I'm not always good at doing things on time...like posting Easter things before Easter. But it's never too late for a tour, right? :)
I think the kitchen fireplace is my favorite of the three in the house. It's made of slate (abundant in this area), painted to look like marble. The faux of 100 years ago. I decorated it with some antique frames and jars and cloches displaying a couple of antique beekeeping artifacts that my dad gave me for Christmas.
To "spring" it up a bit I added all of my cotton chicks and bunny and a few chenille chicks and ducklings. My mom left a broken painted egg here for me to try and glue back together (in the first photo). Next year I'll have to show you her collection of eggs that she made in the 80's and early 90's...they're unbelievable!
On Saturday I went down the street to get some things at the little grocery store in town and stopped at a single table yard sale. I picked up this string of bunny lights for 50 cents...love it!
I love displaying things in the dining room and it's the space I reserved to show off my more pastel and light colored things, since the room is light and airy and Ben already thinks of it as a bit too girly.
The top of my china cabinet is an ever changing platform for goodies that need to be kept at a safe distance from the kitties. My collection of old and new pieces co-habitat lovely together.
A single little egg holder in the center of the table displays part of my meager egg collection.
My mom gave these old marbled eggs to me on Saturday when she came over to decorate eggs (we weren't very productive, lol). I think my brother and I may have made these when we were kids. I love the uniqueness of them.
I filled a little basket with the rest of my chenille chick collection. The two pom pom bunnies were made by my mom a few years ago (made from Jennifer Murphy's directions), and given to me in my Easter basket. She made the little chick and bunny they are holding out of wool.
This fireplace, like the one in the kitchen, is also slate, but this time painted to look like wood. It seems that it would be easier to make a mantle from real wood than from stone...but I won't complain! I love the unique effect.
Since our front hall is dark with very dark paneling and woodwork, I chose decorations for this mantel that were dark and old or old looking. The large chocolate plaster bunny was another "Mom" creation that I gleefully discovered in my Easter basket quite a few Easters ago (we don't do Easter baskets anymore...sniff, sniff). The smaller one was store bought. I love the vintage pom pom bunnies...Mamma and baby.
My sister found that nest on my driveway and I put some blown out quail eggs inside. The egg on the left is a wax candle and looks very very old. The tiny white blob next to it is the better half of an empty bird egg that my mom spotted on our Saturday walk across the street.
I love that cast iron Easter basket with glass egg inside. It's so small but is really heavy. I bit of an oxymoron. It's not old, but it is fantastic! That black vase (which is very old), a year-round staple for this mantel, is even more heavy. Heavy enough that you might grunt when you pick it up. It has a cork wedged tight into the top. I wonder what's inside? I've never dared to try and uncork it...
The living room got some Easter touches too. I've got a bit of a natural history thing going on right now on the side table...but the giant Easter egg lightens the mood of it.