No, that’s not a gallery! Easter brunch in our play room! We have an adorable little carriage house that we’re renting here in Washington, which is lovely in a million ways. However, one of the facts of the floorplan shall we say, is that the actual dining room is itty bitty. And a bit dark… And this was a day full of sunshine.
Easter is a big deal for me, such a welcoming event for spring…even though my last say, oh 10 Easters or so, I feel like were either cold or rainy or both. This year, the temperature was well over 85 degrees fahrenheit – it was borderline summer time out here! So I wanted that feeling of being in the sun and celebrating the change of seasons…
After having a think, I decided to clear out our “play room”, leaving only our sectional up against the wall as a conversation area with the little tables. I cleared the rug which we love (FLOR tiles!) but has a strong pattern… and instead, we brought up a basic folding table (we use it for a ton of things), our own chairs from the dining room and supplemented with a few of these folding chairs (they were awesome by the way, not too expensive and great “overflow” seating for holiday tables so I’m glad we bit the bullet and bought a couple), and tada! Playroom as reinvented dining room!
Of course, the wall of windows that this room has makes that transformation a little easier… But two things made this room really come together. The first is the artwork that we have hanging on what was otherwise a blank wall when we first moved it (up top). A lot of people asked where we got it, and it’s all the work of my sister-in-law who was an arts major and is an art teacher. I actually found it in her treasure troves of past projects, and she kindly let us frame and hang it (btw, Framebridge is awesome at helping out with this stuff if gallery walls don’t come naturally to you, as they do not to me).
The second thing was the collection of just beautiful easter blooms that were from a girlfriend of mine who is basically some kind of tulip or bulb whisperer. Her creations are amazing, and natural, and they brought so much color to the table.
On a sentimental note, I scoured high and low and finally did track down both a new set of Royal Copenhagen Easter Eggs, as well as this year’s edition of the Summerbird chocolate silver egg for each place setting (found them at a great little importer called Chokodays). In this life, we really do build traditions as we go and these were two things that really stuck with me from our celebrations last year. I’m not sure that I can do Easter without them again, and it’s funny the things that stick with you, when you don’t have them any more.
We kept the menu simple, but an Easter Ham from Niman Ranch took center stage, with a few light spring sides and vegetables, after a starter of wonderful cheeses and spreads, as well as fresh baked goods from a loved bakery here in DC (Patisserie Poupon), and cakes by another girlfriend and Whole Foods were the finale. When they weren’t competing with the spoils of the Easter Egg hunt that is!