When I decorated my mantel in January my goal was to keep it mostly seasonal neutral with a few elements that could be changed throughout the year.
I had a lot of fun adding some spring touches.
The vase had some springy flowers from last year added.
A painted and distressed wooden bowl on a candlestick now holds brown paper filler and two painted wooden eggs.
The lantern has more filler and three more of the eggs. I had fun painting these a while back while my niece spent a few days with us. I painted them in muted pink, green, yellow, blue and brown, and then speckled them with dark brown.
In my dining room I really wanted to brighten things up. I love having so much red in my house, but sometimes it starts to feel a little dark.
My burlap roses were joined by cut up pieces from last year’s mantel garland.
I usually have a large and small heart shaped You Are Special plates hanging on the plate rack, but felt that they were too dark next to so many light touches, so I swapped them out for two plates from my great-grandma’s china.
On my buffet I grouped my bird houses and nest from last year’s spring mantel with more cut up pieces from the garland.
The opposite side holds an old mason jar with raffia filler and more garland, another bird house and a word art that my mom gave me for Christmas. You can see on the shelf just beyond that I have a neat stoneware crock with muslin roses and more garland. Behind it is my “Simplify” sign.
Across the mirror I hung my mom’s Pottery Barn knock-off Happy Easter eggs.
And some happy white tulips completed the springy touches on the table.
I love looking around at all the lighter colored touches and feel like they really brighten up our house. And the best part? With all this decorating, the only items I purchased this time around were the tulips and the jar they’re in.
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