Spring Mantel with Shades of Turquoise

March 27, 2012

Last week here in Upstate NY, the weather was amazing and I soaked up every bit of sun I could get. Now it’s a little chillier, but Spring and Summer will be here before ya know it! In the midst of the gorgeous weather, I took some time to put together my new Spring Mantel.

Over the past few months, I have been introducing more cooler colors than the warmer colors that I’ve lived with for many years. So my latest mantel creation has a whole lotta turquoise, which is a beautiful and dynamic compliment to the burnt orange focal wall.

Here it is… What do you think?

Turquoise is absolutely one of my favorite colors and from my past post, Totally Turquoise, many of you love it just as much!  It was kind of risky to have the mantel be dominant in one color and when planning it out in my head, I wasn’t sure if it was going to work.  I think by including a variety of different turquoise shades, the overall composition has alot of depth and intrigue, especially with the backdrop of the burnt orange wall.  Other textures and muted colors of browns were also added within to break up the monotony.

Here’s an in depth look …

Many of the pieces that make up my new Spring Mantel have been repurposed from around my home or picked up at local stores for very little.  The turquoise glass vase on the left is something new I bought a few weeks ago at TJ Maxx.  I had already had this turquoise-mantel-idea in my head and thought this would make a perfect addition – it was taller and I knew it’d make a great ‘anchor’ piece!  The glass mason jars which I found at an estate sale last year have been showcased on my mantel before and are filled with lentils and a votive candle. To the right is a tall glass jar filled with rocks from last years vacation to the beach.  I love displaying memories and these rocks are a beautiful and quiet shade of blue…  a perfect compliment to the other bold and vibrant colors.

One of my favorite upcycling things-to-do is paint old, used glass jars – tomato sauce jars, apple sauce jars, jelly jars, any jar will do! It’s so easy and unexpected.  In the Blue Label wood box stand two sauce jars that I added a little color to (it’s actually the leftover paint from my kids bathroom cabinet).  My mantels are always about layering, so in front of the wood box is a cute little turquoise pitcher and to the right is a lantern, both of which I purchased at Homegoods.

Of course, I had to add a touch of Easter decor within my Spring mantel.  I love this egg shaped Happy Easter sign that I’ve had for years (forget where I got it), but in a few weeks once the Holiday is over, it’ll be swapped out with a new Spring sign (not sure yet what it’ll be).

Continuing to the other side of the mantel, I added a sweet distressed turquoise ceramic bird feeder.  Originally intended for my daughter’s room, its so cute and fit perfectly amongst the like colors. To “anchor” the other end, I finished the mantel with two different sized bold turquoise lanterns that I purchased from Target.  They have some awesome colors this season like lime green, hot pink, and of course turquoise.

I also whipped up some fun new pillows with accents of turquoise.

Isn’t that owl fabric so cute?!  Love it with the brown and white chevron.

And this is how the entire room looks all pulled together for Spring.  It’s so different from last year’s quieter, frappe colors.

I think this is my favorite mantel design yet!  What do you think?

Do you love turquoise just as much as I do? 


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Comments

  1. Wow, lovin’ that turquoise against the orange wall! Perfect for spring :)
    Erin @ How to Nest for Less recently posted..Just a Party with My Peeps {#7}

  2. It looks great, Jenna!! The lantern in the middle is gorgeous! And I really like all the layering you did. Lovely job.

    I love orange and turquoise together. I have a few orange and turquoise pieces in my kitchen. And this Spring I’m bringing a lighter version of it, kind of more like a robin’s egg hue, to my living room to lighten things up. I’ve already made two striped cushion covers that have it. LOVE them! Even the hubby has said a couple nice comments about them.

    That’s for your sweet welcome back! It was actually after I read your post yesterday, that I started thinking I NEED to get back to blogging. If you read my post, you’ll know that the computer I’m using does not recognize my camera and I’ve been unable to download pictures. Argh! Where are you editing your pics these days?? I’ve heard of pic monkey, or something like that. I’m soo disappointed that Piknik is no longer!

    Have a great day!

    ~ Catie
    Catie @ Catie’s Corner recently posted..I’m back with some Easter & Springtime inspiration!!

    • I miss your long, thoughtout, and kind comments!! So glad you are back Catie. The lantern is pretty cool and that was a recent fin from homegoods. As soon as I saw it, I snatched it right up. I download my pictures to picasa and do the majority of my editing / organizing in there – I add text and tweak the exposure. Picnik hasn’t been working for me, but I never really used it before anyway. Pic Monkey is really the same exact thing and I heard the developers of it are the same as picnik, so who knows why they ditched it. -Jenna

  3. I LOVE the bursts of color!!! And seriously, those pillows are adorable – you just whipped them up?! Wanna whip up some throw pillow covers and send my way too? :)

    Pamela
    Pamela recently posted..J’s Room: Kids Locker Storage

  4. Love the turquoise against the orange wall. LOVE! Your home is lovely – warm and friendly. :)
    Sharon recently posted..Letter Art for Spring

  5. The turquoise is perfect against the orange walls. The contrast creates a striking effect on the room.

  6. Stopping by here via Hooking up with House of Hepworths. Love the pops of turquoise agains that orange wall. I also love the owl fabric. Where did you get it? It would be a cute addition to one of my daughters’ rooms. Thanks for sharing your mantle!
    Rachel recently posted..Roasted Lemon Garlic Carrots

  7. Oh my goodness, I love it! These are the exact colors I am wanting for my kitchen! Can you please tell me the names of your paint colors? I have had little to no success in finding the right shades, and the ones you have are absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Stephanie says:

    Jenna – I love what you have done here. I am moving into a rental house with orange walls in the family room I am not allowed to paint over. Your post gives me hope that I can still make it a beautiful space! Any idea where they got the couch? It’s gorgeous! And am interested in hearing more about the pillows if you are still making them. Thanks again!

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