Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Our Spring Mantel…Sort of

As I have mentioned before, last year we completed some pretty major renovations on our home. 

I have finally gotten my act together to start sharing the before and afters of our own home, but, not yet.  I know, I am a tease. 

But this week I will share my family room.

One of the challenges has been that since we finished we have been in “holiday” mode.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter and Valentine’s Day. 

Now, I am finally ready to pull my house together for the day to day, not just for holidays. 

So, I have re-done my mantel.  It is kind of springy.  But, my real intention was to do a mantel, our mantel to enjoy and live with. 

I hope you like it, I do.

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I didn’t add a lot of color, just some warm browns, creams, and green.

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I found this tray online at Target last year and it has been on the coffee table in my living room.  I thought it added a nice touch and tie in with the clock faces.

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For a little bit of Easter, there are two bunnies.  When Easter is over, they can be removed without too much disruption.  I also added a small ironstone pitcher with dried lavender and hydrangea.

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I found the nesting basket at a yard sale last year and filled it with hydrangea.  It is hanging on a twig like ribbon some friends gave me.

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The mirror reflects a lot of light in the room and the picture in the upstairs hall.  At a different angle it also reflects the grouping on top of the armoire.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Laura

Oh, and I will be sharing at some of the parties in my sidebar, stop on by!

37 comments:

Lori said...

Love all the clock faces! Can't wait to find something to paint that on. Very nice job on your mantel! I always find that the hardest thing to decorate.
Lori
www.mudpiestudio.blogspot.com

Tanya said...

I love your mantle! Simple, clean looking. You did a great job. Did you make the topiaries too? I want to make some, but I don't want them to look cheesey...yours look great!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Laura I love it! You've combined my favorite graphics, clocks and letters. The basket is perfect there! Beautiful work!
Susan @ homeroad.net

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

So pretty! I love the hanging basket. I actually had a basket just like this in my cart at Salvation Army because it was so cute. I put it back. :(

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

So pretty! The mantel vignette is so fresh and crisp. Love all the graphics.

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Your mantel looks beautiful. That ribbon is awesome...never saw anything like it!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I love the look of your mantle. So simple, clean, yet makes a very classy statement!

Jackie said...

This is my favorite mantel yet. I especially like the ribbon "some friends" gave you! :)
~Jackie

michelle said...

It is beautiful Laura, I love the tray! The mirror really opens it up and the summer/spring sunlight will bounce off it perfectly. Another beautiful mantel my friend! :)

Have a great day!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

If your not too tired... I'd love you to stop by and rearrange my mantel :) Love the clock faces, ladder and of course, the bunnies.
Looks wonderful!!!

this blessed nest said...

i love that tray from target!

of course, i'm a sucker for any type of fun font decor.

your mantel is beautiful. love how you hung that basket as well.

thanks for linking up to the spring fling.
kellie

The Pennington Point said...

I am nuts about clock faces. The whole mantle is beautiful. Lisa~

Martina said...

Hi Laura, your mantel looks BEAUTIFUL!! That basket is so pretty and that's a perfect spot for it. Nice to meet someone from my neck of the woods. Just became a follower, would love you to stop on by and follow me back. Martina

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, Thank you for sharing your beautiful mantel at my new party. I love the ladder and the clock faces. Everything is just perfect.
Hugs,
Sherry

angelfitch said...

Lovely! I love to see mantle decorations- what great groupings you put together!!
~Terry
http://mossandclover.blogspot.com/

Erin said...

Love love love your mantle! This is so gorgeous and it is giving me ideas for mine!!!Thanks for sharing this!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

LOVE the mantel! The ladder looks great and I love all the varied heights!

Sarah said...

Nice look! I appreciate the inspiration as I'm in the process of working on a new look for our mantel.
~ Sarah

LDH said...

So beautiful... tranquil and sophisticated! I love it!

A Vintage Vine said...

The new mantel look is great and you shopped the house!!! I remember that tray from Target last yr., I so wish I would have gotten it. I think it is perfect on the mantel!!!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Love the touches of white. That tray is great. Beautiful.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

So pretty and clean and airy! I love it! It joyously shouts "Welcome Spring!"

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

So pretty and clean and airy! I love it! It joyously shouts "Welcome Spring!"

Karen @ The Whimsical Lady said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! I've just found your blog and I've already gotten so many wonderful ideas! I'm following :) Thanks!

Karen

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Love the mantel. It looks very pretty. And I love that tray from Target. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Mary Ellen said...

You mantel looks fabulous! I like that it isn't overly Easter, or such but that you can with just a few additions make it Holiday appropriate. I don't have alot of time to redo the mantel every few weeks and really like this look!

alison said...

so light and pretty...i especially like the graphic are of the clock face and lettered tray...well done...would love for you to link this to my fridays unfolded @ http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/2011/03/fridays-unfolded-10.html

blessings,

alison
stuff and nonsense

Judy said...

Your spring mantle is really beautiful. I love that hanging basket. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

Terry said...

I always have trouble making up my mantle but you've made this look so easy and so beautiful.

Alyssabeth's said...

Gorgeous, I really need hepl with my front den mantel, I'm stumped.

Brandy and Fam said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Your mantel is STUNNING! Thanks for the springtime inspiration.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

The Perfect touches for Spring....
Have a wonderful weekend
Cheryl

Sommer said...

Laura I love it all! You are so talented! I recently finished a ladder for my living room but I hadn't thought about doing a smaller version for other spaces. I think I need one on my mantel lol. I'd love to have you share this at my VIP party today @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-7.html

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laura...

My friend, your spring mantel looks gorgeous! I especially like how you hung that great basket filled with hydrangeas from the mirror...sooo pretty! Love the pretty topiaries too! I think that adding the black and white through the clock faces and that pretty tray really adds to your pretty mantel! It's all sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Happy spring wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

modern jane said...

I love the bunnies! I want them:) And I think you can absolutely leave them up beyond easter!

abeachcottage said...

Your mantle is lovely. You did a great job with it. Everything works. Especially love the basket and where it is placed. Well done!

Kelsey@inspirationthief said...

I am working on my mantel right now. Thanks for the great pics.