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Homes Extra: An Easter Home

Be inspired this Easter and fill your home with bright and beautiful decorations, says Sara Whatley

Easter decorating is all about capturing the essence of spring. It is such a beautiful time of year with new life and possibility budding up everywhere, which is reflected in the delicate blooms, pastel hues and bright spring bulbs we can fill our homes with at this time of year. Not to mention the oh-so-sweet emblems of Easter – lambs, eggs, chicks and bunnies!

Like Christmas, Easter provides us with the possibility of celebrations and feasting with family and friends, but unlike Christmas there is less stress and pressure. The weather is (hopefully) more forgiving and the days are bright – perhaps an Easter egg hunt will be part of your day, or a brisk walk in the countryside.

One can have endless fun with Easter decorating. The sweet flowers and animals, the eggs and pretty colours. It can be a little bit silly and twee and be all the better for it. So pop your decorating hat on and get creative!     

 

FLOWERS

The flowers that are in bloom at this time of year all look so delicious, fresh and vibrant. One of the simplest yet most effective Easter displays are pots of spring bulbs. Scatter Easter eggs and yellow chicks in the pots too, and perhaps finish with a bright ribbon. Play with combinations of flowers; tall daffodils surrounded by striking purple and blue grape hyacinths look fabulous. Large clusters of tulips are always a winner. Try sweet white narcissus and vibrant hyacinths for a striking combination. The possibilities are endless, so chose your favourites and get them planted up in the autumn ready for a beautiful spring display. Garden centres are teeming with spring bulb displays too.

Cut flowers also have a central place on an Easter table. Keep it simple with a huge vase of pink cherry blossom, or how about clouds of frothy gypsophila? Golden daffodils bring a bouncy note to the table and their delicate sweet scent is divine.

 

THE TABLE

Treat your Easter table like the centrepiece of the room. Be it a delicious Easter breakfast you lay out, complete with eggs, hot cross buns a huge fruit salad and vats of steaming coffee, or perhaps a traditional Sunday lunch is more your style. Whatever fare you serve, make your table special: a table runner down the centre of the table provides colour and interest and the perfect ground to set out some Easter ornaments. A family of chickens might be pecking along your runner, or a fluffle of rabbits hopping among the place settings.  

Set down baskets of brightly coloured chocolate eggs or how about a collection of vintage-looking candle holders with painted eggs balanced on top? Very fun and decorative.

You can have lots of fun playing with napkins on the Easter table too. Have a look on our website to see some bunny ear napkin folding how-to videos.

 

WREATHS

Welcome people into your home this Easter with a beautiful door wreath. This is a perfect opportunity to try something new and a bit different; cover a mossy base with vintage metal jelly moulds and speckled blue and cream eggs. Or light up your door with a gorgeous wreath made of flowering forsythia, as yellow as a buttercup. Again, the world is your oyster when it comes to the design of your wreath, just choose what makes you happy and feels like spring to you.

 

EASTER TREE

As long as I can remember an Easter tree has been the central decoration of the season. Each year we blew and decorated eggs to hang on braches of delicate blossoms, and I still do the same with my children. This year I am going to try button eggs – cover a blown egg with a single shade of coloured buttons, or stick in a band around the middle of the egg.

Have fun filling your home with the joy and abundance of Easter and share your Easter photos with us on social media @sussexliving. We love seeing what our readers are up to.

 

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