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How to give your mantel a fresh look for Spring

on March 14, 2017

Hi, friends!  Today we’re talking about decorating your mantel for spring and boy are you in for a treat! I’m partnering with my friend Amy of My Life From Home and a few of my talented blogger friends to bring you oodles of ideas and inspiration to get your mantel ready for Spring.

Whether you change your mantel seasonally, or not, if you’re here, you’re looking for a change. Luckily, changing up your mantel can be done quickly and inexpensively. Here is how I change my mantel up for Spring!

Add Flowers

Spring is all about new beginnings for me. To me, flowers represent that. Flowers bring a freshness and energy to any space, including your mantel. Whether you’re using them in your throw pillows, as accents or in your artwork, the color and vibrancy will bring new life to your fireplace!  I like to mix both live and artificial flowers together. This gives the bouquet longevity and texture very inexpensively. I originally used the basket above for our St. Patrick’s Day tablescape. I gave it new life by adding some colorful blooms!



Changing the wall decoration will automatically alter the look of your mantel. This can be done very inexpensively as – the paper quill prints below are greeting cards made by Niquea.D that I picked up at Papyrus, and placed in a floating-frame. You can also find lovely quilled cards on Etsy. Look outside the box for wall decor – wrapping paper, greeting cards and even printables are straightforward and inexpensive ways to change up your look seasonally.

Add Seasonal Accents

These little frosted-glass bunnies say “Easter” and “Spring” without screaming it.

Shop your home

This shabby-chic vintage birdcage moves around my home on a continuous basis, offering something new in each vignette. Look around your house for things that speak to you in your current seasonal frame of mind!

Throws and Pillows

Changing or adding a colorful throw and some floral pillows is an easy way to change up the decor around your fireplace for a fresh and new look!

I hope you’ve found these ideas useful and that I’ve given you some inspiration for your mantel makeover.

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All about Using Gold in Your Decor

on June 25, 2015

Hey, Friends! I was of the impression that summer was supposed to be the slow time of year. What gives? That is NOT what is happening around here! I hope you’re getting a little more downtime than I am!

I’ve been having a ton of fun participating in the six-week Instagram #Ourshelfies challenge with some of my favorite bloggers – 19 of them to be exact! We are on week 2 – all about decorating with gold!

Uptodate Interiors

I’ll say it. I love metals. Pewter, bronze, nickel, and gold. I love it all. I’m not officially a designer, but I find decorating with even a touch of metal can bring my room to a whole new styling level. It adds light. It adds shimmer, and it adds sparkle. It draws attention to areas you might want to highlight.

Fresh Crush

Out of all the metals, gold gives all the properties that a metal should, but then goes that little bit further! Being a “warm” metal, it adds warmth and coziness. It imbues richness and luxury. When used correctly, it lends itself to sophistication and elegance.


I prefer to keep it simple and add a peek of gold to unexpected places. It’s an easy way to dress up a plain piece or achieve a more subtle look.

 the Hunted Interior
the Hunted Interior 

I also like to mix metals together as below – don’t be afraid to try! 

Shabby Grace Blog

Everyone needs a bit of shimmer and sparkle in their life. Gold gives you that in an instant.

For more ideas on how to use gold in your decor, check out Instagram by searching the hashtag #OURShelfies.

If you would like to play along here is how you can!

  1. Follow all 20 co-host accounts on Instagram, listed at the bottom of this post.
  2. Post a picture of your mantel or shelfie demonstrating this week’s decor challenge. Be sure to tag with #OURShelfies.
  3. You have until 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST) each Thursday (that’s today!) to post your picture. The winner is chosen on Friday then featured on all 20 IG accounts the same day!

In addition, winners will be featured on some of the co-hosts blogs for even more exposure. If you know a friend who’d like to play, tag them in the Instagram comments, and let them know the game is on.

Now let’s see those mantels and shelfies!
The co-hosts you should be following!
Check back next week for week 3’s theme!

Coppery Pinecone Hurricanes – Or, bringing new meaning to the word “spooning”

on November 13, 2013

I confess, I haven’t been feeling very creative lately – I think it’s something that comes and goes with me. One moment, I have ideas spewing forward faster than I can keep up, and then suddenly, the creative well just dries up. Unfortunately, when it goes, it really is gone, and all I can do is spend my time dreaming about what I might like to do when it returns. Such was the case with this project.

In an effort to give my hands something other to do than open, and eat, Halloween candy, I decided the dry spell was over. I’d been eyeing up a similar project that I came upon while stalking Pinterest, such as this one over at Craftberrybush.


Arming myself with dollar store supplies –

  • Two globe hurricanes
  • Approximately 300 plastic spoons
  • A glue gun and glue sticks
  • Spray Paint

I began by removing the handle from the spoons right below the hollow of the spoons. This was the most difficult part of the project – It was more than a little tedious! I then applied a single layer of spoons right side up with an overhang of approximately 1/4 of an inch above the lip of the hurricane globe.

I continued adding spoons in rows, overlapping the previous row all the way down until the entire globe was covered. Although I liked the look in white, I decided to add a little more depth by painting.

I started by painting the entire piece in Rustoleum Dark Brown. When dry, I lightly applied a very thin coat of Rustoleum Canyon Black and then spritzed with Krylon Premium Copper Brilliant.

The end result looks very much like a bronzed metal. I used LED candles as I’m not sure how well this would hold up with a real flame and heat. The light shines softly through the gaps of the hurricane, and highlights the texture created by the overlapping spoons.

All in all, a very good addition to my Thanksgiving display! Not bad for a grand total of $12.50!

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