A few nights ago, I was decorating the mantel for Spring. I was going to place a bunch of glass jars in blues and greens with palm fronds across the front and maybe fill the wall with a fun green geometric print. I started casting my vision on the mantel when my 5 year old Zephan said, “Your decorating is boring and never about us.” Yikes and ouch! Zeph has soooo much of my personality that it’s hilarious, and scary, and mostly just humbling. Just like his momma, Zeph’s not at all afraid to cut to the chase and tell it like it is. We sat down on the floor, and I just listened. This blog takes a lot of time and attention and what he was really saying is “pay attention to me”! I asked him if he wanted to help me decorate the mantel, and I allowed him to pick out the “theme” and decorations. So this year there are a lot of bunnies and eggs on the mantel ;). Not my first choice, but he is so right. Sometimes it needs to be just about them!
Zeph in particular likes looking through the Pottery Barn Kids magazines, so I suggested that we go for a PBK feel this year. He was game! I pulled out all of my kid-friendly Easter decor and let the boys go at it.
Granted I made some suggestions along the way, but I was very impressed with their ideas. I think it looks pretty darn cute!
These decorations are so old that I don’t really remember where most of them came from. The little brown bunnies were from the dollar store (I think) and the white bunnies are definitely from Pottery Barn. As for the rest, I’m not really sure!
The banner came in a DIY kit from Target 3 or 4 years ago, and I completely forgot that I even had it.
The “dinosaur Easter egg” as my boys call it is the only new purchase this year. It was an impulse buy from Marshall’s. I love me some bling!
Here is a full shot of the entire mantelscape.
So this mantel might not make it onto BHG.com next year, but it is a winner in these guys eyes….which in the end is really all that matters!