The Spring Mantel

Spring has sprung and I’m loving it!  Y’all know how much I love redoing our mantel each season, and now I really love it with the new paint color on the walls because it allows me to pretty much do whatever I want to do now.  Not that I couldn’t before, but some colors just wouldn’t have looked right with the camel walls.

I didn’t want to buy anything new for it, so I shopped the house and stole things from mostly the hutch in the office, and a few things that were out in the garage. I was happy to pull out my little birdies and find them a home for spring, and then my theme just kind of ended up being a birdie theme.  I actually call it a garden/birdie theme.  No Easter eggs or bunnies this time. :)

These pics were taken pre-wood floors, which by the way I can’t wait to show you!!

And if you are new here, the “mantel” is actually the Pottery Barn ledge that we bought at the PB outlet for a great deal.

I used an apothecary jar and a few cloches that were both found at a thrift store, and stuck in some moss and some decorative eggs.

A little bird’s nest propped up against a bird cage filled with good smelling stuff.

Sweet birdies…

I still love my old window and shutters that I found at a resale shop last year. :)

And just a few more because I took a million photos.

Like my droopy flower? ;)

And that’s a wrap of the mantel photo shoot. :)

Whatcha think?  Isn’t the new paint SO much better too??

Sharing this post at CSI Project’s Mantels and Vignettes Challenge.



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  1. I’m loving how fresh and pretty your new mantel is for Spring! You did a great job with the birds. The window and shutters are so delightful and carry over well from season to season.

  2. Love this! Your little birds are so sweet. :) Thanks for the reminder about Beth’s mantle party– time to get busy! Enjoy your day!

  3. This is just beautiful…I adore the mantel & the way you have it decorated is just fantastic…

  4. I think I am as excited as you are about the new paint color! The mantel looks gorgeous against the new paint:)

  5. This mantle looks great. I love the idea of filling the bird cage with a pot pourri. Fabulous!

  6. Your mantel is beautiful! I really love the window/old shutters you have in the middle. :) I’m going through a “bird phase” right now, too. What better way to decorate for spring than with little birdies? Can’t wait to see your new floors!

  7. Love the mantel itself and I so enjoy all the eye candy you used to decorate it. Bring on spring!

  8. everything about this is cute!

  9. Thanks for sharing! Your ideas always come to live so beautifully.

  10. Love it E!!! Yep, the wall color is perfect! So fresh;)

  11. Pretty pretty!
    Don’t ya just love decorating for Spring!

  12. oh Emily- SO pretty! Love the birds/eggs/nest!

  13. Emily, it looks great. I really love your new wall color! And, you know I’m jealous of that ledge!!

  14. Mary @ Redo101 says:

    Love your wall colors, and the mantel really shines off that backdrop. The birds and nests are a beautiful reminder of Spring! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Love your mantel and your new vignette is just stunning. Of course when you include the cloches and the birdcage I just drool. Beautiful vignette. Don’t forget to link this to Table Top Tuesday tonight. It is perfect for the party. Hugs, Marty

  16. So Springy! Love the way you decorated your mantle!

  17. I’m in love with the window and the birdcage. It looks so alive and springy!

  18. You are so creative with all the ways you decorate your mantel. The flowers look fantastic against your pretty new wall. The birds are my favorite though!

  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE Miss Emily!!! SO pretty : ) I really like those large white vases!

  20. Love the mantel! Your home is really beautiful. The new paint is gorgous and I cannot wait to see how it looks with the wood flooring (also one of my dreams!).

  21. OH EMILY!! It’s GORGEOUS!! I think this is my favorite mantel-scape(?)!! I LOVE IT!! I knew….I just KNEW there would be a fun spring mantel party to join!! Thanks for letting us know! You see I have mine JUST ABOUT ready! :)

  22. oh my goodness its beautiful!! Love the new paint color too!! all your accessories really pop against that wall.

  23. I love it all but especially the window and shutters.

  24. Ohhhhhh I am in love!! Seriously!!! I have a love of the worn and weathered shutters and things like that….this is just incredible……everyone needs one of these in their house… Or at least that is what I am gonna tell my hubby……lol

  25. The mantle is darling! I love the birdies and I love decorating with old shutters!

  26. Simply Stunning! It’s PERFECT!

  27. LOVE your mantel!!! oh it’s SO GORGEOUS!! i love your website!!! you have inspired me to do bead board on our almost look alike kitchen bar area. I love the new gorgeous colour in your house!! I LOVE the wainscotting!!!! I am planning to do that to our “entry walls” this summer. I have a question about that actually. Should I paint the wall white before adding the boxex?? Any information would be great. You have a GORGEOUS home!!!

  28. This is sooo pretty. we have a mantle, but the TV is on it, so I will be decorating the Floyer table.. This has given me some ideas :)

  29. This is beautiful! Really gorgeous.

  30. Love it all especially the chippy patina of the mantel.

  31. Yes! I love this mantel out of all that you’ve done. Your new wall color really brings out your mantel and the window looks great there! Love love love…


  32. Love your mantel…..I wanted to leave bunnies out this year too!!! The birds are perfect!

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  34. Very pretty! I love the soft muted colors and also love your window with the shutters!

  35. Emily your mantel looks fabulous! Very springy!! That PB ledge is perfection! Gorgeous!! Love your new paint color too!!

  36. Love love love it all! It looks fabulous!

  37. Hello…

    I love your garden bird themed mantel! Ohhh…I also love your new wall color and was thinking how beautiful your pretty white mantel shelf looks against it! Also a beautiful background for those large white vases…simply gorgeous! I like how you used the bird nests and eggs in the apothecary jar and cloches…very pretty! You certainly created a beautiful spring vignette! Thank you for sharing it with us for Beth’s mantel party today!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  38. Very pretty and classy!

  39. Your mantels never disappoint! Love this one! And I’m also loving your new paint color, new drapes, and can’t wait to see the wood floors! Woohoo girl, you’ve been a busy redecorating bee!

  40. I just love that mantel. I had to go back and check out your before paint photos and I have to say I love this color. I have stoney colored walls in most of my house right now and I have been wanting to give them just a tad more color. I’ll check your color out at Home Depot, by way of SW!

  41. Stunning! Love the PB mantle. Droopy flower and all! Can’t wait to see the wood flooring.

  42. Great looking mantel and I love the way you have arranged it. The window and shutter create height and makes it look wonderful.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  43. I love the fact you’ve hung this in a hallway. So created with the faux window and nests!

  44. Nice! Love it :)

  45. Simply stunning. The patina of your mantel is fabulous. I love the contrast between the chippy finish and the smooth white vases. The wheels are turning in my mind about the possibilities within my own home. Thank you for the inspiration!


  46. loving this!!! Especially the shutters. Just BEAUTIFUL!

  47. Ooooh! So pretty! I just love the mantel! Every time I visit, it looks beautiful. The new paint color is fab too! I love the birdies and the eggs. So springy!

  48. Love the shabby chic quality of the mantle, and the new paint is awesome!…………………………..Bonnie

  49. It’s beautiful! I like all the bird’s nest – especially the small ones under the cloches. Happy spring!

  50. Hi Emily,

    I’m back to say your Spring Mantel was featured this week as a top hit on my blog. Thanks for another great post, and I love today’s update. Your home is amazingly terrific and I love my pantry carousels!!!!

  51. I love the chippy ledge and you’ve used such soft wonderful colors but it still has great texture! great job!

  52. Love the old window and shutters – so pretty! The flowers on the ends are just gorgeous! Stopping by from CSI.

  53. Oh, how I adore your vintage-y white-on-white action! I’m too much of a “COLOR!” person to do it in my own home (whenever I buy a piece, I forget how much I want the shades-of-cream and always end up with the options in, like, yellow), but I love your take on it.
    The window is a fantastic touch, as well. Why don’t I just randomly own windows? :)

  54. Looks great! I love the way your shelf is painted and i love love the old window. I have one on my shelf as well.

  55. Very pretty!! ;) Rachel


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