Friday, 25 September 2015

My favourite corners #6 - our wobbly little mantel


I haven't done one of these 'my favourite corners' posts for a bit now, but while having an arrange of our mantelpiece today I realised it's one of my favourite little parts of the house. It's in our middle room, which I spose is technically the dining room but that feels like too grandiose a term for this room if I'm honest. Our middle room is the heart of the house really, seeing as all the best things happen in here, like (most) meals, nice cups of tea, and it also has the really comfy chair that I did all Arlo's feeding in when he was little, and is still my favourite place for a little sit down whenever I get the chance (seldom). Plus it's where the record player and radio are so that means most of the music and dancing happens in there too. So this is a busy room all in all.

This week I've added two new additions to the mantelpiece - these candlesticks which were a late birthday present from a friend. I wouldn't have bought these neccessarily but I'm so glad she did because now I've unpacked them and tried them in this room, I love them! I think the best presents are like that. They frame the big mirror above the fireplace just right, I love the colours and they also make me feel very grown-up to be the-kind-of-person-that-owns-actual-candlesticks. Plus she gets brownie points for choosing ones that are a) very hard to break, and b) very light if they fell on your head - I think these are as toddler proof as candlesticks get!

So they have a happy home on our wobbly mantelpiece alongside a collection of things that have all earnt their place over the last two years - the letters I bought as a moving in present to ourselves when we bought the house, the scented candle my friend gave out as her wedding favours, and a vintage radio, passed down in Alex's family and very precious, that takes pride of place. Each makes me smile for different reasons. In a house where most things need to be functional to suit the needs of a small and usually irrational person, it's nice to have a very little part that's for nothing else but looking at and smiling.



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10 comments:

  1. I love your mantelpiece! The candlesticks are wonderful - do you know where they're from? #HomeEtc

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! Yes I do actually, they were from Oliver Bonas - it was printed all over the tissue they came wrapped in! xx

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  2. What an adorable mantlepiece! I love the bright colours of the ornaments, especially the candlesticks. xxx #HomeEtc

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  3. This room looks so cosy and warm, I love the wobbly mantelpiece and all your little bits and bobs with stories. What a lovely use of the space X #HomeEtc

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  4. What a lovely mantlepiece, and write up - I really felt it is a warm and happy and busy place for you all, the heart of your home - a lovely post #HomeEtc

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  5. I love it, it's got that quirky, retro look to it that just looks so cool. So colourful too, I think we have similar taste! Sabrina xx #HomeEtc

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  6. I said in my Home Etc post this week that I love a good mantelpiece. I think your house is very much what I've been aiming for in ours, although I've failed to be fair. We don't have enough vintage, retro pieces. at all. Beautiful. x

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  7. What a lovely mantlepiece, I love the candlesticks. I'm a bit like you, I might not have chosen them myself but they look great. The mix of colours looks fab. x #HomeEtc

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  8. Gorgeous mantelpiece and I love the pieces you have added. So colourful! These posts are super and I love seeing into corners of your home! Thanks for sharing and linking up again, much appreciated :) Jess x #HomeEtc

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  9. Such a lovely collection of things!! Absolutely gorgeous :) I'm obsessed with letters — they appear all over our house! Thanks so much for linking up to #HomeEtc

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