So, I did my mantle re-do research last week and found ideas I loved at a new-to-me decorating blog called The Lettered Cottage. This spring mantel arrangement was my favorite thing I saw on the whole internet– totally school room friendly and clean and fresh. My interpretation is not quite as pretty or involved, but the only thing I had to buy was an ugly thrift store flowery painting. It had no glass and the picture was printed on stiff board, so all I just painted over the painting with chalkboard paint and turned the gold frame white. That was easily done in a morning. I think it will be fun to change up the words and draw pictures every now and then.
If you remember my mantel-cubby thing used to be mauve. SHHHH! Don’t tell my landlords, but one of the walls in the living room is painted a tannish color. Barry found the left over down in the basement so I used it to cover the mauve. Technically, that’s not changing the paint colors in the house right, since this color is used in the house? I don’t think they’ll notice. It certainly makes me feel better.
I know my candles would look better if they were pure white instead of cream colored, but they’re what I have. I think some apple green pottery would be a fun addition, as well as something white and small on the walls on either side of the black board. I’m on the look out for something that I love. I don’t want to buy things just to fill spaces– but because I think they’re beautiful and they make me happy. And I prefer artist made things rather than China made things, of course. I’ll keep an eye on etsy for things that fit the bill.
In the meantime– happy spring!!