Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Clean slate

Aren't we fortunate to have the slate wiped clean each year and be able to start fresh after January 1 each year? I guess this is more a state of mind than any magical happening, but still, I'm all in.  I love to purge after all the holiday decorating and empty my spaces of all accessories, and re-design it with a fresh new outlook.

Many of us are in the same club; rearranging and redecorating whenever the opportunity presents itself, that's why we band together.   I do not like things stagnant in my own home and like to change things up from time to time.

Here is my 2013 mantle prior to Christmas:


and here is the 2014.01 version:


I realized I have no mirror in this room, which is one of my must-haves, so I incorporated this one for right now. I'm on the hunt for a much larger antique mirror with some character. I would actually like to panel the entire wall with plate glass mirror. I did a wall like that in a former home and it looked 10x it's size and was amazing.

These mantels are perfectly understated, yet impacting. I like that.

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Always transforming, always looking for inspiration to create something unique. After all the busi-ness of the holidays, I'm into simplifying at the moment. We'll see how long that lasts.  How about you?







16 comments:

  1. I'm with you Nancy. I am loving my simple and temporarily clean house right now and the clean slate of the new year!!

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  2. It is always amazing what a little bit of rearranging your same old stuff can do to make a space feel fresh. Love the changes and your ideas for this wall Nancy!

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  3. I love 2014.01 ha! Yes, I always need something calm after all the busy Christmas decor. I'm still working on my mantel, but my bookcases are finished, yay! I could go for that blue lacquer!!

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  4. Oh my ... I wish I could get to my mantle!! And, with an electronic junkie husband, I know we'll be hanging a tv there. :( !! xo

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  5. Don't we all love to change things around now and then? I know I do. I often move accessories around.

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  6. Very nice! I love changing out the mantel too.. it really does make a difference in the space!

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  7. Oh yes, the clean slate after the holidays always inspires me, I'm tweaking my living room right now too and adding a lot of clear pieces and blue & white! Love the way your mantle is looking on IG right now though ;-)

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  8. I completely agree Nancy! The slate is there for us all. Hopefully I can put mine to good use. Happy New Year to you!

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  9. YES....always transforming, indeed! Our homes reflect our moods and I believe in changing my mantle according to not only the season, but what I am feeling. One spring, it may be graced by a small oil painting, another spring, a vase with spring flowers. But it is always fun to change! And I like how you made subtle changes to get a big effect!

    Nancy, thank you so much for coming over to leave a comment today! Thank you for being a part of Blogland...and you are right; there is a need to connect with other kindreds and share KINDNESS! Love to you, Anita

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  10. My mantel is like a revolving door - always changing. I totally agree. :)

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  11. I love a mirror over the mantle. Good luck with your hunt for the right one. I am in an editing phase, I keep taking things out of the room.

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  12. Nancy...so true...(since I didn't decorate this year at this house) I have to recall years past. You take the xmas decor down it looks BARE and then you say...hmmmmm I think I like bare...

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  13. Hi Nancy,

    Yes, starting with a clean slate and doing a little rearranging is fun after the holiday decor is put away. I am still working on my mantle and creating a winter ambiance in my home.

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  14. love the post-Christmas purge! mantle looks great nancy!

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  15. I love your mantel and think the mirror was a fab addition. Mirrors do so much for us! Here is to a clean slate and a wonderful 2014!!

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  16. Thank you for your new ideas. Here i got some of Living room design ideas for my friends house and hope I will contact you soon. natural living room

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