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Seeing Red—For All the Right Reasons

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This year when it came time to plan my Easter decorations, my color inspiration came from two places. Our April issue of Martha Stewart Living features a story called "A Rhapsody in Red." The story was inspired by a color that you often see incorporated into traditional Easter decorations in Greece and Eastern Europe. My second source of inspiration came from the United States—specifically Sesame Street.

Martha's granddaughter Jude has a particular fondness for Elmo and I have therefore found myself in Elmo's presence on a regular basis. I wanted to see if I could take this unconventional color and use it to dazzle my most discriminating holiday guest—Jude. Wish me luck.

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I have a vast archive of notions and trimmings that are perfect for holiday decorating.

1 I have a vast archive of notions and trimmings that are perfect for holiday decorating.

I didn't know what I would do with these mushrooms when I bought them at an antiques fair with Martha in Maine about 10 years ago.

2 I didn't know what I would do with these mushrooms when I bought them at an antiques fair with Martha in Maine about 10 years ago.

I don't know how familiar you are with Elmo, but when I look at these mushrooms, he is the first thing I think of.

3 I don't know how familiar you are with Elmo, but when I look at these mushrooms, he is the first thing I think of.

The tag on each bundle of mushrooms reads,

4 The tag on each bundle of mushrooms reads, "Made in Germany East."

These vintage geranium leaves came from John Derian in New York City's Lower East Side.

5 These vintage geranium leaves came from John Derian in New York City's Lower East Side.

Floratape is indispensable and should be a part of everyone's flower arranging kit.

6 Floratape is indispensable and should be a part of everyone's flower arranging kit.

I created 5 different configurations of geranium plant with the leaves and wrapped them all together using the Floratape.

7 I created 5 different configurations of geranium plant with the leaves and wrapped them all together using the Floratape.

The white ducklings are super cute and available from B & J Floral Wholesale.

8 The white ducklings are super cute and available from B & J Floral Wholesale.

These red eggs are just one in a rainbow of eggs that I have been collecting for years. The silver bowl is from Ralph Lauren Home and was a birthday present from my friend and colleague Martha Stewart Weddings Creative Director, Kate Berry.

9 These red eggs are just one in a rainbow of eggs that I have been collecting for years. The silver bowl is from Ralph Lauren Home and was a birthday present from my friend and colleague Martha Stewart Weddings Creative Director, Kate Berry.

These are two of four silver bowls (I always buy in pairs) I purchased at Jamali in New York's Flower District.

10 These are two of four silver bowls (I always buy in pairs) I purchased at Jamali in New York's Flower District.

Step 1: Put oasis in the container and cover with moss, then add geranium leaves.

11 Step 1: Put oasis in the container and cover with moss, then add geranium leaves.

Step 2: Add the mushrooms. I like to do them in clumps of various sizes and then one stray one.

12 Step 2: Add the mushrooms. I like to do them in clumps of various sizes and then one stray one.

Step 3: Bring in the chicks.

13 Step 3: Bring in the chicks.

Final Step: Add the Easter eggs and butterflies. I think it looks pretty great and each of the four containers has a different configuration.

14 Final Step: Add the Easter eggs and butterflies. I think it looks pretty great and each of the four containers has a different configuration.

Even Peter got made over...

15 Even Peter got made over...

...in red!

16 ...in red!

 

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