1 Apr 2021

What’s In The Easter Basket?

What's In The Easter Basket? on vikciarcher.com

First thought? Chocolate eggs, naturally.

But what about baskets and especially at Easter. They come to mind.?

There simply can never be too many baskets and as they are now a fashion staple and statement it is time to take them seriously.

Smart designers have re-designed the basket and launched it into the hemisphere style and price-wise. As much as I like them I cannot bring myself to invest heavily in a designer basket; not after years of buying basket wares in French markets for next to nothing. Like everything they have increased in price, most of them originate in Morocco and are still a wonderful option.

Decorating them is the answer.

I have hand-painted mine, monogrammed and sewn ribbons and details all over them.  Start with a simple bag and add the smallest amount of detail, like a pair of pom-poms on the handles, or sew all over with any amount of fun.

It’s not quite the same as wandering around a Provencal market to find the perfect panier but it’s the next best thing. xv

Start Here With The Easter Basket

french market basket with long leather handles  ||  small farmer basket with braided handles  ||  classic straw

Add This Or That

vintage lace edge trim  ||  gold lace ||  pom-pom trim fringe  || gold initials

All Too Hard?

olivia tote  ||  sandy beach woven basket  ||  dragon diffusion bamboo weave  || ibiza shell basket

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I love the glass floor lamp in one of the photos of this stunning room. How could I get some information about its manufacturer? Thanks


It’s a vintage one, Robin … I found it years ago in Islington, London… so I am sorry I think it’s a search on vintage sites to find something similar..


Very very reasonable notion dear Vicki. I agree and with a bit of artistic ideas you can
change it better than the expensive original. Have a wonderful Easter hopefuly with
the little ones.


I love baskets too and have some from French markets and Mexico. I’ve never tried to embellish them – good idea. BUT, why I’m writing – are those your beautiful French cloches I see in the picture? I still love them.


I agree with you wholeheartedly here Vicki as I couldn’t purchase one of these baskets knowing the fabulous range and price on the Provencal markets. I’ve had many of these over the years! One for school exercise books to bring home to mark, one for the cat, one for a friend as a gift, the small children ones as gifts, one for the UK and one I leave in St Remy for my market shopping! Love them! And they do seem to be everywhere at the moment. Have a Happy Easter Vicki.


Never too many, Janet :)
I used to use them as gift baskets too… and hostess gifts with a jam or a soap.. even with flowers…

Michelle à Détroit

I’m not sure who Paula”s Ibiza is, but that’s a whole lot of moola for a simple straw tote! I picked one up in St. Tropez a few years ago that still serves me very well. As I recall it was under $50.00.


Good morning Vicki!

What a lovely post today! Baskets are such a simple but game-changer for home décor, especially when spring arrives. I added a twist to my Easter basket display: I took a regular straw basket and placed it inside of a silver punch bowl. The contrast of elegance and rustic really works for me!


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