Written by Interiors Blogger Amy Davies Pereira of @littlehouseinlondon
I don’t know about you, but I love Easter! Spring is my favourite season, I just adore all the blossom on the trees, the pretty bulbs popping their heads up and all the pastels colours in the shops. I like a good old spring-clean before I decorate the home up for Easter, to get everything ship-shape and guest ready. I’ve compiled an easy list below to help you with some of these tasks.
Let’s start with the more fun job in hand, preparing the Easter table. I style up my dining area for every holiday/season, it’s a great way to bring the family together for mealtimes. You don’t need to spend a fortune to create a fun look. I’ve decided to theme mine around this spring inspired flower display, I’ve added in some twigs from the garden that I’ve hung some cute Easter decorations on.
Try using vintage glasses that can be picked up from the charity shop to display extra flowers. I managed to find some gorgeous rabbit napkins, I love the way they sit with my pretty crockery. Daffodils are a such a lovely symbol of Spring and I’ve hung a faux daffodil wreath over the picture to add a splash of colour. You can mix and match crockery by stacking it up, utilise what you have to create an eclectic feel.
My daughter and I both love baking, it’s a great activity to get stuck into in the school holidays and we always make some little Easter nests, they’re so easy: Melt some chocolate in the microwave (or on the hob over a pan of boiling water.) Then add in some rice puffs or cornflakes, mix until all coated. Spoon into cake cases, pop some little chocolate eggs in the middle and chill in the fridge for around 15 minutes or until set. These are a firm favourite at Little House and won’t be around for long!
Now, let’s not overlook the spring cleaning I spoke about earlier. I’m a real fan of Addis products and I’ve linked some here to show you how I use them in my spring cleaning and day to day regime. With the warmer weather upon us I like to wash and air all the soft furnishings and get them out on the line. I use this retractable washing line and large pegs, both products are really sturdy. I’m favouring this large laundry basket and I’ll let you into a little secret, it folds flat! Yes, you heard that right, it’s a great space-saver.
Sort out and clean kitchen cupboards, drawers and any other storage that gets dusty. I’ve started with my ‘Tupperware’ basket, it was looking pretty awful. I’ve swapped mismatching pots for this amazing Pop & Store collapsible food storage range, it saves up to 60% space when stored. I’ve also added a few of these plastic storage trays to the cupboards and fridge and given everything a good tidy and sort.
Give windows and blinds a clean, I’ve been using this Addis Bamboo range, the wool duster makes light work of cleaning my plantation shutters. The squeegee is great for window cleaning and getting the shower screen sparkling. Who knew there was such a thing as a radiator brush!? This little gem is great for getting into all those awkward little grooves.
Dust on top of pictures, picture rails and door frames, I’m in love with my new ostrich duster, it’s long handle is useful for all these high up spots. Vacuum behind sofas, and under the sofa cushions, it’s amazing what lost treasures I find everytime I do this job. You don’t have to tackle all these jobs in one day, I find making a list and working through a few items when I can is a great way to tackle any cleaning mission.
With the house all set for Spring, I can sit back and relax in my sparkling home and with a nice cuppa and cake and plan my Easter menu. I hope I’ve inspired a little seasonal fun and a spring cleaning session in your home.
Until next time, Amy x
Written, styled and photographed by Amy Davies Pereira of @littlehouseinlondon