I absolutely love our new home. I love that we have a space we can grow into and that we can truly make our own.
Trying to figure out how I want to design things hasn’t been an easy task because I am not a good interior designer! But I really enjoy the process.
And one of the newest challenges of late has been designing a fireplace mantle!
I have got SO much respect for people who can put together a beautiful mantle. I am not one of them! Its hard working with scale and color and, well, design stuff.
So I opted for homey. Personal.
Fresh flowers in a red mason jar nestled in an inexpensive fake garland with multi-colored lights.
A red and green “love” garland. The kids and I made it last year. We named every single person we could think of and said a prayer for them. Then we put simple quotes like, “Jesus loves you!” and “God is Love!”.
If you look close you can see ‘Grandpa Dennis’ in there. We still miss him so much! I try so hard to help him stay fresh in the kids’ memories.
Now don’t you dare laugh at my awesome chalk board skills! As you can see we have a pretty tall space above the mantle and I had NO IDEA how to fill it. I just happen to have these 4 foot high chalkboards so I decided to write something on it… something significant to us. And celebrating the birth of our King is as significant as its gets!
Its going to be fun figuring out how to use this space in the future. I have a feeling there will be a “mantle” pinterest board in my future…