mantle styling — before and after

mantle styling before

this mantle makes emily henderson cry…seriously, it does. it needed a makeover…badly. one of the best features in a home might just be the fireplace and mine was embarrassing. to say the least it was not the fireplace of my dreams. in fact, a large part of me wanted to take a sledge hammer to it. but rather to take things to such extremes (mainly because we have been living in construction zone central for almost 3 years), i chose to dip my toes in the mantle makeover. to keep it quick, clean and easy, i decided to keep the ugly molding and even uglier marble and gave it a simple facelift. (the boy and i discussed painting it white, but since all of our trim was medium wood, we thought it might look weird.)

i’ve tried to place things i love over it to mask it’s ugliness. one of my favorite pieces is the max wanger “tulum” photo. i purchased it two years ago before it made a giant splash in the interior design scene. i thought i had nailed it until i saw my girl crush, emily henderson, frame it in white about 6 months later. my heart sunk…IT LOOKS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER! i also loved the turquoise tea lights from jayson home and garden. they tie in the ocean colors just perfectly! they were to stay.

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inspiring spaces + places

hey guys, so on my first inspiring spaces + places post i was really drawn to collage and gallery walls…it kinda became a thing…but this time i was all over the (pinterest) board. see, i stopped pinning for about a year and recently picked it up again…ever since laura invited me to pin on her staging, styling & shelfies board (which you should check out), i’ve been more inspired. this new found inspiration is a much needed pick me up in this home design funk i’ve been in.

see, what you don’t know is i have this “little” patio project and basement project that didn’t quite happen at the same time, but literally my house has been a crazy construction zone for like 3 years. project after project…contactor after electrician after plumber after carpenter…the basement (which was a complete refinish…barebones, exposed walls and pipes, to now having a bathroom, entertainment room, playroom, office, and storage space) has wrapped on construction, but i’m completely failing in the design and styling department. and to make matters worse, i’m in the thick of things with the patio…it’s one of those projects that never seems to end. and since i like to customize everything it takes that much longer to source and finish…ugh! thank gawd the boy is putting up with all this nonsense.

not that i’m complaining…i know i’m very lucky to even be able to do these things…but it’s been overwhelming and frustrating at times…sometimes i think i’m going to go outta my mind…but it’s exciting as well to see a vision that is in your head come together…although it can be very difficult for a general contractor to wrap his head around the fact that you want vintage doors that have been salvaged from a high school to be sanded, refinished, and custom hung in your house oh and the writing on them all has to read the proper way so make sure to put that light switch on the correct side once you open the door to the room…ya, that was a whoopsies…such is life.

i hope you find these spaces + places as beautiful and inspiring as i do…i swear i want to jump into each room and just hang out, read a book, eat an amazing meal, take a bath…ok, ya that might get weird and awkward…but you know what i mean.

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