So my husband sat me down the other day and told me he thought I was letting the blog slide when it came to showing the house and doing DIY and decorating posts. I started to object but then I looked over at my sorry excuse for a mantel with scraggly faux forsythia I put out in March and I had to admit that I (in blogger standards) was slacking off. Honestly, I don’t much like our rental townhouse we moved to last year and I just haven’t been inspired to decorate like I was at our home in North Carolina. But-I always try to teach my boys that we make the best of every place the Army sends us and so I decided to take my own advice and get re-inspired starting with this summer succulent filled mantel that I couldn’t love more!
I love the simplicity of having a faux boxwood wreath centered on my mirror. The green and white gives a pretty contrast that works for most seasons. When I added these gorgeous ceramic lanterns I found at Homegoods last weekend I knew I wanted to keep the mantel simple with a green and white theme. I started digging around the house for accessories to add but I couldn’t find much that would work. Then I thought about my recent post on dividing succulents where I admitted I had a slight obsession with them and I knew exactly what to do!
I love decorating with succulents and it was no challenge at all to find enough plants to fill the mantel. The terrarium was from a previous blog post tutorial, it’s getting a little big for it’s britches and may need a repotting soon!
I love how the mantel goes perfectly with my other plant obsession-white hydrangeas! My sweet husband usually brings me a fresh bunch every other week or so because he knows how much I love them! (If you like them too you HAVE to see my tip for make sure they last-it’s one of my most popular posts ever!)
And of course when I stopped at Home Depot yesterday for potting soil and saw this little guy there I had to get him because he fit so perfectly with my green and white color scheme (I’m waiting to see if my husband notices the new plant or if he assumes it’s one we already had!)
I’m feeling a teensy bit more inspired and I’m going to try to get back to sharing more DIY and decor projects with you all. I know that’s the kind of posts that many of you started coming around for and I don’t want to let you down! I’m brainstorming ideas and will hopefully have a fun wall dcor tutorial coming up in the next couple of week!
Do you change your mantel out seasonally or leave it decorated the same year round?