Mantles that make you go Oooh!

It’s the simple things right?! I am so excited that I have a mantle!  This means other things to me too.  Like now we have a fireplace!  We LOVE making a big fire on a cold night.  The kids usually see who can sit on the hearth the longest with out spontaneously combusting.  A game I remember from my childhood.  I just love a fireplace.  It screams “cozy” to me.  Secondly but almost as important, I enjoy changing out the decor through-out the year.  My favorite is decorating it for fall and Christmas.  Halloween too!   It’s always fun to change around the decor in your home from time to time.  This does NOT mean you have to go out and spend a fortune on new things.  Ask my husband, I am forever pulling items from other spots in our home and using them in new ways.  He has a joke with the kids to see who can spot the changes first 🙂

Here are some mantles with different decor ideas from good ol’ Pinterest.  I felt like I had found gold when I came across this “formula” pin!  Haleluja!!  I do not think you have to have symmetry in decor but if that floats your boat then so be it… Otherwise this works!  mantle math

 

A mirror on the mantle adds so much depth and interest to an otherwise flat space.  Greenery is my second fav. I’m not crazy about the white mantle in this pic but you get the idea. mantle greenery

 

 

 

The way the different elements work in this arrangement are just about perfect.  Not too much and it looks balanced.

I think putting something personal in the mix is like icing on the cake.  This is a wonderful idea to do just that.  Simple, unique and personal.

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All these ideas could work for decorating a bookcase, too… Just sayin’!  Have a great time making a shelf or your mantle pretty!!

Gray, Grey, Greige??

Who would have thought!? Greige??  But what a beautiful color!  I have always been more of a neutral side when it comes to painting a room.  I shy away from anything that screams color in BOLD letters.   Look at these gray themed rooms…. What is not to LOVE about this?!grey livinggray kitchengrey bedroom

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Grandmother’s China Cabinet

What’s a Duncan Phyfe?  I really had no idea but I was a LOT younger when it was given to me.  It was a love/hat relationship.  But it did what it needed to do:  Hold things I deemed special or things my toddlers couldn’t reach or grab or break!  wpid-img_20140716_180352_118.jpg

I always dreamed of painting it.  I never thought I could acheive the finished project i dreamed in my head.  I knew nothing of chalk paint.  Let’s just say I was very pleased with the results.  This was my first chalk paint project!  Here it is after the first coat.

wpid-img_20140716_190402_517.jpgI decided to remove the strips that gave the illusion of panes and painted the hardware.  Better pictures to come!!

 

Pretty little table

Yep, I did it again.  I painted a piece of furniture.  Could I be addicted to this?? Well maybe but I love the details on this piece.  Our floors are dark hardwood and she was disappearing.  What better way than to let her shine but to slap on a pretty coat of paint.  wpid-wp-1414939976665.jpegYep, ASCP in Country Gray.  DSC_4409It’s she lovely?!DSC_4408DSC_4410Now she shines!