Celebrate Easter with a vibrant and colourful display of folk art pieces, vintage items with hand-detailed decoration, fresh spring flowers and a scattering of painted eggs
Wall painted in ‘Teresa’s Green’ Estate Emulsion, £45 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Folk art marriage chest from central Transylvania c1890–1920, £590, John Cornall Antiques. Small hand-painted green ceramic trinket pot with lid, £8, Packhouse. Hand-painted Eastern European doll’s cupboard, £30, BazaarCabotine at Etsy. Neon pink three-arm candle holder, £49.99, Rice. Small, green wooden dish with decorative edge, £4, Packhouse. Hand-painted black enamel jug, £29.95; painted eggs (in bowl), from £1.99 each, both Namaste. Handmade pottery bowl, £25, John Cornall Antiques. Floral glass painted plaque, from £145, Rah Rivers. Embossed blue stoneware stemmed bowl, £34.99, Rice. Ornamental blue ceramic egg, £14 for four, Traidcraft. Russian handmade wooden eggs, £29 for five, MadeinFlo at Etsy. Books, stylist’s own. Hand-painted metal bucket, £18, Packhouse. Vintage enamel coffee pot, £28, The Antiques Warehouse. Flowers, spring plants and bulbs, from a selection at Burford Garden Company.
This Transylvanian bench with a cheery floral design will bring a joyful mood to your hallway this spring. It doubles as a storage box so is ideal for stashing shoes and other clutter
Wall painted in ‘Kitchen Green’ Intelligent Eggshell, £59 for 2.5l; window frame painted in ‘Cupboard Green’ Intelligent Eggshell, £59 for 2.5l, both Little Greene. On wall: vintage embroidered blind, £35, Parna; metal hook mounted on wood, £12; floral scarf, £16, both Packhouse; porringers from Marosvásárhely c1900–1950s, £25 each, John Cornall Antiques; mosaic love letter bird, from £150, Rah Rivers; small painted green pine hanging box with decorative folk carved frame, £65, John Cornall Antiques; green plant pots, small £3.50, large £6, all Burford Garden Company; floral ceramic bowl; floral vase, £12 each, both Anthropologie. On window sill: small ‘Staffordshire Lovers’ oil painting, £125, Rah Rivers. Vintage painted side table, £25, Packhouse. On table: small white recycled tyre pot with floral design, £30 for three, Traidcraft; green enamel pot, £40, Packhouse. Transylvanian mid-century folk art painted box bench, £750, John Cornall Antiques. On bench: vintage embroidered cushion, Parna; vintage embroidered cushions x2, £30 each, The Old Haberdashery; blue and white textured cushion, £22; red and white diamond cushion (just seen), £18, both Packhouse. Vintage black rya rug with floral border, £395, SCP. Red rug, £45, The Old Haberdashery.
Give your dining room a pattern makeover with an array of different wallpaper designs, overlapping to create a patchwork. Pajaki chandeliers make eye-catching centrepieces
Patchwork wallpaper wall features Morris & Co ‘Meadow Sweet in Cornflower/Leaf’, £68 per roll; Sanderson ‘Candytuft in Marine/Indigo’, £42 per roll; Sanderson ‘Larksong in Lime/Cerise’, £36 per roll; Zoffany ‘Verdure in Tapestry Green’, £118 per linear m; Harlequin ‘Tulia in Sapphire Willow Pale Ochre and Neutral’, £56 per roll, all Style Library. Fox and tree print, £10, PrinterJohnson at Etsy. Vintage wallpapers, from a selection from £15 per roll, The Old Haberdashery. Embroidered panel curtain, £35; red flower embroidered tablecloth, £40, both Parna. Tablecloth with hand-embroidered flowers, £54.99; blue embossed plates, £12.50 each, both Rice. Vintage cutlery, from £1 per piece; folk floral tablecloth, £45; red painted chair, £18, all Packhouse. Antique folk plates, from a selection from £8 each, The Antiques Warehouse. Russian handmade wooden eggs, £29 for five, MadeinFlo at Etsy. Fresh spring flower centrepieces (in antique dishes), made to order from £45, Darling & Wild. Handmade pajaki decoration, £275, Raj Tent Club. Decoupage chair; pink hand-painted chair, £80 each, both Tinker & Toad. Folk art Eastern European oak chairs, £265 for a pair, John Cornall Antiques.
Make an Easter tree using twigs gathered together and arranged in a large earthenware pot. Hang handmade decorations from the budding twigs and display on a sideboard with chocolate treats
Mongolian carved and painted pine 19th-century sideboard, £690, John Cornall Antiques. Folk plates, from £10 each, FolkHomeBoutique at Etsy. Flower cake toppers, £11 for a set with Liberty print cupcake cases, Meri Meri. Vintage bunny chocolate moulds, large £48, small £35, The Antiques Warehouse. Antique two-handled green glazed pot, £120, John Cornall Antiques. Vintage papier mache bunny and butterfly decorations, £5 each, Packhouse. Hand-painted hanging crosses, £14 for four; papier mache hanging bird, £12 for two, both Traidcraft. Hanging hand-painted eggs, £26 for four, Vintageglasswareuk at Etsy. Porringer bowl from Marosvásárhely c1900–1950s, £25, John Cornall Antiques. Handmade wooden eggs, £29 for five, MadeinFlo at Etsy. Ribbons and tassels, from a selection, The Old Haberdashery.
A statement antique folk art piece like this handmade Russian cupboard is a decorative as well as practical addition to any living space. The top section opens to reveal a dresser-style display, where colourful dining and kitchenware accessories are gloriously on show
Wall papered as before. ‘Red Squirrel’ poster, £10, PrinterJohnson at Etsy. Russian antique pine folk art cupboard c1850, £1,150; folk art Eastern European oak chair, £265 for a pair, both John Cornall Antiques. On cupboard: ‘Flower Bouquet Garland’, £16.50, Meri Meri. In cupboard (from top shelf): black hand-painted enamel cup, £6.95, Namaste; yellow folk vase, £16; platter, £22, both The Antiques Warehouse; ‘Eres’ measuring cups, £28 for four, Anthropologie; blue enamel colander, £25, Berry Red; vintage red tablecloth, £18, Packhouse; painted bowl, stylist’s own, find similar at Namaste; vintage Hungarian blue folk vase, £7, TheHiddenGrove at Etsy; vintage floral tin, £12, Packhouse; Sisters Gulassa ‘Floral Pot’, £16; embroidered tea towel, £22; ‘Lapin’ wood and marble cheese board, £58; ‘Eres’ butter dish, £22, all Anthropologie. Galvanised bucket, £25, The Old Haberdashery. Flower bucket, £12, Garden Trading. Vintage Moldavian rug, £450, SCP.
Create a folk-style bedroom by layering the bed with antique and vintage embroidered quilts, throws and a heap of cushions. A rustic stool makes a sweet bedside table and the pom pom tassel garlands add a celebratory touch
Walls painted in ‘Sweet Pink’ Paint Mixing Flat Matt, £27.56 per 2.5l, Dulux. Vintage metal bed frame, £450, eBay. On bed: wool tassel garland, £18, Meri Meri; dark hand-sewn pillowcase, for similar try Etsy; pink, blue and multi-coloured embroidered cushions with pom poms, £24.95 each, Raj Tent Club; vintage embroidered cushions, £30 each; embroidered lace sheet, £35, both Parna; naïve West Indian folk art canopy (used as throw), £125; kantha stitch bedspread with green flower motif, £450; pink Indian wallhanging with flowers and birds (used as bedcover), £125, all Raj Tent Club. On wall: ‘Garden Lovers’ mosaic, from £550, Rah Rivers; folk art shelf with hearts and cockerels, £130, John Cornall Antiques; small painted cups, from £16 each, The Antiques Warehouse; Swedish decorative carved peg rack, £180, John Cornall Antiques; black hand and flower painting, £85, Rah Rivers; ribbons, from a selection, The Old Haberdashery. Blue painted folk stool (used as table), £28, The Old Haberdashery. On stool: vintage rustic folk-style hand-painted wooden box, £12, GilbertandCrick at Etsy; folk bowl (used as a planter), £25, John Cornall Antiques. Vintage rya rug, £395, SCP. Turkish slippers, for similar try Etsy.
Give your linen cupboard a spring spruce by arranging your collection of vintage eiderdowns, antique embroidered cloths and cushion covers on shelves trimmed with lengths of decorative ribbon
Built-in cupboard painted in ‘Pale Wedgwood’ Flat Oil Eggshell, £30 per litre, Little Greene. Vintage textiles and eiderdown, from a selection, The Old Haberdashery. Embroidered quilts, from a selection, Raj Tent Club. Embroidered floral ribbon, £4.50 per m, LittleIndiaStore at Etsy. Embroidered heart, for similar try Etsy. Hand-painted ‘Garden Lovers’ miniature, from £85; glass painted love token, from £145; miniature painting, from £85, all Rah Rivers. Black Victorian jug, £12, The Antiques Warehouse. Embroidered panels, from £35, Parna. Hand-painted red heart, £85, Rah Rivers. Blue enamel jug, £29.95, Namaste. Yellow floral vase, £12, Anthropologie. Bunny papier maché decoration, £5, Packhouse. Red and pink flower ribbon, £4.50 per m, LittleIndiaStore at Etsy. Green embroidered ribbon, £1 per m, TheBlackbirdBazaar at Etsy. Copper and blue jug, £18, The Antiques Warehouse.
Photographs: Katya de Grunwald
Styling: Selina Lake