It think it goes without saying that Easter will be more different this year than ever before. We won’t be rushing from our at-home egg hunt to Easter Mass, followed by multiple family gatherings. I’m sure it will be the quietest, calmest Easter our family of four will ever experience. The Easter bunny will still visit (although this year’s Easter baskets will be a budget-friendly hodgepodge), we will celebrate Easter Mass as a family while we watch a live stream on TV, and Rob is going to attempt making a turkey for the first time ever. Our Easter decor this year will be a lot like our celebration: understated and special.
I finished styling our mantle for Easter a few days before social distancing became the norm and I am so in love with how it all turned out. The finished result brings a rustic farmhouse Easter vibe that feels light, fresh and airy. Best of all, most of the items can remain on the mantle all spring long.
I often decorate on a budget and our Easter decor is no exception. You will probably recognize several items that have been styled on the mantle ever since we moved in. Our budget was stretched very thin from the move and I basically had to go “shopping” in our basement for decor that would fill the space and soften the all the dark fireplace brick. The chippy vintage windows and glass bottles have become permanent fixtures on the mantle since the beginning, and I added the wooden flower box from our vintage-theme wedding decor with faux stems over a year ago.
The bunny figurines, garland and lavender sign are all new additions that I added in recent weeks and I love how well they compliment the permanent decor.
I picked up the bunny garland and figurines at Baycreek & Co. during their March market. If you’re not familiar with Baycreek & Co, it’s this wonderful little shop between Detroit and Toledo that’s only open 4 days out of the month. Each monthly market is completely unique and you never know what kind of gorgeous handcrafted chippy, vintage, rustic decor you will find. It is ALWAYS a treat to visit and shop. One day, when COVID-19 is under control and it is safe to venture out into the world again, you seriously need to check out Baycreek & Co. if you live near Toledo or Detroit.
The rustic bunnies are my very favorite Easter decor. I actually have five bunnies scattered throughout the living room – three on the mantle and another two on a chest of drawers that we use for extra storage. They fit the personality of our 1925 craftsman home perfectly and I love how the dark chips in the paint tie in to the rich tones of the woodwork throughout the room.
The bunny garland is Dessa’s favorite Easter decor, mostly because she loves the eggs. I like how the burlap trim on the bunnies has a hint of a rustic vibe without looking too rustic. Once Easter is behind us, I can simply remove the overtly Easter theme garland (sorry Dessa) and leave the rustic bunny figurines and other decor up all spring long.
I actually made the lavender sign myself at a local AR Workshop. In early March, my friend and I met up on a Sunday afternoon for some hands-on DIY fun. I selected the design online when I signed up for the workshop. Once I arrived, I prepped, primed and painted the design using a pre-cut stencil and even sanded and stained all the wood for the frame. I love how the colors of the sign tie so well into our other decor.
If you follow along with our daily adventures on Instagram Stories, you probably know that we recently purchased a new slip-covered couch and armchair from IKEA for our living room and that I was torn about which color was the best fit for our decor and lifestyle. I am so incredibly glad that I trusted my gut and went with the light beige. It softens and brightens the room so much. We’ve slowly been refreshing several aspects of our living room and I hope to show an updated tour in the next month or so. We have upgraded and changed many elements of the room since our first-ever before and after post of our living room. It now feels like a completely different space. Here’s a quick peek for now.
Wishing all of you a healthy and blessed Easter with your family! Our Easter plans certainly look different than we originally anticipated, but the quarantine is giving us a rare opportunity to slow down and celebrate a quiet Easter and focus on what really matters most. We hope you are able to do the same.