10 Minute Decorating, A Pre-Autumn Mantel

A simple pre-autumn mantel was on the agenda

when I returned from my Florida trip to visit my mom and sister.

I knew I wanted something simple that I can later tweak to add autumn decor.

I guess you can say this is my late summer, pre-autumn mantelscape.

Great Room Mantel - Housepitality Designs

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I Was Inspired

I was inspired to create a vignette after seeing the cover of a book.

Do you get inspired that way? . . . You see an image and then get the epiphany!

I was struggling with how to create a new vignette on my coffee table for a Spring look,

or just a new look for that matter . . . and there it was, my inspiration sitting on the table!

Patina Farm Book - Housepitality Designs

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Spring Mantel

Creating the Spring Mantel was next on the agenda

for Springifying the house.

I  am anxious to decorate the porches for Spring;

however, the pollen has truly prevented me from doing that.

Hopefully in another week or so, I can beautify the porches for Spring.

In the meantime, with no pollen getting in the way,

I decorated the mantel for a Spring look using items that I already had in my home.

Spring Mantel/Ralph Lauren Plates - Housepitality Designs

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A Wreath Is Not Only for a Door. . . A Mantelscape

A wreath is not only for a door.

You have seen them hung on walls, on mirrors, on a bookcase

or a decorative element for a chair.

So many ways that you can decorate with a wreath.

I have used my preserved boxwood wreath in a container in the past.

Today, it is in a container.

2016 Winter Mantel - Housepitality Designs

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Happy 2016 and a Review of My 2015 Favorites

Happy 2016!! I hope you all had a most wonderful New Year’s Eve

welcoming in the New Year.

I have no resolutions this year.

Why?

Maybe it is because my goal for this year is to enjoy each day, each moment

one day at a time, one moment at a time.

The “Que Sera, Sera” attitude . . . to be happy that I woke up and saw the sun

and ended the day with a goodnight kiss.

For today, I will reflect back on my favorite projects of 2015.

Because this project was for my “sweetie”, it was my favorite.

Graylyn’s Room Makeover

Graylyn's Room - Housepitality Designs

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My Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my home!

Christmas 2015 Front Porch - Housepitality Designs

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The Christmas Tree at Sunset

I finally decorated the tree that day

and placed the packages and baskets around the tree.

It was getting late.

The sun was setting.

I grabbed my camera to take a few “first” pictures of the tree this year.

2015 Great Room Christmas Tree with Antique French Gathering Basket - Housepitality Designs

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Our Great Room Christmas Mantel

Our Great Room Christmas mantel this year 

is probably the most simplistic mantel that I have created.

I promised myself this year

that I am really going to downsize my Christmas decorations.

I did give many boxes of Christmas ornaments, florals and decorations

along with a couple of trees to Habitat last year.

However, I did keep these little trees!

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

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A Beautiful Monogrammed Wooden Round

A beautiful monogrammed wooden round  arrived on my doorstep yesterday.

I was so thrilled to receive this custom wooden round from Ava Berry Lane.

A customized wooden monogrammed round was a giveaway by Kelly of Eclectically Vintage and I won!

This beauty is what I chose:

Ava Berry Lane Plaque-Housepitalty Designs

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How To Work With A TV Over A Mantel

Many of us these days have TV’s over a mantel that is located in a family room

or in my case, what we call our media room.

A place where we retreat to when there are more than just the two of us watching TV.

 Where there is very large sofa and chairs to accommodate a crowd.

Staging a mantel with a TV mounted over it  can be a challenge.

Being careful that you do not obstruct or detract from the TV viewing.

So using some things that I already had and some vintage items I recently purchased,

I began to create a new “TV Mantelscape”

Vintage Dickens Books/Insulator-Housepitality Designs

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