Piano “Mantle”

 

I have a huge, brick, two-sided fireplace, but for some odd reason, it doesn’t have a mantle.  It also has a huge black wood burning stove in it that thrills my father-in-law to no end (he also enjoys the red countertops).  I, on the other hand, don’t care how energy-efficient it is, I think it’s ugly and I can’t wait to get rid of the darn thing!  For now though, it stays – mainly to stop Max, and soon Emme, from using the fireplace as an alternative passageway from one room to the next.

Anyway, back to the mantle issue….I keep seeing all of these GORGEOUS mantles in the land o’ blog and I want one!  So, instead, I’m using the top of the piano that the sellers of our house left behind.  (It also served as a hiding place for the snake)

 

 

It’s not very seasonal…I’ve never been much of a seasonal decorator, besides Christmas, but I thought I’d share anyway.   I can’t get too crazy because of the little people who live in this house…

Ahh, there is one of them now.

The sail boat pictures were both given to me by my mom, and the black and white photo is Max’s namesake – my grandfather. 

The big square vase is from Pottery Barn, and I think someone gave me the seashell potpourri in it.

I don’t remember where the metal star came from – probably ebay…I have a small collection of metal stars.  If you look really, really, really close, you can see a picture of me in a bikini (pre 2-babies, pre-30s) in the beach picture.

The vase of sticks is a collection from the yard.

I kind of feel like the middle is missing something, but I haven’t found anything to put there that I like yet….any thoughts?
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Free for (F)all Decor

Like many people, autumn has always been my favorite time of year.  The colors, the smell, football, the crisp air…living in Ohio, we get the whole fall experience.  I was outside with the kids this afternoon, and played around some fall-ish decor ideas from stuff I found in our yard or garage.

 

Very simple – just an overturned wooden box with white candles scattered on top.  I think you could do 1 candle or 30….I’d just be sure to use varying heights and sit them on overturned cups (or something similar) to give more dimension beyond short and tall pillars.

Not really your typical fall arrangements, but it might inspire other ideas?  What’s your favorite season and why?

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Max and Emme’s Bedrooms

Emme is sleeping on me, so I’m typing this with one hand.  I tried to take them outside to play, but Max was more interested in trying to stragle the dog with her line and opening/closing the screen door.  Therre’s no shade out there, so its pretty uncomfortable. 

I’m so excited about moving into our house in 2 weeks (from today!!), and I’ve put together some idea boards for what I’m thinking of doing. 

Here’s my idea for Max’s room…I’m  still deciding on paint colors…but am thinking green with a gray or blue stripe.  B and I are planning to make his headboard…I’ll post pictures when we get to that point.

And here’s Emme’s room:

I used Olioboard to design them.  You can upload your own pictures, but they have a huge selection of item available too.

My other favorite new site is pinterrest…so much easier than saving everything to my hard drive.

Fun stuff for all my free time!

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