Drumroll Please…Fireplace Mantel Reveal

I am so excited to finally share my latest project with y’all today. It feels like I have been talking this mantel reveal up for the past year. I know it has been a year since I bought the worlds most difficult shelf to work with (LACK Ikea shelf) and it has been about four months since my father was able to make it work. I have finally styled it in a way that makes me happy and am already thinking of all the changes I can make to it for the upcoming holidays! But for now, I hope you enjoy my latest conquest.

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Et voila! Here is my end of summer/still in Texas style mantel featuring a few projects you have already seen. The gold starburst mirror makeover from earlier this summer makes for the perfect transitional focal point on my mantel. I am excited to see how it pairs with my fall and winter accessories.

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You probably remember the mini planters I shared last week. Now you know where they ended up! I know, I am so sure the suspense was killing you.

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And to finish it all up, I added a picture of my family. Well of my sisters, mom and nephews (one still in my sisters belly) in a thin gold frame my mom scored at her favorite thrift store. Alongside is a budget find I have not featured, the colorful Moroccan inspired lantern, waiting to be filled with a flameless candle. And no shelf is complete without an owl perched on it. This particular owl is actually a votive candle holder I scored on super sale at World Market.

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Before. What I was looking at for a full 8 months (and I’m totally embarrassed to share that lol)

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After. I am so happy to see this right as I walk inside my apartment! And I really cannot wait to start switching it up once it actually starts to feel like fall.

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What projects have spent too much time on your to do list? Making any plans to finish those up?

I am hoping for a quiet weekend full of crafts and diy projects! Can’t wait to share those with y’all. Til then, I hope everyone is having an excellent week!

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DIY: Succulent Planter

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In my efforts to continue to bring the outside in, I am excited to share my most recent project with y’all today. I originally shared my interest in succulents this past April¬†and I am happy to report that I have finally introduced my own version to my little space.

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It all began when I spotted this hurricane vase at Michael’s at almost 90% off. I instantly grabbed one without thinking of its purpose, knowing that I would eventually find a use for it.

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Then I made it into Lowe’s to gather materials for another project I am working on and spotted this lonely beauty. Most of the succulents were picked over as summer is coming to an end. I was so glad to find one that has kept its shape.

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Then I spent some time browsing over the other arrangements. The one above is now serving as inspiration for next year. Let’s hope I can keep the one I just bought alive.

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So I gathered some supplies: a recycled candle jar, a cactus plant and some dirt (not pictured) and got to work. It was a really nice day so I decided to work outside. And I am so glad I made that decision because I made a mess. I took my veggie plate out with me and by the time I was done I realized all of my food was covered in dirt. Oh well, better the carrots than my carpet.

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Its really a simple process. I layered the bottom with some rocks, filled with dirt and added the plant. Then I realized the plant did not really fit, but decided to love it anyway. I really hope these survive because they are an excellent touch on my mantel.

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Here is a tiny preview of said mantel. Stay tuned for the full reveal sometime soon! But for today I hope you have enjoyed my newest project as much as I have. And I hope everyone is having a great week!