Sometimes it can be difficult to find the time or inspiration to redecorate our homes.
Generally, once a room has been decorated, furniture bought and wallpaper committed, it’s in place for quite some time, or at least long enough to get your money’s worth. And, as much as we would all like to run off and re-decorate the moment Pantone announces its hot colours of the year, we have to find other ways to bring the seasons and their colour palates into our homes.
This idea is at the forefront of my mind at the moment with Easter just around the corner. Short of strategically placing bowls of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs all over my house, I’ve been rooting around for ways to make my house seem a little more spring-like, with an undeniable nod in the direction of Easter, but with as little harm to my wallet as possible. So far, I’ve managed to achieve that and there’s yet to be a wallpaper scraper in sight.
The first step starts with flowers. I can’t mention the word ‘Easter’ without thinking of daffodils. They’re everywhere at the moment, and popping them in a pastel coloured vase helps to instantly bring a bit of spring to your home. I particularly love this yellow vase from Not on the High Street, which comes in at just £12.50, or if you can push your budget a little, there’s also this gem from Anthropologie.
In my world, B is for bunting. Some people are of the theory that you should only put bunting out on special occasions. Not in my house. Spring is there to be celebrated; with it brings the end of winter and the birth of sunny mornings and light-filled evenings. That’s something to celebrate. Depending on the space you have in your home, you can place bunting in a variety of places; a stairway banister, a windowsill, draped off a kitchen island, or on open doorways. There are lots of great places to pick up bunting, but I find it hard to look past Cath Kidston for her floral range.
Smells do a lot to evoke a particular season or time of year. For example, whenever I smell cinnamon and spice, I always think of Christmas. Smells of the seaside make me think of summer, regardless of the time of year, and freshly cut grass is unmistakeably the smell of spring. There are some great candles available at the moment, that I think help to capture the smell of spring, including the English Garden candle by True Grace and Lily Flame’s Secret Garden candle.
Plates and crockery are a great way to bring a season into your home without having to break the bank. I absolutely love this polka dot range from Emma Bridgewater. From egg cups to cake stands, you can take the Easter theme and run with it with this range of products. Now all you have to do is invite your friends and family round to show it off.
Finishing touches go a long way. I joked at the start of this post about having bowls filled with Easter-themed treats (or let’s face it, bowls of pretty chocolates), but they do add a nice touch, and you get to pinch a chocolate every time you walk by. I love these bowls from Oliver Bonas which, when filled, look really special. John Lewis also has some great little touches – think fluffy mini chicks and the like – which you can place on console tables, windowsills and just generally dot around the house.
All of the items I’ve talked about, except, of course the chocolates - we all know they won’t last past Easter Sunday - can be stored away and kept for next spring, so you can create the perfect seasonal backdrop again this time next year.
Chiara is an editor who likes the simple things in life; a cup of tea by the fire, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She also can’t resist the lure of Scandinavian decor and has a penchant for anything warm and cosy. You can find out more about Chiara and follow her adventures on her blog, Wine and Olives.