Showing posts with label mantels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mantels. Show all posts

Friday, May 15, 2015

Freshening Up Your Mantel For Free

Thank y'all so much for all your sweet comments about our camper redo. I have enjoyed reading each and every one. Y'all make my day! We are just back from our first trip out and I cannot wait to tell you all about our camping adventures. Until I'm back at the computer, I thought I'd share this little post I did for Blissful And Domestic earlier this week. I freshened up our mantel for free, can't beat that, huh? Click here to read more.  I'll see y'all Monday.

Friday, January 16, 2015

DIY: A Winter Mantel

I've come to the realization that our mantel is my muse {sad but true}. I change it..... well, let's just say, often. When I was growing up we moved into a big ole' {newly built} farmhouse and my mother spent an absolute fortune decorating it and though it was beautiful, it NEVER changed. Nothing moved, nothing was updated, nothing- for like ever. Maybe that's where my decorating unrest was born, I don't know, but our mantel- I have fun!

Once we cleared out all the Christmas decor, winter decor arrived, and it's been a wonderful conscience choice I made in hopes of staving off my harsh, merciless, winter blues. I opened my arms and welcomed winter into our home this year and winter decorating has been a huge part of a really happy attitude over here. Now, I don't go out and buy all new, no siree, but I do shop the house and buy small pieces that I can craft into something to maybe match an inspiration picture I have. For instance, I drool and swoon, and swoon and drool over the Anthropologie catalog, but they must be nuts if they think I'm paying $125.00 for a garland of any kind. I really wanted the temple bells garland from there, so, off to the store to purchase some wonderful, woolly yarn, and the pom pom making began in earnest. Throw in some homemade art work and my favorite winter print from Choose Brave Shop, lots of candles and some dogwood branches from dear old mother nature- a winter mantel was born. If you're thinking, "this is not for me, I don't even have a mantel", have I got news for you!! This works great on any shelf. Ever heard of a fantle {aka fake mantel}? This is fun for everyone honey!Ever notice how crazy people want others to join in too so they don't seem sooooo crazy? It would make me feel so much better if you'd share my mantle obsession! 

My little secret for a wonderful mantel is to layer lots of your favorite things and always bring in some of the outside if at all possible. I love banners and garlands and layer them often on the mantel. For winter, I knew I needed lots of cozy candles {secret: I get my glass jar candles at Walmart for $1 and they last forever} to warm up the mood AND our dear old deer really gives it a cozy winter woodland vibe.

So to re-cap: 
1. Be Brave {don't be afraid to be a little different and even wonky in your decorating- it's your house!}
2. Pull out some off your favorite pieces and layer them.
3. It's winter- the more candles the better!
4. If you can't buy it , make it. I made all  3 of the garlands, easy-peasy, and I love how fun and colorful they are.
5. Bring the outdoors in whenever possible.
6. And, there you have it, a fun, colorful winter mantel that will give you a smile every time you walk by!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Southern Christmas Mantle and A BIG Surprise

Good morning and happy Thursday y'all. I don't usually post on Thursday's, but today is oh so special! Today I'll be doing a post over at Blissful and Domestic revealing our Southern Christmas Mantle. I'd be tickled pink if you'd follow me over to Danielle's to see all the pictures of our little Christmas mantle. Click here and it'll take you right over to Danielle's. 

And in other amazing news I just happened to link up our Christmas Home Tour over at The Nesting Place and to my shock and awe, Myquillyn mentioned it over on her blog. Click here to visit The Nesting Place to check out boocoodles of Christmas decor inspiration. Oh my, feeling so grateful and blessed right now y'all. There just aren't any words to describe how thankful I am!

Have a blessed day everyone!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Wee Little Fall

Sometimes it's o.k. to do just a little. Sometimes simple is perfect. Sometimes a little is a lot. This weekend, I brought some of the outside in, and called it a day. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to my adventurous mantel, so I added some fall to what was already there.

Nothing too showy, but with a "less is more" flare. It just feels right to me at this moment in my life. Simplicity is freeing. I don't always want "over the top". Do you ever feel like a little is exactly the right amount? Like just a pinch is plenty? 

That's how I'm feeling right now, and when it was all said and done, I was smiling. That's how I knew that a little was just what I needed. Are you fussing over fall? Remember to ENJOY the season and let a little be enough. Thanks for stopping by today and have a beauty-filled week!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Late Summer Mantel

Well, dare I say the words, summer is slipping away. It'll be August in mere days. Around here, since we homeschool, we say that it's summer till mid September, just 'cause we can! After Wednesday's camper crush post, you can probably tell that I'm feeling a might bit adventurous and I wanted our mantel to be a bit adventurous too. A little while back, I wrote about our late spring mantel, and honestly I've had that one up until now. Usually, I do a summer mantel with lots of beachy items that I've collected, but this year I was so in love with my cow print in all her glory, that I just left the mantel as it was all these months. I was finally ready for a change, and since I have adventure and campers on the brain, I've been collecting some fun pieces to reflect my adventurous spirit. 

I decided to leave up our old "barn door" that we made because it really helps to lighten up all those dark rocks. I also left up the white banners, the more white, the more bright- a great decorating tip for renters! I found the white paper fans and thought they added a little bit of whimsy. This look will keep me happy until I start to feel the cool crispness of the fall air, and then it'll be time to think about Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. I'm sooooo not ready to welcome any of that yet, so I'm going to stay adventurous for as long as I can! Thanks for stopping by today!

Source List

"Let's Sleep Under The Stars" print:  by Katie Daisy at Etsy
"Everyday Is An Adventure Embrace The Journey" print:  by recipe for crazy at Etsy
"VW Bus" print:  by Lemonade Makin' Mama at Etsy
Metal Ampersand:  Habitat for Humanity Restore
Banners handmade by moi

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Late- Spring Mantel

I had so much fun with this mantel last spring and I thought I'd share again this spring. That cow print is still one of my absolute favorites! 

You are sure to notice that there's a lot of green on this mantel. That's no coincidence. It was a mighty loooong winter and I was in a mighty desperate state to bring the green inside. You might notice that I used one of my "renter's decorating tricks" to lighten up the rock surround of our fireplace. I made an "old barn door" and painted it white, then distressed it to give it that worn, aged look.  It provides a brighter, lighter backdrop for the otherwise dark and dreary mantel. I had been pining over this cow print as it was showing up all around the blogosphere. Something about that cow just spoke volumes to me. When I looked at it, I just felt my spirits sore and I felt surrounded by that green pasture. I had to have her.

{Check out Meg's Shop to pick up your crazy, wonderful Cow Print}

Then the "Hey Y'all" print. Again, that green, such a color of renewal,and it expressed the feeling of hospitality that I want to have around this home of ours.

Hey Y'all print from Stephanie Creekmur's shop

 All the other stuff up there, just seemed to fit the vibe I had going on. The deer antlers just belonged up there with "Miss Cow", and the banners, well you just gotta have banners. I love making them and using them whenever I can. My favorite chicken, he just moves all around all seasons because I just love his chippiness {did I just make up that word?} and he really seemed to fit in up there too.

 Some of my favorite candlesticks added a little shine, and then I called it a day! Even if you don't happen to have an actual mantel to decorate, give a shelf new life with a fun and colorful redo. And there you have it. Enjoy your Tuesday everyone and bring some of that spring inside!

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