So I'm starting with my mantel. I'd like to set something up in my house. Then leave it alone for Pete's sake!
Uugh! I can not stop fiddling with things around here.
So, I'm setting up my mantel and trying not to change it til summer.
Here's how my brain works when I'm doing a project like this...follow along if you like.
Or heck, just jump straight to the last photo.
If you're still here, here goes.
I start with a clean slate. Remove everything and give the mantel a wipe.
I start with a large item. Like this hunka' wood from behind a friend's barn.
This is how I hang things like the hunks wood. 2 of these and a heavy duty wire strung between them.
I gather bits and pieces of things from around the house.
And I set up a little tool/work station. You never know when you'll need a fork.
Then, let the staging begin... a collection of books first.
I keep my lap top handy so I can refer to my DIY Mantel page of images I've been collecting. I get great ideas from all my favorite bloggers from here. Sometimes times it's the tiniest little thing that will give you tons of inspiration for your own project.
I even sketch out what I'm thinking sometimes.
I'll often tweet for suggestions while working on projects. Hearing your ideas always gives me a new perspective on things.
(thanks for the vote to tied up the books ladies ;)
I knew I'd want a pop of color, so this frame is perf.
I'll do my best to leave this part of my house alone.