Unlike Blackbird and so many other people, I don't do a lot of decorative stuff. I like looking at what other people do, but to have it in my own environment? No can do. I have to keep things simple or else my brain hurts. Seriously, clutter -- even if it's an attractive display of collectibles -- stresses me out. I need simple. I need clean lines. I need Zen.
Thus, we don't have a lot of knick knacks or pretty displays of items we have lovingly collected over the years. There are almost no framed photos on shelves or tables. Instead, they're all here and here (scroll down to photo). That's it.
The fireplace mantel is where we tend to display items. Normally, there's not a lot there, but during the fall, the space fills up. Not all at once, but slowly, over the course of a few months.
In September, it's filled with Pete's, Graceful's, and Elegant's birthday cards.
In October, we have a few gourds and small pumpkins. Then the girls will add a couple of Halloween things.
In November, we'll remove the Halloween stuff and go with more of a Thanksgiving theme and the girls will add turkeys and Pilgrims.
In December, we go all out. We have a collection of wooden nutcrackers of all sizes and we put them on the mantel. A couple days before Christmas, we'll add twinkling lights and greenery. It's so much fun to look at and I promise I'll post photos in December.
In January, we go back to Zen.
Here's what the mantel looks like right now:
Several things have a story:
- the small clock -- We've had this most of our marriage. Nothing special, but something we like just for its usefulness and simplicity.
- the painting with the blue background - Elegant did this a few weeks ago. It's the trunk of a tree on a sunny day, with leaves falling. If you click on the photo, you can even see the mushrooms she put at the base of the tree.
- the skull candle - Something I've had forever. A coworker gave it to me once for my desk. For whatever reason, my girls adore it.
- Halloween card - Lori sent it to the girls and, after they ooh'd and ahh'd over it, they put it on the mantel for everyone to see.
- squirrel - Elegant made this recently too. It's her first real foray into clay and it's incredibly lifelike, all the way down to the textured acorn in its paws. Oh, and it's heavy too.
- one small pumpkin
- photo - My three favorite people at our school's Fall Fun Fair a few weeks ago
- watercolor - Yet, another piece of fall-themed art by Elegant
- pottery - A piece that Pete's aunt made when he was a teenager.