WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Bunnies and Baskets

Hello Ladies! I'm back! Took a few days to enjoy the beautiful NC weather, Mr. Panache and my boys. At this time of the year it's hard for me to stay inside. Saturday and Sunday were absolutely gorgeous. Tulips have popped up everywhere, the Redbuds, Dogwoods and Pear trees are in full bloom and yes, pollen is laying in a thick layer on everything outdoors. Thankfully I am not allergy prone. With only six days left until EASTER most of you probably have your spring decor all fluffed and ready for the holiday weekend. But for those who are still needing some inspiration, I thought we would take a tour of some bunnies and baskets. Pink and Green was my Grandmother's favorite color combination. I remember her bedroom, bathroom and kitchen all were decorated in these shades. This basket caught my eye because of those sentimental colors. What could be more EASTER perfect? I love the way the pretty pink ribbon is wrapped around the handle of this basket and the tails of the bow are allowed to puddle on the table.
A fun little ceramic bunny displays a pretty pink bouquet of old fashioned climbing roses. What a perfect accent for any table top arrangement.

Do you still long for the infamous Chocolate EASTER Bunny? Each year I make sure that those delectable treats are the first things added to my boy's baskets. Followed by those oh so good chocolate peanut butter eggs! This basket has been my favorite inspiration for this season. So much of my spring decor has gone "natural" this year. I love the rich clover green accented by the two fluffy bows and the single milk chocolate bunny. The eggs hiding in the clover are thoughfully dyed in subtle monochromatic shades of green.

Potted annuals and bulbs such as violets and crocus are the perfect centerpiece for an EASTER dining table. The bunny and egg arranged among the ivy makes me remember days when the boys were little and we would hunt for EASTER eggs. I remember when my oldest son was 4. We spent EASTER afternoon hiding and hunting and re-hiding and re-hunting the same eggs for hours! That was good times.

Isn't this basket beautiful. For "how-to" make these gorgeous eggs go to www.marthastewart.com and click on EASTER decorations. Follow the prompts until you find "Our Best Baskets". These little creations look like expertly decorated little cakes.

Who says that baskets have to hold eggs at EASTER? I rather like these soft pastel tulips surrounded with little pots of jelly beans carefully sorted by color.

Looking for a quick and easy party favor for your EASTER brunch? Try covering a white plastic mini flower pot with green felt hand-cut to resemble grass and filling the inside with jelly beans and a single miniture chocolate bunny. Each of your guests will be delighted to take this little treat home because it's just too cute to eat.

You've heard the saying "don't put all your eggs in one basket"? Well, all of these eggs were left out of the basket and found their place snuggled down among a clover lined straw hat. What a clever and fresh take on the traditional EASTER basket.
Still need more inspiration? My two favorite spots for seasonal decorating ideas is www.bhg.com and www.marthastewart.com
Tomorrow I hope to feature a very special "grown up" EASTER basket that I am building for a special friend and a wonderful recipe from my Grandmother which has become an EASTER favorite. Until then,
Happy Decorating!


Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love the beautiful Easter inspiration pictures. I better get busy decorating!!
Hugs, Terrie

Melanie said...

The last 3 pics are my favorite. What a cute and do~able idea with the choc bunny and felt cut like grass!

Jo said...

Your Easter ideas are wonderful ~ I love the green basket with chocolate bunny tucked inside.


Anonymous said...

Hello... I like your Easter Inspirations! My fave was the big basket of greens with the big Chocolate Bunny. Thank you so much for taking the time to show us all those pictures. I can't wait for Grandma's recipe.
Nancy from OHIO

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Great ideas! I better go get stuff for my girl's easter baskets soon!

Anonymous said...

Well if i wasn't in the mood for Spring,I am now.these are so very lovely.Each and everyone is so unique and lovely.Thank you for showing thwm to us...Ann

Sandra said...

Very pretty! I really like them all. I especially like the basket with the tulips.
Have a wonderful day

Sue said...

Oh, I love that green basket and the fabulous Martha one all done up in beautiful blue.

Blondie's Journal said...


I like the way you break down all the components in the Easter decor. I really love the little bunny in the pot (the Easter favor) with the felt cut like grass. That would be simple and fast to make. Alas, I have so many things to do before our trip to South Carolina and Georgia next week. Maybe for next year. Do you have any ideas for incorporating that look into spring or summer?


Scribbler said...

So pretty -- no little kids in my family, alas. I sent my big kid in California a "care basket" containing a chocolate bunny, his favorite cookies, banana bread and some necessaries.

I guess the mothering thing never really goes away, no matter how big and independent they get.


Kristens Creations said...

Hi Alisa, What great ideas! Loved that pretty tulip basket. I just love easter, it's such a pretty time of year. Alot of things are blooming around here too. I had to cover some of mine up tonight though, it's supposed to get down to 28 degrees! Yuck! But Wed, 78 degrees....Yes! Maybe it will stay that way. Enjoy your warm weather! Kristen

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Hi Alisa...great inspiration pics! Aren't you a great Mom...my son always loved having chocolate bunnies in his Easter basket, too. :-) Thanks for your comments on my Met Monday post! :-) Susan

Barbara Jean said...

Thanks fro such great ideas.

Barbara Jean

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is a beautiful post, Alisa! Lots of Easter Basket inspiration!

Charlene said...

Love the hat made into a basket!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

This post was just filled with lovely Spring inspiration. laurie


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