You all are such an easy bunch to please.
In my last post I asked what you wanted to see here and based on the feedback, what I thought was boring you all to tears is exactly what you come here for. You like seeing simple and easy ways to change things up – no big budgets or messy renovations required. That my friends, I can do – you are coming to the right place!
I think we all like the feeling of less clutter and open space at the start of a new year. It’s refreshing, rejuvenating, and I, for one, find it so much easier to just think and breathe when I’m not surrounded by a lot of stuff.
So every year when January rolls around I crave spaces that feel open, airy, and fresh, yet still maintain that warmth that makes you want to snuggle in on those cold winter nights.
Christmas day really kicked off a string of super cold days for us here in the Chicago area. Yesterday it was around 14 degrees and it felt like a heat weave – and that is no lie. So needless to say, I have been enjoying the heck out of my little fireplace night after night.
You may notice I removed the snowguards-turned-sconces (don’t worry – they’re being relocated to another spot in the house). I was starting to feel a little boxed in as to what I could do on this mantel – plus it’s nice to move things around – so I took them down to allow for a little more space to arrange things on my already challenging (it’s so skinny!) mantel/ledge. Full disclosure: I totally photoshopped the holes from where the sconces were screwed in. I spackled…but I didn’t sand…and I had already put the ladder away…so…you know…it is very likely it will stay that way for months. Hey – you wanted real. 😉
I spotted the wall basket from the Hearth & Hand line at Target (find it here) and I just couldn’t resist – all that warm color and texture was speaking my love language and I had to bring it home (it comes in two sizes – this is the larger one). A couple of my favorite vintage books elevate an old bottle holding a few faux eucalyptus stems (find them here) – I love how the soft green plays off the white, wood, and rattan – and simple black candleholders finish it off.
I’m always surprised by the power of even the smallest pop of black in a room. It makes such a crisp, clean statement that can somehow manage to feel vintage, modern, and everywhere in between all at the same time.
And because extra candlelight is never a bad idea, I left the lanterns next to the hearth from Christmas, and used an old crate to hold a few birch logs and fireplace tools – functional storage that can pass as decoration is always a bonus in my book!