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Spring Decorating: A Masterful Mantel

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Now that we’ve completely moved on to spring (thanks to the weather finally catching up to the calendar), we are all about decorating our homes in spring pastels, greenery and florals, Easter bunnies and songbirds. For many homes, the fireplace mantel is a focal point, or at least a gathering point for family and friends, so we have rounded up a few seasonal looks to make your home welcoming and spring-like. And if you don’t have a mantel, no worries! Many of these style techniques can be transferred to a bookshelf, a floating shelf or even a tabletop centerpiece.

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Incorporating just about every aspect of spring style, this decorative mantel stays true to the muted color palette of the room while still making a charming seasonal statement. We love the three bunnies (hear, see and speak no evil) and the SPRING banner.

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Color dictates this look, although you don’t need to paint your walls yellow (or whatever color you choose) to get the same cheerful effect. Yellow is used throughout this display: in flowers, a runner and books, and is complemented by a few gold accents to contrast the wood flower box and flower pot. Using a simple color scheme and incorporating varying textures and materials works almost 100% of the time. The chalkboard is a whimsical touch, too, although wall art would also work well here.

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This floating shelf is not a mantel, but we like the look of the hanging wicker baskets against rich greenery and white accents. A great display for a chimney that is not exposed, your home will reflect the natural qualities we admire during the springtime.

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The standout on this mantel is the combination of glass and distressed wood. Glass jugs and bottles of various sizes, shapes and colors can bring life to any space, especially when filled with tree limbs, greenery or flowers. The terrarium adds unique detail that brings the spring look to any room throughout the year.

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If you need a little symmetry on your mantel, placing two of the same flower arrangements or sculptures on either end will fill that requirement. This also helps bring a look together if it feels a little too chaotic, or not as refined as you would like it to be. The pink bulbs on this shelf also brighten up the look, especially against a gray or muted wall.

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The most simple way to decorate a mantel, of course, is using a strand of garland to give life and color to the room it is in. We like the added lettering on this mantel, which gives it a more full (and spring specific) look.

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Weekly Spotlight: New Spring Lighting

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Bird & Leaf Swing Arm Table Lamp

Mercury Glass Egg Accent Light Set

Spring Garden Glass Accent Light

Spring sunshine brightens our moods, yards and homes and leaves us feeling excited for the days to come. But with spring also comes rain and scattered cold nights that have us wanting to get cozy and wait for the sun to come out again, and for those days, accent lighting and task lighting are what brighten our homes.

Sea Green Lily Accent Lamp
Capiz Brown Bird Night Light

Fortunately, our new spring lighting solutions are functional and decorative, so you can illuminate your home at night and fill your home with stylish birds and flowers to admire during the day. We have shown you five of our newest spring lighting solutions here, but you can always browse our entire lighting selection HERE. For complementary home accents also new to our catalog, take a look on our website. Share with us how you are decorating with accent lighting and spring home accents, and continue to enjoy the spring season!

  1. Bird & Leaf Swing Arm Table Lamp (with matching Floor Lamp and Wall Lamp)
  2. Mercury Glass Egg Accent Lights (comes as a set of two)
  3. Spring Garden Glass Accent Light
  4. Sea Green Lily Accent Lamp (see more Lily Lamps HERE)
  5. Capiz Brown Bird Night Light (also available as a Bluebird)

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The Real Simple Way to Dye Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Have an Easter egg dyeing party beforehand and incorporate the eggs into your spring decor, or offer it as an activity during Easter weekend as your family and friends gather around.

Easter Egg Race SculptureThere are a variety of Easter egg dye kits available, as well as fun food coloring options, but you can also use natural ingredients to make your own dyes. We like Real Simple’s ingredient list and related video, which offers instructions for making a handful of fun colors to decorate your eggs with.

For blue, you guessed it, blueberries come into play. Turmeric makes yellow, and a paprika mixture gives eggs an orange hue. Raspberries are perfect for pink, and coffee grounds can give a white egg a traditional brown exterior. Find the complete ingredient lists HERE, and let us know if you try any of them out this year!

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

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