I am so excited that the weather is finally starting to warm up around here. It is actually beginning to feel like Spring! However, it is still too early for flowers to start blooming but that doesn’t mean we can’t have flowers in our lives. Flowers are the easiest way to decorate for Spring, just the addition of them to your decor makes everything feel springy, doesn’t it? I love the look (and smell) of real flowers but unfortunately I do not have a green thumb so I opt for faux flowers most of the time. They are a little easier on the budget as well since they last longer than a week or two and are reusable. 🙂
I decided that in addition to using lots of flowers, I was going to go with a purple theme for my Spring mantel this year because I love the color purple. It is my favorite! Also, I have not seen a lot of decorating done with the color purple so I thought it would be fun to give you some purple inspiration. At first I thought about sticking to just lavender but as I was adding different flowers I loved the look of the different shades of purple. So that is how my purple palette spring mantel came to be.
After deciding on the purple theme, I knew that I wanted to use a certain piece as my backdrop. This cool stained glass art piece was actually a homemade Christmas gift that my sister made for my step brother in our gift exchange we used to do. I immediately loved it when she gave it to him! My mom was storing it for him for the meantime so I borrowed it to use on my spring mantel with the promise that I will give it back. 😉
Once I got it here and on the mantel, I was a little concerned that it was going to be too dark for spring decor. It also was a little hard to photograph as it comes off a darker almost maroon color in the pictures than it is in real life. I figured it would probably work if I put enough lighter colored objects around it and I think it looks great. What do you think? Additionally, it ties in pretty well with the leather couch. There are some lights around it on the back side as well but it is hard to see in the photographs except this one.
I found some taller flowers at Hobby Lobby that I put in some white pitchers on each side. The pitcher on the left is a vintage ironstone pitcher so it has some discoloration on it but that just adds to the appeal of it for me. I love antiques that have been well used. 🙂 I love the height that the flowers give to complement the stained glass art. Having one on each side balances out the mantel as well.
The bunny also came from Hobby Lobby, he was too cute to pass up. I didn’t want to do an Easter themed mantel in case I want to keep it decorated like this for a while past Easter, but I figured the bunny fits in for spring also. So he makes it a dual purpose mantel. 🙂
The mason jars were the perfect containers to hold some flowers. I think it so cute to use an ordinary object like a mason jar for decorating. There are so many great ideas out there for decorating with them too. We even use some for pendant lights in the kitchen!
They looked a little plain sitting on the mantel so I decided to dress them up a little. I took some burlap and crocheted lace ribbon, cut them both to fit around the jars and hot glued them on.
The burlap and ribbon on the mason jars look really great with the crocheted lace spring banner too. I found a crocheted table runner and knew I wanted to make something out of it. I came up with a couple of ideas with this being one. Aren’t the letters so cute?? I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make the letters soon. This flip banner is one that I have used before for other mantels like my Thanksgiving mantel, Christmas mantel and Valentine’s Day mantel. It is so versatile and easy to switch up. It has definitely become a staple decoration for me.
I LOVE the look of using birdcages for spring decor! This little one is so adorable and the perfect size to use on a mantel. Birdcages can be filled with all sorts of things for decorations. Maybe that will be a post idea for the future. 🙂 I put a candle and some flowers in this one. It looks so pretty with the darker purple shades against the white!
If you have been here before, you will know that I love to make my own pillow covers. While I have amassed quite a few (as Mr. Wonderful always tells me…lol) I did not have any purple ones. So of course, I decided to make some. I was just going to make some plain covers with some purple fabric but after getting some inspiration from a pillow I saw at Target, I decided to add texture to my pillow. I love how it turned out. Just the little addition of the stripes turns the plain pillow into something a lot cuter!
I hope you liked my purple palette spring mantel as I much as I do. I know a lot of people tend to stick to the same colors when decorating but don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone a little. Now I am not saying to paint your walls neon green or anything like that, but maybe change out or add in a couple accessories that are different. It can really change the whole look of a room and make your home feel like a new place by doing that simple thing.
I have some exciting news to share too! I will be guest hosting in April on the Merry Monday link party starting on this Sunday at 6 pm PST. This will allow me to bring you lots more decorating ideas, crafts and recipes from many different bloggers! I am really looking forward to this opportunity, I think it will be a lot of fun! 🙂