I love Easter! I mean, I REALLY love Easter! I love sunrise services, Easter dresses, Easter baskets, the Easter ham, our annual (though slightly unorthodox) Easter egg hunt, and given my well documented affinity for bunnies, you know I love Easter decor!
With so many transitions underway here at our cottage by the creek (read about it here), the picture below says it all. This is where I found myself at the beginning of last week! Yep! With Easter just around the corner, there I was with my house halfway put together and a table full of rabbits in every shape and size along with a couple of lambs and some sweet little chicks all waiting to find a home. My dining room table looked like the staging area for “Easter Bunnies on Parade”.
While my plan had been to put together the basic displays that would be the bones of my spring and summer decor, right after I cleared off the tabletops and mantle in the living room and unpacked my spring tubs, other obligations demanded my attention. So there they all sat. I’m sure there was murmuring among themselves about their dissatisfaction with having been forgotten. Whenever I passed by them on the way to the kitchen, all those little sets of eyes seemed to follow me until I just couldn’t take it anymore! I had to find them all a home, and fast, before there was a bunny mutiny!
The cast iron rabbit family found its way into the farmhouse cabinet in the kitchen where they can live all summer if need be.
Though the orchid is the star of this show on this narrow end table, the milk glass bunny with his basket filled with flowers adds just the right whimsical flair.
The accent table in the living room got an entirely new vignette that included some of may favorite flea market pieces. The chocolate mold bunnies hold a place of prominence displayed along side elegant vintage salt shakers under the glass cloche.
If you have followed DW for very long you will know that I put myself on a bunny buying moratorium a couple of years ago for fear that the sheer numbers of them would overtake our household. I lifted said moratorium this year and purchased two new additions to my
addiction, I mean collection. I met this distinguished fellow in the spring decor aisle at Target and we immediately hit it off! I just knew that he would be a perfect fit with the rest of my gang, so he hopped in my cart and came home with me!
The little guy up front in his jaunty blue jacket reminds me of Peter Rabbit. He wrapped me around his little finger at a vintage sale that I went to recently and I just couldn’t leave him behind. His style is very reminiscent of Fitz & Floyd pieces, but I got him at a fraction of the cost! He seems very happy to share the spotlight with my garden veggie bunny as the dining table centerpiece.
The rest of the crew are all cherished old friends. This small rabbit family always makes me smile. I love the tiny baby bunny in the buggy!
At the other end of the buffet a bouncy little lamb adds an Easter flavor to the spring display.
While I added Easter themed pieces throughout the rest of the vignettes, the mantle is the one area that I put together an all out Easter decor display. Other than my favorite book page wreath that will likely stay in place after the holiday, the limited number of items used in this vignette makes it easy to dismantle to switch out the mantle easily. These are some of my favorite artisan Easter bunnies so I am happy to have them highlighted all together.
To make the house look cohesive, I have collected Easter decor that all share a muted color palate. The fresh celery colored satin ribbon got repeated on the mantle, the front door and on the top hat planter on the buffet in the entry (from this earlier post) to tie everything together and keep the holiday items from looking disjointed among the more staple pieces in the displays.
In reality, other than the mantle, there are only one or two items in each area that will be removed after Easter and be replaced with another type of seasonal piece to keep the displays in balance. Practicing decor layering in this fashion keeps your home decor evolving while holding the time committment to a minimum when you are ready for a change! Literally, each of these displays could stay in place all the way through the summer. I would change out the floral accents from spring flowers to summer flowers, but other than that these are solid displays without changing anything else. But, y’all know that I will probably start craving a change and redesign one or two of them around mid summer!
One Final Easter Decor DIY
Once I got all of the bunnies, lambs and chicks off of the dining room table, it was time to tackle one final DIY project that I had designed and was determined to finish! To understand why I felt such drive, you need to understand why Easter is my favorite holiday.
You see, while Christmas draws me to a stable to behold a babe in the manger with a sense of wonder and awe, it is Easter that completes the story.
Easter is not gentle in the way that it bids to me. It drives me to my knees in anguish and disbelief at the cruelty of this world. It causes me to cling with every fiber of my being to one last hope. The hope that everything will somehow be okay in the end, just as He said it would be.
My hope is then rewarded as I get to witness the triumph and share in the glory His resurrection. But Easter drives me to my knees yet again. As I approach the foot of the cross I find that I am still unable to stand. This time because of the shear magnitude of love that flows from its rugged timbers. My heart is utterly overwhelmed in a way that is beyond the ability of mere words to express, so I fall to my knees, and it is there that I find healing.
Just as my Christmas decor is made complete by the manger, my Easter decor is made complete by the cross. This Easter as we celebrate with Sunday services, egg hunts and our favorite Easter meals shared with friends and family, may we all take time to approach the cross. Come with me, my friends. Come and see what love has done!
P.S.–The chalkboard instructions can be found here!