Sunday, April 14, 2013

The "Other" Mantel

Yes, the other fireplace mantel that's in the lower level family area...

I don't post about it often because it's hard to photograph, and really pretty rustic.
We've always wanted a weekend cabin at the lake. 
(We live just 30 minutes from the beautiful hills of Branson, and Table Rock Lake)
Woodsy, rustic, lodge-y, comfort.
But, I don't have one, so this area gets to be the stand-in. 

Things don't change around too much down here. But I do try to keep the fireplace mantel seasonally decorated and the faux flowers in my wicker basket changed out.

It's where we hang out to watch tv and spend our evenings. 
It's functional, cozy, and not "white".
It's also where the kids and grandpuppy lounge.
and did I mention that it's not white?

It's about the same as our fireplace in the living room, which is directly above it, except this room has built in bookshelves on each side instead of windows...and a massive tv and wall cabinet....also wood, which makes it darker. But so much better to curl up with a fire and a good movie. So I enjoy the rustic, lodge-y feel with Pendleton Blankets, a few leather pieces, and a deer mount or two. 

...but I did want to share my Spring-ified attempt 
down here with my Majolica pitchers and teapots.

...and my florist buckets filled with faux forsythia.

which brighten things up a little bit.

I found this old 40's framed print at the flea, and it's here most of the year. The subtle shades of muted earthy tones, and shabby gold frame blend in with the vintage feel.

those are a few cows in the distance. me some cows and sheep in a landscape.

Are you feeling lazy?
Come on over,
and don't forget to bring your blankie.

Joining in for these parties:

Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy little House
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

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