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Since spring is on her way, I needed to get my mantel de-cluttered, clear and ready for whatever might blow our way! This quick and very simple layout feels so good right now. March is when I finally get over how empty the house feels after Christmas decorations are gone and really embrace the clean and crisp of spring and summer.

On the right side, I have: a candle from TJ Maxx wrapped in some jute cording from Hobby Lobby, a bowl from TJ Maxx with faux pears from Target and a super old vase I spray painted white. It used to be black with white lines. I love the lightness of it now!

I really had to control myself and make a conscious effort to keep this clean and simple. It can feel weird not to have the whole ledge filled with ‘stuff’ but I think this time of the year is all about less. Less is definitely more in this case!

On the left side, we have: a bird from Target I spray painted white, another TJ Maxx candle wrapped in jute cording from Hobby Lobby and a vase I got for $1 at Ross then spray painted white and placed a moss ball from Michael’s inside. The first little guy is actually my first little birdie. I know! They have been everywhere for quite some time but he is my first.

Here is the big shot of our pre-spring mantel as well as our bookshelves. I placed my Ballard inspired Mr. & Mrs. pillows on the hearth to help soften it up as well as get them out of the way of the couch. They are great but they do take up some serious sitting space!

I have plans for the backs of the bookcases as well as the books…stay tuned for an update!

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Thanks to another blog, I found a really cool web site to help determine your design style: http://sproost.com/.

You take a quiz by looking at pictures of different rooms and room styles. You select from love, like, okay, don’t like or hate and then it tells you what your style is! If you get a chance, try it out! My results surprised me since my current house isn’t decorated like this, but I would love for the next one to be!

I learned that my style is 67% Nantucket Style and 33% Cottage Chic. After looking through the photos, it suits me. I really like a clean look and a very light feeling and casual home. Nothing fancy for me – I want to live in my house and want others to feel comfortable as well! I would like to say that despite what is says below – I will never have white furniture! I am too scared of spills and stains…and I am not a wicker-type person either…but I guess this quiz isn’t fool-proof. 🙂

Nantucket Style
Oh how you love the beach! Who doesn’t, right? And so your dream home is either perched in your favorite beach town, or you’ve brought that favorite beach town into your house.

Materials
Your art and accessories speak directly to the activities that are found at the beach. Pieces of driftwood you found here, pictures or paintings of the amazing views there. Things that remind you of the coast – surf boards or fishing boats – are found throughout the house. The feeling of the seaside is both abstract and literal in the design of your space. The fabrics are natural, cottons and linens and are light in color and touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and wicker, when done right, is a must.

Colors
And since your true inspiration is the sea, the colors and textures in your home are the same that you would find at your favorite beach: white, light beiges and grays of the sand and driftwood, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and vibrant blues of the sea glass… but the key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back!

Space Planning
Your furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. The more it reminds you of actually sitting on the warm sand the better! And what do you do at the beach? Hang out with family and friends – and your home is just an extension of this play place… and though the space is filled with large white furniture, it somehow manages to feel both durable and casual.

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