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Pastels may win points with traditionalists, but when it comes to Easter decor, we don't discriminate. “You don’t have to forgo a happy color palette to avoid looking juvenile,” says Kevin Sharkey, executive director of decorating. “It comes down to attitude. If you've created a thoughtful display, that intention will come through."
Here, sophistication takes the form of a streamlined cake stand, hand-shredded cellophane "grass," and a thoroughly grown-up sugar rush. "The basket and bunnies look like glass, but they're just sugar and water," Kevin says of the gorgeous candies from Shane's Confectionery. "Anything can become a design statement if you use it right."
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"This is host gift as centerpiece," Kevin explains. "Load it up with hand-decorated eggs for Easter dinner -- then let it live on as an egg tray for dinners yet to come."
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Controlled Chaos“This is the pinata of Easter baskets,” Kevin declares. “Let’s be honest -- it’s fun to see confetti around the holidays! Sometimes creating an atmosphere is worth making a mess -- a tasteful mess.”Photography: Mike Krautter
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For the Birds
Sacks of retro “Chick Feed” bubblegum inspired this cheerful tableau. “Note the basket’s nontraditional shape,” Kevin says. “The shallow bed and lack of handle are ideal for a scene like this. Sometimes form beats function." Look for similar chicks at your local craft or specialty store.
5 of 9“Everyone loves these bristle-brush animals. Personally, I can’t stand them,” Kevin admits. “But they’re more charming in clusters, and here, they serve a structural purpose -- their backs support the basket in the center. I filled in the gaps with silk flowers and feathered butterflies to complete the woodland vibe.”Photography: Mike Krautter
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Milk and Eggs
"Look, I made one with no candy!" Kevin says. "The hyacinths really pop against this vintage milk glass. Painted wooden eggs give it breadth and dimension, and the rabbit figurine adds a whimsical touch."
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Reflect and Refract
That’s no tray grounding this scene -- it’s a antique platform mirror that Kevin repurposed using a gilding kit. “I’ve always loved "The Velveteen Rabbit," which helped inspire this mix of real and fake elements,” Kevin explains. “If you look closely, you can see one of Martha's farm eggs amidst the foil.”
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The Golden Egg“Glitz hides a multitude of sins,” Kevin advises. “Other than the Faberge egg, which was my starting point, there’s nothing fancy here: shredded paper, wire ribbon, a spray-painted wicker basket. But when pulled together under a shiny veneer, the result makes a glamorous statement.”Photography: Mike Krautter
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