I did a little more fluffing on the mantel this weekend. I like to add or tweak as the days go by and I have the time, come across an idea or stumble across a forgotten ornament or a sale in a chic little boutique (okay, in Harris Teeter, ornaments were 75% off!). If I can, I’ll post an udated picture this week.
In the meantime, I wanted to show you some pictures I saw on another blog that I enjoy reading–Habitually Chic. Here’s a mantel that is gorgeous, BUT it looks like a fire hazard for those of us who actually use our fireplaces. Yes, there’s a roaring fire in the photo, but I just can’t imagine… Anyway, pretty picture, great mantel. I’m a sucker for pine cones.
Yesterday I pulled out the pre-decorated garland that I bought several years ago–an excellent investment because it makes the mantel a fast and easy project. Plop down the garland, rotate the artwork, give Mr. Moose and Mr. Deer their rightful place, add the sparkly trees that look like something Tim Burton designed and I’m good to go. I like imperfection, that’s why those sparkly trees are still around. They’re shabby chic in the truest sense of the word. Our family room mantel now looks special, but still clean and simple. Stephanie Fracasso did the still life oil painting. It’s lovely.
Do you need gift ideas for those people who have everything? How about lovely hostess gifts? Would you like an idea that both men and women will like? Here it is–handmade soap. Once you try it, you will completely understand. It’s a great way to start the day in the shower, or a lovely way to end it in the tub. It’s aromantherapy and getting clean, all in one. And I think real soap is good for you, as opposed to those bars of detergents that the store calls soap. We have super sensitive skin in this house, and we’re all happy when we use handmade soap from Hello Crafty.