Sunday, March 4, 2012

My Pseudo Mantel!



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!

Cheers!
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26 comments:

  1. You don't need a mantel Katie. You found a perfect little decorating spot. It fun and fresh, love those boots!

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  2. Super cute! Fresh and funky! Love the boots so much!

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  3. Very unique! I really like the window frames. We don't have a mantel OR a psuedo-mantel, so I'm jealous!

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  4. that is adorable and so springy! i love the one pink flag in the bunting- it adds a great whimsical touch!

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  5. Cute--I love the unexpected place to find a chair :)

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  6. How about some curled up rope as a base to your boots? Love your out of the box decorating!

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  7. very cute! I love the banner!

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  8. Love this! The colors really pop, and I like what you did with the chair. The overall setup is so pretty! We don't have a fireplace either, but I think that's due to having like 2 days of winter. :/

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  9. That's so cute up there!! I really like it! Love the pretty chair, the windows, {Cute flags} and the boots! :)

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  10. your bunting on the windows is adorable. it just finishes off the look perfectly!

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  11. This is so cute! I love your projects! I love being able to scrounge and find great finds like your windows and chair. I cannot wait to replicate them in some way once I have a home that has more room for my fun ideas. Thanks for sharing the creative and antique-y projects that you do. I love following the things that you come up with!

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  12. I LOVE the chair and those windows are so shabby and cute:) Love the boots! It all looks great!!

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  13. I love your "mantel" I use shelves as my faux mantel--like your option better!

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  14. Way cool! I love it all! I can see those branches decorated for different holidays. Nook is the new mantle :D

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  15. I love your pseudomantel! So creative, bright, and fun.
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

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  16. Love that you used the cowboy boots! Stopping by from transformation thursday!

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  17. Love love love the boots!!! It's neat that you have something that has a piece of family history too. Love that!

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  18. Looks great - love that banner and the little blue chair! A fabulous free makeover! Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  19. I love the way it looks- who needs a mantel- I think my favorite part is the boots! What a creative way to display something that is so pretty but can't be worn!
    I would love it if you would link up to my brand new party- Scout's Sweet Sundays!
    http://www.xstitchandcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/03/scouts-sweet-sundays-linky-1.html

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  20. haha first... I love the name craptastic! so funny

    Also though, I love the boots! They are a perfect touch for the area to make it fresh and fun ( although I am rather partial to window frames like that lol)

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  21. Love your "mantel"!! It is so fun and spring like! Great Job!!

    Ivy

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  22. Your use of this space is fabulous and the display you put together so darn cute!

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  23. My mother had a similar space in her last place, she hung a tree branch and had several {fake} birds that she'd inherited from her mother. When I was visiting one day she asked if I'd hang the birds from the branch. I tried to make some look like they were sitting on the branch, those that looked like they were in flight were naturally dangling. She loved it. I like how you've done your pseudomantel!

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  24. Featured you! Come see!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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