Nature Inspired

1.17.2011

After taking the Christmas decor off the mantel I wasn't sure what to put back on there.
Originally I was going to make these moss balls and attach them to the top of the red pots, but that 
didn't look good to me to so I put plants in the pots and placed my moss balls on top of the candlesticks.
This created a nature inspired mantel and I really wasn't doing this on purpose. It just happened.






I purchased these red pots at Hobby Lobby at fifty percent off so that made the two for $11.


Here you can see the moss ball I made on top of the candlestick. I have pictures of
this project somewhere and can't find the folder.


I placed this pot on top of a couple of old books for interest. Oh, and added my little squirrel.








I placed this glass hurricane filled with rocks, moss, and pussy willow in the center of the mantel.


I love how these reflect in the mirror for added texture.









I had everything for this mantelscape except the two red pots.
Total cost $11 plus tax.


Thanks so much for all the sweet comments about my mirror project. Y'all are too kind and I will post the tutorial later this week.

I hope you are getting your makeovers ready for the party this week.
If you missed my features from last week you can see them here. There is some amazing talent out there.

Have a wonderful week,

KIM

Linking to Marty's tabletop party at A Stroll thru Life.

59 comments:

  1. The moss ball you made looks great. Really like your mantle...nature inspired makes me long for Spring!
    Cindy

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  2. Gorgeous, Kim. I love bringing nature indoors. What a beautiful display for next to nothing! That's the best part.

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  3. Beautiful Kim! Love your new red pots...sooooo pretty! The whole mantle is wonderful...the moss balls, the topiaries...everything;)!

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  4. Looks great, I like nature inspired too. The way you have them different on each side, yet balanced, I love it!

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  5. Kim,
    This looks lovely. I love the use of natural materials. The moss balls are really neat, just love their texture. I thought of you today, to tell you that Valspar is having a Power of Color giveaway with paint samples and a coupon for your next paint project. My blog has the details. Looking forward to joining you again for a Boring to Better Party, have a few paint projects I need to tackle.
    Sherry

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  6. Thank you for that beautiful mantle! I, too was having a difficult time figuring out which stuff to put back on there. I love, love your mirror! Where did you get it?

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  7. Chandy, I purchased that mirror long time ago at a store that went out of business since then.
    Thanks

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  8. I like your nature-inspired mantel, Kim! I really like those moss balls. They're cool with the varieties of moss and lichen. And I love the red pots--those were a score at 2 for $11!

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  9. Still lovin' that cute little fella!!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. Your mantel looks wonderful. Love the red mixed in for a little color and all of the moss balls and topiaries are wonderful. Your centerpiece is wonderful. So pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  11. I'm struggling with my mantel right now...maybe I need moss balls! I don't know what I need....everything I try doesn't seem right. Of course I have things I've done in the past that look good ...but I want to do something new and different....oh and without spending any money...I think that is what is hindering me.

    Love your mantel! Maybe I'll hit the ol Hob Lob tomorrow.

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  12. Love your nature inspired mantel with your accent of red! Don't you love HL?! I've admired your mirror before, it is so striking & handsome :-)

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  13. Kim your mantel looks gorgeous! I love the moss balls you made and of course I love the red pots. Thanks for sharing and your for inspiration.

    Enjoy your evening,
    Gail

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  14. Looks great! I am at that point. Everything is cleaned off of every flat surface and all my decor items are laying on the floor. Now I need someone like you to come over and arrange everything for me!!

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  15. Kim ~ Just beautiful! I love the moss balls (not mothballs) ~ would love the see how you made those. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  16. Kim wow I love this look! The Moss and natural items are so complementary.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  17. Ooh, your mantle looks so nice. You can never go wrong when inspired by nature. Love the squirrel and red pots. Great job!

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  18. Looks great! I love the moss ball and the pop of red!

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  19. I do love the mirror there...I put one up above my fireplace a while back and I am so happy with the choice...as you say it reflects things which gives a 2nd look/added texture. I've been moving things around and trying new things in new places too....best time of the year to do it!
    Liz

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  20. I love the nature inspired mantle Kim - accidental or not it looks lovely!

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  21. I like the fresh look of your mantel - and I think the red pots are perfect, because there is so much red in nature, even at this time of year.

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  22. I love it! I wish my mantel wasn't so long I always have such a hard time with it, yours is always beautiful!

    Rondell

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  23. Love the natural look for the mantel. Very appropriate for the season. Loved the mirror project too. Couldn't get the comment to take. I am going back to try again. Hugs, Ginger
    Did you sign up for my giveaway? is it ok if I post it on you "Boring to Better"?

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  24. Hi lovely lady. Your mantel is Perfect!!! I LOVE your home just Beautiful !!! I HOPE you have a Great Evening.!!!!
    Diane

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  25. Kim, the mantle looks great! Love the red pots. Infact I just bought a red cache pot to do a Valentine's arrangement in. Then I figured I could do an "everyday" arrangement in it too! Just greens. I love how you added the books on one side and it still looks balanced. Have a great week! XO, Pinky

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  26. I love having lots of things from nature inside my home! I love the way you use books in all of your arrangements! ♥

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  27. I was wondering if you would still do a wintery motiff on your mantel - as I have, and now I like the idea of greenery better.

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  28. Kim, thanks for sharing. I'm trying to get some motivation to rework my mantel. Put it back as it was before Christmas, and I'm ready for a change. ;-)

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  29. Kim, as soon as I saw the first photo, I thought: wow, the textures! Love the nature-inspired theme here. Come on spring!
    Brenda

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  30. Looks great. What a great choice of decor by using natural material..I really need to come up with something for my mantel. Right now I have a mirror. two candlestick lamps, a couple of candles, a birdhouse and an old timey fan. The hardest part of decorating my mantel is that is a medium colored red brick. I also do not get alot of natural light in that room as it faces north. My decor is traditional. Would you have any ideas for a mantel with a brick background?
    Kathi

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  31. Beautiful Kim! Love the natured inspired look, and your moss balls look great! laurie

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  32. Hi Kim- your mantle looks beautiful- I love the red pots and your moss balls are fantastic!! :)

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  33. That little squirrel is the cutest thing I have ever seen!

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  34. Kim- I think it is perfect and the nature inspired scheme is great for this time of year...it's a bit too early for Spring so it is a nice little tide-you-over. I suppose your Spring will start in just a few weeks....while we have a while to go yet.

    Have a great night- Hugs-Diana

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  35. Your mantel looks great Kim and I love that mirror!
    I really love moss and it grows like crazy here due to our rainforest climate...I plan on doing a post about all the moss here!

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  36. the mantle looks great Kim.

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  37. Your winter mantel is beautiful Kim and I love that you've added color which cheers me up this time of year!

    Kat :)

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  38. It's beautiful. I seriously needed some post-Christmas mantel inspirations. My pre-holiday look was fine, but I want something fresh. I think someone needs to do a "Post-Christmas Mantel" linky party! {hint*hint} ;)

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  39. Kim that looks so good! I love the simplicity of it, but how it makes such a statement! I didn't get to comment on your last post, but I am with Mr. Savvy... that is your best paint project yet! You rock!

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  40. Beautiful Kim, really fun those little red pots...I got one that looks simular just a few weeks ago and haven't done a thing with it yet, but you have inspired me to make it happen!

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  41. I love a project that took a different direction than you thought but turned out perfectly beautiful!

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  42. Beautiful, I love it!! =) XO~Liz

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  43. Kim, the pebbles and the moss and the pussy willow are incredible! I love how it looks with your mirror.

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  44. Aside from being beautiful, I like the way the mantel is symmetrical, but with a slight difference. I put some different items on top of my candlesticks, toom, and I like it! Linda

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  45. Beautiful display! Great mix of color and textures.. need to learn how to do that...lol.

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  46. Kim.
    love your new mantle decor. I too love the look of nature indoors.

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  47. This is one of my favorites... I like that it hints at spring and is perfectly balanced, just the right amount of interest without trying too hard... Well done!

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  48. Your mantle looks awesome. I love the way you did the glass hurricane in the middle~

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  49. LOVE the mantle Kim...Extremely inspiring:)

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  50. I'm having a hard time deciding what I want to do with my mantle now that Christmas is over. Yours looks great!

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  51. Hi Kim! I am in the middle of putting the dishes back and other things this morning. Decided to take a break.

    Love the mantel. Beautiful as usual. I also loved seeing the mirror project. I have a mirror, I've been considering for a makeover. Might give this a try.

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  52. Wow! This the prettiest mantel ever Kim. Love the balance and the mirror is stunning. Gorgeous! :)

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  53. Isn't it great when things just come together?

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  54. Now that Christmas is behind us and all the glitz and glamour have been tucked away til next year. Great mantle display! Bringing nature indoors in a creative way.

    Sure Fit Slipcovers

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  55. Well, Kim....this is just gorgeous! LOVE IT! Those red pots and that moss ball! LOVE!!!

    You did fabulous!

    Lou Cinda

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  56. Beautiful matel Kim! I need to do ours. It is still bare from the holidays. Also love your new flooring! Nothing to share this week but hopefully next week I will have done somethnig!;)

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  57. I'm am SO stalking your house. Ha! I showed my husband your mantle and surround and he loved it. I'll be painting ours in a similar color/finish soon. There's going to be a very pretty house in Texas that looks very much like yours...

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