Friday, March 19, 2010

Welcome Spring Mantel

Happy Spring!  In the spirit of Layla's Mantel Mania over at The Lettered Cottage, I figured I would create a Spring-inspired mantel of my own.

Like many of you, I am a bit overwhelmed by decorating my mantel.  That's why it's been empty for the past two years!  I think we feel stressed because it is a focal point of a room so we think it has to be perfect and wow everyone. 

Well I'm taking a new approach.  I am just going to decorate my mantel with what I like. If you choose objects that you love and arrange them in a way that is pleasing to you, chances are, it will be pleasing to others.

So what do you think?  Here's the deal: the whole thing cost less than $40.  I got the tulips from Home Beboe (as Jason calls Home Depot) for $5.50 in one pot.  I grabbed some potting soil and was in such a rush to throw everything in my car that I forgot the top of those potting soil bags tears off!   Oops, looks like I am going to have to vacuum my car again!

Anyway - the little tins were left over from our wedding (they held the rose petals for people to toss).  Jason put the chalkboard paint on them and I wrote out "SPRING."  I got one of the pitchers from Target for $18 and the rest are from Hub's Place, ranging from $1 to $6.   The candle holder was also a Hub's Place find for $1.  The money plant was given to me from my amazing friend Brittney many years ago!  The picture above the mantel was painted by my mother-in-law (isn't it beautiful?).  Finally, I grabbed the scrabble tiles out from our game!

Happy Spring and happy Mantel Mania!

Linking up with Somewhat Simple's Spring/Easter Linky Party, Motivate Me Monday, Made it Mondays, It's So Very Cheri, Between Naps on the Porch's Met Monday, The Girl Creative

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  1. Hi Stephanie - I'm here from New Friends Friday!

    I really like your mantel makeover, the Scrabble tiles are my favorite (I love to play).

    I miss my mantel - our new house doesn't have a fireplace.

    Come and visit sometime!

  2. Hi Stephenie.
    I came upon your blog via Mustard Seed Creations. I am going to add a link to your "Our Fixer Upper" post in my Inspire My Saturday Feature tomorrow.


    P.S. I am from rural Upstate NY as well. ;)

  3. Stephenie,

    Your mantel is beautiful. Love the tulips in the small tins with chalk board paint. An excellent representation of the season.


  4. Great decision! Everything blends in to give it a warm feeling...what's after spring..ummm..I'll be waiting and wondering. I know whatever it is, it will be worth the anticipation. Aunt El

  5. Great mantel!! I love each detail you included. :) It just makes you smile looking at it. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Just found you over at Lettered Cottage and love your mantle! Brilliant! Heading to my game closet right now to dust off my childhood Scrabble game. You are my new decorating hero! Can't wait to explore your blog.

  7. Beautiful! I love this! Soooo perfect for spring.
    BTW, check and see if you accidently linked to TT instead of Met Monday...don't want folks to miss your wonderful mantelscape for Spring!

  8. Fun idea. Love the letters on the pots. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  9. This is a great arrangement! So pretty and fresh. I love it all but Im really loving the scrabble tiles! I might have to borrow that idea for my daughters upcoming birthday party.

  10. You have a nice deep mantel and I love your tulips and the way you did the chalkboard paint. That scrabble idea is genius, I might just have to borrow that !

  11. very creative... I love all the elements you pulled together.

    have a great week.

  12. Looks great, love the Scrabble sign!

  13. I made your blog!! And you said I was amazing! I feel so special. I'm so glad I gave you those money plant and your mantel is adorable. I love the tulips. Welcome spring is right! Love you.

  14. I like that you made the word spring with the tulip pots - very sweet - and altogether a fresh looking mantel...

  15. This is so pretty! I love that you used Scrabble tiles for a cutesie display message! The flowers 'n pots are a nice touch, too. Lovely!

  16. Beautiful! Love the tulips soooo much in those adorable little pots! I'm now eyeing my very boring always the same mantel thinking it needs some freshening up!

    Thanks for linking to SNS!
    FJ Donna


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