Hello friends! In all the confusion of finishing up the school year (the paid job), my eldest son's graduation party and the simultaneous wrapping up of our master bath renovation, I never changed out the fireplace mantle from it's spring trimmings. To tell the truth, I didn't even notice it in all it's green glory until I decided to place some flowers and balloons upon it for the big graduation day.
So yesterday I shopped the house to see what I could come up with. I am noticing that my design and decorating style at least inside the house has become more simple and minimal than in years past.
I gathered a few items and threw them together to create a clean, coastal feel.
Above: prints from my Guest Bedroom, one of my antique Japanese fishing floats (my only dark one), and a starfish that used to live in my boy's bathroom (renovation of boys bath here if interested!).
Below: I moved things around a bit to see if I preferred the mantle this way. Opposite side: another print from the Guest Bedroom and some art by my younger son (this one is a shell done in pointillism), as well as a shell collected somewhere.
The mirror below is from IKEA. I bought it quite a while ago with the intention of placing it in the master bathroom when we renovated, but it did not work. I really like this mirror, though, and think I may place it somewhere in the dining room this fall. I am tiring of the red in my dining room (again, back to more simple and minimal for some reason!).
Grays and tans are not terribly exciting, but that is where I am at right now. Below is the feeling I would hope to capture in my decorating during this season (though I could never compete with God's beautiful creation!).
(photo by Alyssa Welch)