The March issue of Southern Living arrived on my doorstep late last week, and I was immediately smitten with the gorgeous springtime scene pictured on its cover.
Stunning, no? Something about that turquoise door juxtaposed against those bright pink and green hues lit a fire under me, and I knew immediately I wanted to use that as the springboard for my spring mantel.
Oh, how I love spring.
The promise of sunshine kissing my face.
Of days growing longer, little by little.
Of donning sundresses and sandals after a winter’s worth of cumbersome coats and boots.
Of becoming reacquainted with the outdoors to play in the yard and plant flowers.
Really, with the exception of spring storms (boo!), there just isn’t really much I can think of that I don’t adore about this season!
By taking elements from that Southern Living cover photo – namely the color palette and the overall composition – I was able to create a spring mantel that I think truly reflects all of the bright, happy feelings I have when spring arrives each year. And, since it looks like a scene from my back yard, I’ll be able to look at this when I’m stuck indoors during the inevitable last gasps of winter we’re sure to experience during the next few weeks. Allow me to give you a little “tour”!
I am loving all of the fun pallet artwork I’ve been seeing throughout the blogging world lately, and I have been wanting to create my own version for quite some time. I opted to put my own little spin on things, though, creating a vibrant turquoise pallet that looks like a funky little picket fence using pickets I scored for just over $1 apiece at Lowe’s. This gave me the fence-liked silhouette I was going for without having to use a jigsaw for shaping the pieces.
I have to admit that I am nursing quite the custom-colored chalk paint obsession ever since I finished the board for my hallway command center project.At the center of the pallet, I painted a section of chalk paint so that I can change out my sentiment whenever I want. For now, I am going with a springtime sentiment, but when Easter gets closer, I’ll change it to reflect that. I love this!
Inspired by Jen’s Valentine Vignette over at Tatertots and Jello, I decided to kick things up a bit with some fun medallion accents. Because I wanted to use up as much of the supplies I had on hand as possible for this display, I came up with a fun technique that allowed me to use fabric I already had in my stash instead of paper to make them.
I rounded out the display with a carpet of artificial grass I purchased at Hobby Lobby last year on clearance after Easter, some of the crosses from my collection, and a white vase I found a few weeks ago at Joann for just $3…
…a bowl filled with fresh lemons and ceramic birds that I found on 90% clearance at Hobby Lobby last year…
…and – of course – a healthy dose of bright flowers! I know a lot of people shy away from artificial flowers, but used sparingly, I think they can add a really fun touch to displays like this one.
I absolutely love these paper flowers I found at Hobby Lobby last week. Aside from the supplies for the pallet, they were the only purchase I made for this display. Not too shabby!
And that’s a wrap!
I encourage you to seek inspiration for your home decor in unlikely places, as I did here. If you love the design of an ad, a magazine cover or anything else that strikes your fancy visually, use that to flavor your next decorating endeavor. It will breathe new life into your efforts!
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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