French Larkspur June Mantel

Thanks so much for joining our Mantel of the Month Tracey!  I enjoy looking at your blog to see such beautiful photos and displays.  I especially love what you've done with your children's rooms and how you make your home such a beautiful place for your family.  It is a special gift that you have.
 
Read along for a short interview with Tracey about her decorating style.
 
 
It's great that you have a fireplace surround and mantel even though you don't have a fireplace Tracey.  Do you find that it is an important element in your decor? 

I have a mantel but no fireplace in both my family room and dining room.  I think that mantels are a great way to add architectual interest to a room regardless of whether you actually have a fireplace and they are one of my favorite ways to add character to a room.
 
 How often do you change it out? 

I change both of my mantels out whenever the whim strikes me :)  I love to change things up to keep the look of a room fresh.  In the summertime, I am more likely to change things around more often because there are always new things popping up in the garden that I want to showcase in my home...I love bringing outdoor elements in.
 
 
I often find inspiration in a bouquet of flowers or a new item that I've picked up for my mantels.  What inspired you when you began this one?  The ferns are such a creative touch and bring the mantel to life! 

Thank you Roberta!  I am definitely a flower person, but I do love greenery in my home as well.  The leaves in the arched window are actually an herb called Sweet Cicely that I grow, in part, because ferns do not do well in the soil that we have here.  I often dry the lovely leaves and use them for projects, but here I shot the pictures with fresh leaves.  Herbs are a great substitue for flowers in the home as they are usually long lasting and really add a lot of interest.
 
You've recently had a photo shoot with Fifi for Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine.
I can't wait to see what you've done!  How has Jeanne d'Arc Living inspired your style? 

I fell in love with Jeanne d' Arc Living's beautiful Nordic - French style from the very first magazine I ever bought from them.  I find it so inspiring how they weave a religious influence into their decorating and, of course, I love their use of white! The strong emphasis on using vintage and French pieces, while still keeping the look of a room clean really speaks to what I love most about their style.  I would definitely say that they have been the biggest influence on my decorating style in the last few years.
 
 
Want to see more of Tracey's wonderful home?  
Visit French Larkspur and drop her a line! 
 
And while you're there, be sure to stop in at her online shop!
 

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