Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Spring Mantel

Dear Blog Land,  I would like to thank you....
I love our home and the way (most) of it is decorated.  Even though I have more of a traditional approach to decorating, I appreciate other decorating styles I see in Blog Land.  I love the chippy white paint, the painted and distressed furniture, the linens and burlap and the vintage style I see in so many blogs these days.  I want to embrace those ideas, but-- I'm scared,  I'm unwilling, I'm cheap, I don't want to make a big mess and I think my home is attractive and comfortable the way it is.  Why make changes if there really isn't a need for a change?  Well, I know it all goes to personal taste.  Some people just must like change more than others.  They love to paint, move furniture and sew new drapes.  I do make some changes in my home, but they are usually seasonal (Halloween, Christmas and Mardi Gras) but lately, I've been making the same changes that I made the year before.

I think I like being in a rut.

Since I'm so unwilling to move, recover or paint my furniture, I have challenged myself to create change in our home using accessories that I have seen and love in Blog Land. I'm going for a more updated look without going crazy.

Let's see how this goes!

Here is my family room mantel and hearth with what I call a "winter look."  I have a number of jugs that belonged to my Dad and I wanted to showcase some of them where I could see them daily.  I like the look, but I didn't want to keep it all the time.  The jugs are pretty, but dark in color.  Not a spring look to me.  I usually place three large, off-white, ceramic candlesticks where the jugs are and use  lighter-colored candles with them.

 So what to do with the challenge and
 the things I like in Blog Land?

I really love plants and this little fern is a hard one for me to grow.  I haven't had it long, but it seems happy on the kitchen table.  I would love for it to go on the mantel, but I fear that it won't get enough light there, so it can't stay on the mantel. 

I love this chippy piece that came off a porch someone was refinishing. I love this and have had it for several years.  I wasn't sure what I would do with it, but I wanted it just the same.

I have been wanting one of these wooden shoe forms for a couple of years...don't know why.  They just appeal to me like the chippy porch piece.  I got two of these in February.  And, you can see a peek of the subway art that I like.  I love it, but I have no wall space I am willing to "give up" for it.  And the oil painting above the mantel....well, I really, really love it since the day I first saw it and it isn't going anywhere.

I like the rusty "stuff" I see in blogs.  Again, don't ask me why.  Here is a numeral 3 that I got at Hobby Lobby.  It looks kinda rusty.  I picked a three because that represents our little family.  I used the burlap-yep, gotta give the nod to burlap (even if it makes me cough).  And the other white chippy piece is a capital from a column that was on my great-aunt's porch.

I found this container at a flea market and just
knew I would use it often and I have.

I swapped out the little fern for this peace lily--
it doesn't take a lot of light to be happy.
 This room is dark--so unlike all the Blog Land rooms
that I've come to admire (thank you-- Kim at Savvy Southern Style).

Well---Here's the new look!

I love my new and lighter, more updated design! 
 What do you think? 
I hope my husband eventually notices...
it's been this way for several days!
P.S. I had a teacher friend who would change her whole classroom lay-out while her first-graders were at P.E.  She did a lot in that quick 25 minutes.  I can still hear her children's cries of confusion and excitement mixed together when they returned to the classroom.  I asked her one time if she moved her furniture at home and her reply was, "All the time."  I never moved things around in my classroom.  I found the best traffic flow and that was how it stayed! Guess I would try changing my classroom tomorrow if I was still teaching....

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Sue said...

Your little transformation worked wonders, Marsha!! The jugs were great for winter, but the urn gives it a light, spring/summer look now. Layering the small subway sign in front of your large picture on the mantel gives it a lot of depth. Good choice on adding in the chippy piece of porch and the shoe last. I have to admit that I'm a symmetrical type of girl and would probably be adding something to the left side of the painting. Is this something you would consider? Glad that you liked my tour of the farm sale I attended last week! Be on the lookout for a post on the upcoming S'field sale. There will be lots of vendors there and I'm anxious to see what treasures I find, LOL- hope your husband eventually notices your fireplace!
~ Sue

Revi said...

I think your plan is a good one! Accessories are the best way to freshen things up without a ton of work or expense. Seasonal change is always great! Your spring mantel is an appealing way to use the new things you like that don't go anywhere else. I'd say this exercise was a success!

I LOVE your family architectural elements! And it's GOOD that you know what you like and have your home the way you want it. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Some of us have just grown tired of a "look" we've had for a decade or so, and want something completely different - well as different as it can be using mostly things you already own! I guess that's why my house is turned upside down while I move furniture to different rooms!

Your home is lovely and filled with many quality items. Some of our homes are filled with thrift store items that NEED a change! If we owned your pieces, we wouldn't touch them either.

I DO love the spring mantel, though!:)


Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Good for you! You took the plunge to get out of a rut! I like the "new" look, and I love the fact that some of the pieces have special significance...like the porch capital. ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Nice changes. You just keep blogging and we will get you out of that rut.

Marsha said...

Thank you, Kim! I'm trying!

chateau chic said...

I like your mantel with the changes you made. Love the items you used to lighten it up for spring.
I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

allisamazing said...

What great changes and they sure do brighten up the room. I really like how you used things that you have found and loved that are uniquely you :)

Curtains in My Tree said...

I like your new chippy white redo on your mantel

I have a traditional living room and office at home but my kitchen and studio is all chippy white shabby chic furniture, garage sale finds and dumpster finds . I even have an old dish cabinet in my kitchen that a friends husband was on the way to trash it I gave her $150. for it and saved it

thanks for entering my 1st giveaway

I would live in Savannah if money was better for me

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love the new look, Marsha! Perfect for spring summer! I love the jugs you had for winter, too!

Kelly said...

I love how your mantel looks. The good thing about traditional decor is that it really doesn't HAVE to be update! It is classic and never goes out of style. I think adding a few trendy pieces (the way you did) is a nice small update without giving up what you already have and love.