Monday, March 19, 2012

Nautical Themed Spring Mantle

Finally, my mantle is picture worthy.  I always have a big lull between Christmas and spring.  I just don't have any good creative mantle worthy ideas during those blah winter months.  I went with the nautical theme for 2 reasons:  #1 my husband is in love with all things nautical and his family has had sailboats since he was a kid and #2 the large sailboat you see was on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  Someday I'll get an authentic pond yacht but they are not in the budget this year.

You can see that I kept up the large blue and white tins as a backdrop and then added the nautical details in front.  As we get closer to summer I may add some seashells too.  I have some large conch shells and starfish that would look nice with the boats.

The pulleys were also half-off at Hobby Lobby and I've had the miniature baskets forever.

A close up of the little boats.  I am getting the hang of my camera now so I was able to get some nice clear shots.  Can you tell that the sun is coming across from the right?  Of course, I also did capture the nice fingerprints on the glass hurricane too - oh well. 

Here is one showing the entire back of the living room.  Since we moved in I have changed out the original window treatments.  The previous owners had hung some really dark green valances with matching wood blinds.  It made the whole corner feel dark and short.  The white panels are from Target and let in so much more light.  I really want to upgrade the window moldings and paint both the trim and the mantle white.  And some crown molding would be nice too.  We'll see how the tax return comes out:).

How are your spring projects coming?  Now that the weather's better I have so many things I want to do that it is almost overwhelming.  I'm having a hard time deciding which one to do first.  Don't say the kitchen:)

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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  1. You've inspired me to go coastal for my mantle. Your blue and white tins are so pretty, where did you find those?

  2. The tins are from Pottery Barn. They come 3 to a set and they were on sale for $79.


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