Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Vintage Books and Herbs Mantel...

I guess it's like when you decide to try to lose a few pounds, and suddenly all you can think of is apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce. 

In winter, when most of the outdoors is dormant, I start craving nature indoors.

Meet our dining room mantel...




Lavender and basil plants from Trader Joe's. They're easy on the after-Christmas pocketbook, and last longer than fresh-cut flowers.


A little cup, used as a candle holder, reminds me of people-watching and cafe au laits in Paris. Stacks of time-worn vintage books add some coziness to our dining room.




Now, all we're missing is that apple crisp! ;)

21 comments:

  1. Love this and thanks for making me hungry!!

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    1. Thank you Kim... I know. I made apple crisps in mason jars for Christmas Eve with vanilla ice cream and caramel. Total comfort food. I'm trying to cut down a little after the holidays but let's just say some days are better than others. ;)

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  2. What a beautiful and untraditional mantle display. I love the pops of green from the herbs, and I bet it smells wonderful.

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  3. Very pretty! You can't go wrong with books. :)

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    1. They always add interest, don't they? Thank you Stacey!

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  4. Such a pretty mantel "scape"! I love how you stacked the old books and added greenery and the cute french cup. Very nice!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Love the simple use of stained books with age adds as pedistool stop your plantings. The green and lavender always fits in any decor and adds all the rightness to colder, wetter, and darker days. A perfect subtle design to calm the days.
    Yes, your comfort you delight in has been much of mine these past months, time to get a grip on it and cut the calories for me as well.

    This post encouraged my day.

    Xx
    Dore

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  6. I love buying plants fro TJ's too!

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  7. So cute Julie! Love it!!! I love the way you use such common objects and turn it into a darling vinyette !!

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  8. So pretty and elegant!!! You have such a great sense of style!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. So kind of you. Happy you stopped by and hope you enjoy a great weekend!

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  9. I absolutely love the simplicity of this! I'm sharing this on my blog today!!

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  10. So pretty. I love old books. I need to get out and get some greens or bulbs to warm up our space.

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  12. Love the simplicity and beauty of your mantel display. The live plants are a great thing to add.

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  13. Love your simple winter mantle! I am still working on creating something for ours. I always over think everything though.

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