4/10/2012

"Creamy...Dreamy...Whites" A Spring Mantel

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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"Spring Fluffing"
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"Spring fluffing"...a term that we often use to describe the metamorphosis that
 our home undergoes when the days grow longer...brighter...and warmer! 
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Living in Colorado where our winters are sooo very long...spring fluffing is a
 "rite of passage"...so to speak.  It feels so good to be able to throw open the windows
 and let the fresh air of spring into my home.  It's time to do a little spring cleaning
 and spring decorating!
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Spring fluffing continues to "march on" here at my place...slowly but surely!
  I have been busy putting away the warm winter frocks...in exchange for a lighter...
brighter...decor.  Last week, I finally put the finishing touches on the mantel in my
 living room and thought I would share that with you today. 
I hope that you enjoy!
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"Creamy...Dreamy...Whites"
A 2012 Spring Mantel
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Here we are...in my living room.
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I added this beautiful faux fireplace mantel a couple of years ago and I'm
 so glad that I did!  I have really enjoyed decorating it...especially for the different
 seasons of the year.
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(If you would like to read about the process of adding a faux mantel and
 hearth...you can click HERE.)
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As you can see...my living room has an olive green, dark red, and gold color
 palette.  I love the dark, moody colors but it can be challenging to "lighten and
 brighten" things up when the season calls for it.
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"Creamy...Dreamy...Whites"
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I seem to "gravitate" toward white more and more these days!  What better
 way to lighten and brighten a room's decor...than to add white!  Ohhh...and I
 love the "stark" contrast between the white and darker colors!
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Creamy...dreamy...white ironstone
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Creamy...dreamy...white florals!
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A large, white french pitcher...filled with vining ivy, white hydrangea, and
 tall stems of white stocks...grace the left hand side of this spring mantel vignette.
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On the opposite side of the mantel...a white ironstone pitcher filled with white
 tulips...joins in to sing the praises of spring!
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It is still too early, here in Colorado to reap the benefits of fresh flowers...so
 faux it is.  Hopefully I can replace the fauxs with the real-deal very soon.  It won't
 be long and my springtime posies will be blooming!
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A pair of white porcelain birds (one on either side) have joined in
 with this springtime mantel vignette.
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A small bust of a french girl adds a little elegant beauty!
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A view of the mantel from the opposite direction.
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A vignette of creamy...dreamy...whites...for the hearth!
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A larger view of the "conversational" area of the living room.
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A springtime vignette on the table in front of the large living room window.
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More...
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Creamy...dreamy...whites!
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If you would like to see more of this vignette...just click HERE.
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Voila!...and there you have it...
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A "Creamy...Dreamy...White" Springtime Mantel!
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I am joining these fabulous parties...
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Thank you, ladies...for hosting these lovely parties for us!
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Well dear friends...I'm so happy that you stopped by today!  Please leave
 me a note to let me know you were here.  I would love to visit with you!
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Warmest Spring Wishes!
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39 comments:

Sheila said...

Cheri, as always your home is sooooo beautiful. Happy Spring!!

Olive Cooper said...

Beautiful creamy whites Cheri. I am smitten with your busts and have started collecting them too. Found a porcelain Greek bust recently for nothing and put him in my largest cloche.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh Chari, I love your mantle piece and I really love the color of the wall! I am pinning this and posting it on my blog on Friday for Friday Favorites! Hugs ans blessings, Cindy

Lyndsay Wells said...

Absolutely stunning! I had to show all the girls in my office - one of them owns a similar statue to yours and is going home to find necklaces to hang on it :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...you have so many pretty white pieces! You have given me so much inspiration for when I take my little bunnies down! I love your birds and the white tulips look beautiful. You did a wonderful job, Chari!

XO,
Jane

Sandy said...

Cheri, One word, beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Cozy Little House said...

Very elegant! I remember when you got that faux fireplace.
Brenda

Susan said...

Your spring mantle looks awesome! All that white on the dark cherry wood is absolutely gorgeous!!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Chari, you are a master vignette and interior decorator. I love what you do and the charming way, SOOO YOUR WAY, to add the perfect elements for vignettes like your fabulous matle and tablescapes as well. Gorgeous! Hugs,
FABBY

Sharing Shadymont said...

Very pretty Chari!

podso said...

I like your spring fluffing! All the white is gorgeous and serene looking. I noticed even the white books! I'm sure you have some good conversations in that lovely area.

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Chari,

I'm so sorry to have not been able to get back to you sooner to offer my sincerest condolences on the loss of your precious father dear lady!

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! How well I realize just how long it can take to heal and to slowly even feel like getting back to doing much of anything such as 'full on', blogging for instance.

Take your time and know that you are loved and supported by your fellow blogging friends to be sure; I also lift you up before our heavenly father in prayer for comfort and healing during this time of loss.

What lovely fresh Spring touches you have once again brought to your blog viewers of your lovely home Chari. I love the serene and fresh green and white hues; so uplifting and airy like a breath of fresh air Chari.

It was such a pleasure to hear from you dear lady, I only wish I hadn't been so busy with dear momma needing my help after a medical procedure, as well as three straight days of full on entertaining over Easter.

Oh well, it was a privilege to host her 81st B-day celebrations, especially whereas each day is a precious gift for any of us who still have, even one parent.

It is such a blessing to have time with our parents as long as we are afforded that blessing, as well we both know.

May you be abundantly and richly blessed and comforted in the months and years to come my friend.I still find your posts such a blessing in and of themselves.., Your blog posts are always so rich in inspiration and true artistry. (I guess that being an artistic person is a mixed blessing at times, as often we artists can often feel things much more deeply also, which is just 'part and parcel' of our God given, sensitive nature).

I hope that you and yours have had a blessed Easter.

Hugs and blessings, WL

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh this is so beautiful. I love the flowers and your vases are lovely. You always create the most beautiful vignettes. Thanks tons for joining TTT Hugs, Marty

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Chari, I just LOVE all of your creamy, dreamy whites for Spring!! Everything just looks so fresh and pretty! You always have the most beautiful vignettes!

Cindy said...

Your living room looks so pretty with the warm sunshine streaming through that beautiful window.
Your white vignettes are both lovely, I can see that they make you very happy.
So nice to see your pretty room.
Hugs, Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I was so happy to hear from you Chari!
And girl, your mantel simply took my breath away!
Yes, it's that good! And the hearth area too, OMG, I love those creamy whites against the dark!
You really nailed it here girl, magazine worthy for sure!!!
I just love all the pieces you have collected and created such lovely vignettes!
I've been busy as usual babysitting Adi. I want to blog more but somedays I am just so darn beat.
She is worth it though, I just love that little gal!
We have things blooming here but not a full blown spring yet. I just want my lilacs to survive this cold snap.
Hi to Russ and remember we need to meet sometime maybe half way for a reunion get together!
Love Ya,
Cindy

Nezzy said...

There's just somethin' so very elegant 'bout creamy dreamy whites Miss Cheri and your put them together so very beautiful.

You have created such a warm beautiful home!

Have a richly blessed day sweetie!!! :o)

Theresa said...

Oh Chari, ALL SO beautiful! I love the whites! I wish I had just a thimble full of your talent! LOVE the Bust! Always one of my favorites:) Have a blessed evening dear friend, HUGS!

Designs By Pinky said...

Hello sweet Chari!!! I apologize that I ahve not been by lately, I am up to my armpits in MOVING!!! Yes, we are!!! We are building a new home and I am super excited but after 28 years of living in this house there is ALOT of work to do which leaves me little computer time, sadly. Your mantle looks so pretty, springy and bright! Love all the whites too. I am trying to FLUFF around here too to show the house. It has to look it's best you know:):) We are going up into the 80's over the weekend! I can't wait but then it will drop back to more springtime temos. have a beautiful weekend dear friend. XO, Pinky

Becca said...

You've "fluffed" your Spring to perfection, sweet Chari! Your creamy, dreamy whites are gorgeous! I love the mantel ... simplistic, yet dressed wonderfully! And, the vignette on your lovely table is, yet another A ++++ !!!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

OH Chari, I love your pretty creamy dreamy whites. They are all of that and more.

Hugs,
Judy

momto8 said...

your home is beautiful! the white is perfect on your dark mantel! you must just love looking at it!!
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

You're right...the whites really are dreamy. They look great with the dark wood of your mantel and with that beautiful wall color as a backdrop.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Dreamy whites... So lovely!

Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Chari,
I love how you lightened and brightened with white! With such gorgeous ironstone and statues, surrounded by those beautiful flowers, you can't miss!
Fabulous!
Hugs,
Patti

Its So Very Cheri said...

Stunning--so many beautiful pieces. I love them all.

Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, everything looks beautiful. All of those whites are so bright and refreshing and you have some gorgeous white treasures, laurie

summerland cottage said...

Thank you for sharing all the dreamy white inspiration!
LoVely!!!

Aledia said...

Oh my goodness, I love it all! So crisp and clean and ready for Spring!!

Thank You for sharing and have a blessed evening!

Aledia

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good morning Chari,
Just needed to come say hi!
Thanks for your sweet note...I love hearing from you!
Spent yesterday outside with Addison, it was nice and sunny.
Today it's rainy, which we need badly.
On Sunday Dan and I are going over to have lunch with Keetha and her hubby, can't wait!
Otherwise our life is pretty low key and just looking forward to when my son and family visit in June.
Thinking of you and your family, wish so much we were closer!
Big Hugs friend,
Cindy

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

It is all beautiful Chari! I love it...love love love your mantel~

Lou Cinda :)

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

What an awesome mantel. I love the rich colors in your room.

Sherry said...

Beautiful Chari! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

xinex said...

Your mantel is always decorated so nicely, Chari, no matter what you do. I love all your busts...Christine

Linda said...

Chari, you always create the most stunning vignettes and tables. I do adore your mantel. Faux flowers will always be a nice accessory. Always a pleasure to visit you.

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Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Chari,
Your beautiful white accessories look lovely against the deep rich colors of your walls and furniture!What a stunning contrast!
I also love your header!

Hugs,
Deb

Brianpvwn said...

Chari, you are a master vignette and interior decorator. I love what you do and the charming way, SOOO YOUR WAY, to add the perfect elements for vignettes like your fabulous matle and tablescapes as well. Gorgeous! Hugs, FABBY

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