Making the living room a place where we spend more time as a family has been a priority. It’s a big room with ginormous ceilings. I think that’s what intimidates me about it. What to do with those crazy high ceilings on a rockin’ what ya got budget. It was painted a very bold color when we moved in. Good thing I looovvvee green, because that is one room I will NOT be repainting. While I was pregnant with Littlest Man, I also got into the habit of going upstairs after dinner was all cleaned up, put the kiddos to bed and settled in my room with a book or blog or something. So my husband and I literally didn’t set foot in that room. What a waste!
Anyways, back to the mantle. I thought if I could make it say “spring” to me, then I would want to be in there more. (Amazing how doing that and putting light bulbs in a lamp in the corner actually drew me into the room. We’ve spent much more time in there while we’re at home over the last week and a half.) That led me to shopping the house! Not the mall girls, the house. I grabbed this cool bird I got at Dollar Tree a few years ago (thanks to my sister in law) and spray painted the little thing. I had to sharpie his eyes back on, he looked creepy without eyes.
After seeing something Melissa had done last spring at The Inspired Room, I knew I wanted to hunt for some white stuff. I love white stuff. This was a wedding gift from Crate and Barrel oh so long ago! I love timeless stuff. Perfect for a rockin’ what ya got kind of life.
Then Layla over at The Lettered Cottage got me to thinking I needed a few books up there.
Almost forgot the pussy willow branches. I have loved these things since I was little. My mom used to have some fake ones, (I guess they were fake?) and I can remember walking by every day and rubbing them. They were on sale at Whole Foods for cheapie, cheapie.
The Believe pic is one of my favorites. We got it 3 years ago at Hobby Lobby on sale with one of their 50% off coupons. Ever since I did the Believing God Bible Study by Beth Moore 7 years ago, I like to keep that word in front of me. And the humongous magnolia was something I bought (at Kirklands for 60% off—while do I still remember that?) before I got married for my first home. It used to have a gold frame, but I spray painted it black a few years ago. It gave it a second life because I just could not bring myself to part with it. Every proper southern girl needs her a gigantic magnolia.
And there you have it. Done anything special to your mantel lately? Do share.