Hello Spring!

Dear Readers,
Today I wanted to offer up some ideas for adding some spring décor to your bookshelves or mantel or even any open shelving you may have in your home. I usually don't decorate with bunnies or eggs because those items mostly lend themselves to being more for Easter only. I always hope to get more bang for my buck so I tend to stick to simple spring décor that can stay up all season long! Here are the details for my spring décor.

This is a built-in located directly to the left whenever you come in our front door. To add more visual interest, my husband removed the existing shelf and replaced it with one that he fashioned out of reclaimed wood (that he got for FREE!). The natural wood tones break up the white and add a layer of warmth. Then I painted the wall space above the shelf with black chalkboard paint. After the paint dried, I seasoned the wall by rubbing chalk across the surface and then erasing it. This will give a chalk wall the appearance of a chalkboard and not just a black wall. To finish, I added some chalk drawn laurels to frame out any piece that I place on the shelf. All together I think we spent $7 on supplies to complete this project. This was really easy and we completed it all on a Saturday morning!

Ok now for the items to go on the shelf. The wooden sign is a staple that I plan to use throughout the seasons. I will just change the florals, greenery and other items that are around it. This is my investment piece that I purchased with some Christmas money. It quickly has become one of my favorite pieces in our home! I absolutely love hymns! They remind me of the grace and faithfulness of God and also of my childhood! I grew up in a traditional church with wooden pews and a big steeple. We sang hymns every Sunday! Sometimes when I close my eyes and listen to a hymn such as "It is Well With My Soul" or "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", I feel as if I am back home in my church listening to the choir or my beloved pastor lead us in singing! Also, my grandpa Carl was a lay-minister for several years and would travel around the area speaking at different churches and revivals. After he retired from preaching, he had kept a hymnal at their home from which he would sing to my grandma after their morning Bible reading. This is a little tradition that my grandparents still keep up with even as they are in their early nineties! I guess you can see why I love hymns so much. So any chance that I have to decorate with hymns, I am going to take it! I also love white, chippy paint and the ornate scroll work on this piece give it a romantic, vintage look which I love! You can find wooden signs anywhere these days such as local craft stores and online boutiques. There may even be a skilled crafter in your town that can make these lovely signs! They do range in price so be sure to find one that not only speaks to you but fits your budget as well! This can be your main focal point for your design! Next, I added some greenery to drape the shelf. This eucalyptus garland I picked up on sale at a local craft store. The pink glass jars and faux, single stem pink roses were only $1 each at the grocery store. They really add a punch of color to this built in and a little height. I just love pink for springtime decorating!
So there ya go...elements for a springtime shelf or built-in or mantel! 
1. a large wooden sign that says something meaningful to you
2. a green garland 
3. touches of pink 

It's simple, inexpensive and makes a great statement for spring! Go try it out!


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