When a Spring Mantel is Just What You Needed
Sometimes, when you are in a decorating rut, it can be hard to get out. ¬†And sometimes the perfect solution is to just just jump in on a Friday night and bring out several of your favorite vintage treasures and pull together a spring mantel. I think some of my past mantel decorating ideas, have been pretty, but let's call it as it is. ¬†Sometimes they were just too much. ¬† For the last year or so, I have found that I really enjoy keeping things a little bit simpler. ¬†Truth be told, my house was always wrecked when I decorated a mantel because I pretty much pulled out everything I had in the house. ¬†It is so much more enjoyable to have something done simply and without such a mess. My "formula" is pretty simple. ¬†I start with one center item to build around. ¬†In this case, it is a vintage window, but I have used chalkboards, old barn doors and larger scale artwork. ¬†Then I group items together on each side. For this mantel, I kept the color palette pretty simple - white, blue, green, wood and a pop of galvanized (which balances with the blue). ¬†I balanced it out by putting wood items on both sides. ¬†The wood pieces on the right are a vintage spool and a large vintage masher. ¬†The ones on the left are vintage exercise pins. ¬†I have had the vintage paintings for years and they have been moved all around the house over the years. And of course, I keep one of my favorite candles on the mantel as well. The good news is that the mantel was just the start. ¬†I kept going and pulled together the rest of the family room and I will share the rest with you next week. Thanks so much for reading.