In some ways I love moving every few years and styling a different house in a new country. The house we are in for this tour abroad is on the strange side as far as the layout goes, and it’s smaller than what we had become accustomed to when we lived in England. However, it is nice and it’s fitted with new cabinets and wardrobes and hardware throughout. We also have a very large fireplace which, while warm and very nice to have, I find quite ugly! I truly can’t complain, but I do often wonder what they were thinking when they chose this dark unsightly colored stone fireplace and mantel. Nothing seems to make it more attractive, but I try anyway! I had a gorgeous mirror that would have worked perfectly for the empty space in the center, but it was broken in our last move and we move again in just a few months. It seems silly to invest in a new one now, only to have it broken in another overseas move!
Anyhow, here’s what I’ve done with the ugly mantel for February:
A hand lettered sign. I love this saying by Beethoven in a mysterious love letter, which can be found in the book Love Letters of Great Men Volume I.
A piece of firewood with our initials carved into it.
Some fresh flowers and festive ribbon. I placed more vases around the house to keep the theme.
And pictures of our four babies. And, yes, we do know they all look like they could be the same baby!
I don’t remember ever decorating for Valentine’s Day prior to having kids, so I guess I mainly do it for them!
Do you have an ugly spot in your home, too? What sort of things do you find improve that space? Would love to hear about it in the comments here or on Facebook!
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