Monday, March 17, 2014

A Spring Mantel

I have a confession to make. Up until last Saturday, I still had leftover Christmas greenery on my mantel.  I didn't have a baby Jesus or a Santa Claus up there, though, so I told myself it was my "winter mantel". Ha!  I really loved the green with the contrast of the red amaryllis ( a Pottery Barn Christmas markdown from several years back. I have two on each side of the mantel). There is something about the color red that just makes me happy when I see it. It doesn't look too Christmassy does it? I guess as long as it doesn't scream, "Ho, ho, ho!" it can work.

I finally got with it, though, and brought a trash bag in and took all the greenery down. I looked around the house and placed some new things on the mantel. I found some spring branches at Michael's and put them inside this black urn. Here is the finished product.

I was surprised at how fresh the room felt with this change.

I've also been loving these...

Don't you love fresh flowers? I found these at a flower shop here in town - 2 bunches for $10.

I brought out my Easter bunny, too. (T.J. Maxx purchase from a few years ago)

Now for a few random comments...

I've been looking around and pricing monogrammed pillow shams for our bedroom. This photo isn't our bedroom, but I love the look. (photo courtesy of Traditional Home April 2014). There is just something so crisp and fresh about those shams. It's just a little touch, but it makes a big impact.

I posted this photo of the front of our home on instagram today. I need to blog about how we came to build this home. It is truly a testimony to the kindness of God.

I would love to show you inside!

Finally, even though I said I took down all the "Christmas" greenery, I couldn't quite part with my they are in the dining room! You can see now how much I really do love the color red.

Have a happy week!

P.S. Thanks go to for mentioning me in her awesome blog. I love her style! Thank you, Pam:)

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  1. I'm with you when it comes to color, Kathy. Your amaryllis are so pretty I don't blame you for wanting to leave them out. I love your mantel. That clock is amazing and the flowers are too. My girlfriend just put a big black clock like that above her mantel. It's such a classic look.

    1. Hi Stacey! Thank you. I love our mantel and try to change it up throughout the year. Hope you are having a great day!


  2. Hi! A lady I know monogrammed me two white pillowcases. I bought the pillowcases at Walmart for $6 each and she monogrammed them for $7 each! She has a shop on Etsy- Emerald Cove Designs-Stacie Jakes. I love how they look!
    Hope this helps!

  3. Can you come decorate my home? Wow, gorgeous! I really love the fresh simplicity of your spring mantle. You've given me some inspiration.

    1. Hi Alison! I have an idea that your home would be pretty beautiful! Thanks so much and I've really loved your daily fashion posts:)

  4. I love your spring mantel, the flowers in the black urn are so pretty, and that Easter bunny is super cute! Thanks for visiting me, have a great day. -Dawn @ We Call It
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  5. Love your mantel! Very pretty. The flowers are beautiful too, and what a deal! You have a lovely home and do hope you'll blog your story soon about it! Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday.

  6. I love your mantelscape, Kathy--so simple but elegant and springy. That clock is an awesome centerpiece for it! And I wish you WOULD write the story of how you built your house. It's so lovely.

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week!

  7. Thank you so much, Richella! I will have to write it. It truly is a story of God's amazing love and kindness.


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