So… I last posted about changing displays, and how I came against a brick wall (literally, brick facade) of the upstairs mantel. My living room is black-white-grey-yellow… how the heck do I make it all Valentine’s-y in there with THAT combination?!
I started to play around on Pinterest, looking for “gold” hearts, and came across this fabulous post by Oleander and Palm. I LOVE the geometric design (so hip right now)… the more I played with the gold idea, the more this mantel came together. I wanted some kind of bigger back-drop-art-thing to help balance out the R – by the big yellow and crystal lamp. While looking through my choices for canvases, or bigger frames, I found this old leather and elastic photo display. Lookie there.. the back is black! I knew I had some old pieces of gold card-stock, and so I just started playing with the placement of gold stripes with white hearts.
*Romantic side-bar, this gold card-stock was first used 10.5 years ago when I was making my wedding invitations. I cannot believe I’ve held onto it this long.. and moved it this many times. But it does make for a sentimental addition to this display!!
After I made this piece, I decided to go for the fabulous O&P geometric heart. I took down the old Sherlock Holmes cork board, and started to rework it with the tri-coloured triangles. I added some free-floating hearts down one side, and then a framed quotation on the other. I LOVE IT! I’m going to use this pattern at school with the kids to decorate their V-Day mailboxes.
When I started playing with the mantel, I decided that I wanted some height – and what better way than a sweet paper heart garland that I sewed up tonight. This was good practice for a chandelier that I’m hoping to make for an upcoming party. I went around my house and found random things that were gold, glittery or otherwise matched the colour scheme! I love the little vignette with a photo of me and my man, my bottle of “J’adore by Dior”, an old glittered up key and an apple… which later got replaced by an owl.
I’m so happy with the final transformation in the living room. Hope you’re having a heart-tastic day too!