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Friday, March 9, 2018

Easter Mantel and Changes in the Wall Decor

   We don't use the formal dining area very much,   but as the family is growing I plan to use it more.     A few weeks ago I changed the furniture arrangement around to give the dining room a fresh look for spring.    The new arrangement made it possible to add more leaves to the table.....and I have two more leaves that can go in if we have a bigger crowd.    

When all the leaves are in,   I have had as many as 16 at the table.

To add more leaves to the table.   we can push the sofa back up against the buffet and get another 6 feet of eating area.

I hadn't created a seasonal display on the mantel in quite a while,   so what better time than at Easter.

I have used this wreath and foil bunnies on the mantel in the family room before

I have the Daddy bunny and two babies on one side of the wreath......

I placed a blessing sign front of the wreath......

Mama bunny...................

and two baby bunnies are on the other side of the wreath.

I have a garland of glitzy eggs across the front and along the sides of the fireplace.

I changed the wall decor on the sides of the faux fireplace while I was freshening the room up.

The tea cup displays were in the entry for several years.    When I took them down the other day to give the entry a fresh look,    I tried them stacked on the left side of the fireplace.      I really didn't like that look,  so I took them down and put one on each side of the fireplace.

I like them this way much better.

I hung a yard long rose picture above each of the tea cup display units.

You may recognize the yard long pictures from the family room.     They have hung on each side of the fireplace in there for years and,  I will replace them with a new look soon!

I still need to tweek the display units a bit.

Sometimes all you need to do is move things around to give your room a fresh look.

I had a standing display unit on each side of the fireplace that had to find a new home.     The wall on the right was not long enough for the tea cup display unit and the standing units too!

So   the standing display units found a new home on this wall.


Now,    I have to decide if I want to stick with the more formal look of this room,    or give it a casual Farmhouse feel!   Can I marry the two looks?      I guess we'll see!


  1. You really have some wonderfully sized rooms. If I opened all my leaves we would be eating into the living room. LOL. Great mantel also...all ready for Spring. No chance of that here, yet.

  2. wonderful!! you are an excellent designer..

  3. So pretty...and I love those glass baubles!!! Thanks for joining Friday Frenzy! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

  4. Your decorating ideas are so fun! Love the foil bunnies. I found some last Easter and had to get a few. Love how they look. Did you make the Easter egg wreath? From a distance the eggs almost look like foil eggs but in your close up picture they look like they might be hand painted plastic eggs to look like foil? It's really difficult to tell because they look so good. Such a cute idea and a great look. Great job if you made them.

  5. Formal Farmhouse?!? If anyone can do it it's YOU! <3

  6. I love those foil bunnies, too! Where did you find them? I haven't seen any like that recently outside of the ones with the chocolate bunnies inside.

    I'm amazed at how many things you have displayed in that room! All of them lovely and tastefully done.

  7. I love the Easter wreath. I am a fan of the colors.

  8. You are the queen of decoration!!!

  9. Oh my, the bunny lover in me would be so happy in this room. Love the way you have rearranged things Penny!

  10. This is a stunning display #thought"full"thursday@_karendennis

  11. Your Easter mantel is so fun! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  12. It is so nice to have a table with leaves, so that you can entertain more or less people easily! Love your Easter wreath - it's so pretty and the colours are gorgeous. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Penny! Hope you are having a lovely week.

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  14. Penny,
    Okay, I am definitely into symetry and I LOVE the yard long pictures and matching tea cup shelves on each side of the fireplace! Also loving the 2 stands under each of the shelves on the wall!! Looks great!! And I noticed the you have lamps ( stunning ones I might add) on each of the pillars on each side of the fireplace!! Were they always there???

  15. 16 at the table is pretty amazing. Your foil bunnies are precious. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.

  16. You always outdo yourself. It is quite amazing.


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