Friday, March 11, 2016

project design: spring mantel two ways

The latest "Project Design" theme is “How To Style Your Spring Mantel Two Ways”. Mary Ann and Cindy asked ten design bloggers to style a spring mantel two ways, and pictured above is my interpretation. In the green vignette, I wanted to bring out the fresh colors of spring, just using a touch of soft green with flowers and my favorite little cement bunny. With the blue-themed vignette, I was going for an "over-the-top" look with layers of my favorite blue and white porcelain. I switched out the mirrors to create different moods for the mantel and gathered some of my favorite things to create two distinctive looks.

Here are other fabulous bloggers that will also be sharing their amazing spring mantel décor.  Please stop by and visit their blogs as well.

Here are each of my my two spring mantels:

White hydrangeas, lime green mums, a cement bunny and a butterfly painting bring together my favorite spring memories.  I wanted to keep the rest of accessories white and neutral.  I layered a couple of vintage rectangular mirrors to open up the space.  The "picnic hamper", the andirons and the turquoise garden seat are also heirlooms from my husband's family.  The white ginger jar was found at Home Goods.  Iron candle holders add much needed height to the look.
The color green reminds me of Spring!
This vintage green bottle is gift from my mother-in-law...   
and my talented sister-in-law painted this beautiful blue butterfly. 
This little bunny caries a useful basket on 
his back that's perfect for holding flowers. 
For my second look, I selected several of my favorite blue and white porcelain pieces as a base for the blue-themed mantelscape and anchored it with a starburst mirror that I love. In fact, I love how it looks so much that it is now permanently above the mantel.    
This little lady wearing beads is at the center of the action, and  I 
included some of my favorite vintage books to surround her in blue.
Little hints of brass and gold were also added.
I have a pair of these cloisonne dragon vases that were a 
gift from my mom.  {I was born in the year of the dragon!} 
Fresh kumquat branches from the garden take the place of 
flowers, and is an easy way to add a little more color to the mantel.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful bloggers’ spring mantels today, and thank you so much to Mary Ann and Cindy for asking me to join in on the fun!

ciao! fabiana


  1. So lovely! I absolutely love the blue and white one, and of course, green is my favorite color and I love that one with the bunny, too! (and I have the same bunny!:))

    Great job!


  2. Hi Fabiana,
    WOW. I love the green bottle. It's so fresh. I also am a fan of blue and white, so I really love the sea glass beads draped over the figurine. Both styles get a "10" from me. Happy weekend.

  3. Lovely! I love the starburst mirror. May I ask where it is from?

  4. Hi
    Wowiee....Awesome Pics :) I just love all the pics clicked in blue and white. Hats off guys :)
    Especially the Starbust Mirror. It just made me remember for top photographers Newport Coast. Cheers guys and keep blogging like this... :)