Bill and I were lucky enough to have our family pictures taken with an incredible local photographer. He is a friend and was so kind to give us a bit of his time. His name is Andrew Kung—and he is quite simply a master of his craft in photography. We are big fans! His expertise is fashion and commercial photography—but he can shoot anything—he is really really talented.

Capturing our kids perfect! Emily–reserved, wise beyond her years and a sweet pea. Conner—outgoing, everybody’s friend and our lovebug. Kudos Drew….seriously fabulous work!

So I thought of him when we started to think of getting something for the mantel. I am a fan of Drew’s on Facebook….Andrew Kung Photography…and I remember these beach pictures he took last year on a trip to Oregon. Gorgeous–simply stunning…check them out here….

We chose this picture….

Calming yet look and all that energy in the movement of the waves….Both Bill and I are fans of the beach—and the waves in the picture are just pure beauty.
Along with this picture…I decided to put these vases….
And spray paint some twigs white….
Then I placed them in the cool Zen Vases that I told you about…
Cool right?!?!

Here is the finished mantle…love it!

Put some glasses up there with votive in them….

I did a white frame and a white mat to showcase the print.
Cool at night too :) I put some little halogen tap lights behind the vases…and the votive candles in the glasses.
Thanks Drew–fabulous!!
Go see more of Drew’s work on Facebook….
Giveaway drawing will be noon today!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog 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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  1. your family pictures are lovely. I adore your new mantel set up, the picture is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. GORGEOUS! What a transformation! Looks great!

  3. Wow! Good job!

  4. THAT is beautiful! Wow.

  5. Lovely mantle…really great blue walls too!

  6. I love the way your mantle looks with the candlelight.

    Your family is absolutely gorgeous too!

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