Seasonal Decorating

Summer Mantels + More

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I was freshening up the house over the weekend, changing things for the season, swapping out accessories and such. I pulled out a few objects I had tucked away and layered them on the mantel, always touches of white and this time a few golden accents for sparkle.

A neighbor was cutting down a tree last year and I was that pesky person who walked over and asked if I could have a big bunch of branches for my fireplace. The birch logs have been there since, they fit so perfectly I can’t imagine moving them. Ever.

kates summer mantel

two sides of mantel

living room mantel

The accessory lineup: golden vase is Z Gallerie, mid century inspired geometric candlesticks I bought in Montreal last year, the hammered gold bowl is Target. The faux ear coral I bought at Pottery Barn two years ago, it usually sits on my dresser in the master but looks pretty and beachy on the mantel. The set of vases are also from Target (last year). The pillow is Pottery Barn, I think from two seasons ago.

I wrote about styling summer mantels over at BH&G this morning, and here are the other latest articles as well.

summer mantel style

colorful girls rooms

dining room rug rules

alfresco dining picks

 

What decorating changes have you made around the house this summer?

 

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Weekend Reading

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Christmas weekend hellos to you all, time to enjoy the last few days before the big holiday.  I’ve got most of my shopping done, but a few stocking stuffers remain.  We’re entertaining a crowd tomorrow so I’m in full party mode, but before signing off for the weekend, I wanted to share my latest articles over at the Better Homes & Gardens blog

I rounded up plenty of holiday inspiration this month, but also shared some tips on introducing color and creating storage, enjoy!  

seasonal staircases

storage

festive outdoor displays

storage

color in low doses

merry mantels

No doubt you’re feeling the winter chill, so don’t miss my picks for staying cozy this winter with style. 

 

Also, a few other informative and inspiring posts I found this week

“Roots Before Shoots” (great insight on reducing stress)

Ten Ways to Entertain a Toddler on a Plane + more tips in comments

Hotel de Glace – beautiful!

A Wall of I Love Yous

50 of the Best Little Black Dresses of 2012

Colorized Historic Photographs

How to Take a Leap of Faith

  

Have a great weekend! 

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