I wasn’t quite sure of which direction I wanted to go in
to decorate the mantel for Spring.
I seem to like the bread boards against the backdrop of the wood and iron shutters;
therefore, they will stay. I just wanted a touch of color and texture.
So I simply decorated the mantel for Spring with roses . . . . dried roses.
Whenever I have a bouquet of roses arranged in a vase,
right before they start to wither, I pull them out to dry them.
I have actually come to have collected a great amount of dried roses
and happy to be able to use some of these on the mantel.
You never know how each type of variety of roses will dry.
I have tried drying the white ones, but they seem to just turn a light shade of brown.
If any of you know a trick to drying white roses, let me know!
I simply dry my roses by hanging them upside down.
A little added color and texture certainly goes a long way
and I am loving that just by simply adding dried colorful roses
to the mantel makes a pretty statement.
On another note:
My friend Lidy of the beautiful blog, French Garden House
also has a wonderful on-line shop of European items (mainly French)
of both new and antique treasures.
She had beautiful 100% European Linen pillows
with an embroidered Napolean Bee and laurel wreath for sale.
I had originally just ordered one and loved it so much that I ordered another to make a pair.
I knew I could use them in all of my rooms.
They came beautifully boxed and wrapped.
And yes, they bring me joy!
At first I placed them on my two upholstered chairs
that are at each end of the dining room table.
However, I wanted to see them all throughout the day,
so they moved to the Great Room chairs.
I am working on the finishing touches to my front porch and will reveal it this week.
In the meantime, I am living with a bit of a mess with painters here
and there is plastic and tarps all over and furniture and accessories tucked in
every conceivable corner!
I wish you a most beautiful Spring day!!!