Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring Mantel and Sideboard

It was time to change things up around the house and bring in some pretty spring colours.  It may still be ice and snow outside (and we just got another 4 cms this weekend), but I sure was ready for fresh spring turquoise and yellow inside.

This was the first time I had put my Grandmother's batik on the mantel (it usually goes over the sideboard in the dining room) and I'm so glad I did because the colours are perfect for spring.  I lined all the turquoise and a few clear glass vases and mason jars up along either end of the mantel and added some tiny pink flowers.  I didn't know the name of these flowers until I Googled them, but it seems like they are waxflowers (chamelaucium).  Not a very pretty name, but they sure are a pretty flower and look great with turquoise.  Do they go by any other names?  

At the other end of the room I used yellow on the sideboard and dining room table.  My husband has a green thumb and has managed to whisper in the ear of all three of our orchid plants and they are blooming at the same time.  And for this lovely display they deserve to be given pride of place on the dining room table.  You can't really see all three plants in the photo below so I included a second shot with all of the plants visible.


The sideboard has yellow striped napkins on it and a yellow striped jug on top.  I love all the sun-shiney yellow.  Yesterday I ventured out through our snowy backyard and climbed the snowy climber to get some pussywillow cuttings.  They are actually starting to open up on the tree.  How do they do that when it is well below zero outside and the ground is covered in snow?  All I can say is that it sure is a welcome sign of spring.


Have you started decorating for spring?  March 1st was my ticket to change things up.  Now if we could just get those temperatures to go up a bit too.


  1. It looks beautiful! I am a little, no make that a lot tired of winter so this is a breath of fresh air. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Pretty! Love the blue glass and the spring flowers on the sideboard. Welcome spring :)

  3. Gorgeous! Your room is absolutely lovely. You'd never know about the weather outside! Am v impressed by anyone who can keep a plant alive, never mind whisper to it to bloom...

  4. Oh that does look springy! So optomistic .. hahaha

  5. I love the springy colors - and the little flowers are just precious. And your header - just lovely. Forget-me-nots are the Alaska state flower - fond memories from my childhood. All the pretty colors make me want to get out some spring decorations - I'm certainly ready for it. We've had some snow - only a teeny tiny drop compared to what you've been having - but it slowed us down a bit - about 8 inches last weekend but it is finally melted and we are back to our beloved rain in the Pacific Northwest - now that's how winter should be. I'm more than ready for spring.

  6. This is my favorite spring mantle I've seen so far, Grace. SO pretty!!! :D I agree…your grandmother's batik is perfect for spring, and I love the turquoise mixed with the yellow. Pretty dining room, too!!!