On Wednesday afternoon, I puttered around the first floor ostensibly cleaning, but really making some changes to the decorations. Even though it’s winter outside, I’ve been yearning for green plants inside.
After cleaning the lights and ahem, removing a dead stinkbug and fly, I worked on adding white and a little color to the mantel. I had envisioned lots of white pitchers and plates, but I don’t have them. Just something to look for at Goodwill.
This cute little white frame came from Target’s clearance a few years ago. One of my nephews is pictured with my daughter. I love this picture because it reminds me of what a wonderful caretaker he is of my daughter, especially when they were younger.
The plant in the white Ikea pot came from Home Depot, and has done well despite much neglect. I keep looking for a new one each time I go back to Home Depot, though this should root pretty easily in water. The glass pedestal is from Goodwill.
The little white tea light holder on the left and the white pitcher both came from Goodwill. The aloe plant in the bright yellow pot is another Home Depot find; I bought it because of the pot. Love yellow!
The silver tray in the back is an heirloom; it once belonged to my great grandmother and has her initial on it.
The glass vase on the right may have come from JoAnn Fabrics. I think the fake fruit inside came from the same store. I leave this vase in place year round since I love the colors and shapes.
Another Goodwill find, this mantel clock was under $5. Some day I may paint it another color like rusty orange, but for now, it’s a solid dark brown.
The gold ornate mirror on the wall is from one of my great aunt’s. Gold ornate is not my normal thing, but this mirror speaks to me.
After I took the final picture, I realized that I still needed a pop of color and some height. I debated about using a brown glass candlestick, but I felt it was a little too transparent. This beautiful golden yellow tray came from Goodwill. It’s not Fiesta ware, but oh, so similar in design.
I think the final, final mantel looks much better now. And no money was expended in the process.
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