I grew up in a home where every single holiday was marked with boxes upon boxes of decor (and themed jewelry and socks – such is a key requirement for an elementary school principal)! Christmas is definitely the biggest holiday in my mom’s books (where even the curtains are switched out and she features not one, but two different sets of holiday dishes), but Easter also involves a house-wide decor overhaul with bunnies peaking out of every corner!
While I didn’t quite inherit my mom’s penchant for rabbits in crinolines or spectacles, I do love any opportunity to change up my decor and the idea of bringing the pinks, yellows, blues and purples of Easter into my home after the last of the lingering, dreary winter months definitely gets me excited! That said, I have traditionally found it very difficult to justify spending scads of money on time-limited decor when we have always had major renovations underway (having completely overhauled our condo, then moving into our new home, which has a long list of rather expensive projects to work through, including the new roof currently being installed).
With this in mind, I brought out the small amount of decor I had from our condo, and decided to add a few new pieces, with the intent to stick to a budget of $50.
To get started, I dug into my holiday decor bin downstairs and took stock of what I had on hand to work with. A wreath, some eggs, a few Easter baskets, and a bunny with his head haphazardly glued on after an unfortunate run-in with my mother. Perhaps she thought it was real and acted in self defense…I can see how it could be confusing for her, what with the rabbit not being fully dressed for a tea party (just kidding mom). As much as I loved this rabbit, I decided it was time for him to go, and said goodbye.
Later that day, my son and I took a trip to Home Sense and picked up two new bunnies. I paired these with the eggs that I had found in my box by placing some in a glass dish and then stringing the others on some branches from our backyard (after gluing on some loops of thread).
We also found this cute sign that I added to the shelf with the Spring flowers I had recently purchased from Urban Barn (replacing some wintry, gray flowers that had been on display the previous months).
Guys, this store is a game changer when it comes to faux florals! Personally, I have never been a fan but they have a huge selection that looks insanely realistic, and you can mix and match to make a gorgeous display that fits in with the color palette in your room. Clearly, having now purchased flowers to suit both my winter and spring decor, I’ve been converted.
Speaking of flowers, during one of my weekly trips to the florist to restock the vases in our home (yes, I have live flowers as well, but am pretty picky so while I stop by every week to see what they have in stock, I only bring home flowers that I love and that will match my decor), I purchased two Easter-themed picks to place in the fern we have on a shelf in our living room. This is a great, low cost way to add a bit of the holiday flair to your home – $2 later and voila!
My big splurge in the room was a gorgeous bunny pillow from Urban Barn. I swear, I keep that store in business with my pillow purchases (yes, I know I said I have a hard time justifying spending money on decor, but pillows are my weakness)! I dare you to tell me that you could walk by this guy without scooping him up and heading straight to the cash register!
But wait, stop the presses! It’s reversible!
I mean if that doesn’t justify the cost (which, full disclosure, put me over my intended $50), I don’t know what does. Plus, it perfectly matches the lighter spring blanket I had just added to the chair to take the place of the darker, moose blanket that had served me well on many cold winter nights spent by the fire!
Another trait I inherited from my mother is a deeply ingrained love of reading and this comes through in my decor. Between myself and my mother, our little man is well stocked in books for every holiday (for real, we have bins downstairs that I rotate through depending on the season) and I like to display the books around the house so that wherever he is, he might be inclined to pick one up and read it, or better yet, grab one of us to snuggle up with him and read it together!
And yes, that’s my shamrock plant (leftover from St. Patrick’s Day) tucked into one of the Easter baskets I had found downstairs. Why not?
Last but not least, I put the wreath on our front door, ready to welcome family on Easter morning for brunch! I love how the yellow pops against the dark door!
So let’s recap. I started with a budget of $50, a nearly headless bunny, and a desire to decorate the one finished room in our home. I spent a little bit more than I had planned (appx. $75 total) but I’m really happy with how everything looks and stand by my decision to splurge on the pillow – totally worth it! While I’m not quite ready for one of those whole-home Spring tours, I have created a pretty adorable base to start building on! Oh yeah, and I have some great Easter socks to wear this weekend!