Major Mantle Makeover

While most people use the change of seasons for the opportunity for a fresh new look, changing out a mantle doesn’t have to be just a seasonal occurrence! Every year after the Christmas decor comes down, I am faced with the challenge of giving our kitchen mantle a facelift. And it’s SO IMPORTANT, because with these cold KC temps we’ve been having, my fireplace is getting a LOT of attention.  

Challenge accepted!

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Break the Pattern!

This year, I wanted to go a completely different direction than I have in years past. I ditched the same ole same ole symmetrical look that I've been giving this mantle year after year! This area in our home sees a lot of faces daily, so it needs to be special!

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I started by taking down the center mirror and the two wrought iron architectural details that flank the sides of it. Those babies had been up for years and it was time to retire them. I still love the vintage mirror so I decided that it needed to stay and be part of the new look! I found it years ago at a fun vintage store in the West Bottoms in Kansas City. If you live nearby in KC and love vintage find as much as I do, you have to make some time to visit the West Bottoms and all it has to offer! I've also linked similar mirrors below. 

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Use Nontraditional Accessories

I truly love cutting boards that look vintage and old. I have had these for quite some time, so I decided that they could spend their time up on the kitchen mantle for a new fresh look! Cutting boards go in the kitchen, right? Mine are from Nell Hills from a while ago, but I've linked similar ones in the "shop my post" section at the bottom of this post!

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Mix Up Your Heights

I have been eyeing these tall skinny taper candle sticks at target for a while now, but I just wasn't sure where to put them in our home! I love to give mantles some variating height, so I figured these new candle sticks would do the trick!  I topped both of them off with a battery operated flicker taper candle, available at Target (linked below!)

Keep the Ambiance

These awesome lantern lights have been on of my favorite lighting options in our home for years so I knew they had to stay because I love them and they provide a sweet glow at night!!

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So there you have it! A fresh new look to take is through the next few seasons! It will be easy to switch a few things out to give this mantel a new look from time to time! You can shop everything I've used below to create a similar look in your home! (I've had some of this stuff for a while, so I've linked similar items to those that are no longer available online!)

So give it a try! Why not try a mantle makeover in your home!

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Welcome to the Table Topper!

Join me as I walk you through the VERY EASY steps that you will need to take to bring your table from flat to FABULOUS! Believe me, it's easy but your guests will think that you spent hours on it!

Join us for dinner on a layered tablescape! 

This year for the holidays I had the pleasure of styling a client's home for the holidays. I decorated from stem to stern, even the dining room table!

My clients wanted their guests to feel warm and welcomed the minute they walked in the door. There is something special about sitting around a table with friends and family. An inviting table can make guests want to linger longer, and isn't that what the holidays are all about?

So how did I get the look? Well, come take a peek!

My secret formula is LAYERS. Lots and lots of layers.

Start with a good base. Any tablecloth will do as long as it is neutral. In the end, we will be layering so many beautiful things on top of it! 

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The tablecloth in this picture? It's a THROW! Yes, a throw. Why not? It's plaid and it has the perfect color tones! While I was shopping at World Market, I can across this cute plaid throw and I knew that it had to be the next LAYER of this tablescape! It gives a feeling of being wrapped in a cozy blanket!

The first layer: Chargers and Centerpiece Bases

Chargers are those  are good for so many things, but this time I used them the traditional way! I found these gold chargers at Micheal's for a steal! How can you beat $3? I was also lucky enough to find two of these evergreen centerpieces at HomeGoods! I just jazzed them up a bit by adding some loose ornaments and battery-operated lights (a must in every home for the holidays)!

A fun soft layer

The next thing I came across were these sweet little cotton ball wreaths! There are so many ways to use these and one of my favorite ways is to layer them under plates! It gives the place setting height and dimension!

Make your place setting different. Give them something to talk about!

I also always love to incorporate things that MEAN something. You can always make the things you already own work with your new designs! You just have to build off of them and make it look like they were always intended to be placed together! My clients wanted to use their Grandmother's china for this tablescape, so I just built off that color palette!

Her beautiful crystal also really gives this table some SHINE!

Cotton Wreaths found at Olathe glass  (Similar)

Cotton Wreaths found at Olathe glass (Similar)

A Joyful Layer

These cute plates were a must! They have four different sayings! I love adding a little whimsy to a table!

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Take a seat and be our guest!

Everyone will feel special when they find their name in a sweet little frame like this. Name cards are great, but why not go the extra step and make them special? I found these little crystal frames at Michael's for around $6 each! Then I just picked up some gift tags, wrote the guest's names on each one and "framed" them!

The final touches

You are almost done! Now all you need is a fun little cloth napkin to finish off the look!  I came across these "gather" napkins at HomeGoods and knew they were going to be the perfect final touch!

Napkins found at homegoods (Similar)

Napkins found at homegoods (Similar)

The Finished Product!

You are DONE! You are ready to host a fun dinner party and seat your guests at a table that you can be proud of!

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Setting tables for people should be way for you to express how you feel! Making a pretty tablescape doesn't have to cost a lot of money. You can load it up with things that you may never have thought you could use on a table before!

Have fun and get creative!

How will you be spending your holiday dinners? I would love to hear from you!

xoxo,

Erica

It's Time for the Style & Grace Christmas Race!

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Okay, Halloween's over. Time to start thinking about the holidays.

I know, I KNOW, most people don't even want to SEE a hint of Christmas until Thanksgiving is over. But when you're asked by FIVE of your clients to deck their halls for the holiday season, you gotta get goin' on November 1! 

Follow me as I dash and prance through five homes to get them all decorated for Christmas. I'll share my tips and tricks, and some of my absolute favorite Holiday products. This is my absolute favorite time of year, and I can't wait to bring you on the Style & Grace Christmas Race!

Need help decorating your home for the holidays? Check out my holiday decorating offering!

 

Things Are Starting To Get Spooky Around Here!

We are quickly approaching Halloween time here at the Style and Grace house! I have so much fun decorating our house for holidays, and Halloween is no exception. It's fun to pick out the darker, spooky whimsical decorations that (obviously) you wouldn't find as part of my decor! 

We get quite a few trick-or-treaters at our house, so I like to make it look inviting and festive for all of the kids, no matter WHAT their ages! 

Okay, now who has a good idea for costumes? What are you being for Halloween? 

Upstairs Hallway Gets and Upgrade!

Okay, remember that day when I said I was so ready for Fall? Well, she came in like a tornado today and she was CHILLY!

The crisp air got me motivated to do some layering in our upstairs hallway to make it feel a bit cozier. We've never had any decor in front of this window, and we've lived here for 13 years!

I found this sweet little bench from Home Goods. It's the perfect piece to make what was once plain an ordinary into something extraordinary.

I'm so glad we finally made the change (and actually kind of shocked I hadn't decorated this space before!) 

Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to look for it!