Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Vintage Valentine's Mantel + a Bonus Vignette

Love is certainly in the air at the Wingerden household. 

Even my sweet little Owen has been enjoying our Valentine's decor every day since I put it up. He has quite a romantic side...always ready to give his mama lots of hugs and kisses. Some days he can even found carrying around a tiny book called Shakespeare on Love

Not even kidding :)
I set up a vintage-inspired romantic display on the mantel in our dining room and wanted to share it with you.
I included lots of old books (turned around), vintage thread spools in white, red and pink, and a collection of old bottles, some of which I adorned with ribbon and lace.
If you saw my New Year's vignette, you might recognize some of the same elements. The gold frame was moved from above the mantel to inside, and the pom pom garland was strung up on the wall (I literally just taped it.).
In the center of the mantel, I put one of my favorite vintage finds: an old framed print that I got at an antique store for only $3. Around that I added the marquee L-O-V-E letters that Josh gave me one year as a gift (he purchased them on Etsy).
I also set up a little Valentine's vignette on the dresser in the dining room.

My kids are still pretty disappointed about the Christmas decor coming down (Hazel says in a sad voice, "Christmas is over."), so we decided to decorate a Valentine's tree, which they are loving.
This little bottle brush tree was the one I used in the playroom at Christmas time. Now, it is decorated with pom pom garland, heart and ball ornaments, and hearts that I cut from vintage sheet music.
The chalkboard printable was free from Nest of Posies. Love her work!
I originally wanted to put the tree in a red planter, but it didn't fit so I flipped the planter over and used it as a tree stand and then wrapped a burlap bow around it.
I decided to use some of my own photographs in this vignette as well (something I rarely do, but will probably start to do more. I want my kids to grow up knowing that I am proud of my work, not wonder why I never share it in our own home!).
I hope you enjoyed our Valentine's decor! 

In the next couple of weeks, I hope to find time to post a tutorial on the coffee filter angel wings that I made for Christmas. I have received many requests for instructions. I will try to get the post up soon in case someone wants to whip some up for Valentine's decor.

Till next time...
~Alice W.

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