New year, New mantle

January 5, 2016


Every year after Christmas, I get into a mad decluttering frenzy. I crave simplicity, neutral colors, and just less of everything.  I’ve noticed that a lot of times, stress can come from having too much. Ie: why are there toys everywhere!!! I’m trying to rid myself of some of these stresses by minimizing some of the stuff. This isn’t the easiest thing to do with 3 young kids and because I’m a wanna minimalist living in a maximalist body. However,  I’m slowly learning to make it a point to get rid of things that don’t necessarily enhance our lives. 

By now you probably know how much I love decorating my home. It’s not only therapeutic and calming for me but it’s just so darn fun! I have the grandest time moving things around and I know I get it from my mama. Growing up, she moved furniture and decor around constantly. I remember as a kid helping her move couches and tables from the den to the family room and back again. Obviously, I inherited her furniture moving syndrome. Just ask my kids and husband.


Sometimes, the most simple display can create the biggest impact. Here, I used my Christmas chalkboard made from an MDF board and just rubbed chalk all over it. I hung my simple DIY wreath over it and layered a bunch of frames I had from around the house. Most are thrifted and some were spray painted gold. 


One of my Instagram followers saw my mantle and used it as inspiration to recreate one for her client who had a hole in the wall. Those large holes can be difficult to style and I love how she covered it up with the DIY chalkboard. 


Every time, I take a picture, I have a little photobomber that insists I take her photo. Well, I can’t ever say no. What a ham! She most definitely gets it from her father. 😀

Do you declutter after the holidays too? Do you do anything to your home to start fresh for the new year?


Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22

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