Revamped

4.06.2011

I decided to revamp my spring mantel some. I just wasn't feeling it the way I had it. You ever have that happen? Just felt a little off.


First thing I did was buy some white tulips. I love white tulips and they have not been easy to find this year. They also were asking $12 for them and I wouldn't pay that. Then the other day they were $5.99. Yes, I will pay that.


I added two of my white pitchers to the mantel filled with the white tulips.


I stood back and looked and still just too blah. So let's tweak it some more. Hmmmmm.


Let's add some vintage red books and my little ceramic dog with a basket of flowers. 


On the other side let's lay down two vintage books and set the plant on top of them. 


Then add my crackled bunny. Bunny says spring don't you think?














Much better. Just by adding some different highs and lows it looks right to me now.
Just used things I had from other places in this room.

Joining the following parties:
The Stories of A to Z for a spring mantel party
No Minimalist Here for Open House
Between Naps on the Porch for Met. Monday

Thanks so much to all of you who have joined my Wow us Wednesdays party. What a wonderful turn out!
You can still join in the post below this one. You can share anything that might wow us.

Also don't miss the giveaway HERE. 

Thanks so much to all my new followers. Wow, I passed the 2,000 mark today!!
 Who woulda thunk?

Enjoy the rest of the week,
KIM

81 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks really good and not "forced"... I love it!

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  2. I love it! I love love all the white. So fresh for spring!

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  3. Just came in from the yard in time to see your new mantel. I love the tulips and the touch of red with the books is perfect. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

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  4. That looks very nice Kim. And I especially love the dog. I can't get enough of china dogs. I think I'm addicted to them.

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  5. The tulips are so pretty and I love books in design.

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  6. It looks so pretty, very spring! I love the table in your wow us post, I think I will be trying out that chalk paint this summer, what a gorgeous finish! These are just the kind of posts that got you 2000 followers. xoxo

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  7. You have the special touch, Kim.

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  8. Ahh, it is perfect! Love it!
    Sherry

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  9. I think it needed your wonderful pop of red,now it looks perfectly Kim-like!! Nothing prettier than white tulips, Kathysue

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  10. Ah, it looks like the pup is sniffing the tulips! I thought I'd bought white tulip bulbs last fall at a local nursery. That's what they said they were. Turned out to be yellow daffodils! Love the mantel now. Especially love watching you add stuff.
    Brenda

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  11. Love the use of all the white on your dark mantel. Very pretty.
    Best,
    Susan

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  12. I looove how springy your mantel is!!! It looks wonderful and inviting.. great job!!

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  13. Gorgeous!! You have inspired me to change my blah and boring mantle!! And that little cracked bunny is such a charming addition for Spring!! :)

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  14. It definitely looks like spring at your house. I love the attention to detail.

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  15. I LOVE tulips. Your mantel looks perfectly springy to me. That is one cute puppy too!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Michele

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  16. Love your mantel Kim!!

    Big congrats on reaching 2000!!!
    Not that's a WOW for Wednesday!!

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  17. Oh yes, that looks great, Kim! I think adding the different heights is always a good idea and throwing some books into the mix always works in my - well - book! : )

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  18. Gorgeous! I love the touches of red. So unexpected and fun!

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  19. White always does it for me. Works any season of the year.

    Di

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  20. I agree, Kim! YOur pretty mantel has much more interest. I LOVE those footed urns!
    Yvonne

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  21. Looks very pretty. I love the white pieces you are using -- the contrast is wonderful against your dark fireplace. Gotta love white tulips! Also just peeked at your new little table. Is there a reason the paint is called chalk paint? I'm guessing it has something to do with the texture. Love the distressing. Now I have to go peruse your party.
    CAS

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  22. Love the white tulips very pretty. Nice touch with the pops of red also. No surprise you have so many followers. Your blog is always interesting and inspiring.

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  23. Your mantle looks very elegant and those white Tulips are beautiful.

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  24. I know what you're talken about I can't get mine right. I'm about over it. lol

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  25. So great, makes me want to do mine over. Love tulips too!

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  26. That looks beautiful, Kim. Yesterday was our anniversary and I sent white tulips to my husband. White are his favorite. They're very pretty on your mantle. Congratulations on all of your followers! 2,000 is wonderful. You have a lovely blog.

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  27. Beautiful. Love the tulips.

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  28. Yes Kim, that is sooooooooo right!!! Looks lovely!

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  29. Congratulations Kim on reaching such a milestone in blogging! And I love white tulips, white pitchers, and bunnies, so your mantel looks perfect to me!

    Kat :)

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  30. Very pretty Kim! I love all the white. It pops for Spring!

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  31. Looks great, Kim! I love white tulips and we NEVER see them in this part of the country. They are gorgeous and the mentle looks lovely!

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  32. WOW Kim CONGRATS on hitting 2000!! You go girl, and your mantel looks beautiful! I love white tulips too. Martina

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  33. It looks great. I love the different heights too and the books are such a nice touch.

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  34. It's beautiful Kim! Those tulips look beautiful. Maybe one day I'll get brave and actually use some fresh flowers on mine. :) Love it!

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  35. White tulips are so pretty Kim..you are right they are hard to find. Perfect touch!

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  36. Kim I feel that way all the time. Sometimes I sit and look at everything in my home and hate it then other times I look around and say WOW My Home looks so pretty...I guess our minds never quit thinking of what we can do better..or maybe it just O.C.D LOL...

    Pattie

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  37. I like the revamp....but i liked it before too! Agreed, sometimes just changing the highs and lows can make all the difference!!! Noticed you did a chalk paint project with old ochre...I just finished and posted a project yesterday using old ochre too, love that color, your table looks wonderful...I like the wax color you used!!! Great job!

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  38. Congratulations! How amazing it must be to have "2000" followers. You have such an incredible sense of style. It's no surprise that you have created such a strong following. SSS is great! I also love the new look you gave your mantel! ~Susie

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  39. Love this would you come help me with mine? I saw tulips at Costco today and almost came home with them too@!

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  40. Simple perfection. I love the white tulips. Tulips are my favorite, only second to hydrangeas. You did just the right tweaks to make it stunning, but who am I kidding you make everything stunning. Beautiful job.

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  41. Very pretty, Kim. I love white tulips and the display is beautiful. Thanks for joining my Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  42. I love, love, love your spring mantle. I will we had a mantle. White tulips are my favourite :)

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  43. just perfect!!! love the red books!
    oh, and the white tulips, so pretty!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  44. I love this! I am currently trying to do mine and you are inspiring!

    amber @ barbwired

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  45. Kim, that is stunning. Just the simplicity of it makes it just beautiful! Great job!

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  46. LOVE white tulips! Your mantel looks beautiful!

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  47. It looks awesome and I WANT that rabbit...I rally like the pop of color the books brought to the mantel as well.

    Blessings Kelsie

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  48. Kim, it looks great. Love the fresh feel of white tulips. I've had difficulty finding them, too. Just redid my mantel for spring using some white ironstone as well.
    ~ Sarah

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  49. Hello Kim! You have shown me again that white is almost the perfect color. It could match with anything. I love your wooden mirror and of course the refreshing tulips! :)

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  50. Hi Kim...

    Ohhh...it's beautiful!!! I love the white tulips in the white ironstone pitchers! They just sing spring!!! I also really like the splash of color that your red books bring into the mix! Girlfriend, love the way you did this post. It was fun watching you create this pretty spring mantel vignette...before our very eyes! You're so clever! Thanks for sharing your beautiful mantle with us today!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...thanks for your return email answering my questions about the milk paint. Sure appreciate it!

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  51. b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l!! Love the simple, graceful elegance of the white tulips paired with all of your other goodies! blessings ~ tanna

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  52. Great job Kim - I love tulips too! The white with little pops of red looks GREAT!

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  53. I LoVe to reVamp at times but when it gets right down to it~~I'm not muCh for change. Ha! When I find a good spot [it stays!] I make exceptions at holidays tho. I really like your display with the books etc. & the bunny ♥

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  54. A little off??? I feel that way everyday...LOL! Your mantel is SO ON now! BEAUTIFUL my sweet friend!

    xoxokara

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  55. I thought the mantle looked pretty good with the all white.. but I love the addition of the Staffordshire style dog figure and the rosy red books. Very Kim! Very Savvy Southern Style! LOVE IT!
    Hugs~
    Babs
    My mantle is one I've never liked(very '80s) Gotta do something about that but it's probably going to involve a major re-do..

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  56. I was in love with the mantel with your first Hmmmm!
    Then you bowled me over with the bunny, books and puppy. It certainly says spring in a beautiful way. Hugs, Ginger

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  57. I love the shopping through the house. The white tulips just have me! I need to do all of my house, so busy that only the kitchen has moved toward spring!!! (At least there isn't any Christmas still left up!!!)

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  58. Beautiful mantel, Kim! Love all the whites together of course. I didn't feel WOW enough this week. But congrats on your milestone! Now THAT'S a WOW!

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  59. It looks really pretty & springy!! I just love the white tulips! Tulips are my fave but I don't often see white ones.

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  60. Very nice mantel!

    Congratulations to you and your 2000+! Hope you
    are doing well!

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  61. Love the mantelscape. The white tulips are the best. Now I want some.

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  62. Your spring mantle is beautiful.I really love the color of your mantle.Did you paint it? Do you remember the color? I love it.

    Ann-Marie

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  63. Very nice. I appreciate you sharing your thought process.

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  64. Love the mantel - it looks so springy! The tulips are beautiful.

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  65. Simply lovely. The touches of red are perfect. I am always fiddling with my never 'done' projects. ;-)

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  66. The newly decorated mantel looks beautiful. My favorite, of course, are those lovely white tulips.
    Marianne :)

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  67. 2ooo followers...you so deserve it, Kim... you have a wonderful blog! Love the new mantel decor~ perfect for spring!

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  68. Kim, I'm just catching up on my favorite blogs this morning and am so glad that I stopped by. Your mantle is beautiful! Love the green and white any time of the year, but especially during spring.

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  69. Kim,

    I love the white tulips and the bunny. The red books make me weak in the knees. It really makes everything POP.
    Beautiful Mantel!

    Dee

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  70. You nailed it perfectly. I love all tulips. At my old house in my old yard I had planted at least 600and brought many bouquets in during the spring. Now I share my yard with deer (something totally new to me) and learned the hard way after planting at least 200 the first fall that deer like tulis as much as I do. I'm learning to love daffodils. Happy spring - - mantel!

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  71. On my next trip to the store, I'm definitely buying tulips. So pretty! I love the chippy bunny and the little dog. Cute! The whole mantel flows very nicely.

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  72. The revamp is fabulous Kim!!

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  73. Tulips are one of my favorite things about Spring and yours look just gorgeous up there on your mantel! Thanks for linking up :)!

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  74. Nicely done! The books helped to warm it up! The tupips look A-MAZING!!

    Happy Spring!
    :D Lynda

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  75. The white looks very fresh and it's a good contrast with the mantel color. Hope you'll stop by and opine on where to put the birdhouse. Jane F.

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