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A Recycled Winter Mantel

12 Jan

There are so many great blogs out there with awesome DIY tutorials and tons of inspiration it can get a little overwhelming at times. I always surf my favorite blogs and finish being like “SO MANY GREAT IDEAS WHERE TO START!!!” I think sometimes it’s good to just take a step back and focus on something smaller. For instance (you knew my rant had to be going somewhere, right? :)) after taking down all the holiday decorations my mantel always looks so sad and pathetic. For some reason I have this aversion to just putting the previous mantel decor back up, I don’t know maybe it’s just me but I want something new and fresh for the New Year! Of course I can’t continue to keep buying things just because I get bored, so this year I decided to do a little hunting around the house to come up with something new/old for the mantel. If you don’t remember what my mantel looked like before all the fun holiday (and really why would you?) you can click here to check it out.

Here is the new look for the New Year:

mantelSorry for the poor quality photos my camera needs to be charged and I really wanted to share this! Everything except the large zinc K, I had in a different place in the house. This is a total mix match from old pieces that had a  home somewhere else. I think it came together nicely. Here is the breakdown of what’s what.

Lantern: Pottery Barn this was a wedding gift and I never really could find a good place for it.

Large Zinc K: Restoration Hardware (on clearance otherwise I would never be ok with buying it!)

Clock: Pottery Barn another wedding gift and it’s the only clock we have in the room so it’s nice to know what time it is!

Bookends: Old hand me downs from my parents I painted them white (they use to be gold). It’s amazing what a transformation old things can take with a little TLC.

Books: I am sure we all have a bunch of hardcover books that we never read laying around.

Twine bottles: These were a DIY project that you can find here.

Pitcher: This is a left over decoration from our wedding, inspiration can come from anywhere!

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Need a little more mantel pick me up:

A Harvest House Warming

2 Aug

We are throwing a house warming party in September, so of course I have to start planning now! I mean, come on, there is only a month and a half to plan this thing. I have been dying to do a wine tasting party and since that won’t really be feasible with the number of guest we have attending I decided to elaborate on that theme and do a harvest house warming. I want to do lots of DIY craft ideas to keep decor cost on the lower side. I have put togther a couple of inspiration boards for a few ideas. What do you think?

1. Party Blog / 2. Epicurious / 3. Pottery Barn / 4. Good Deals / 5. That’s So Yummy / 6. Theme Party Queen

I love Pottery Barn, I just wish someone from their desgin team could come to my house and decorate the whole thing! Of course they would fund the decorating as well. Below, all images are from Pottery Barn, the inspiration for my party.

Gallery Wall

23 Jul

I have always loved the look of the picture-gallery walls in people’s homes. I knew for sure I would be doing this in our new den. Pottery Barn has a great mini how-to-video that you may want to check out. Here are a few pictures that inspired me, which are found on Pottery Barn’s website.

I love the mixture of the different colored pictures as well as the different texture from the frames. Here is how mine turned out.

Here are a few photos of it coming together. First I cut newspaper to the dimensions of all the frames I had and started arranging them on the wall. This is a safe way in ensuring you achieve the look you want without putting a bunch of nails in the wall and then having to remove them if you find the layout doesn’t work.

After  that was complete I just started hanging the photos.

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