Today is going to be a bit of an incite on how I decorate our home.
OK here we go ~
Here we see the mantle completed, but how did I get it that way? Well it was not just put there, one, two, three. I’ll put a few things that I like in place, and then I step back, and look. Sometimes I like what I see, but most times I have to walk away then enter the room again (this gives me a fresh look) I move things around until it looks just the way I want it to look.
This can take a couple of minutes, and even when I think its good, I’m still tweaking it for a few day.
In this picture there was no garland. (The little flower buds in the background)
Just putting the garland, and a string of small lights makes it pop when dusk set in.
Adding height, and a pop of color will also help.
Most of the colors are cream, and a bit of brown & beige (the angels) so adding the red clock and the dark blue bear brings in the colors from the room.
Adding texture to the mantel with the tin candle holder adds dimension ~
Hope this can help you with your mantel, or anything you are trying to create.
I love putting a room together, and determining how to bring out the best in a space, so when Douglas Elliman Real Estate invited me to participate in a “Florida Room” board challenge, I was so excited to give it a try!
They have such beautiful Florida properties, which gave me lots of inspiration for my post!
A Florida Room to someone living in the North East would have to be a 3 season room ~
I have always wanted to do a wall collage of family pictures ~
This is one view of the beginning of my wall collage ~ I think I have 1 family picture in all these photos, but many memorable pictures so far.
I guess there is no particular right or wrong when trying to create a wall collage.
Pete & I decided to put all the pictures on the floor ~
We moved the pictures around until we were happy with the way they looked ~ I then took a picture using my phone of how we were going to hang them on the wall, which was very helpful when we started to remove the pictures one by one.
This was our inspirational picture, this was the first to go onto the wall. I saw this many years ago in a sweet little craft store and wanted it so badly ~ It reminded me of Kristin & Aly when they were little. Pete brought it for me the first Christmas in our new home. It is called “First Snow”
Another special picture is from our Godson – It’s a “Thomas Kinkade” the name is “Foxglove Cottage”
This picture our oldest daughter Kristin took and gave to me one Christmas. It was so special to see this picture again, it is of our first home in upstate NY.