Cabbages ‘n Carrots for SPRING and EASTER!
Written by Eileen on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Here’s a simple idea that’s perfect for both Spring and Easter because
the (decorative) elements I used are bunny favorites…. Cabbages ‘n Carrots!
A few design techniques used to create this look:
Tell a story with your design! I had a small collection of both cabbages and carrots, which reminded me of how much bunnies love both of these. That led me to create a scene using faux grass – to create an outdoor look. Outdoors, I could picture bunny rabbits munching their way through their favorite produce, gathered in outdoor containers like this basket, mossy cage and clay pots.
Utilize inexpensive design elements, like clay pots, but add a 2nd layer of design by hot gluing 1 or 2 coordinated ribbons around the rim – to create more interest.
Repeat design elements. And it’s even more interesting if they have different textures. I not only placed the clay pots “ON” faux grass pieces, but I also added a different textured faux grass “IN” the clay pots among the carrots and small flowers. I used the grasses as a background (or backdrop) to spotlight my decorative food & container elements: the clay pots, carrot & flower combos. Adding quiet background items like grass is similar to adding matting or framing to art… it makes your main decorative element POP! And if they have different textures, it just creates another interesting design layer.
Add-in everyday objects like glass candle holders, in a complimentary color, to add some sparkle among all the texture. I always try to incorporate candles because they are the perfect (lighted) accent in the evening.
Hang a color-coordinated, mood-setting sign over a display because this is where the story begins… kind of like a Title! And if you have a mirror hanging above your table, create the unexpected by attaching the sign to the nail (behind the mirror) or use a removable Command™ hanger to hang the sign over the mirror… why not?!! Finish with a bow to hide any visible hanging mechanics and tuck in a few flowers to repeat the floral design element, from the shelf below. This sign would also look great hanging in the center of a wreath.
Keep “everyday living” in mind when decorating… especially your family’s day-to-day activities. It’s fun to be festive, but if you’re decorating a space that is used daily, always provide open spaces. This table is by the front door, where family members drop incoming mail or keys, so leaving an open space allows those everyday uses to continue.