Ah, spring. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see you, which I suppose isn’t saying much since SLO didn’t really have spring, but oh well!
I was a little late on Easter decorating this year so instead of breaking out the bunnies and the eggs for just a few days, I decided to just do a full spring update that should hopefully carry on to summer as well, especially with our “mantle.” Jeff always laughs at me when I call it a mantle because it’s actually just a shelf from Home Depot we installed after moving in, but it’s the closest thing we have!
The “mantle” is right above our TV, so I always struggle to figure out what to place there that will look good and festive, but won’t be too overwhelming and distract from the main feature of the wall…
This is what the mantle looked like before:
I hated how sectionalized it looked and how none of the pieces really seemed to go together. I had really used whatever I had left after decorating the bookcase and other pieces of the house, and that was creating a mismatched, scattered look. So while on Spring Break two weeks ago, I set out to tackle the problem. My goals were:
1. To put more meaningful objects on display
2. To balance out/ “de-sectionalize” the look
3. To play with height/width of all of the objects to vary the look
For my first attempt, I decided to take one of my favorite photos from our wedding and put in on display–front and center. I also added my adorable new elephant candle (thank you Target!) Still, though, something seemed a little off. It could have just been the fact that our wedding photo was so much the focus of the design, and it felt a little superficial. Or it could have been how boxy the look had suddenly become with the birdcage and the picture frame next to each other.
So after another little Target shopping trip the next weekend (I used coupons, I promise!), I was finally able to achieve the look I was going for.
I love how the porthole mirror balances out the straight lines of the birdcage while also adding some much needed reflection and light to the space. In addition, I love its height–different than everything else up there but subtle enough that it still looks like it belongs. I also couldn’t resist snatching up a little gold rhino (also from Target) which I think adds a little touch of sophistication to the ensemble.
As for meaningful objects? Although I took the wedding picture off, I think the mirror is a nice homage to the beach. Also, the birdcage was our card holder at our wedding and the stones in the vase were taken from a beach in SLO (shhh…). So for now, I think I’ve achieved my perfect spring mantle–although there is always much room for change and improvement!
What do you think? Picture or mirror? Groupings? Change? Add? I’d love to hear from you!