Our Mantle Inspiration

We built our home in 2002.  We were newly married, and I had a baby on the way.  At 22 years old I didn’t have all the home decor answers that I may have thought I did.  Nor did we have the funds for my grand ideas.  So each year we add a little here and there to our house.  It is always always dangerous for me to look through a Better Homes and Garden magazine, I always find inspiration – like this photo.  Two years later I still love this entire home, particularly the mantle.  Once I saw it I started to beg.Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 9.04.11 AMIt is a bit hard to see in this photo, but you get the idea.  So did Kevin, and he started to build away.  And I cheered and encouraged with every bang of the nail gun.  Because everybody needs a cheerleader.

Our old mantle is pictured here: (this is a very old christmas photo of the easel Kevin bought me – I still love the easel, but not the mantle.)mantleripIMG_5221Two years later, I still love the mantle, and Kevin.gunLast Christmas I tried to buy Kev a new tool belt – because clearly he needs one.  I found out that tool belts are not like purses!  He loves this old old thing and it is just right – all worn in.  He does not want a shiny new one.  Go figure.tool192A0458 copy 192A0459 copyI’m looking forward to snuggling up with some knitting during the snow storm tomorrow.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

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