Happy First Day of Spring!
With all the snow we’ve had this year, you would think that I’d steer far away from white for spring.
Nope! I went for brightness by creating a simple, dramatic white mantel for spring.
Spring has more than her fair share of cloudy days. And there’s nothing like a background of white with color pops for a dramatic look to brighten the spirits on a gray gloomy rainy day.
I’m excited that spring has officially arrived. You too?
There is still a bit of snow in the forecast. But, the reality of spring’s appearance is seeing larger and larger patches of grass each day.
Furthermore, I saw green pushing through the dirt. Spring bulbs are beginning to emerge. Yay!!!
Shall we do the happy dance?
It was fun creating a simple, dramatic white mantel for spring.
I love the mirrors that usually hang over the mantel, but this time I wanted the freshness of white.
The same frames that decorated the mantel for Valentine’s Day were resurrected from the craft room again.
Since I can’t afford to purchase art, I decided to make my own to fit the frames.
Okay, I didn’t actually make those lovely tulips. Instead I went to everyone’s favorite inspirational spot, Pinterest, and browsed botanical prints. Trying to find three in similar tone and color and style was a bit of a challenge. I saved my choices to my private pin board. Do you have a private pin board for projects. I find it’s really helpful. Plus then I’m not spamming the pinwaves with incredulous amounts of repinned inspiration.
Once I had a handful of tulip prints I liked (I think these are older prints which someone scanned from old books.), I printed a draft to see how they would work in the frames. Based on that, I pulled up PicMonkey** and tweaked the prints, even deleting a shell in one with a few little tricks from ‘the monkey,’ and sized them to be 8×10′s. Then I printed my tulips on presentation paper and placed them behind the matte and frame. Because reflections drive me crazy, I chose not to add the glass over the prints in the frames.
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This time I planned to hang the prints on the wall in place of the mirror, so my next step was to decide what to place on the mantel. After shopping the house, I choose these vintage milk glass containers, a goblet and candlestick that had been spray painted white for a past project, and a little white bird that you might remember from the fall mantel filled with crabapple branches.
The milk glass on the white mantel with the tulip prints on the wall was simple and dramatic. But, it needed something else. So, to add a pop of color I decided to create a garland.
The garland is made from 2 inch circle punches and pretty scrap book paper glued on to white embroidery floss. In my mind this project wouldn’t take more than an hour. Between choosing the paper, punching the circles, folding, and gluing, it took much longer. But, in the end it was worth it. I’m really pleased with the final results.
Placing the garland was super easy and quick. I literally walked up to the mantel and draped the garland back and forth, stood back, and made one tweak. That was it. Sure, I could have played with it a bunch, but I am really trying to not over think things.
I asked my friend what she thought and she said the eggs were really cute. You know….I, too, actually thought those giant circles looked like eggs when I stepped back to critique my work. It’ll be a few weeks before I’m interested in an Easter mantel. Hmmm…maybe they’ll stay. [wink] Or not!
This mantelscape works for me. The objects are similar, duplicating color and texture. There’s a bit of contrast with the colorful paper garland. And the artwork in the white frames, again, duplicates the white milk glass and the color pops with the garland. Whenever you want to create a simple mantel, look to duplicate objects. Whether it’s color, size, or shape, repetition is your friend and helps to give a cohesive look and a silent simplicity. What works for you?
I’d love to hear what you’re doing to decorate your house for spring.
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Wishing you An Extraordinary First Day of Spring!
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