It sure has been a while! What’s everyone been up to? I’ve been spending this winter huddled up in the house trying to stay warm. If I didn’t have to pick the kids up from school and take them to activities, I swear that I wouldn’t leave the house. Until April. Why can’t people hibernate??
I’m not really sure why I haven’t blogged in months. I’ve had plenty to blog about. But I always feel like I need to have a finished project to show you. And in so many cases, I never feel like a project is quite finished. There’s always one more detail that I need to add – that one last accessory that would make it look perfect. Anyone else like that with their homes? Someone will compliment a room I’ve been working on, and I respond with – thanks, but I still need to do this, this, and that… ugh.
I’ve been wanting to update my home tour pictures, but I can NOT seem to be satisfied with the throw pillow combinations on the couches. I repainted the office floors, and would love to show you, but I can’t find the perfect area rug for the space. I love the wall of trays in my entry, but I can’t get the baskets on the shelves in front to look quite right. This list goes on and on.
I don’t keep up with as many blogs as I used to, but what’s funny is that the ones I still read regularly aren’t blogs with beautiful photos of finished projects every day. (Actually most of them aren’t even DIY blogs!) The blogs that I go back to most are the ones that draw me into their process and into their stories. So maybe some of you are like that too? Do you expect pin-worthy pics with every post? Or do you also like to read a bit of what’s going on behind the scenes, and are satisfied with the maybe-not-quite-there-yet pics? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions!!!
SO…. with that being said….
I’m actually satisfied with my mantel right now, and there’s not one thing that I feel like I need to add or change. lol!!!! (I feel like the last few paragraphs sounded like a disclaimer about my living room! But it’s the one space that I’ve moved on from and won’t be changing until spring! (With the exception of the dreaded throw pillows. gah!))
The winter mantel. My mantel has 4 seasons. Spring/summer (there might be tiny changes during the summer months), fall, Christmas, and winter. Usually, it takes me the entire season until I’m finally happy with how it looks. So obviously, decorating for Valentine’s, Easter, 4th of July, etc. doesn’t happen. I know my limitations!
This year I went a tad overboard on fall and Christmas mantel decorations (guess why I didn’t share pics?), and wanted something soft and quiet until spring.
I was at a beautiful friend’s gorgeous home last year, and fell in love with a driftwood mirror that she found at Marshall’s. I totally wanted it, and immediately stalked 3 different Marshall’s to no avail. A month later I was at Marshall’s with my sister and came across this wreath!!! Couldn’t believe my luck!!!
I bought these berry branches at Christmas, but I thought they could pass for winter branches, and not look too Christmas-y. I like the color that they add – and the sparkle is nice too!
The candlesticks are new – I found them at Tuesday Morning. I’ve been wanting big candlesticks forEVER. These were so reasonably priced, and were the right color so I scooped them up. You’ll probably be seeing a lot of them, even on my other-season-mantels. They’re so nice and neutral and TALL!
Here’s a look at it all together…
You might have noticed the new chairs. I needed to replace the small black and white ones that I moved to the office. I would have loved 2 pretty upholstered chairs, but I hated to spend lots of $ and worry about the kids sitting on them with food, or markers, or general kid dirt. I can easily replace or recover the cushions on these. And when my kids are done making messes (does that ever happen?), the chairs will look great on the porch!
I also added curtain panels to the windows. I seem to have a thing for black and white check. I missed it in this space when I moved the chairs out. I just realized that I have b/w check (different sizes) in every other room on the first floor!