5/10/2010

A Fireplace Mantel & A Springtime Vignette

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Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a fabulous day!
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Wow...I am sooo glad that Spring has finally made it to Colorful Colorado! Well, except for the fact that we are supposed to have snow on Wednesday...sheeeshhh! I'm sure it won't last long though! I'm just praying that it won't hurt our trees that have already begun to bud out!
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Well my friends, I have been a bit "out of the loop" since I've been sick the last couple of weeks...I haven't gotten much done, as you can tell by my lack of posting! I did change out the winter decor of my fireplace mantel and took a few photos before getting sick...thought I would finally share those with you today for Marty's Tabletop Tuesday!
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I have several photos...so I'll try and not be too "wordy"! Hehe! I hope you enjoy!!!
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The "BEFORE"
A Fireplace Mantel & A Winter Vignette


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I am really loving my faux fireplace! My honey and I completed this project (building the faux fireplace) right before Christmas. I am really enjoying having a mantel to decorate!!!
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Since the ornate carvings on the cherry wood mantel are highlighted with gold...I find that using gold accessories in the mantel vignette...work well!
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This was my fireplace mantel's winter dress...but Spring has sprung and my mantel has donned a new look for season!
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The "AFTER"
A Fireplace Mantel & A Springtime Vignette

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Taaadaaa!!!
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I wanted something light and fresh...so I went house shopping! Hehe!
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I started bringing out a few white accessories that I had put away at the end of last summer and this is what I ended up with! Of course, this is after I changed the mantel a hundred times! Hehe! I love to play!!!
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White, sagey greens, and a few "pops" of spring color!
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I left my large framed giclee print above the mantel. This is one of my favorite pieces of art. It is a piece done by a very talented artist named Fran Di Giacomo. I love a pretty floral still life that includes fruit. The magnolias are simply gorgeous in this piece!!! Ohhh...and the colors are so beautiful...so vibrant!!!
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Front and Center...
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I placed a sculpture of a "bird sitting on a branch" inside of a masonary pot. In fact, if you look back at the very first photos of my "winter" mantel...you can see the "bird sitting on a branch" sculpture on the left side of the mantel vignette. Then I wound a bit of greenery up the branch and voila! Stacked a couple of old books to give the pot and bird sculpture a bit of height!
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Last year I purchased these light sagey-green colored, ceramic pears from JC Penneys. They were on sale...$12 for the trio. They are a nice size...measuring about 7 in. in height. This is the first time that I have used them in a vignette. I placed a pear to each side of the masonary pot and stack of old books.
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The Left Side of the Vignette...
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I love, love, LOVE my new spring plates! They were a gift from Diann over at The Thrifty Groove. I think they add just the right amount of spring color and ambiance to my mantel's new spring decor! Behind the plate is a tall white masonary candleholder with a white pillar candle. I also added another pear into the mix...sitting atop a wooden block with a pretty picture of a bird. Ohhh yes, I can't forget the little bird figurine...another sale find from Hobby Lobby for just $1!
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The Right Side of the Vignette...
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Another pretty spring plate, white masonary candleholder, and a bird figurine!
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Just an "artsy" photo! I wanted you to see the pretty french detailing on the front of the masonary pot. I found this pretty pot at Hobby Lobby on sale for just $2.60! I love it!!!
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I even gave the fireplace hearth a new spring look!
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I removed the hearth candelabra with all the pillar candles and added a decorative hat box, a planter full of vining ivy, an old book, and a white cast iron bird. A large artichoke finial was also added to the hearth for a little more of that fresh, white color!!! Just as a little note...I love how I was able to catch the sun's rays in this photo! Do you see them streaming in on the left side of the photo? You can see the rainbow of colors in the sun rays...oooh, sooo pretty!
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And there you have it...my fireplace mantel with a fresh new look for spring!!!
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Table Top Tuesday...

Please go by and see what pretties that Marty has for us today and while you are there you can check out all of the other Table Top Tuesday participants! Thank you, Marty...for hosting this fabulous Tuesday party for us!!!
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Well my friends, I'm soooo glad that you came by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Have a terrific Tuesday!

54 comments:

Braley Mama said...

You reallly know how to make a house a home. When we move to TX I will have to have you come over and show me how to design:O)

Stacey said...

I just love your new springy look. The birds are wonderful!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love what you did! Such a dramatic change. I had to look at the picture above the mantel TWICE to see if it was the same one. Lovely vignette!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, I'm so sorry you've been sick, but glad you are doing better. Your mantle looks beautiful! Love the way all of the white accessories pick up on the magnolias in the painting. And I love those bird plates you got from Diann. Stay healthy! laurie

Sandi (Meme) said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one enjoying my new faux fireplace. I have changed my decorations several times too, and am posting about it for Tabletop Tuesday also. Have a blessed week!

Shelia said...

Hi Chari! Your mantle looks so beautiful! Everything you do looks beautiful! I love the new spring look.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Looking Glass Jewels said...

I adore your mantel! Birds are my very favorite, and I love how beautifully you incorporated them into your design!
Mantles are hard, I currently have a bajillion decor items all over my living room as I work and re-work my mantle...and I still haven't got it right. I love what you did and hope to use your mantlescape as inspiration! :)

Natasha said...

That really looks so beautiful and very Spring-y (is that a word??)

Great vignette-Marty will be proud!

Best wishes and happy week,
Natasha.

Sherry said...

Chari, this looks lovely. I love all the whites. You have a beautiful fireplace. Nice vignette.

podso said...

It's always fun to visit your blog! Great new mantle look! Hope you don't get that snow, I think know you feel like enough is enough!

Diva Kreszl said...

this vignette is certainly bright and cheery, very beautiful! you have such a wonderful way of putting things together :)

Flory said...

wonderful change chari...and the artwork... it's a wow!!!
have a great day to you!
Flory

Beth said...

Chari, You're fireplace is so elegant! You and your honey did a great job. I really like both the before and the after, Chari. You are so creative and most anything you dream up is a winning combination. I can see that you really like birds, and you decorate beautifully with them - I am so glad you won the bird salad plates from Diann. You've put them to good use!
Blessings, and feel better soon! Beth

salmagundi said...

Hi Chari-- I sure hope you are finally feeling better. What did you and Gloria do in Las Vegas? Both of you have been so sick ever since! Oh yes, we are to have snow this week also. But I don't mind, as I always dread summer and the heat. I'm already thinking about winter - I've started making some winter-type pillows for the living room out of wool plaids. Take care of yourself and have a great week. Sally

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Chari, you always amaze me with how creative you are. I love the change in your mantel for spring. The white is just so pretty. The hearth is stunning too. I always take such great inspiration away from your vignettes. I love the mix of books, plants the white figurines, birds and just the whole look. Love it. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

You've done it again girl!!! It's fabulous!!! I hope that you are starting to feel better. Sorry to hear you might have snow again. Yikes!!! It's been coolish here in SoCal for the past 2 days. Last year at this time we had already hit temps in the low 100's. I like the cooler weather better than the heat. Getting old is a pain, I hate the heat. Well take care my friend. I have enjoyed your spring vignette.
Kim

Sandy said...

Your mantle really says spring. Great job, just like you have done in the rest of your house loved the pears. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Love the lighter look of your spring mantel! Also love the bird motif you've used!

Manuela

Allie and Pattie said...

So pretty! Looks fresh and elegant. Hope you're feeling better very soon and can get back to posting :)
xoxo Pattie

Cindy said...

Chari,
Your Springtime mantel is really lovely. All of your birds add such a nice note, along with the vines and the white accesories. Altogether a great look!
Hugs, Cindy S

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The fireplace and mantle are just beautiful! We've thought about having one here in Florida...I sure do miss having a mantle to decorate! I love birds...the centerpiece is very beautiful and I love the big pears, bird plates and sweet figurines. Using the white really brightened things up! I sure hope you feel better now. I'm sorry you've been sick! Get well soon! ♥

kim said...

Chari, I love your white springy summery mantelscape. Just gorgeous. Love all the birdies, too, of course.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love those plates, Chari, and the birds you put around them! Very springy!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Just stunning Chari!
Girl, this is so light, and airy and springy it fits perfectly with the dark wood! I adore the pears and of course the birds and your frenchy bird plate! That pot was a steal from HL, boy I think I need to find my way there. I am so glad your starting to feel better! This sickness stuff seems to be spreading around bloggyland. Hey dear, we had snow showers on Friday night. I was sooo irritated I could hardly believe my eyes. Well, I should be cleaning my kitchen, but of course I'm blogging instead.
Hugs,
Cindy

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Chari, I hope you are feeling better! I love visiting you and I am always in awe of your decorating. I love your fireplace; you and your husband did a great job designing it. I'd never guess it was "faux". I love your spring mantle with all the birds sprinkled about...I'm really into birds this year and it seems so many others are as well? I’m so happy that you loved my “Sunday Favorites” birdie and nest jar project. Thank you for letting me know you have saved my tutorial and plan to try this project as well! I hope you share pictures and let me know if you do create one of the little birdie jars. Thanks again for your visit and your “TWEET” comments.
Hugz,
Kim

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Your mantel really does look so pretty Chari! It feel fresh and springy! I love the plates on there. they give the whole thing just a touch of soft colors and that extra spring time feel.

Love it all my friend!

hugs,
Diann :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oooh, I want a mantle!! What fun to have a mantle to decorate! Yours is just gorgeous! I really like the transformation from winter to spring! You have the magic touch! Great job!

Katherine

Sonia said...

Chari,

Your spring mantel is gorgeous...love the white bright big ceramic pears! The bird theme is so sweet..I always have to have birds in the house..LOL. The bird plates are my favorite! Hope your Mother's Day was perfect...great post! Hav a wonderful week!

Miss Bloomers

Lady Katherine said...

Chari, How beautiful your fireplace mantel is. I love both settings! I was saying why is she changing I love the first one! Oh, but I do adore the second one so much! Oh the bird plates, and all the birds! Wonderful pears! I just love it! So glad your feeling better! The Art is beautiful!So glad you left it! I know you just love looking at it! I love to sit in the lovely chairs and have a cup of Tea! Just looking at this beautiful vignette on the mantel!

Theresa said...

Oh my, I love the before and the after:) It does brighten it up to add the lighter items! Love the picture above the fireplace and the bird plates are my favorites! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

The Thrifty Designer said...

So Pretty! I love the white accesories - I wanted to use white on my mantel, but my white woodwork ate them up. So, color it is for me. Yours is beautiful.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love it girl. Your fireplace and mantel is so pretty. Love the cherry wood. Your birds are adorable and I would never thought about using a hat box decorated like you have it! Love it! It is all just beautiful. Be blessed. Cindy

Sue said...

Chari, I love those pears!! The bird theme, w/the plates and the smalls, is just adorable and oh so springy. You will get snow and we will get the rain! Either way, I think we both are wanting the sun! Brrrr.... Take care. hugs, Sue

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a clever and creative mantelscape. I adore the birds. Well done!

LV said...

A lot of work went into that project. However, it was worth it, as your spring mantel looks great. You have a lovely home and enjoyed seeing part of it. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my place.

Joan said...

Chari, you gave your mantel quite a summer lift. I love the plates. They have an airy feel about them. I have tackled just about all the spots in my home except the mantel in the family room. I am stuck!

Nezzy said...

I'm lovin' you cheery little spring bird theme. It looks so very charmin' and inviting sweetie. I sure hope ya'll are feelin' better.

God bless and enjoy this beautiful day!!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Again another magic Chari touch...Girl I love this spring time look you have going on...the bird plates also so wonderful looking...now you know how much I love that fireplace mantle of yours still wished I had room for one ha ha!! I pray all is well in your world today Sis...Love ya so much...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour dear Chari,
SO glad to hear you are feeling better, we miss you. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Your Springtimme Mantle looks so pretty. The white changes the look completely.
Wishing you a happy week,
Mimi

Lara Harris said...

Very nice! Love anything with birds! :)

xinex said...

Hi Chari! I have missed you. I hope you are back to normal now. You did a great job redecorating your mantel. Everything is so pretty. I love the bird plates. I won some bird dinner plates too, from The Tablescaper. The pears are perfect there. The magnolia picture is really beautiful, love the colors...Christine

xinex said...

I forgot to tell you. Come sign up for my giveaway when you get a chance.....Christine

tales from an oc cottage said...

WOW! So darn classy!

m ^..^

Debbie said...

Good morning Chari!~ First I want to tell you, you are the kindest gal out here.....it is always a pleasure to have you over. You FP vignette has inspired me to change up some things on mine for summer....I am really loving the birds, and you did everything just so. Have a sweet day Chari!~

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Chari,
I felt like I hit the jackpot girl!!! All your sweet notes, you made my day! It sounds like your having some of the same kind of weather we are. Yesterday was only 48 degrees for a high! I want my spring back. Today, same thing. The weekend is supposed to be nice with highs in the 70's which is where we are supposed to be. No big plans but on Friday, Katie, my sister and I are heading to a big garage sale near the twin cities. It's like the mother of all garage sales around this area and I am hoping for some good deals. I hope you were able to get some sleep. I do that often, read blogs or internet shop when I can't sleep. Take care my friend and I hope your feeling better each day.
Talk to you soon,
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Spring as sure come to your place, the mantel display is lovely. I so love the bird plate. Send some spring our way.

9405018--Pat said...

I just love your new spring look...the pears are wonderful,,,thanks for sharing...Pat H

Melissa Miller said...

Chari it is beautiful and so fresh for the warmer months ahead. Love the bird plates. Gorgeous job!

I'm sorry you haven't felt well. Please take care and rest up sweet friend. We need you around blog land for your inspiring posts. *Smiles*

Come by and check out my newest blog design when you have a moment! I have a new button that you will just adore. *Wink*

Love ya girl, ~Melissa :)

ButterYum said...

Oh Chari - how lovely you faux fireplace is. Honestly, I always have to remind myself that it's faux. Love, love, love your decorating style!!!!!!

:)
ButterYum

Rettabug said...

Chari, I'm glad to read you are feeling a little bit better. Don't over do it, though. You don't want a relapse!!

Your mantle looks lovely in both the winter & summer decor. Thanks for showing us your hat box with the books on top. I have 2 or 3 of them & could easily do something similar in my house. :-) I never would have thought of it if I hadn't seen yours.

Abi's Blog said...

Don't you love those bird plates! I just had to get them for myself. I will probably wish I had gotten the dinner plates too.
Blessings,
Ava

Flory said...

Hi Chari,
I'm giving you the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out my blog for details. :)
have a nice day!
flory

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...I love your gorgeous fireplace. Especially love how you decked it out in the light color things for spring and summer. It is just beautiful.

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

really lovely birds. particularly those on the plates.