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18 February, 2012

Springy Blue and Yellow Mantel

027 I know that spring isn’t here just yet, but daffodils are blooming and the robins are back…encouraging signs that it can’t be too far away! Sooo… I decided to add a little spring to my mantel in the form of blue and white Chinoiserie and some daffodils!

IMG_1156 Our co-hostess Miss Kitty is wondering why I ever changed the mantel to neutral colors anyway since I always come back to my favorite colors…blue and yellow! They remind me of the sunny skies of Provence. It seems that I am happiest when I am surrounded by those colors!

005 It all began with a wonderful pair of lidded urns that I found while exploring a new flea/antique shop with my friend Linda at Nina’s Nest. As soon as I saw them, I knew they had to come home with me! Not only was there a pair…I have a thing about pairs…they were only $16 each! Woo hoo! They are really nice and heavy, coming originally from Bombay Company. (Sniff! I still miss them! They always had so many pretty blue and white pieces!)

008 But to introduce a little springiness, I removed the lids for another time and added some faux daffodils…on sale 40% off at Michaels. Blue and yellow together…ahhh!

016 Next, I added my pair of little vintage-inspired Staffordshire-style dogs and some Spode plates in the Albany pattern…also in my favorite colors…just the right touch of more yellow!

021 And in the center…one of the double happiness jars from my collection….so named because of the Chinese symbols depicted on the jar.

011 And here it is! What do you think? Is it too soon to be thinking about spring?

003 My daffodils don’t think so! I hope they are right!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my mantel! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage for the Spring Mantel Party
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday’s Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for the Winter Blues Party

Jaime Lyn at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy for Crafty, Scrappy, Happy me on Thursdays
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

78 comments:

  1. So pretty, and I love that color combo too!

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  2. Love the plates hanging on the mantel. I love the whole mantel!

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  3. I'm so glad I'm not the only one putting their spring flowers out in February! The mantle looks gorgeous, but then again I'm partial to blue and yellow myself, and everything you do is beautiful!

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  4. I love the mantel with those colours. So Springy and fresh. You are way ahead of us. I can't wait to see some flowers popping up. Deb

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  5. Blues and yellows are so fresh.

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  6. No, not too early!!! It's very refreshing and pretty! I'm thinking about putting up some Easter on my mantle..
    Deb

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  7. This is so pretty. Love your new jars. Do share where this new store is. It has been quite spring like here now if we could just have more sunny days than gray ones.

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  8. I just love dafodills and yours look beautiful on your mantle. Miss Kitty looked perfect for her picture!

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  9. Soooo Pretty Debbie!! I love yellow and blue together! Miss Kitty is a sweetie!

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  10. I've had Spring Fever today too, working on my sunporch. The blue and yellow is so pretty and fresh, and of course, Miss Kitty really sets it off!

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  11. How absolutely gorgeous Debbie :o) Blue and white are perfect, but the addition of a touch of yellow really knocks my socks off!

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  12. Whenever I see blue and white together, I think of you, Debbie! This looks so pretty, I love the new urns. They are big!

    My daffodils won't be up until April at the earliest. Sigh. But it IS sunny today, thankfully, just cold! Have a good one!

    XO,
    Jane

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  13. Blue & yellow really are a cheerful "springy" color combination. Daffodils won't be up for another 2 months here so I enjoyed a little sneak peek at yours.

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  14. I love the blue and white Debbie and nothing says spring like daffodils.

    Beautiful!!

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  15. Oh, so pretty...and it is never too early to be thinking of spring!

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  16. Whenever I see blue and white mixed with yellow I think of you. Love your touches of Spring in your home!! I know, daffodils already. I bought tulips and hyacinths for my porch last week, Crazy!!

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  17. I do think that is my favorite color combo!! Yellow and blue is so happy and just warms a space like nothing else. I adore daffys! Mine are up but no blooms yet! I hope they don't freeze! Gorgeous post!..your mantel is beautiful! Here's to Spring!!

    Miss Bloomers

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  18. Your mantle scape is just beautiful! I love the blue and yellow combination :o)
    ~Des

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  19. Well, we are supposed to get a really bad storm thru here tomorrow so I hope that is the finale before Spring. I long for daffodils and cherry blossoms and all things pink and green. :) Love, love your mantel.

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  20. Nothing like a bit of Spring color to warm the winter's blahs away. Love your cheerful blue and yellow. THose dogs are so pretty and regal.

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  21. Perfect, Debbie! Just perfect! I love those urns. They were meant for your mantel. And I love the Albany plates...I have 4 dessert size like that and I'm going to get them out to eat on after seeing yours. Wonderful mantel! Linda

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  22. Debbie,
    Miss Kitty and I agree this new Springy look on the mantle is "purr~fect"! I, too, love the blue, white & yellow combination. I have those hues in the guest room here on the Praire! No daffodils or robins here...just wet and dreary days!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  23. Oh I love it! Very pretty. Thank you for sharing.
    ~Clara

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  24. My absolute favorite color combo... yellow/blue/white... my absolute favorite early spring flower daffodil...

    My favorite plate addict...

    nuff said!

    Spring Blessings. Dixie

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  25. Debbie,
    Very pretty and no...it's not to early for thinking about SPRING...can't wait for it to get here.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  26. Beautiful, I just love blue and yellow together!

    Miss Kitty is pretty too!

    Blessings,
    Aledia

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  27. Yellow, blue, and white look so pretty together. The yellow daffodils definitely make your mantel say "spring". It won't be long now until it will be spring for real!

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  28. Just beautiful. Your mantel looks lovely dressed in the blue and yellow. I love it. Spring can't be too far, never to early to start thinking spring!

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  29. Lively and fresh, my friend!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  30. So so pretty! Makes me happy to view it and I can see why you love it so. I would love to incorporate blues and yellows but I have so much green and red in my living room. Makes me want to have a "do over"!

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  31. Beautiful spring colors and definitely not too early. I also love those colors of the Provence. Hope to go there this year. :))) LOve the way you decorated the mantle.

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  32. This may well be my favorite of all the mantels you have ever shown us. I feel the urge to copycat coming upon me... The wonderful thing about the blue and white is that it can mix and match with just about everything!

    This false Spring is wonderful when it isn't worrisome, isn't it?

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  33. Your mantel looks wonderfully springy. Love the symmetry, and the dark frame on the mirror keeps it all grounded.

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  34. Deb with all the daffodils blooming it's hard not to think Spring! Love your mantel. Blue and Yellow have long been a favorite color combo! Happy day! Hugs, Linda

    PS Purrs to Miss Kitty...lovely as always.

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  35. My jonquils here in Missouri are up and show signs of buds, but we keep getting cold attacks, I sure hope they make it as they are my favorite. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  36. Hi Debbie, it's great how you made the white plates a part of your mantel! And it's never too early for spring. Approaching March, I'm all done with winter!

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  37. Debbie, The yellow mixed with blue and white is so fresh and new, and yet so classic. Great Spode plates and lidded urns. Looks like Spring has arrived at your house. Yay!
    Have a great Sunday.

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  38. Great colors! I love the way you've decorated your mantel. The urns are lovely!

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  39. I love how your mantle turned out. And blue and yellow together is a great combination!

    ♥charlotte

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  40. I noticed a little black and white too ;)
    Love the mantle. I could put the whole thing in my house right now.

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  41. Thanks for that beautiful breath of spring. I needed that today. We have a ton of snow outside since last night, its bitter cold and the wind is blowing so hard it shook one of my outside doors. Love the blue and yellow and the daffodils are so welcoming. I can hardly wait for spring to come here! Also your two urns are just gorgeous. That was quite a buy!

    Nann

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  42. Ahh, daffodils! Love them and the blue and yelloow together -- perfect! Miss Kitty looks regal as usual!

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  43. I'm your newest linky follower and I adore your blue mantel -that's just like mine-no matter what I do to change it up-I can only love the blue and white china-makes me smile whenever I see it!!

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  44. Debbie, My bulbs have been blooming too but then it snowed the entire day. Your Spring mantle is so pretty and I love the yellow, blue and white colors. Thank you for linking to my party.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  45. I'm definitely thinking about spring, but I don't think it's thinking about me yet! The blue and yellow is lovely.

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  46. There's nothing more beautiful than blue and white and yellow! What lovely spring colors, everything looks brilliant!

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  47. It's beautiful. I did a blue and white mantel for winter, and I was planning to pop it up with yellow for spring. Yours is great inspiration!

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  48. Visiting from Met Monday...

    It's never too early to think about spring! There's just something about blue & yellow that's so fresh and cheery :-) Your mantel looks great, and I especially like the dogs. How does Miss Kitty feel about them? ;-)

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  49. I am thinking about decorating the dining room for spring this week. I am sick of cold days and gray skies! Your mantel is so pretty. I love daffodils (jonquils). They are so pretty!

    xo,
    RJ

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  50. Your mantle looks springy and beautiful with the blue and white and yellow. Refreshing to see. I have joined you with Linky. Would you follow back. Pat

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  51. It is so pretty -- love the blue and white and yellow -- and I, too, buy too many things in pairs! But I love them!

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  52. Hi Deb,

    I treasure your pet.

    Very pretty. TY for sharing again this lovely creature.

    Happy TTT...

    Greetings from freezing Stockholm,
    /chie

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  53. That is lovely, I'm a fan of blue and yellow. I just posted about my redone family room, but alas my mantel is almost bare. Want to pop over and give me a suggestion or two?

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  54. Hi Debbie! I will have to inspect my garden to see if any daffodils are growing yet, I haven't had much time to stroll out there but I saw paper whites and hyancinths blooming, in passing. Your mantel is so pretty, love all that blue, white and yellow, such pretty combination....Christine

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  55. I love this, it is just beautiful. I started spring decorating today and I usually do my mantel in blue and white and yellow for spring too.

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  56. Your mantel is perfect, I love all your things and paired with those beautiful yellow daffodils and the plate with just the right yellow, gorgeous! I love your fav colors myself, a great combo. I love spring colors!
    FABBY

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  57. Oh Debbie, your mantel is so beautiful. Love your blueand yellow, it just looks exactly like you. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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  58. Debbie, I stopped by when you first posted, but couldn't leave a comment. You know I adore the blue and yellow. Love the new urns. Still no daffodils in my garden, but a hyacinth is blooming.
    Certainly felt like spring here yesterday and today. ~ Sarah

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  59. One of my all time favorite color combos! I love how decorate your Mantel Debbie, it's always a treat to see!
    But I am most jealous of those daffodils...it will be awhile before we see any!!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  60. I love the combination. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower


    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  61. Love the blue! And Miss Kity is so cute! Thanks for sharing your lovely home.You have such great style!Joann

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  62. Those colors just make me so happy! I don't know why I have so many earthy tones in my house! Miss Kitty is adorable.
    -Shelley

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  63. Love all your blue and white goodies, and your daffodils are gorgeous.

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  64. Oohh, love the plates hanging on the mantel! Love the blue, white and yellow too. Your mantel makes one happy to look at it!
    I am thinking about and longing for Spring and can't wait for its arrival. I don't expect to see daffodils for a while yet though. Lots of snow on the ground around these parts.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  65. What a breath of Spring time you created!! I also love the white plates hanging on the mantle.

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  66. Beautiful mantel - love the colors you chose and the hopefulness of spring it makes me feel! Coming at you from Northeast PA where spring has yet to show up! I would love for you to link this up to my Creative Inspirations linky party occurring now - I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  67. Your mantel is beautiful! The color scheme is so fresh and pretty! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

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  68. Love the mantel, love the colors, miss Bombay Co., and I really love the plates hung on the fireplace. You are so clever!!!

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  69. It looks just lovely! Miss. Kitty did a great job supervising!;)

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  70. Awesome, love the plates hanging below the mantel and the color combo. The kitty was a great decoration too :)

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  71. Beautiful as usual. I love the yellow and blue mix! I went to the grocery store at lunch time and they had tons of daffodils. I may stop by on my way home and buy some.

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  72. Debbie, in a word BEAUTIFUL! You know I don't think of myself as a blue person, but more and more I'm finding I love it. I was just in Atlanta and missed those beautiful jars. I missed going to Fantastic Bargains, too. Helen

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  73. Beautiful! I'm using daffodils already too. And this Wednesday, Leap Day, I'm hosting a spring mantel linkup party @ the Delectable Home. I hope you'll join us!!

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  74. I'm so glad I've found your blog. I'm a plate's lover myself - I particularly love many of the designs at Royal Crown Derby. :)

    http://theproperlady.blogspot.com/

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  75. what a fabulous look and what a fabulous blog you have!!! Thank you SO much for linking up at my place! i am honored! I am for sure a new follower!!!! And I am also for sure inspired to get decorating for spring!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  76. Blue & white is perfect for spring! Love it! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  77. Love the mantel I like the bule and yellow very refreshing.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie