Here at In The Country we love to welcome each season, especially Spring with its promise of hope, roast mutton and extended dog walks on dusky evenings. This year, sadly, Easter isn’t looking quite as we had hoped, but whilst we await the return of those simple pleasures and look instead to home, brand founder Rebecca Udall invites us to bring a little joy to Easter spent at home.
Whilst working as a professional homeware buyer Rebecca Udall found herself frustrated by mark ups and exaggerated claims of so-called luxury thread counts. Feeling she could change the way fine linens were sold, she set about establishing a direct-to-consumer model that enabled customers to access leading heritage weavers and artisan makers. Now, Rebecca has extended this philosophy to the table, with a curated range of inspiring, design-led artisan tableware that we feel is just the thing to brighten your household-only Sunday lunch.
‘I wanted to create more design-led and customisable linens, which are hard to find outside of high-end boutiques.I really enjoy cooking, baking and entertaining, so this was a natural extension for me.’
Here Rebecca shares her tips for Easter table styling
For any table setting I always recommend deciding on a theme first, to establish a focus. Then select a colour palette that compliments this, whether it’s a single, classic colour like blue or green or three to four complimentary shades. Pastels tones are well-suited to spring, but it’s worth noting that with a bit of consideration most colours will work for any season!
I love chocolate brown because it’s less obvious and well-suited to the countryside. Pair it with pastels from Easter through into summer, then with deep tones such as teal and burnt orange when autumn arrives. Depending on your style, you could opt for a brightly coloured table decorated with multicoloured eggs in the same tones of blue, green and orange; or a sophisticated blue and white theme with willow patterned bowls of hand-painted duck eggs.
Work with what you have
If you already have navy placemats, choose a complimentary colour, such as yellow or pink and include classic Easter elements in these colours – from gingham ribbon and ceramic rabbits, to vintage papier-mache or glass eggs to bring everything together. For a cohesive look remember to use the same tones and repeat each colour or tone at least twice wherever possible.
Forage in the countryside
Especially appropriate this year, be sure to utilise what is readily available to you as decoration. If you still have the last of this year’s daffodils, lucky you, but almost any foliage or flowers that you have in your garden – or can get your hands on from generous neighbours – will work. Arrange these in bud vases, as these allow everyone to talk and reach easily across the table.
Look to your garden
If you are unable to forage from hedgerows or banks during lockdown, try incorporating small potted herbs from the garden at your table – even better if they feature on your menu! Verdant green moss always looks wonderful in hurricane vases to hide the bases of candles – just be sure to keep it away from the flame! – and a large branch of willow can be cut down to hang painted eggs or other cheering decorations from.
Other decoration ideas
Tasked with thinking up ideas for at-home art class? Use scraps of fabric to cover kraft eggs or get your little ones involved in setting the table by asking them to tie gingham ribbons around napkins.
Perhaps you are lucky enough to rear an exotic brood laying different coloured eggs? These work beautifully when collected and used as part of a decorative display (just be sure to eat them afterwards!), as do chocolate rabbits sporting handsome bows.
Adding a personal touch to each place setting is extra thoughtful – whether it be handwritten place cards, monogrammed napkins or a small whimsical favour that suits your theme, to make everyone smile.
Rebecca’s ‘must haves’ if you’re new to tablescaping
- Linens: placemats and napkins or tablecloth and napkins: I’m biased, but I strongly believe it’s worth spending that bit more on well-made European linens, over mass-produced alternatives, as quality linens last a lifetime.
- Something to add a layer or texture such as a rattan charger or rippled glasses.
- Flowers or candles – ideally both if you have space and access to them!
For more inspiration visit https://rebeccaudall.com where a 10% discount code is valid until 30 April 2020 using the code INTHECOUNTRY and there is still time to order for Easter!