Spring Mantel

I know you are waiting with baited breath for my recaps of this weekends exciting events (Girls Night Out & Creative Estates), but I had to sneak in this post about my Easter mantle before Beth closes her linky party (Am I too late?)
My mantel inspiration this year, was this photo from Martha Stewart. It is so fresh, balanced and uncluttered. All things I need my life to be more of lately. This meant I immediately needed to find a vintage mirror to hang on my mantel–not just for spring, but for all year, long.
I was excited to find this beauty on Craigslist for around $35. It is extremely heavy, and definitely vintage!
But that is what I was going for! There are enough mirrors around this house for checking to see if there is food in your teeth. I wanted that beautiful aged look. I thought about painting the frame, but for now, I am loving it as is! I like the way the shape works with our tapered fireplace.
I’ve had the two topiaries for a while (I spray painted one of the pots a while back, so they would look a little more like a pair), and felt that they could provide the height achieved in the inspiration mantel. The egg on the green candle holder is an actual ostrich egg, that was hollowed out and given to us shortly after we were married. I thought it a random gift at the time, but have since been to an Ostrich farm and seen what people charge for these eggs! It often makes it’s way into my decor.
To replicate the low-lying platters of eggs in the inspiration picture, I placed a glass cheese platter on top of a candleholder, filled it with some of that “grass” that is made from wood shavings, and loaded on the plastic Easter eggs. If I had had more time and money, I probably would have decoupaged, or painted eggs, or something, to hide their plasticness (spell check doesn’t like that one!). But I’m throwing an Easter party at church with zero budget, so we need every plastic Easter egg we can find for that one. I just sorted through to find the most natural colors of the bunch, and from a little distance, they really aren’t too plasticky (dictionary doesn’t like that, either!). It’s amazing what happens when you forgo the neon pink eggs!
I really wanted to dress up the mirror a little and balance out the ostrich egg, so I created this little doily garland with my Silhouette and plain printer paper.
It had to work hard to make all of these tiny, intricate cuts. I did finish getting all the big pieces out, but figured you wouldn’t be able to tell if I punched through every hole or not.
Then I just folded the doilies in half and glued them to themselves over the string.
I had thought to put a word like “Spring” or “Easter” on them, but kind of preferred the more simple look.  BSB on the other hand, didn’t get the garland at all. Someone needs to explain to him that grannies are chic again!
While I was enjoying the calm mono-chromatic feel I had going, I thought it might need a punch of color and since our neighbors had brought us some roses from their garden, I figured that would do the trick.
So which do you prefer? The monochromatic version? The punch of color? Or should I take it all down, and put up some bunnies and neon pink eggs? :-)
Linking to The Stories of A to Z, if I’m not too late!

Comments

  1. RootsAndWingsCo says:

    I love it with the splash of color! Beautiful!

    Rebecca@RootsAndWingsCo

  2. Christina says:

    Oooh I honestly love it both ways! You did a great job…I love the little doily bunting as a delicate accent! :)

  3. Beth@The Stories of A2Z says:

    So glad you made it to the party and I'm loving your roses (and the fun ostrich egg)!

  4. Susan Crabtree says:

    the punch of color!

  5. Love love love it! great job!

  6. Amy at Ameroonie Designs says:

    I love the look of the flowers. It's lovely- and that mirror is perfect for your mantle!
    xoxo,
    Amy

  7. Alison@Oopsey Daisy says:

    Kendra, this is just beautiful! I shared this post on my blog today. Here is the link:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2011/04/wednesdays-wowzers-everythingisjustsopr.html

    Thanks for inspiring!
    ~Alison

  8. PartyMom says:

    I love how soft and relaxed your mantle is!

  9. Trisha @ The Sweet Survival says:

    Love all the green and white in your mantel. The mirror is absolutely gorgeous! Stopping by from CSI.

  10. Korrie@RedHenHome says:

    The doily garland is my favorite!

  11. Krista@TheGatheringPlaceDesign says:

    Really pretty! I love the sweet doily banner. Great job:)

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