Thursday, March 20, 2014


I think the Spring Cleaning bug is visiting my house--don't worry the infestation won't last long, in fact, it may be gone already.  I'm trying to get over it! 

It began when I took down some tired window treatments in the kitchen.  That decision lead to a cascade of changes.  Down came the window treatments, down came the "stuff" on top of the cabinets, and the mantle got stripped too.  Now what?  This is what happened next...

Funny thing is I liked the mantle before I photographed it but the picture of the mantle looked sparse , so...

I added a couple of platters behind the greenery.  It may just the way a picture changes the way a room "reads", but I like the mantle better without the platters when I'm in the room.   I don't know if any of this makes any sense.....but, I would love your opinion. WITH THE PLATTERS, OR WITHOUT THE PLATTERS, please vote by leaving a comment.

Here's a closeup of those rabbits (which I leave out all of the time).  They used to be terra-cotta orange.  I sprayed them years ago and loved them all over again!

Rabit #1 without the platter

Rabbit #2 with the platter

Also, last, but not least, I'd like to shout THANK YOU to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for the $150 gift certificate I won to  I was shocked and delighted and I knew my son wanted a pair of sunglasses, so I passed the joy on to him.  Here he is in the glasses he got for free!  THANKS MARTY!

And thanks to my son for letting me photograph him for my blog!
Thanks for stopping by and DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT THOSE PLATTERS.  Till next time...


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  1. I like the mantel without the platters. You are right that a photograph changes how a room "reads." The white platter behind the greenery makes the green of the leaves "pop" more in a photograph.

    1. So glad you could see it without the platters too! Thanks.

  2. Well, I'm no authority, but my personal opinion is to lose the platters and the little potted plants on each side too. The rest of the decor is so regal without them. (Leave the greenery in front of the large sand dollar). Just my vote.

    1. Thanks Carol, I would have never thought to loose both, but I'll try it.

  3. Great mantel.

    Great images. I'd love to have you link to Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  4. Hi Robin!
    The brick on your fireplace is lovely! I'm voting 'no platters' but think your mantel scape is lovely.
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  5. Robin, your mantel is beautiful - I love the simple look without the platters best. What a great idea to spray paint the terra-cotta bunnies (they are so cute) - never would have thought of that! Thanks so much for linking up to Best of the Nest!

    1. Thank you for your kind words and your vote on the platters too.

  6. UPDATE: Those platters are down! I really appreciate everyone's opinion on this. I really didn't think it would go this way--glad I asked!

  7. Hi Robin, I found your blog after you pinned two of my paintings to one of your canvas inspirations board. I am glad you liked the pelicans. I have started following some of your boards, they look great. And, I vote no platters on your mantel, it is lovely without them I think. Nice to visit with you!
    Betty Moore

  8. Well, sort of late comment...
    I found this link on Flaunt it Friday and catching up there.
    Your rabbits are adorable, and even though I agree with "no platters" the platters are quite nice too.
    For next spring, one way to modify the arrangement is to move the tall plant over to the left side, leaving the standing rabbit on his own. I think it would still be balanced, since the standing rabbit has much visual weigh. I am not a pro, not even my own blog, so could be way off, but maybe try it and see if you like the alternative.
    Also, the grouping on the right--standing rabbit, taller plant, with the platter--is a cute vignette on its own and could be used on a side table or something. Just some thoughts...


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