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Until I moved into my apartment last year, I’ve had a fireplace everywhere I’ve lived for my entire adult life. Having a mantle to decorate has just been a part of my routine. I knew the first time I walked my apartment that I would add a mantle to the wall at some point. Finally, just before Christmas (like, literally Christmas Eve) I got myself together and built a mantle. The kids and I have had fun decorating with little things here and there, but my Spring mantle setup is my first real chance to decorate for the seasons.
Use the colors of the season, whatever those might be to you. Spring makes me think of bright vivid greens and small wild flowers that grow in the lawn before the first cut of the year. Instead of going crazy with colors, I stick to one or two primary colors, use varying shades, and add black and white accents.
Mix old with new. If you buy all new decorations for each season, you’ll spend a fortune! I pulled down my Christmas wreath, the same one that was also my Halloween wreath and a Spring wreath before that, and wrapped it with some messy burlap type material, added flower springs, repainted my white monogram and done. I invested a total of $5 and about 15 minutes. Plus, when I’m tired of it, or ready for something new, I will just pull it down, repainted the monogram, cut off the burlap and change it up again!
Incorporate scent into your décor. No matter how pretty a place may be, if it smells bad, you won’t want to be there. Scent has a HUGE impact on our perceptions and memories of places and times in our lives, and with the massive variety of scents available in the Walmart air care aisle, there is something for everyone and every season. Glade has several candle options that not only smell great when lit, but smell great all the time!
Layer textures to create visual interest. I pulled down some of the flower sprigs and burlap-like material from my wreath to add some depth to the mantle and a little visual interest. The burlap material has a little shimmer to it, so to balance that out, I added the glass containers with shattered green glass shards.
See something you like? Copy it! There is no shame in reproducing a picture in your own home from a book, magazine, or website. Seriously. When photographers publish images of designs (or when I post pictures of crafts, etc), we know people are going to copy it. In fact, that’s what we hope for! Don’t copy it and take credit for the design, but make it yourself and tell everyone where you got the cool idea.
How do you decorate for Spring? Do you have a mantle you change out decorations on each season or are you a “year round” look kind of decorator?