With spring forward around these parts it gets us all in the mood for spring cleaning and a home decor refresh. This week we have a few spring mantle ideas for you to try in your own home. We updated the mantle at the shop with some spring art ideas, salvaged windows and greens. This look is easy to change out with your mood by swapping art and plants. Using a bunch of one things, in the case the vintage clay pots, adds impact with not a huge cost. Also try using a book in place of art which we tried here too. layer as little or as much as you like, it needs to look good to you!
We will have more spring mantle ideas all this week on our live sales in the app Wednesday at 6pm and Friday at 4pm. Download our FREE Schoolhouse Salvage app in your mobile app store. Shop all of the items used in these mantle looks HERE: https://shopschoolhousesalvage.com/collections/shopthelook
My favorite thing to do is to move all the things around our house. It drives everyone else nuts but I love to have a fresh things to look at. Here is a before of the bookshelves in our sun room (after I spent an hour dusting everything to take a photo:).
For this restyle we wanted to add a little St. Patrick’s day decor and change it up a bit. We mixed in some new items (you can see what items we have for sale in the collection here https://schoolhousesalvage.commentsold.com/collections/shopthelook) along with some of the goodies already on the shelves. Both of these looks are similar but with a couple swaps they look a bit different. We swapped out the art for a clock and the metal box for a soup tureen.
Then we had some fun changing up all of the little groupings by adding different containers and filler. This is the best part, you can change this up everyday if you want! I keep all sorts of small decor items in a cabinet for this very purpose!
Once you get all of your goodies laid out you will have a ton of fun making all sorts of vignettes. Think about using odd ball filler for containers like adding the cardboard shuttlecock tube which has a great green color and is a bit unexpected. My other favorite happy accident is using the plastic viewfinder as little riser for the milk glass. So fun! Most of the items used here are for sale in the Shop the Look collection found at this link. We have so much fun doing these for you, hope you found a little inspiration to freshen up your space!
We are always looking for interesting ways to display our vintage collections in our homes and in the shop. We came across this fabulous cubby and decided we would show you how we would style this at home. Here she is in all of her glory….
This cubby works perfectly to stack on an existing piece of furniture our even on your kitchen counter, think outside the box here. You can use this guy anywhere and display an awesome collection. You can check this guy out including dimensions through this link to purchase. From here we started layering something tall to the left and in this case it was a fabulous chippy column base and one of our open wire cloches. Inside that cloche lives a little chippy bunny and a vintage biscuit jar. This spot is perfect to change out whenever the mood strikes, which with me is weekly:) You can grab the cubby here https://schoolhousesalvage.commentsold.com/collections/shopthelook
After we had the right height on the left we started to add little items to the cubbies that we loved, these can be anything you have or you can shop the littles we used here through this link. For the sake of this example we kept it pretty simple an balanced but you could fill up the whole dang cubby if you want to, whatever looks good to your eye! This first area we tackled was the space in the opening underneath which is perfect for a stack of restaurant ware platters.
Next up were the individual cubbies. I like to start from left to right for some reason but do it anyway you like. For this collection I was trying to keep it to green and white, Easter and a little St. Patrick’s Day vibe.
There is something you should know about me. I’m not an expert about anything. That goes for ironstone and anything else I collect really. We have built our business on architectural salvage and vintage finds and what works us is collecting what we like. So I guess I am an expert at what I like for our home and I’m sure you are too.
Let’s talk ironstone shall we? A while back I jumped on the collecting ironstone bandwagon and I don’t really remember why. I love the patina and history behind it but I really think for me it’s the thrill of finding the items at a really good price. This cake stand I found while thrifting and I couldn’t grab it fast enough. It’s not marked which is not a huge issue, not all ironstone is marked. It also has a chip on the base which I love. It’s not super heavy which indicates it may be a more recent piece but I love it nonetheless. Again, not an expert but I don know what some of the markings should look like and this is one example from one of my pieces:
There are so many makers markings but once you start to look for them it’s fun to find some and research the heck out of it (I was a history major at one time can you tell?). Right now my collection lives in the dining room in an old shipping crate turned sideways and around the house, we use all of our items when we can. Some collect mail and keys and some hold other small collectibles. Here is quick snap of the collection where it lives currently.
If you are more of an expert than I am, and I suspect you are, tell me all of the things! What type do you collect, what was your best find and educate me on all the ironstone things! While we are at it, any idea what this sweet dish/platter is called????? thanks friends! Talk soon