Our house doesn't have a fireplace, therefore no mantel. We do, however, have this little nook that sits up high in our living room. This little space has become my "pseudomantel." Pseudo - that's one of my favorite science words! :)
If you walk in through our front door, this is what you see:
I've been working on this little nook for over a year now. It all started with a trip to an antique store in Columbia. I literally stumbled over this $5 chair and brought it home with me. I threw it up in this nook on a whim - eh, it was ok but I wasn't in love.
That chair is now a beautiful blue color and it hangs out on my front porch.
Back to the pseudomantel. You can see the progression here:
Occasionally I venture back to Columbia for an afternoon of picking. I found these two windows one day for $10.
I gave them a good cleaning and a new coat of white paint. Once they were dry I hung them up in the pseudomantel and they sat there, waiting for me to finish decorating.
I finally couldn't stand it anymore and went on a walk yesterday with the hubby. We walked all around our neighborhood and I found a pair of old sticks.
I love these boots! They were my Mom's when she was younger and they don't fit her anymore. I would totally wear these if they didn't cut off the circulation in my feet. My Mom is a petite lady. The shoe inserts are my late grandfather's.
I need to find something to put underneath the boots so they have a little height. That way you can see them better when you're looking at them from ground height.
I made the fabric banner last night too. It reminds me of spring and I love it! I can easily switch this out for different holidays.
I love the natural feel of the sticks and the brightness of the chair and windows! Now I love my little pseudomantel!
Here are a few more peeks!
I designed this space with items I have acquired over the last year, so I guess technically it was a free makeover!
Have a happy week!