Our summertime redo of the den post is long overdue. I must have switched things up months ago and then almost forgot to share them. And now school is going back in session…WHEN IN THE WORLD DID SCHOOL START SO EARLY!??! If I was still in school, I would have vetoed and stayed home. Which would have been ineffective…seeing as I was homeschooled. But I would have definitely NOT put on a bra. And I would have told my mother “I hate school and you can suck my big fat toe.” And when I say “I hate school and you can suck my big fat toe” I mean “Yes ma’am, I am getting my books right now.” Dude. She could ground us and give extra homework and take away cars, television, and interaction with humans. You don’t cross that much power.
Anyhoo. Back to the den. Here was our post-christmas den:
It was filled with a monochromatic elements like this large flat basket (which now I see in the Pottery Barn catalog so I feel relieved that I ain’t so crazy for being crazy about this basket) and some candlesticks and a little stack of twined up books and a little birdhouse. Very cozy and warm.
But then spring sprung. And our hydrangeas came out to play.
And that is when I was inspired to make this placemat pillow. But it didn’t exactly match the other all-brown items in the room.
So I decided to spruce things up a bit. First thing I did was choose my color palette – which came directly from the pillow. I wanted everything to have fresh blues, pinks and greens. Then I pulled off everything from the mantle and the coffee table to start with a blank slate.
On the mantle, I placed the round mirror in the middle to start things off. I especially like it on the coffee table but in this case, I wanted a large white element in the center and this was the only large white element that I had on hand. Then I gathered up some pink and blue books. I decided to top that with a small potted plant for a pop of green. Then I realized that I would need to balance that color on the other side. So I ran outside and clipped a few roses from our front yard. I love how their saturated color gives a little pop to the other side of the mantel. Then to keep things light and airy while still adding height, I snagged some blue glass bottles to place behind the vase of roses. Balancing out those bottles was easy with the help of a blue glass bud vase on the other side. After that, the mantel just needed two little white elements – a favorite white ceramic bird and a little milk glass hobnail lidded vase.
It’s like my mantel met Jenny Craig. Totally lighter, right? And you may have already noticed that I added a couple colorful blankets to the mix. I threw in the pink one on the tan chair and the teal one on the leather chair. I love how just a throw can add a splash of color and really add some fun to a serious space.
And speaking of pops of color, check out our new coffee table arrangement:
I was so inspired by the colors outside that I decided we needed a little coffee table garden. First, I laid down a large green serving plate from West Elm on the glass top. The limelight hydrangeas are the largest element and placed in the blue bubble glass hurricane that I scored at Goodwill. For our second cluster item, a cheap Ikea planter has a indoor plant (that amazingly I kept alive). Lastly is a little Pier 1 turquoise vase with a sprig of crepe myrtle. My favorite part is the fact that the little lines on the Ikea vase are just like the little lines on the Pier 1 vase. I don’t know why. It’s weird details like that that make me smile.
On the other side of the arrangement I stuck the little white cross that I had in my drawer-o-decor.
As I am writing this post, I think to myself…well Katie, it sure would be nice to see a bunch of mantelscapes all in one place. And you know what? I am right. Here are some of my favorites from the last year:
So have you tackled your mantle lately? Maybe included some more seasonal decor? Do you update yours with the changing weather or are you more of a tried-and-true type that sticks to one arrangement? Perhaps you just use pillows and throws to spruce up your spaces? Whatever your style, I’d love to hear what your mantle is currently sportin’.