When the biophilic qualities of bringing nature into our homes are proven to have a positive effect on our well being, what better time than now to plan a spot of Easter styling. From hanging a spring wreath to new upholstery, tablescaping and baking, there is plenty of inspiration on hand from nature’s Spring palette. Even if you just fill a jam jar with some hyacinths, small details can often make the biggest difference to your environment.
Every year, the trend for Easter decorating has been increasing in popularity. I particularly love the idea of an uplifting Spring floral wreath for front doors. This one is from Lights 4 Fun with pretty artificial daisies. I added fresh crocus, daffodils, pussy willow and leaves from the garden along with some trailing ribbons.
Supermarkets such as Waitrose, Tescos and Lidl make particularly budget-friendly hunting grounds for favourites such as hyacinths, narcissi and tulips. I also try to plant as many bulbs as I can in the Autumn because I know that by the time Spring arrives, I will want to fill every surface with vases of spring flowers.
If you aren’t able to get to a supermarket or want to send a gift of flowers, a recent discovery is a family online business in Lincolnshire called Love Delivered who sell some really pretty and reasonably priced bouquets and bunches. Babylon Flowers in Oxfordshire is another independent family business who not only sell beautiful arrangements but are also conscious of keeping their carbon footprint low.
Take a seat
Have I ever mentioned how much I love chairs?! I am particuarly partial to the endless design possibilities that antique and vintage chairs offer and love nothing better than the thrill of breathing life into old furniture with new upholstery.
If I am honest though, taking a seat at The White House in Reading is a bit of an eclectic situation. Mis-matched chairs range from 19th Century bobbin corner seats, to 1960s office chairs, Boer War campaign to Gustavian Swedish … and the list goes on. One of my favourites (20th Century French) is feeling a bit Spring perky as it has just had a rather lovely revamp.
These beautifully handmade decorations are made to hang from an Easter tree or twigs. They are available from Bucklebury Trading’s The Corner Shop in Woolhampton, Berkshire who always have a great selection of Easter decorations (until the reopening of non-essential shops on 12 April, you can either ring or email the shop for orders). Other suppliers include Petra Palumbo, Lights 4 Fun, John Lewis, The White Company and Gisela Graham.
Here are some easy styling ideas to make sure you have a top table this Easter.
Top table decorations
It is relatively easy to make a table look nice but to create something really special, it is often the handmade and bespoke which makes all the difference.
Bethan Reen has recently set up Papierllon selling her beautiful handmade and handpainted butterflies via Etsy. Mostly they are sold mounted in frames, £120 (of course eco friendly and cruelty free) but they are also sometimes sold singly as here for tablescapes or for other forms of decoration. The butterflies are quite exquisite, you really have to look several times to realise that they aren’t real.
Bethan says “Each butterfly is completely one of a kind, just like the real thing! There are many stages to creating the the final product. These include stencilling out the shape of the wings, cutting pieces of wire to create the veins and to give the butterfly shape. The bodies are formed out of epoxy putty and finally hand painted, my favourite part!”
Digital Craft Festival
To find more beautiful bespoke handmade pieces, you might like to take a look at this year’s online Digital Craft Festival from 26th to 28th March 2021.
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Antique English Leaf Majolica plate by Davenport, perfect for an Easter table and available in the shop.
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I hope you have a lovely Easter spring break.
With many thanks, Charis x