With March coming in like a lion, we opt to likewise take charge of our surroundings with authority. The assertive attitude starts with looking fierce - i.e., exceptional - fashionwise, as in this head-turning number from Jason Wu. It moves on to the home front, where anything that echoes the ensemble's peach and green hues makes us want to roar with delight.
It's a spring awakening with this colorful wall art by Kristina Bass-Bailey. The 24-square-inch gicle┬┤e print is reproduced on stretched canvas by Oopsy Daisy, costs $160 and is available at www.mainecottage.com.
Chrysanthemums are in bloom again, at least on this rug that's suitable for high-traffic areas indoors or out. It's hand-hooked and hand-tufted in five sizes, starting at 2 by 3 feet and $50. Available online only from Gump's, www.gumps.com.
This block print on linen pillow from Dermond Peterson Design looks so refreshing and modern, we just had to include it.


(The words are green-related.) Measuring 20 by 20 inches, it has a feather insert and everything is washable. $195 at www.shopcielo.com.
Don't play it safe with lighting that recedes into the background. The shade on this Vanderbilt hi-light pendant lamp is a photographic print on transparency. It's 11 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter; the porcelain socket uses a standard light bulb. $135 at www.weegohome.com.
Can an accent piece be happy? We think this solid maple fiddlehead end table by Maine Cottage is downright delightful. It's 25 inches round and 32 inches high and comes in 40 vibrant colors. $590 at www.mainecottage.com.