Decorating for smaller holidays like, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day have always been a challenge for me. I want to get a little festive, but the decor for these types of holidays can also border on cheesy. No one likes cheesy, and clutter is my biggest enemy. This year, my year of simplicity, I don’t want to go overboard decorating just to decorate. But this banner from Ever Thine Home started my creative juices and I just had to find a special way to display it.
It’s lovely, right? It is called the “We Love Banner” and you can find it here.
Now, while we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day at our house, other than the kids giving out their cards. This verse really touches my heart and is something that I could display all year. It is the perfect reminder that love isn’t specific to February or romance. I appreciate how this piece tells the story that we share this love for each other because God loved us first.
This truly is a special banner than could be displayed in a number of places, throughout the year. The pretty script font and simple touches of red is really classic and simple which was the perfect starting of point for my mantle decor.
My main goal for this decor was to keep it simple. I also wanted a little more feeling of romance rather than traditional hearts, flowers, pinks and reds. I knew I would grow tired of having too much color up here. I am a neutral lover, through and through so the red hearts on the banner was just enough. I do feel flowers always evoke a feeling of romance and since already had these white flowers in my pitchers, I started by working around those.
I knew I wanted to add some texture and layering, so I pulled the mirror off the wall and placed the old window and basket around it. I wanted to keep the mirror, because it reflects light so well and always makes the room brighter.
To add some more white elements, I brought down my milk glass and stacked them on books to give some more interest. Books are so great as platforms. They give some options for creating different heights and a little texture.
To balance all the white, I brought in some green stems and little most spheres. Tucking them into empty spaces. I love how these stems droop a little, just seems more dramatic and romantic.
In order to cut the height of that large window, I draped my pom pom garland over it and added some twinkle lights. When the sun starts to set as we eat dinner, and the twinkle lights sparkle, it really is so pretty.
Here is a view of the full mantle. I hope I have inspired you. Sources listed below. I was lucky enough to shop my home for all most materials, that is always the best! Thank you for stopping by and if you are interested I have included a free printable of some classroom Valentine cards. Happy Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
We Love Banner*: Ever Thine Home http://everthinehome.com/portfolio/new-we-love-banner/
Milk Glass : Candle Holder – Vintage, others – Nested Santuary
Pitchers: Home Goods
Basket Tray: Target
Greenery Stems: Joann Fabrics
Pom Pom Garland: Home Goods
Twinkle Lights: Target
White Flowers: Michael’s Craft Stores