Simply Decorated the Mantel for Spring with Roses

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.

Spring Mantel-Dried Roses-Breadboard-Housepitality Designs

Whenever I have a bouquet of roses arranged in a vase,

right before they start to wither, I pull them out to dry them.

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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.

Spring Mantel-Breadboard-Dried Roses-Housepitality Designs

Spring Mantel-Breadboard-Dried Roses-Housepitality Designs

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!

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I simply dry my roses by hanging them upside down.

Spring Mantel-Housepitality Designs

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.

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Spring Mantel-Breadboard-Dried Roses-Housepitality Designs

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.

Great Room Chair-Linen Pillow-Housepitality Designs

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!

Linen Pillow-French Garden House-Housepitality Designs

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.

Great Room-Table Vignette-French Chair-Linen Pillow-Housepitality Designs

Great Room Chair-Housepitality Designs

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!!!

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  1. I adore your laurel wreath bee pillows Shirley, ordering a pair was a good call! Looking forward to your porch reveal. 🙂
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  2. What a beautiful pillow! and the roses look so pretty… Happy Spring!

  3. Roses are my favorite Shirley, and I think they are as pretty dried as they are fresh! Your mantel looks lovely!
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  4. Love your dried roses on your mantel and still swooning over your bread boards.

    Your new pillows are fantastic. Lidy has lovely things.

    Happy Tuesday.
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  5. OMGoodness, I need one of those pillows too! It is gorgeous! Love the roses on the mantle too! Simple but elegant! Have a beautiful day.
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  6. What are you having painted???? I love dried roses. They look like old paper. Those pillows are beautiful. Lidy has a great shop.
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  7. Shirley, I would not have thought to add teh dried roses and it looks so beautiful, it is the perfect touch, just lovely!!
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  8. Shirley, it’s so fun to see where the bee pillows ended up, they look wonderful there! Your home is so welcoming, I wish I could see it all in real life. Thank you so much for the mention, I’m honored to be your friend and have provided a few decorative touches in your gorgeous home. xoxo Lidy
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  9. be careful not to get any paint drips in your hair! 🙂 I have never dried roses so sadly no tips from me. have a great day!
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  10. Love all the textures you used. The dried roses are a nice touch…lovely! 😉

  11. Love the mantel with the dried roses and I’m not sure how to keep the white ones from turning brown. Cute pillows from Lidy!
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  12. Shirley, oh those pillows are beautiful! The dried roses add the perfect color and texture to your mantel. Can’t wait to see the porch reveal!
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  13. Beautiful and neat as always!

  14. Lidys pillows are really nice, and look wonderful on those chairs. So I had a bunch of pretty dried roses and JUST tossed them last week, as I didn’t know what to do with them…hahah. Your idea is a beautiful one!
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  15. Lovely, Lovely post. I am especially fond of the boards and of the gorgeous bee pillow. Enjoy these wonderful spring days!

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