Why not get all dressed up for Easter? And when we say get all dressed up, we don’t mean slipping on a fluffy pink bunny suit, oh no. We’re talking homes and gardens. Whether you’ve got excited little ones heading out on an egg hunt, or a thoroughly grown-up get-together planned, Easter is a great opportunity to dress up your home. Here are some ideas to get you started...
We can't promise that you’ll be dining outside, but creating a seasonal table setting works just as well indoors as it does in the garden (even if the sun doesn't put in an appearance). Villeroy & Boch’s stylist Sylvia Oakley suggests creating a centrepiece with fresh blossom branches in a glass vase. If you want to add a little more detail, some Easter-themed hanging decorations will look pretty on the branches. The Farmers Spring collection tableware (above) is from Villeroy & Boch.
Wreaths really aren’t just for Christmas. If your front door’s been missing that decorative touch since Twelfth Night, you’ll be glad to fill the gap again. Obviously holly and tinsel are no-nos, but a blossom design, such as this pink wreath from The Contemporary Home (below) is perfect. A wreath works beautifully on interior doors as well as on walls.
To make a display on a console or side table, group eggs in a clear bowl or basket. These glass eggs are from Nordic House and come in a collection of eye-catching frosted and silvered colours but you could go for painted decorative eggs in a more typical Easter palette of green, yellow and pink. Small chocolate eggs are of course tempting, but your display won’t look so good if you or your guests keep dipping into it.
While we’re on Easter staples, the yellow fluffy chick is as ubiquitous as the chocolate egg, but you may want to indulge in something a little more sophisticated. The trick is to use a more classic version of the motif so you can mark the season with elegance. For a breakfast table setting, chickens will do the job nicely, thank you. This fine bone china and textile range is from Sophie Allport.
Are you welcoming guests to your home? Then welcome them right from the front garden to help create a celebratory mood. Hanging lanterns look great – just use pretty pastels to suit the season. Tie them with co-ordinating ribbon and you’re ready to go. The metal cage lanterns below are from The Contemporary Home, and would of course look just as good on a windowsill or on a shelf inside.
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