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Spring Has Sprung

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Well, it's about that time again.  Another season, another big box of seasonal decor to unwrap and display (and to share with you all too, of course).

I love this time of year.  The weather starts to warm, the flowers start to bloom, we start spending more time outside.  The clocks move ahead and days get longer.
And on top of that, it's Easter time again!

Here's a look at how our house is shaping up for the season.

We'll start first in the dining room.  It's a pretty smooth transition from Valentine's decor to Spring decor for me.  I use the same tablecloth and place settings for both holidays, and just switch out a few decorative pieces.  Here's the link to my Valentine decor if you want to compare.

You might notice that I switch out my candles, and change up the flowers.  I use red candles and roses for Valentine' Day, but switch to creamy colored candles and peonies for Easter time. You will also see a large chalk rabbit nestled into the center piece.  My father-in-law found that at a yard sale for me years ago, and I still use it every year.  The mossy bunnies in the foreground of this photo were a flea market find.  None of these items cost more than a dollar!

Here's the close up of the centerpiece.

Also scattered on this Spring time table are my stack of radish plates that I bought at the Nashville flea market a couple of years ago.  

And my asparagus dish that I think I actually paid full retail price for.  :)  I just loved that little dish.  It just matches my Spring decor so well.  And I love the idea of veggies scattered around the table for Spring.  

Moving along to our sideboard, you will see another pretty bunny and more big fat peonies sprinkled around, and if you look close you will also see an Easter basket nestled off to the side. 

That Easter basket and eggs were one of my Nashville flea market finds last month.  
Two dollars brought the whole lot home.  

Off to the hutch we go next.  Again, I didn't change out much here for this decor.  I added peonies here too, and my blue and white bunnies to the mix.  Otherwise, this is pretty much the same setting that I like to keep out.  You will see my prized jadeite cake stand there, along with my turkey that John bought me.  He stays out year round.  My gravy boat also stays around all year.  We found that in an antique shop in England last year. 

I don't have a full setting of jadeite, or it would be on the table now for Easter.  But what I do have is stacked on one of my hutch shelves.  I love that hen on the nest.  

And here's a closeup of the little embroidered tablecloth they are sitting on. We found this vintage linen in a little shop in Charleston, SC last year.  I thought it looked so much like Nashville, we snatched it up instantly, and it makes a wonderful addition to our home. 

Moving on to the kitchen, you will see that I followed pretty much the same notion of swapping out key pieces to change my existing decor to match the season.  I used the same placemats and dishes as what I previously had out for Valentines.  And you might also see that my Humpty Dumpty cookie jar is still front and center.  But I ask you, what better time for a large smiling egg than at Easter? 

Here's the close up.  He was a find in our favorite little thrift shop in 
Downtown Roxboro a few years ago. 

And here are a few other vintage pieces tucked into my display.  This little planter is a vintage find from Etsy last year.  

As were these little mugs.  I like them hoisted up on my pink jadeite cake stand where they are extra showy. 

These little egg cups are a new addition to the fold for this year.  They are vintage and also came from Etsy.  Fortunately, they came in a set of four, so I now have one for each place setting. 

At Valentine's, I displayed vintage Valentine cards, and I liked the idea of it so much, I thought I could do the same for Easter.  So there you have it.  I really like the way these turned out. 

And back to my fascination with veggies in the Springtime, I give you this vintage cabbage bowl.  It is actually made for serving cole slaw.  Turns out these are pretty popular in the south.  This was another yard sale find, discovered by my father-in-law.  

And one of my favorite items on this table is this giant rabbit.  As you can see, he is also carrying a bunch of fresh veggies, just in time for Spring.  My mother-in-law found this wonderful bunny for me, and I just love, love, love him!

And to round out the tour of the kitchen, both of these items were added last year.  The lamb was purchased in Downtown Franklin right before Easter, at a very nice discount.  :)  The large paper mache egg was a score from a vintage shop in Nashville.  

Here's the close-up.  They are actually nesting eggs.  There are at least eight eggs of various sizes all nested inside, and all with different adorable vintage Easter drawings on them. 

And finally, check out these chicks!  The ones with party hats make me laugh every time I see them.  I have them perched right over our sink, so they are hard to miss.  

So that's the grand tour.  Thankfully, I have no issues with leaving my bunnies, chicks, and lambs out through the Spring (which will mean they are out much later than Easter itself.)  Next stop will be cherry decor for the Summer months.  Not to worry, I see another blog post in my future to feature that for you.  Until then, I hope you are enjoying the start to Spring as much as I am!
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Anonymous said...

So cute! I love this time of year, too. I think my chicks multiplied over the long year in storage, because when I unpacked them I had lots more than I remembered! You have a beautiful home! Just beautiful!

Missy Bowen said...

I just love your vintage Easter decorations. I am a big fan of decorating the holidays with vintage decor. I wish I had a father-in-law like yours, he has a great eye. I have enjoyed reading your blog.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love all your vintage goodies and how you displayed them! How nice to have your in-laws on the watch for you, finding great things! Visiting from The Scoop's Mega Spring party

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