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Spring Mantel & Party

One of the things I love about Spring is that fresh feeling that seems to arrive
with the warm sunshine and flowers blooming

As each flower opens up and blooms
it's like the world is waking up from a winter nap and smiling at you.

In our front yard we have an old growth camellia tree
 that is covered in pale pink blooms each spring.
It is absolutely beautiful.

The blooms definitely don't last long though
It seems they are opened for just a few days before starting to wilt a bit and by the time
this post goes up - they will be done blooming for the year for several weeks.
But I decided to clip few branches off to bring inside to enjoy
and the mantel in the little cottage was the perfect spot for them.

Stacks of old books with their weathered worn pages
 were already on the mantel because I was rearranging the shelves a bit and cleaning
and when I walked in with a bunch of camellia branches in my arms-
I loved the simplicity
 and even the little bit unorganized feel of the books on the mantel
and decided instead of moving them
to just decorate around them.

I added the blooms in a few vintage bottles and pieces of ironstone. Simple & easy.
It's so easy and inexpensive to decorate with nature and I love the play of the old weathered pages with the pale pink.

Pink and gold together- a favorite combination of mine.
and with the texture of the books- it is a simple but sweet mantel for Spring

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  1. I love the combination of pale pink from your camellias to the worn pages of books and old bottles! ♥

  2. So gorgeous, as always!! Beautiful flowers!

  3. Courtney, your mantel is so gorgeous - love the" vintagy" books. There was a problem with the linky and it posted my link twice - #16 & #17. Please delete one as I was unable to.. Thank you, Cathy

  4. Wonderful display! It looks simple but very elegant! Love your designs!

  5. Isn't it interesting that we have been provided roses all year long in some fashion or another: camellias, peonies, and roses! Camellias are just so lovely! Happy decorating!!!

    Barb :)

  6. Lovely mantel, Courtney! Pink and gold are so pretty together!


  7. I love the look of this "random" arrangement on your mantel, Courtney! Gorgeous!

  8. Very romantic.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  9. Courtney your mantel is beautiful! Thanks so much for hosting!

  10. Nicely done. Beautiful mantle.

  11. Courtney I truly do not know anyone who can do pink and roses and soft and romantic as well as you can. This is gorgeous, as always. I love the view of the bookcase in the back filled with all of those old books. <3 Thanks for joining us for our Swing Into Spring Link Parties. xxoo, Barb

  12. Your blooms are from a "Pink Perfection". They were my late aunt's favorite camellia. We always had a bush in our yard. Camellias are one of the things I truly miss about the south. Your mantle is so lovely, it makes me homesick.

  13. I love how you added various vases with the camelias looks so romantic and delicate! I know they don't last long enough- it seems a shame after you wait so long to have them bloom again.

  14. Hi Courtney. Im dying to know where gorgeous sconces beside the mirror are from? Thanks so much!

  15. I wish I could join the party, but until we return to our house up north there really isn't a whole lot of decorating I can do -- baking and cooking, yes -- decorating no. All of the decorations are lovely -- especially your Courtney.

  16. Absolutely lovely! We have the dark pink camellias blooming ow...I like your soft pink! franki

  17. Absolutely beautiful - I love the romantic look of the Camelias, the books and the mirror.
    This is quite fun!
    Have a blessed day,

  18. Just. plain. gorgeous. I think I might have to plant one in my yard! Early spring blooms rank pretty high on my favorite things list! :)

  19. I love the gold frames with the old books and the pink roses--so beautiful, Courtney!

  20. A beautiful mantel the perfect mix of shabby with chic, I love the old books and stunning flowers all framed by the gorgeous gold ornate mirror

  21. Your mantel is absolutely exquisite Courtney! Sometimes I feel like the only one left who doesn't have a white mantel (well one is but not the other) and then I see yours and feel so much better! LOL!

  22. Courtney, your mantel is simply fabulous... and very French! Tres chic!! Thanks so much for co-hosting this blog hop!

  23. Your mantel is gorgeous as always! I love the use of old books with flowers. Simple yet elegantly vintage. Thanks for joining us on our tour!