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Home Living : March 23rd 2010
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1 ............................................ HOMELIVING Find those seasonal knick-knacks Easter table decorations can be anything from beautiful to whimsical, depending on your own sense of style. You may want something for a centrepiece for your dinner table or an adorable vignette for the top of the fireplace mantle. No matter what you love, or what your budget is, there is something out there for everyone. Some details to consider when putting together your centrepiece or vignette: Colours should complement each other and the room. Balance is important. Things should not be symmetrical necessarily, but should have form and balance. Interest is created by using different heights, textures, colours or shapes. If your centrepiece will be on the dining table, the tallest item should be low enough for people to see each other over it. If you love antiques and vintage items, holidays are a great time to create displays that highlight your collections. You can either display them en masse or create vignettes with several items that are related. Some vintage Easter collectables are: Tin chocolate moulds with an Easter motif. They come in different sizes and shapes, but the most popular continue to be the bunny characters. Postcards. For collectors, the most popular postcards were created between 1895 and 1920. Lolly holders. Made of everything from fine China to papier mache, lolly holders are great to use as centrepieces. They can hold flowers, lollies, dinner rolls or just be part of the vignette that you create. Salt and pepper shakers. Figurative holiday motifs can be used as salt and pepper shakers and placed at individual places at the table or arranged in conjunction with other holiday China. 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