Easter decor that’s contemporary, not cute

  • By Kim Cook Associated Press
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:01pm
  • Life

Fuzzy chicks and cute bunnies are part of the pastel pantheon of Easter decor, and their charm helps define the look of the season.

But for those who prefer celebrating with a modern aesthetic, there are many attractive decor options that are a tad less cute and a tad more contemporary.

Some reference Easter’s traditional color palette in new ways, while others put a modern twist on the holiday’s iconic elements.

Pottery Barn has realistic speckled and robin’s eggs that would make pretty filler for tabletop bowls and vases. There are luster-finished glass eggs here, too, in soft yellow, pink and blue that would look smart on a gray or navy tablecloth or sleek lacquered console.

Mercury-glass pillar candle holders are rendered in an interesting new shimmery pale blue. And there’s an elegant silver-plated cake server embossed with a rabbit motif. (www.potterybarn.com).

Albany, Ore.-based designers Jason and Cara Hibbs hand-draw, then screen-print rabbit images on organic flour sack cotton tea towels. The charming result would make a great hostess gift. (www.etsy.com/shop/ohlittlerabbit).

Canadian textile artist Cristina Larsen crafts winsome stuffed felted bunnies and chicks in a rainbow of hues that have a terrific design-y vibe.

“I use merino wool to make all my felt. I dye the colors and stitch every toy by hand,” she said. While Larsen calls them “toys,” they’d be equally at home as artsy Easter decor. (www.etsy.com/shop/textileplatypus).

The key to a modern Easter look is simple, according to Kevin Sharkey, executive creative director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia: “It’s about a controlled color palette.”

Easter candies can be used to create a graphic tablescape. Fill plain glass cylinders or apothecary jars with single or multicolored jellybeans for a color-block effect. Consider adding a pillar candle, or place a smaller plant or vase inside a bigger container and fill the spaces in between with confections.

“Buy a bunch of the same style chocolate rabbit in different sizes and arrange them going down the center of the table like a runner,” Sharkey said.

Or fill a low tray with colorful Peeps, another classic Easter treat that happens to be one of Sharkey’s favorites.

There are some other clever decorating ideas on Stewart’s website for those with a slightly crafty hand, like studding wreaths and Styrofoam balls with dozens of pussy willow catkins.

Use eggs in interesting ways. You’ll find instructions at MarthaStewart.com on how to make decorative eggs and wreaths that have a tailored look, using muted paint and trims. Metallic paint and glitter-coated eggs amp up the wow factor.

There are tips too on using eggshells and egg cups as vases for diminutive bouquets of lily of the valley or pansies.

At Allyou.com, find instructions on turning eggshells into tiny votive holders, nestled in silver egg cups, an elegant Easter dinner idea.

A range of fresh spring hues and clean, simple style elements will take your Easter decor from sweet to sublime.

More in Life

Expo in Stanwood can help you get ready for the country

The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is set for Jan. 27 at the high school.

Curries continues home-cooked Indian cuisine at new location

The restaurant, now located on Evergreen Way, also puts an Indian spin on Northwest cooking.

Want to buy a house this year? Here’s how to start saving up

Here are five ways to help you put 10 percent of your income per year toward buying a house.

Beer of the Week: Scuttlebutt’s Night Circus

The Everett brewery’s head brewer had nightmares trying to dial in its new coffee and coconut ale.

A visit to the nursery helps put you in the mood to garden

Not ready to get back into gardening? January is still a fun time to poke around a garden center.

Plant of Merit: Hybrid oriental hellebores, Lenten rose

What: Oriental hybrid hellebores, with the common name Lenten rose, are a… Continue reading

Long rocking bench with strange fence is for protecting baby

The settee is a furniture form that dates to the 1810s. It’s a lengthened Windsor or Hitchcock chair.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

“The Promise of Spring”: Plant sale and workshops by Northwest Perennial Alliance,… Continue reading

‘Portlandia’ ending after eight seasons of lampooning hipsters

The sketch comedy series launched its final season this week.

Most Read