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May 12, 2010

i am not a designer… not yet at least. i love all things design. i visit design blogs and dream about what i could do to make my home more beautiful. i watch hgtv whenever i can, which is not very often since we don’t have cable. this is probably a good thing for my time management… otherwise i would be watching non-stop. i love to see the potential in any space and wish i had an unlimited budget to make these dreams happen.

but the truth is that i have to work with the resources i have been given. we are renting a town home right now, and we are constricted with the limitations of renting. i have painted several accent walls in the house, which will promptly be painted back to white as soon as we leave. the house is really not that amazing, suspended in the 80’s to be honest. there are many things i hate about living here. the carpet in the bathroom for one… i mean who ever came up with the idea of putting carpet in a bathroom? absolutely insane. the laundry room in the basement… how much laundry has gone undone? a lot i can tell you. the ugly linoleum… you know the kind that never seems clean no matter how hard you scrub? well, enough with it’s downfalls, it is home for now. and i have learned how to spruce it up. friends who visit for the first time are usually impressed by my hand painted wall graphics.

so i am not a professional, but i do know a little about design. today, i wanted to share with you a classic design for a mantle. this is what i currently have on my mantle. i love the look of layering paintings and pictures with the mirror. i just played around with the arrangement for you to show how to bring color into your home.

1. first, you want to start with a neutral color as your backdrop. i chose gray, because i absolutely love it. you could use chocolate, tan, beige… any neutral really.

2. then i accented with white candle holders that i spray painted white. the white helps ground the space and provides great contrast with the gray.

3. then i chose turquoise as my accent color. i used one of my favorite paintings to layer on top of the mirror and framed a piece of scrapbooking paper that went with the painting. the only thing i would change is the green candle. i think i would change it back to white. but this is what design is all about, playing with things until you find something that you love.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2010 10:45 am


    And yeah, this house had rugs in the bathroom, too – was that an 80s thing?? Way to go, 80s.

  2. May 12, 2010 6:35 pm

    Hi! I just want you to know, you’re doing good at design! Your blog is inspiring especially your artworks! Keep it up! 😉

  3. May 17, 2010 5:14 pm

    Wendy, you have such a gift! One of my favorite aspects of God is his beauty, and I believe firmly in our calling to push back the effects of the Fall by creating beauty! You are certainly gifted in this, and it is a huge blessing to me. xoxo

    • May 17, 2010 5:31 pm

      awww, thanks blythe! that really does mean a lot to me. i couldn’t agree with you more. after reading the book captivating, i have seen beauty in a whole new light. i realized that is what i am designed to do, unveil beauty.

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