Today it's gorgeous here. I was out "west" (away from the cooling effects of Lake Michigan that help moderate hotter temps in the summer and colder temps in the winter within a certain radius of the lake front) earlier today for a visit to my hairdresser and when I jumped on the bus about 1:20 for the ride back home, it was 81 degrees F! Sunny and breezy, feels great! I'm out on the back deck now working on this and enjoying the rest of this beautiful day.
My stylist treated my hair to a deep conditioning treatment (sorely needed) and while that was stewing on my head underneath a warm towel she gave me a hand massage. I highly recommend a hand massage if you've never experienced the luxury and sheer lovely decadence of one -- my hands look and feel great and it's amazing how much tension and fatigue were erased simply by Joni working on certain pressure points on that fleshy area of the palm around the thumb. I feel like a new woman! Even my fingernails look (and feel) better.
When I got home last night from the office I decided to start the mantle/mantel project (which I did not tackle as I thought I would last weekend). All my goodies were already laid out around the room and the mantle/mantel was waiting patiently for inspiration to strike me.
It came together quickly after staring at it - and my things - four about 30 minutes, LOL, and then I dithered about the details. But after a couple of hours, I was finished:
In a previous post I showed you the autumnal items I purchased last weekend at The Family Dollar. In one way or another, all of it was incorporated into the front room décor, although not all of it was used on the mantle/mantel. I knew I also wanted to incorporate the owls I used last year, as well as my "horns of the Goddess" wood rescue that fell off one of my trees last year. And my 10 year anniversary pumpkin (I celebrated 10 years at the office last year and received a lovely floral arrangement in a ceramic pumpkin and a gift card).
This year I used a tablecloth to give some extra color and also to cover the books I used to raise and lower the heights across the back of the mantle/mantel. If there is too much "white space" between the tops of your decorations on your flat mantle/mantel surface and wall décor above, it looks "funny." Yes, a very technical term :) So glad now this tablecloth didn't sell at my rummage sale! I was going for a "wavy" effect, but I wanted the smooth edge across the front, LOL! Am I a conflicted personality or what, heh?
The only tweaking I'm going to do is to add more branches to the floral display on the left, behind the t.v., to fill in the "white space" gap above it more fully. Although you cannot see it in my photos, this front room has a vaulted ceiling that slopes all the way up to the landing on the open staircase another story above. With no ceiling line to stop the eye from roving, I know it's important to anchor the room visually.
I took the photos about 7:30 this morning, and then a little later I snapped a few more photos (below) when the sun got above the trees to the east (across the street) and for awhile illuminated my 10-year anniversary pumpkin and set the leaf garland all aglow! It looks beautiful at night, though, with the battery-operated candles and votives glowing. I'll try to take some evening photographs and see how they turn out.
The Wisconsin Badgers (ranked 23rd or 24th nationally - I forget which) play a night game in the Big 10 tonight! A couple of hours ago already cars were pulling up to neighboring houses for pre-game parties -- this is a big'un for us. It's starting to cloud over, and one of my neighbors came over a little while ago and I bought $60 of tinned popcorn from her Boy Scout son (I'm so easy!) Also been feeding the squirrels and the blue jays all afternoon :) Such is life on a lazy Saturday afternoon at Maison Newton. Wish every day could be like today.