Cozy Christmas Mantel in Neutrals

Merry Christmas Decorating! My humble farmhouse is all set for the holidays and I'm ready to open my doors and share it with you. I'm joining some of my favorite bloggers today for Cozy Christmas Mantel inspiration. Their mantels are listed at the end of this post. Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing the event! Normally I don't decorate for Christmas in neutral tones, but I was going for a soft look and it's just the way things … [Read more...]

Candlelit Mantel for Early Nightfall

My house is transitioning from fall decor to Christmas. My holiday home tour is the last week of November which is why I need to start decorating now. I was playing around with the mantel after removing my brown bottles, and started to set up my candle holders. I've started collecting wooden candle holders and thought a candlelit mantel might be perfect for early nightfall now that we've turned back the clocks.  I love the intricate … [Read more...]

Vintage Fall Mantel with Brown Bottles

Although it's not officially fall, the autumn decorating season in the blogger world has begun! Last week I joined Taryn Whiteaker and a few other ladies for a DIY fall project. Today I'm joining a slightly larger group to share more seasonal decor. See how to create a vintage fall mantel with old brown bottles and baby boos! (This post contains affiliate links.)  I love me some vintage bottles, no matter what the color. My collection … [Read more...]

Create a Summer Mantel with Favorite Things

Summer temps are reaching into the 90's here in the Chicagoland area this week. When it gets hot like this I'm motivated to keep my decor light and cool. Taryn at Designing, Dining and Diapers asked me to be part of a summer mantel roundup and I decided to create a summer mantel with favorite things. Make sure you check out Ashley's pretty mantel at Cherished Bliss - she's the blogger on this tour just before me. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel Ideas to Inspire You

The other day while out for my morning run I saw eight robins! Normally they don't come back until mid-March but it's been unseasonably warm so I wasn't surprised to see them. Spring is almost here and I'm getting the house ready for two online spring home tours that I'm participating in. March 9th is the first tour and March 15th is the second one when I'll reveal my new sitting room. To get in the mood, I'm sharing a round-up of spring mantel … [Read more...]

Winter Mantel: Candles and Nature

After taking down all the Christmas decorations, my house was looking cold and barren. I thought about what I could do to cozy things up and decided to create a winter mantel. Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers was on the same wavelength. She organized a small group of bloggers to all share our winter mantels today. (This post contains affiliate links.)  If you're coming here from Blesser House ... welcome!  I love Lauren's beautiful … [Read more...]

Christmas Mantel: A Snowy Village

Did any of you get out for some Black Friday specials last week? Hopefully you found some bargains and can now focus on your holiday decorating. I try to avoid the crowds and spent the Thanksgiving weekend finishing up my decor. Usually I have a plan, but ended up changing what I had in mind for my Christmas mantel. My glitter houses were going to grace the mantel, but I ended up creating a snowy village with a Scandinavian vibe. My Christmas … [Read more...]

How to Create a Non-Traditional Fall Mantel

If Pinterest activity is any sort of barometer of what people are interested in, I think it's safe to say that plenty of people love fall decor. The season of football games, bonfires, and caramel apples makes us feel warm and cozy as we prepare to nest indoors during the cooler months. As I thought about how I'd adorn my mantel for autumn, I decided to create a non-traditional fall mantel using natural items in a white and blue-green color … [Read more...]

Vintage Bottles and a Summer Mantel

Summer is more than half over and while I love fall, I will mourn the loss of long sunny days. But for now, I'll enjoy the colorful flowers from my garden.  My ever-expanding collection of vintage aqua bottles proudly display cheery Zinnias from the garden. Altogether it makes my summer mantel. I thought I had collected all the vintage aqua bottles I wanted. But a trip to our local flea market last weekend proved me wrong.  I needed a … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Mantel: Your Flower of Choice

I have a confession to make. I'm not very good at crafting a pretty mantel. I put stuff together, only to wrinkle my nose at it the next day. I try to remember the rules. Like group things in odd numbers. Mix short with tall. When in doubt, decorate symmetrically. This summer I'm forgetting the rules and creating a simple summer mantel that looks pretty to me. No rules, just following my gut. And my gut says pick your flower of choice to display … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel: Create the Botanic Look

Our spring season was moving along so smoothly. I was enjoying every minute of the mild weather. But Old Man Winter likes to have the last word as he's walkin' out the door and had his say a few days ago with snow blowing so strongly it created white-out conditions. Then Sassy Spring chuckled her way back in with 70-degree temps making sure that snow didn't stick around. Just when I thought she'd win the kerfuffle, Old Man Winter blasted one last … [Read more...]

Create a Quick Easter Mantel

When I decorate for the holidays, I tend to over-think things. In an effort to make holiday decor perfect, it seems like I end up over-doing and before you know it I have an unattractive mess on my hands. That's when I start editing and editing and undoing a lot of the work I've just done. For Easter, I decided not to think too much and just go with my gut instinct ... which led to lots of flowers for a quick Easter mantel. When I think of … [Read more...]

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