I've been looking forward to today all week! Cindy of Rough Luxe Lifestyle and Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home have graciously invited me and several other bloggers to participate in their Project Design: How to Style Your Spring Mantel Two Ways series. I'm all about new ideas for decorating the mantel, so I for one can't wait to read everyone's posts today.
For my mantel designs, I went in two totally different directions for each one. If you're a regular reader, you'll know that the first is my usual style- bold and colorful. However, the second is new territory for me!
I meant to only have this antique green mirror out for my recent Christmas mantel, but it's fit right in not only at Christmas, but for my Valentine's Day mantel too, and now it's working hard for Spring!
I gathered up several blue and white pieces and loaded them all together on the mantel. I just can't get enough of the blue/white/kelly green color combo.
I shared this trick as one of My Five Favorite Ways to Decorate for Spring- our trees weren't quite budding yet, so I used faux blossom stems mixed in with some real curly willow branches from the yard. The real twigs mixed in help disguise the faux stems and make them more believable.
Now, let's call this next mantel 1A. It's not officially one of my two, but I played around with the green mirror a little bit more and made it more playful and Easter specific.
It's more knick-knacky than I generally like on the mantel, but all of those little things are special for our family.
The framed bunny art is my daughter's creation that usually hangs in her room, and the clay rabbit in front was a school art project made by moi in 2nd grade. :)
And, my neighbor trimmed his magnolia tree at just the right time... yay for free greenery!
On to my second mantel! I challenged myself to get out of my colorful comfort zone and use a neutral color palette. And you know what? I like it!
Of course, how could you not like it when the Juju hat is the star of the show?
And, you didn't think I'd do a mantel styling post without including a bust, did you?
I actually think I'll recreate this mantel next winter, I would just need to swap out the Spring branches for something else.
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