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April 3, 2010

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower” ~ Unknown

FireplaceThe rain has stopped and the sun is finally shining in New Jersey. Spring has sprung.

When I think of spring and Easter soft pastels, beautiful flowers, bunnies, chicks, ducks, and eggs come to mind. I’ve used all of them to create my spring mantel. The hearth is often neglected when decorating, but I love to incorporate it in my overall design. I have used tulips and hyacinths this year. I forced their growth by planting them indoors. I strongly suggest hyacinths because of all the spring blooms, hyacinths and lilacs are the most fragrant. Unfortunately, my lilacs have not yet bloomed. My porcelain rabbits were collected over the years from ebay and thrift stores. I have many more and use them throughout the house in spring. The beautiful  banner was found at Lynn’s Trinkets & Treasures. The vintage paper eggs, decoupage eggs and Easter postcards were purchased on clearance at Pottery Barn. The glittered sugared eggs and yellow peep box were purchased on clearance at a local gift store last year.

I learned long ago that when you want to create an illusion the best things to use are lights and mirrors. I placed an antique mirror that I just received from the Barn House Marketplace in the fireplace to reflect all the beauty. The mirror makes it appear as though there are more flowers.

To make this post more interesting and festive I have hidden a golden egg. The first person to locate it and leave a comment with the EXACT location wins a prize!

Wishing you peace, love, hope reborn and all the blessings of God’s beautiful world.

Linking to Kimba’s A Soft Place to Land Linky Mantel Party

I am linking to Make Your Monday at The Twice Remembered Cottage.

I am participating in Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts

I am linked in to The Nester’s mantle party.



Mantle, right side.

Mantle, left side

Hearth, center

Hearth, right side

Hearth, left side

51 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2010 10:29 pm

    Your mantel is so beautiul and makes me excited for springtime! Even here in San Diego. I couldn’t find the golden egg but, I sure enjoyed your pictures. Wishing you a blessed Easter.

  2. April 3, 2010 11:10 pm

    Deborah, we found it! It is located in with the yellow tulips near the green stems in the upper left. What fun!

  3. April 3, 2010 11:37 pm

    Beautiful! I love your mantel and your decorations… Happy Easter! xoxo C

  4. April 3, 2010 11:39 pm

    I already posted a comment, but I don’t see it, so I am posting again because I love contests and I hope to win! 🙂 Jason and I found the egg! It’s located in the yellow tulips. You can see it hiding behind their green stems near the upper left of the pot. What fun this was. Happy Easter.

  5. April 4, 2010 2:07 am

    Hello fellow New Jerseyean: The weather as you know is glorious here. It’s quite the change from the storming rain we had last week.
    I know where the golden egg is. It is positioned within the leaves of the yellow tulips!
    Best Wishes for a Blessed Easter, and a Happy Spring!

  6. April 4, 2010 6:14 am

    The Golden Egg is on the left side between the first and second yellow tulips. What a beautiful mantle display for spring. I love the bunnies collection and love the smell of hyacinths they are soooo fragrant of a flower and very showy. I have a complete hedge of lilacs with 2 varieties and so they bloom a little longer that way. Smells grand around here especially when the winds blowin. Have a great Easter… He has Risen!

  7. ain't for city gals permalink
    April 4, 2010 7:55 am

    Drats….I can’t find it….will try again later after coffee….Deborah, I wanted to tell you I look forward to your postings…they are always so thoughtful and the writing is beautiful….

  8. April 4, 2010 8:14 am

    Gorgeous display, Deborah! Wishing you and yours a beautiful Easter!

  9. April 4, 2010 9:03 am

    I think your golden egg is behild the yellow tulips there.. “I’ve got a golden ticket” (charlie and the chocolate factory) heehee..

    Happy Easter and what a collection!!! Vintage chicks, bunnies and eggs! My kind of style indeed.

    I so love the Barn House Market and I recalled you won their grand prize.. yippie. Great idea as to the mirror in fireplace.. hmmm, I wonder.. well as usual you’ve tweaked my life once again. But that’s why I love you so.

    I hope this Blessed day is sweet as can be.

    with love,

  10. April 4, 2010 12:01 pm

    Happy Easter, Deborah!

    I enjoyed all the photos, but didn’t find a golden egg.

  11. April 4, 2010 12:10 pm

    What a great idea using a mirror inside the fireplace….your flowers are lovely…..Happy Easter and glad your having a beautiful day up there in Jersey…I was hoping for sun for Miss B’s Easter egg hunt..

  12. April 4, 2010 1:15 pm

    Hi, Deborah! Sounds like your postcard exchange was a lot of fun, sorry I missed it. I just can’t seem to get caught up these days.

    I think I spy the golden egg on the left side of the pic, in the yellow tulips, am I right? I think others guessed it too.

    Happy Easter and blessings to you this gorgeous spring day!

  13. April 4, 2010 1:51 pm

    I love all of your bunnies! The tulips are beautiful! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my mantle post!

  14. April 4, 2010 4:23 pm

    I’d say the golden egg is the first of the three in this vintage group of three

    Flowers, you found my weak spot!
    Mine are still in packages, waiting to be planted.

  15. April 4, 2010 6:02 pm


    Your “flowerplace” is absolutely gorgeous. I can smell the flowers from here! I am honored that you added my Spring garland to your beautiful vignette! Thanks so much….and Happy Spring!

    ~Lynn Polochock

  16. April 4, 2010 8:15 pm

    Could it be a little more beautiful? (The answer is a resounding no.)

    Gosh you have the most wonderful flowers- I especially love the last photo. Everything is so lovely Deborah.

    I hope that you and Thomas had a wonderful Easter! Cheers. -V

  17. April 4, 2010 8:23 pm

    The flowers. Oh, the flowers!! Simply beautiful!

  18. Jennifer permalink
    April 4, 2010 9:20 pm

    Oh SO pretty. I can’t wait to visit our local garden centers soon; I have a nice little garden plot and this will be my first time really tinkering with planting things. I’m so happy spring, and the weather to go along with it, is here!!

  19. April 4, 2010 11:34 pm

    Thank you for the sweet comment over at my blog!! I truly hope to return to blogging in the future, I know I will feel the pull! 😉 I just need to focus on some other things right now. I will still be making the rounds and reading blogs, though. Actually, now that I won’ t be posting, I’ll have more time for that. So much for getting away from the computer, eh?
    I love your decor on the mantel- it’s so springy and lovely and I LOVE rabbits! I found the golden egg (took me a while, sneaky you! 😉 but it looks like someone else found it first. I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  20. April 5, 2010 1:14 am

    You have a beautiful mantel. I love your bunny collection and the tulips look gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

  21. April 5, 2010 8:18 am

    I love your spring mantle, you have it decorated so fresh and pretty. And forcing bulbs is such a fun way to let sping in. Your golden egg game was fun… you hid that egg good I really had to look and look!


  22. April 5, 2010 8:52 am

    Deborah – the daffodil that you so like on my blog is from a collection for “Dutch Garden” a catalog. However,you can google them, and call toll free to get their catalog in the mail. This particular daffodil was part of a collection, and the catalog will show you them. They are a superb company, and all the bulbs and plants we buy from them are top of the line (at least I think so). If you have any questions, please let me know. 🙂

  23. April 5, 2010 9:05 am

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love your mantle, so springy and eastery (if thats a word). Blessings, Debbie

  24. April 5, 2010 9:13 am

    I love that you decorated the hearth as well as the mantle! It is such a happy, Springtime scene.
    ♥, Susan

  25. April 5, 2010 9:20 am

    Love the mantle! The colors of the hyacinths are beautiful. I really like the black and white bunnies. Reminds me of the bunny I had when I was young.

    I hope that your Easter was filled with lots of wonderful family memories and chocolate!

  26. April 5, 2010 9:35 am

    Pretty! Hope you had a Happy Easter!! 🙂

  27. April 5, 2010 10:31 am


    You left a comment on my blog about my pots in the fireplace, it was a really funny comment…I had to read it twice. Anyway I always appreciate a little humor and wanted to let you know.

  28. April 5, 2010 3:41 pm

    Very pretty blooms and bunnies. Thanks for sharing.

  29. April 5, 2010 4:10 pm

    Pretty bunnies!

  30. April 5, 2010 5:11 pm

    Your mantel looks so pretty. Love all the spring flowers and your bunny collection is impressive. I also like how you placed the mirror in the bottom fire pit part.

    Also, thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a comment.

  31. April 5, 2010 6:34 pm

    So pretty – very festive and Springy!

    The books as wallpaper is holding well after almost three years after putting it up. It helped that I put a coat of clear glaze over it and that it’s a powder room – it doesn’t get hot and steamy from a bath or shower.

  32. aangle permalink
    April 5, 2010 7:15 pm

    What a great idea for a spring transformation! Thanks for sharing!

  33. April 5, 2010 7:23 pm

    absolutely delightful! so cheerful! I hopped over from Twice Remembered and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation and drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and I hope that you will do the same. until later…

  34. April 5, 2010 8:15 pm

    Wow I couldn’t find the golden egg. It is really hidden well or my eyes are just really tired today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and the nice compliments!

  35. April 5, 2010 8:25 pm

    Cute Mantle! I love the galvanized planter. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  36. April 5, 2010 8:56 pm

    Deborah, I love all your ceramic bunnies! I sent you my postcard today!

  37. April 6, 2010 1:57 pm

    Ok, so I tried the mirror look… it didn’t work for me.. pewps.. oh well. But I adore yours there.. with ‘summer’ in full bloom here I plan on keep my bunnies around just to remind me that it’s really spring.

    Love you lots,

  38. April 6, 2010 3:29 pm

    Beautiful! I love all of the bunnies and flowers 🙂

  39. April 7, 2010 7:17 am


    Sorry I’m a little behind – the kids are home for Spring Break and I’m luck if I get a shower each day! I love the mantel, very jealous! I’m going to have to steal your inspiration. 🙂 I adore a clearance purchase (In fact my motto is: “If it’s free, it’s for me”!) and think you got a deal. I’m glad you are finally getting some spring temps – we are in the 90s in Virginia (can you believe it?). The pollen is horrible but I’m enjoying my porch anyway. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, we spent the weekend knocking off things on the To Do list.


  40. April 8, 2010 8:29 am

    Your mantel speaks of all things spring! Just lovely!

    Thanks for the mirror in the fireplace tip. I just cleaned the ashes out of our fireplace yesterday and was thinking of maybe placing some magnolia branches inside. A mirror would sure brighten it up too.

  41. April 8, 2010 12:01 pm

    Hey Empress of the Universe 😉
    I just wanted to make sure you knew about the mantel link up at the Nester’s blog…hope to see you there.

    Curtsying now.

  42. April 8, 2010 12:48 pm

    Spring perfection, I love your bunnies and that little chick is too cute. I love everything you do, thanks for sharing.

    Cha Cha

  43. April 8, 2010 5:24 pm

    BEE – YOO – TEE- FUL!!

    I LURVE them bunnies!!!

    Did you ever get a postcard from South Carolina?
    I would love to send you one!
    My Easter Sunday post is about some of the vintage postcards I have, and I’d be happy to mail you one.
    Is it too late???**************


  44. April 9, 2010 7:44 am

    Hey Deborah, I like your spring mantel…. it’s very…well, springy! 🙂 I like your bunny that’s all laid out and comfy looking! LOL
    Have a blessed day!! 🙂

  45. April 9, 2010 8:35 am

    I love spring. It makes me so very happy to see the green leaves return. Your mantel looks lovely and I bet it smells delightful.

    Happy Spring!

  46. April 9, 2010 9:32 am

    Oh, your mantle and hearth looks simply amazing!
    I love it!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  47. April 11, 2010 12:19 am

    LOVE your mantle and sweet Easter display. Your flowers are gorgeous!

  48. April 12, 2010 8:54 am

    Spring indeed! I think the standing black and white bunny is my favorite. Well done.

    I am peeking out of my turtle shell to say thank you for your kindness and support. Be blessed dear friend.

  49. April 13, 2010 11:38 am

    Your hyacinths are just gorgeous! Don’t you just love their fragrance? I bought some recently {still need to plant them} and though I loved smell, I’m afraid I’m the only one in my house that did! Do you feel they prefer more shade than sun? It seems that the tips of the foliage burns on mine so easily!

  50. April 21, 2010 9:34 am

    Nothing says spring better than bunnies and flowers. What a cute post!

  51. April 27, 2010 12:13 pm

    Your mantle is adorable!! My mom loves bunnies and has collected them for years!

    Have a great week!

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