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Christmas Mantle 2012 (decorating a Holiday mantle)

 Oh happy Friday friends!! I hope you have a great one. If you are looking for an easy, fresh and simple idea for your mantle this year….here is one that doesn’t take much time to pull off…

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This year I wanted to stick to tradition. I wanted to use as much fresh greens as I could. I also wanted to keep things very simple and light. I found a seller on etsy who makes fresh cedar garland directly from her Georgia home. I bought 15 feet…unsure of where I would use it…but as you can see it fits right at home on my mantle. That is the only things I bought besides the wreath (which came from my local grocery store).

The candlesticks can be seen here in another post I did about refinishing them for my dining room table. I thought the white candles would look very “colonial” next to the fresh greens.

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Some white lights lay on the top…and I hung some wooden “cranberries” underneath with some hooks. (I have had those cranberries for at least 10 years….but I would check Michaels if you want some too)

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We put our tree up on Thanksgiving weekend….the glow is the best..well that and smiling…smiling is my favorite…am I right?!?! )

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We lit the candles….one time…yes, just so I could shoot a picture ;) The things I do for you….:) It all looks so very George Washington…don’t ya think?!

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Here is a peek of our new couches…..we LOVE them…more on that soon….

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Some more fresh evergreen and pinecones for the table….easy, fresh and practically free.

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What do ya think…festive and simple….me likely ;)

A couple side notes….please remember to stop by my friend Kristen’s place today…The Hunted Interior….she is sharing a super cute Christmas craft.

 

Also….remember to sign up to win this adorable cookies for Santa set….

One more thing…a big thanks to SeventeenMagazine.com for featuring my twig art. Even though I created that over 2 years ago….it is still going strong. Lots of other fun craft ideas on there…:)

Have a great weekend friends!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Decorating a Mantle for Fall (fall mantel decor)

It is my very favorite season…as yall know….I have changed out a few things on the mantle to celebrate fall!!

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I really wanted to use things that I found around the house…or outside…so I went searching. I clipped some branches off a tree and spray painted them with a light coat of bronze and orange paint…just so they had a bit more depth to them. (my garage floor is pretty, am I right?? Tarp…schmarp…)

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My idea was to just have these branches in a tall vase and maybe a few pumpkins….a simple fall mantle that would have been lovely I am sure…but I wasn’t quite thrilled with the look. So…I looked through some of my own photos of “fall landscapes” ….the idea was to blow one up real big and frame it. I couldn’t find any that had the colors I wanted. So…I went online to Costco’s photo website and picked one of their prints. For $8 I got this fabulous fall scene printed on a 20 by 30 sheet. The frame and matte came from Michaels.decorating a fall mantle @cleverlyinspired (3)

 

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All the other things on the mantle I had on hand…the garland, candles, pumpkins and pinecones were all in my “fall” decorating bin. I have used these pumpkins every years…(See these past mantle post) The garland is actually 2 separate 6 foot garlands….neither would go the length of the mantle….so they meet in the middle to look like one big garland. I have 4 cup hooks hidden under the mantle….that is what holds up the garland.

The cedar rounds of wood I had on hand from Springtime…(see that post here) I love the natural red and orange colors…

I think the idea when decorating the mantle for another season is to start with one element you love…for me it was the branches and the picture…then start to fill in that gaps with similar colored items that will unify the whole look. All the colors I used…compliment the picture. The frame being offset of center lends an interest and weight to the branches on the opposite side. decorating a fall mantle @cleverlyinspired (4)

 

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What do you like to change out for the new season??

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Summer Mantle (mantel decorating) 2012

I was inspired to throw together my summer mantle this weekend….it was looking a little bit boring. Here is what I pulled from around the house to create a summery feel in the family room.

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I love my roll of kraft paper!! You can find a large roll of it in your local hardware store’s paint isle. Most use it for covering surfaces to protect them from paint….it can do so much more than that though. I measured a pieced the size of the mantel…using a saucer I traced half way to create a scallop design…then cut them out.

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Super cute! I love the texture! Then I just started to layer on some things from around the house. An old ladder, some mason jars…a boat…and some glassware with dune grass. Nothing to fancy…just casual and fun…just like summertime.

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Below…I used a picture from last years mantle and secured it to the front of the fireplace doors with some sticky tack. A blanket and pillows complete the look. I love the simplicity of the set up and it just feels fresh and clean.

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Have you decorated for summertime? Do tell….

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Ideas for a Summer Mantle

This post is from last year….thought it was an “oldie but goodie…” In case you missed it the first time around….Also, be sure to sign up for the $50 Shabby Apple giveaway!!!

 

If you have been following me for awhile….you know I love to change out my mantle to reflect the season. I tweeted a preview pic last weekend….here are a few more pics. I just put this together with things that were around my house. Here is what I came up with….

Remembering summer…
A large stone from a past trip to Mexico….
a big piece of driftwood from the lake last year….
a little footprint in the sand…(yes, I take plaster of paris to the beach…Captial D Dork!)
An old picture of the kids blown up…they were about four in the picture…laughing about the water coming out of the hose…I love this picture :)
Some seashells from trips to the beach along with seagrass and sand.
All these things let us remember past vacations and fun days at the lake:)
These footprints are easy to make and you don’t even need to go to the beach. You can use plain old sandbox sand.
Just make a foot print deep enough to hold some mixed up plaster of paris. Let it set and then pick up the print and gently shake off the sand.
A little baby foot to keep forever :)
I love the carefree days of summer !! And they are almost here!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Spring Greens Mantle

 

DSC_0040Oh my has our weather been fabulous! It is like we just passed right by winter this year. Wondering what that means for our summer?!?! I am hoping it doesn’t get too hot too soon…I love springtime.

I wanted a cheap and easy spring update for the mantle. This is something we can all do. Seriously easy. No excuses people!!

I did have this large picture. I bought it at TJ’s a long time ago. My ode to my most favorite flower in the world. Aren’t tulips happy? I love them so. It is a graphic print and large and I think the colors are a nice punch against the white wall and mantle.

If you don’t have a print…this mantle scape would look just as pretty with just the vases and greens…simple and elegant…and so springy.

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I went to Kroger for some groceries and saw these lovely spring greens. One pack for $6. Sold! I knew that I could fill up several glasses and vases with one pack. Love it!

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Then I went shopping in my house for any and all glass vases (you could also just use tall drinking glasses..so chic ;) Fill with a bit of water just to keep stems wet and have fun placing the stems in different vases. Experiment and just mix and match the different greens until you achieve a look that is pleasing to you. There isn’t a right or wrong…just vary the heights (I used a cake stand for a vase to give a bit more height)

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I enjoy a symmetrical look…so I balanced 2 vases, then the picture, then 2 more vases. You could weight one side with 3 vases and one on the other side…Again, play with it until you see something you like.

What do you have to lose right?!?! You only spent $6!

 

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Thanks!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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