Winter Mantel to Spring Mantel


Here it is in action.

My un-decorating…..and re-decorating.

All because I wanted a little lightness and freshness and birds and nests and branches…..

…..and joy.



Nest Mantel

It was so dreary yesterday.

Rainy and cold and dark.  I think that’s what made  my heart a little sad.  The sun had disappeared on a Caribbean vacation behind the clouds and the day was cloudy and gray.

And depressing.

Now….there are days when I like cloudy and gray.

A gray day kind of gives you permission to snuggle under layers of blankets on the couch with a toasty cup of hot chocolate and a really good book or a happily-ever-after marathon.



Except that oddly…….the happily-ever-after marathons have all gone to the dark side for the month of January.  There is a complete dearth of stories about girls that get stuck in elevators with really cute guys who just happen to be lawyers and they face life’s challenges together and end up getting married in an elevator.

And a plethora of movies that were ripped right out of the headlines on the evening news.

Besides……I didn’t really have a good book to read.

And that couch looked a little lumpy.

Instead……I wanted to smile.

And laugh.

And giggle……with a heart full of joy.


Spring Mantel


Don’t get me wrong…..winter is wonderful.

And I love snowy days and hot chocolate and branches with frozen icicles that look like dancing sculptures and a warm fire and cold noses and bright red cheery cheeks.

But just for a moment….I wanted a glimpse of spring.

To tide me over.

To get me through the months ahead.

And help me prepare for the never-ending cold and the slush and the dirt and huddling by the fire and damp mittens and puddles of snow by the back door.


Paper Garland


So in case your day is dark or dreary or rainy or snowy.

And you need a glimpse of spring……

…….your very own spring mantel is a can of turquoise spray paint and a few branches away.

Bird Nest


Joyful Spring Mantel

Wallpaper birds found on after-Christmas clearance                                                 $20.00

Can of turquoise spray paint                                                                                                  $3.96

Nests and monofilament line from the house                                                                 $0

Branches from the yard                                                                                                           $0


A little spark of joy on a cold and blustery day                                                              priceless


May today be your day.  Your wonderful, incredible, blessed day……full of birds nests and branches and pops of turquoise…..and ordinary joy. 🙂


Mini Raspberry Trifle


PS  Did you know that raspberry had a “P” in it?  I just published this post on mini raspberry trifles over on the FOLK blog today as a “Rasberry Trifle.”

Can you believe it?

Would that have been totally shameful?

New item added to my ordinary joy list…..”spell check.”  🙂

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  1. Image for Vee Vee

    Oh it looks beautiful and so Anthropologie-ie. Nothing is shameful where spelling is concerned. Adopt Mark Twain's philosophy...I always liked a man who could spell a word more than one way...or something close to that.

    1. Image for Atta Girl Amy Atta Girl Amy

      Karianne, You can just say you're spelling things the "Sunrise" way. That's what we say in my house. A little explanation: My son is in kindergarten at a Quaker school, only they don't call it kindergarten. They call it Sunrise and in Sunrise, they want the children to spell phonetically as they learn to read/write. At home, though, it is a constant battle to get my son to spell the Sunrise way. He wants to spell things the "right" way. But I'm most proud of him when he writes something the "Sunrise" way because that means he did it all by himself without the aid of his spellcheckers (i.e., mommy and daddy!) I absolutely love your mantel. Those branches are the perfect shade of turquoise. If it weren't raining right now, i'd be in the back yard picking up sticks so I could copy you. :) And I must know what kind of after-Christmas sale you found the awesomeness that is that wallpaper birds. They are beyond gorgeous.

  2. Image for Gina Gina

    Lovely article at FOLK. "Joy" was my word last year! Your birds are happy reminders of the ones I watch in my front yard as I sip my coffee some mornings. Cold and dreary? You're welcome to come to Ft. Lauderdale-it's 80 degrees, summer weather, really! John and Sherry (YHL) were here in FTL last night for a book signing. ;) Wish it were colder here...

  3. Image for andrea andrea

    First of all, look at you all fancy pants!! That's some pretty dandy computer work with the undecorating/decorating live action shot! Secondly, how I love your beautiful birds on their branches. So, so pretty. So uplifting. These past few days were dreary ho-hum here too. I'm afraid I didn't do a wonderful mantel, but I did work on a gorgeous french inspired quilt pattern (called Pattiserie-just love that name) and drank yummy fancy coffees. Oh, and ate a large amount of left over deep fried shrimp.....good food always solves the dulldrums for me. ps My annual January-get-healthy regime starts next week....again.

  4. Image for Des Des

    I love it....those little birdies are so precious! So bright and can't help but to smile! Have a great weekend..... ~Des

  5. Image for Julia at Home on 129 Acres Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    I thought this was a painting at first, and until I got to the bottom I still thought the branches were painted on the board. What a beautiful--joyful--mantel. It reminds me of the Chirp china pattern by Lenox, which I covet. Beautiful!

  6. Image for Regina Regina

    How cute is this!? This morning when I woke up, the sun was shining and the birds were singing . . . and by the time I got out of the shower, the sky was literally glowering again . . . Sigh . . . . . But this is so cheery! Where did you find those birds? You see, I have a thing about birds - the real kind. A phobia, actually . . . but I love, love, love to hear them sing, and I absolutely love FAKE birds! ;) Here's hoping this weather system leaves us unfrozen, and the birds that I heard this morning can stick around! :) Happy Friday!

  7. Image for Tambur Tambur

    Well, it it makes you feel any better, I saw that post over at FOLK and totally didn't even notice until you pointed it out just now! LOL!!!

  8. Image for Susan Susan

    Very clever. Your decorating is always so budget conscious, and I love that, too. I did know raspberry had a p - because black raspberries are my very favorite thing to eat in the whole world!

  9. Image for Bliss Bliss

    So I was all ready to tell you that, yeah the mantel is awesome, but how about that presto change-o magic frame!, when I thought I better check other comments so I don't copy someone elses comment. Sure 'nuf Andrea called you a smarty pants about it, so since I can't be first, only or original in commenting on your computer skills I'll just say that was cool. Bliss

  10. Image for Linda Linda

    Well you have done it again!!!! Your birds are extraordinary !! Did you make them??? Love the branches done in turquoise.... Who would have thought.....................

  11. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Geez...I don't even know what to start with! The cool transition thingy, the turquoise branches, the BIRDS (where did you get those?!?), the raspberry...who needs that 'p' anyway....trifle? It all is perfect!

  12. Image for betty betty

    Oh I love those happy birds on that cheerful branch. I can hear them singing! Come on down to's springtime here. I just hung the laundry out!

  13. Image for Anna Starner Anna Starner

    Okay Karrianne, I love the birds bright fun spirits! Sooo you. My only question is how are the branches attached? Mine would be on the floor I'm sure. I think we need a lesson on the magic of the hanging branches.

  14. Image for Sarah Sarah

    You are amazing, totally amazing! It's been so wet and cold and gray here the past week, that all I've wanted to do is snuggle in on the sofa by the cozy fire. Today is clear, sunny, and beautiful. I've been on a long much needed walk, out to lunch with a friend, and now I'm feeling inspired to so something different around our home. Thanks! Still loving that Noel mantel. Wanted to try something like that somewhere in our home. ;-) ~ Sarah

  15. Image for Laura Laura

    Your mantle is so joyful and as I sit here on this uncommonly warm and beautiful springlike day with my windows open, I can almost believe spring is just around the corner. Hugs, Laura

  16. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Good first I thought something was wrong with my Ipad....things started disappearing! Then I realized it was just Karianne with some new fangled computer thingy...but, it is soooo cool! Beautiful mantle....just what the doctor ordered to chase away the January blahs! ;)

  17. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I can't find the words to describe this mantel....I love the color, the whimsy, the life....and it belongs on the front cover of a magazine. Beautifully done!

  18. Image for Jedi Mama Jedi Mama

    I found your blog, quite by accident, when I was being VERY EFFICIENT with my time and looking at Pinterest. And now I'm head over heels in love with your blog, and I've decided that we really should be neighbors, so that you can pop on over for a cup of coffee every morning... right before you begin decorating my house! Oh, I'll talk your ear off while you're decorating... we'll be good friends, and then BOTH of our houses will look fantastic! And I've always, always, ALWAYS told my husband that if I ever win the lottery (you know, the one I never buy lottery tickets for!), I would buy a horse ranch in Kentucky and raise Derby winners. Which, come to think of it, makes a lot of sense, because I don't know much about horses, except that I love the Kentucky Derby and I loved the movies "Secretariat" and "Dreamer." Anyway, keep up the good work here!

  19. Image for Amy@ The Avery House Amy@ The Avery House

    Karianne, Your posts always to fill my heart with joy. You have such a wonderful way of bringing in sunshine even in the bleak of winter. Your personality just bubbles over and I feel happier in just reading about your joy bird mantle and the fact that you spelled raspberry wrong (That's something I would certainly do!) I love your sweet little bird motif. Thanks as always for sharing your wonderful and creative ideas. BTW, have you ever shared what camera and lenses, equipment etc. you use to shoot your photos. They are always so beautiful.

  20. Image for Cynthia Toone Riley Cynthia Toone Riley

    I also thought that this was a painting! I also want to know how you attached the branches. And I also love your posts...each day you make me smile over something! As you can see, I agree with everybody above!

  21. Image for Linda Linda

    Love it all, especially the birds! Where did you find those birds???? I would love to find some like that here in Cincinnati. Wonder if I could make my own..... Love your posts especially so cleverly embellished with your descriptive writing :}

  22. Image for Skasten Skasten

    Thank you for today's post. You have made me smile on a rainy, damp, dark day in snowless Chicago. Even your trifle looks sunny.

  23. Image for betsy c betsy c

    I had just hopped over to copy your Raspberry Trifle recipe and save it into my 'recipe' folder when my husband walked behind my computer chair and asked, "So when are you ever going to make any of those recipes you keep saving?" Ooops. Busted.

  24. Image for Carol Carol

    The mantel does look cheery and light! Yes, I did know about the P in raspberry. But I'm funny that way. I agree - love wintry snuggly days, but the dreariness and rain of today did get to me.

  25. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    Lovely mantel Karianne! I wish a springy mantel was all it took to get me back on track in the winter. It seeps into my bones and brain and sucks the life out of me. It's not been as bad yet this year but it is getting to be a bit of a struggle :( Got to kick myself in gear and get some sewing done!

  26. Image for Patty Patty

    Wallpaper birds?! Seriously, from where?! I have not seen such beautiful birds! You must disclose your source so that perhaps a friend from the cold, damp, dreary north can find them online and brighten her home too, pleeeease, pretty please. They are amazing. And so are you with the sprayed branch and colourful birdies. And the garland, pray where did that appear from, did I miss a post? I love it all! Patty/BC

  27. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    Those little birds are the best!! I want!! The English language makes no sense sometimes...we were just talking about that today in my world of Kindergarten. It's truly sad, but we start out just writing the sounds we hear...I can read some of the craziest mess in the world! (allrantogetherwithnospaceseven!) Have a great weekend, friend! :)

  28. Image for Michele Michele

    Brilliant craftiness. Not so brilliant missing letter in rasPberry, but you are forgiven because looking at your awesome post brings me huge amounts of joy. Have a fabulous and smiling weekend. Hugs.

  29. Image for megan megan

    This is so, so pretty! I absolutely looooove those birds! I'm staring at them trying to figure out how I could diy some of my own. Your spaces are always lovely to look at!!

  30. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Yes Joy is the word for that mantel! I love birds and you made them looks sooo happy! Isn't it great that you can make such a beautiful mantel with branches from the yard and some sweet paper birds? Great Job!

  31. Image for Pendra Pendra

    So SWEET! That put a big sunshiney smile on my face, love the aqua branches and the sweet little birds!! I don't know how or what kind of tech you have on your site, but I watched your mantel change from NOEL to sweet, happy and sunshiney over and over again! That will probably put a smile on my face tomorrow too! Hugs, Pendra

  32. Image for Jenn Jenn

    That is gorgeous KariAnne!! I love the turquoise and those birds are so cute! I really like the bunting too. So sweet! Have a great weekend! Jenn :)

  33. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Love your joyful mantel! You are amazing! The wallpaper birds are fabulous and the branch looks wonderful! I know what you mean about having something bright and cheerful to get you through the winter! I love it all! Congrats on the Trifle! You're awesome!

  34. Image for Doris G Doris G

    Love the mantel, birds, and animation, just like everyone else, but I just scanned all the comments. Why didn't anyone else ask how you put those branches up??? Am I the only one who doesn't know how to do that? Please reveal the technique and the source of the birds . . . or someone figure out how to DIY them!

  35. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Very beautiful the wallpaper birds!!!...I need to "cover" my winter birds!!....You must smile every time you look at the mantel!!....

  36. Image for Angela Angela

    I totally get the "fresh" look! When I took down all the Christmas decor, I started rearranging furniture and one thing lead to another (doesn't it always?!?) and before I knew it I had bought new curtains! Needless to say in the end, my house feels so much more "Spring-y" than "wintery." Hugs, Angela

  37. Image for Anne Anne

    So pretty! Love those sweet birds! I did not do any after Christmas shopping can you believe it?Wish I had those birds are so cute! I am ready for spring too.Although I can't complain it has been another dreamy winter here too! xx Anne

  38. Image for Kelli Kelli very pretty. I love it. I saved out my little clip-on white birds from the Christmas stuff. They are glittery and have fluffy, feathery tails. They just looked too delightful to put away. I like that....something to tide you over. I truly understand. :) Wonderfully said. k.

  39. Image for Mrs. C Mrs. C

    I love this, love it! And the first thing that came to mind, "Bass Pro meets Anthropologie!!!" Hello! What a wonderful way to brighten up your home, adorable!

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