Hi there! I share this post with a little trepidation since I’m not a super confident decorator. I’ve shared in previous posts that until I started blogging, whenever I had “finished” decorating any part of my house, that’s the way it stayed, for like 5 or 6, or maybe even 10, years(!).
I might add or switch out an item here or there, but that would be it. So when the Christmas decorations came down this year (it might have been February when that occurred, LOL), I decided to restyle the mantel with vintage elements, instead of putting back the same old stuff.
For several weeks, I’ve been texting pictures of my progress to my sweet friend Nancy, and she’s been texting me back with suggestions (she’s a much better decorator than I am). And this is where we are.
I started with the vintage French door in the back, which was challenging because it’s so long. I keep wondering if I should be hanging something over the door. Other times I wonder if my new welcome banner that I made for the mirror in the foyer would look nice slung across the top of it. [The door was a garage sale find, BTW, for $5!!]
I love incorporating natural items like this starfish, into designs. I picked up this dreamy, black and white photograph of a bicycle at a garage sale for $2(!)
Just this past week-end, I found the mercury glass-style vase holding my tulips at Home Goods for $6.50–on sale I’m sure because it was missing it’s lid. It’s really an apothecary jar. Nancy was the one who thought it would look good on the mantel and suggested using it as a vase.
Nothing quite says spring like tulips.
I like how all the curviness of these three items comes together right here. The clock is from a car boot sale (the English version of a garage sale), and the wreath was a wedding gift from two of my aunts 18 years ago. It’s seen better days, but it’s hard to part with. The black and white of the clock balances nicely with the photograph.
I stamped the number 1 on the hyacinth wrapper because it seemed a little plain. The stack of books are from my grandmother and the topiary is another garage sale find, costing me just $1.
I bought the mercury glass candlestick at the same time as the vase (above) at Home Goods. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the cool mercury glass against the warm wood. The starkness of the black and white photo brings balance to this side of the display [I think!].
I’m enjoying the new freshness of my mantel. Spring has now sprung for sure in my home. How about yours?
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