, but is accordion-shaped and expands to hold more stuff. Everything snaps together, say the instructions, and the cost is $21.78.