March 15, 2011

March Mantle

So, the Christmas decorations came down and basically nothing has been on the mantle since then. I have been inspired by other blooger's mantle decorations to try to liven things up over the fireplace. 
The greenery is real (from backyard)...the flowers are fake (from the attic).

Pottery Barn has been big on clear containers with flowers, branches, fruit, assored fillers for their past few catalogs.  I had been reluctant to cut the stems of the fake flowers and branches but then I read this in a recent Pottery Barn catalog..." Don't be afraid to alter the length of the stems of faux botanicals just as you would a real branch.  Use stone vase filler to act as a flower frog, which both secures stems at the base and hides their clipped ends."  I also added water to (as suggested by other bloggers) to add some realism (but as I look at these pictures, I need to add more). 

Ooops! These little bugs must have been "wintering" in the bag of pebbles from the backyard.  Sorry guys...I feel bad for you but not enough to try to rescue you.

I added some greenery to this tall vase to add some visual weight to it and also hide the fake stems. Most of these vases came from Ross at one time or another and were $12 or less each.


  1. They look great! And a neat idea to add real greenery to the faux flowers. It makes all the difference.


  2. What a lovely mantle. I just purchased a gardenia plant and yellow tulips at Trader Joes. And, thank you for your comments about my blog!

  3. What a nice way to bring spring in your house. I like all the white flowers...

  4. LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


    Eekk! The bugs :0)

  5. Thank you for linkin up!!! Love the bugs! LOL

  6. Hi there! I just found your blog through some of the parties and absolutely love how your mantel looks all dressed up for Spring! You did a fabulous job and I'm now a new follower! :-)
    P.S. We host a linky party every Friday (link goes up Thurs. night) and we would love to have you join in the fun sometime!

  7. I love the flowers across the mantel, I'll have to try this...I'm now a follower and I hope you will stop by soon!


  8. beautiful mantle! still waiting for spring here in ND!

  9. So pretty,light and airy. I love the way you mixed all the flowers, but kept the white theme. Spring looks like it has arrived in your house.
    My best- Diane

  10. Your mantle is gorgeous-I love how you lined your flower vases up like that. Just beautiful! Stop by and share this at my link party Feathered Nest Friday sometime! :)

  11. Looks like we are neighbors (sort of). I'm in Temecula so not too far away. I found your blog over at Debbiedoos. This is my first linkie party. I love the mantle, the grooms cake you made and hope to follow your cute blog often.

  12. Oooh, I like the combination of real and silk! It makes the flowers look real. Very nice mantel, thanks for joining the party!

  13. Ooops! These little bugs must have been "wintering" in the bag of pebbles from the backyard. Sorry guys...I feel bad for you but not enough to try to rescue you. black kameez design girl , girl black salwar kameez ,


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