…fall decor series: the mantel

I think many time decorating the mantel can feel daunting. Many of us have photographs or candle sticks or trinkets on our mantel. This is actually the perfect space for seasonal decor.

Three Tips:

1. Clean Slate. My first tip would be clear everything off! Then dust. Once you have a clean slate you can then think about what you would like to put there.

2. Anchor. Select a large, flat item to lean agains the wall. This will anchor the mantel and give your eye something to gravitate towards. This could be a mirror, a chalk board, a framed piece of artwork, a wreath, etc.

3. Layer Littles. Place smaller items in different sizes and shapes around the anchor piece. This could be candles or pumpkins. Select only a few styles of smaller items. Don't go nuts or it will look cluttered. Less is more.

Let's check out some pretty inspiration via Pinterest. Please forgive my water mark these are from PINTEREST!

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…work-woman’s table

The term leaving well-enough alone just does not apply in my world. I think I can always do better. I purchased a really special workmen’s table from MMS right after The Luckett’s Spring Market this year. I heart tables like this because I think they can be used in most rooms or pulled out when you need a good lemonade stand. They are old so you really don't need to worry about a table like this getting dirty or scratched...or very, very sticky.

Here is what it looked like when I had it moved to my home.

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Gorg, right?

I love the perfectly rustic wood showing through the thin layer of paint, the chunky knobs, rough surface and straight legs. Perfectly farm-like. I was just not convinced of the blue color. It was lovely, but the blues in my home are more turquoise. Every room connects to the foyer so I wanted to make sure that this entry table did not distract from the look I was trying to create.

It's funny, but the more chaotic my home is with the kids on summer break, the more projects I want to dig into. My brain may just need a place to escape to that does not involve swim lessons and scooter races. My foyer table painting project was an impulse on a Saturday afternoon.

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This is sometimes how my projects come about. Sometimes I just need to kick off my shoes, grab some paper towels and my brush. As you can see I didn't even make time to move the piece outside. Sometimes there is just no time.

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I started by painting one swipe of my Country Grey. I loved the look of the wood coming through so this was not working. I took one of my Minion paper towel sheet and wiped in a downward motion.

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Oh, yes. Much better. I like what is happening at this point.

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Do you see the difference? It is more muted. However, I still see blue. Must repeat process.

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Here you can see that I repeated the process until it read more white/cream. I then too my block sander and sanded the surface as well as the edges. I'm happy with how it all turned out. I achieved a really rough look, but lighter which works well in my home.

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I do not mind some of the blue showing through because it does not look like an all blue table. It looks worn and loved as it should.

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I should also mention that this is where my ringneck birds and French chicken wire cage will go. Not sure how Owen-the-cat will react.

…blue egg brown nest wall colors: living room

Living Room & wall color!

Living Room

Small Room Design

Small Room Design

BLUE EGG BROWN NEST LIVING ROOM: BENJAMINE MOORE PALE OAK.

Photo Credit: Helen Norman, Cottage Style Magazine