Thursday, April 22, 2010

"MY MANTLE DILEMMA Giveaway!"

I am going CRAZY! I should say...my mantle is driving me crazy. I'm just not feelin' it.
I've tried it all. REALLY! I have painted the wall, put just about everything you can think of on it. It just doesn't ever feel like it fits with the rest of my house. The wall itself I think is just weird. The fireplace doesn't even work...WAH, WAHHH! The reason I'm so concerned about it is because it's just about the first thing you see when entering my house. I decided to just take everything down and start out fresh. SO, I know that there has got to be someone totally fabulous with an idea to fix MY MANTEL DILEMMA. That is why I'm doing this giveaway. Consider it a little thank you for helping me out. If you're game...here we go!
CSN Stores has been generous enough to sponsor this "MY MANTLE DILEMMA Giveaway!"

This giveaway is for a $40.00 gift card for any of their 200 online stores. They have over 200! CRAZY, huh?

I've been stalking some of their sites...they carry all kinds of cuteness! Just to give you an idea, they have a ton of furniture, CUTE cookware, table lamps, track lighting, clocks, and so much more! So, this is a must see. GO check out CSN!

Oh, they only ship to U.S. and CANADA.

Now here's how it will work...



You can enter up to 3 times.



1. Leave me an idea to help fix "MY MANTLE DILEMMA" and your email… if your blog does not have one posted.



2. If you are one of my "Berry Suite" followers, comment again.



3. Let the world know! Blog about (mention) "MY MANTLE DILEMMA GIVEAWAY" on your site somewhere. I need all the help I can get! Leave another comment letting me know you did.

Make sure you leave your email address if it's not available on your blog...

or your entry will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen.

The winner will be chosen by random.org

After the winner is selected, Miss Jessica McCarthy from CSN Stores will send you a promotion code to use for your fun purchase.

REMEMBER, this card is worth $40.00 which has to include shipping.

And they ONLY SHIP TO U.S. and CANADA.

Note: I think some items may have free shipping so check and see!

And they have this price range thingy on there sidebar to help you too!
I will be announcing the winner on: Thurs. April 29th



I am posting some more pictures of my livingroom so you can get a better feel for my style. (Excuse the dust and awfully fuzzy picture!)
The room itself is a strange shape. I think it was made to be two spaces in one...yeah it hasn't worked like that for me.
Our entertainment center is huge and sits on the opposite wall. This is the main focal point in the room. Also, the fireplace is not a functioning one. I just want it to look pretty. Remember, the "Cinnaberry Suite" is always a work in progress. I have things yet to paint and pictures still need to be put in frames. Don't even look at all my dust! I swear I just dusted! NASTY! I can't wait to hear you ideas. Thanks My Little BErries! You are great!

31 comments:

  1. Mantles, mantles, mantles. Funny thing: I was SO excited that our current house had one b/c I couldn't wait to decorate it, and now that I have one, I never know what to do w/ it! Goodness. Well, I like apothecary jars on mine, as well as just matching hurricanes. I saw a really cute hurricane w/ a Beta fish in it on a mantle once.- Low multi tealight candle holders are nice and can be primitive. What about just berry garlands, and several different heights of wooden candlestick on either side of your clock? Love the clock btw! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I'm a follower - my e-mail is: dunkerzcottage@juno.com

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  3. I like this idea for a mantle...

    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&gbv=2&tbs=isch:1&q=mantle+decor&sa=N&start=18&ndsp=18

    Except since your house has darker and more rustic decor maybe you could distress the frames with different shades of brown and paint the letter red like your stars. I like this tutorial on distressing

    http://brassyapple.blogspot.com/2010/02/agedpeeling-paint-technique.html

    Good luck!

    v721jessic@yahoo.com

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  4. I really like your clock! I see a grapevine garland on top of the mantel, spanning the entire length with big, chunky wooden candle holders (think distressed red barn) on one side. The other side could have a large (maybe 12 - 15 inches tall) wooden letter (of your last name) that is distressed the same at the candle holders. Behind the letter, a tall glass vase filled with twigs...could be flowering or bare. Does any of this make sense? Good luck and have fun!

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  5. Oops, thanks for the reminder, Jennie. jensamom23@gmail.com.

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  6. ...and I just became a follower. Happy Friday!

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  7. I would go with a bold piece of art that speaks to you like this http://www.csnstores.com/Uttermost-32188-UM7521.html or http://www.csnstores.com/Southern-Enterprises-CSN3203-UT2051.html or something like this http://www.csnstores.com/Graham-and-Brown-42656-GAB1033.html, but in an appropriate style and colour.

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  8. I'm a follower too! Love your blog!!!
    v721jessic@yahoo.com

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  9. I'm thinking some candlesticks of all sizes! I have a mantel delimma too! (Feel free to link this to the giveaway directory at my site on Thursday if you want more people to see it.) somedaycrafts@gmail.com

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  10. I visit you blog often enough, I should become an official follower!

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  11. perhaps because your main piece of furniture is huge and white, you could paint the mantle to match? i'm not a huge fan of painting brick, but you could add a wash over the red to lighten it up a bit or just pick a few brick here and there to add paint to give it a recycled brick look. find a couple of sturdy 4x4s or perhaps recycle some posts and add a column on each end giving it a bit more oomph. to decorate, the clock is amazing already so i wouldn't try to compete too much with the size. perhaps tiny pots of greenery, a smaller 6" or smaller antique clock, other older personal items (glasses or a domed piece of jewelry, etc.), perhaps a family monogram letter or a tall thin Uncle Sam, or tapers in tall holders for height. only you will know when enough is enough. hope these ideas spur some of your own. : )

    (i follow you on google reader!)

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  12. I love the clock above your mantle! I would say that's your focal point and you don't want to "take away" from it. Maybe some candlesticks on one side and a pitcher of some sort on the other with some flowers or greenery. And then how about an Americana Star Garland across the the front?! I'm giving MYSELF ideas hehe!
    ~Rebekah~

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  13. I added a link to your giveaway on our sidebar!
    ~Rebekah~

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  14. Well ... the clock is quite fabulous, but I like this idea

    http://owcl.blogspot.com/2009/05/cottage-style-mantle-decorating.html

    I think it has too many frames on it for your mantle, since your clock hangs so low. but, some frames on one side and the initial would look great. And maybe some old books on their sides with a little galvanized/painted bucket with some twigs or something. OOO, how about you use that fence wood and make a box. Maybe with a candle inside, or make it a rectangle and put some twine covered balls in it. You could even do a whitewash or something on the wood ... I have lots of ideas!! I can't wait to see what you do!!

    jessica
    meandmybucket@gmail.com

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  15. Girl, you know I'm an avid reader and FOLLOWER!! :)

    Jessica

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  16. I just did a post about this FABULOUS deal!!! I feel like my run of bad luck- giveaway losing is about to end!!!

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  17. I feel like the student making suggestions for the master. I get all my cute ideas from you!! So, here goes: I've always been a big fan of the berries and since red is a dominant color in your home they'll fit right in. Also, I love the willow tree statues, something small but beautiful. I like the simple, non-cluttery approach. Sometimes too much stuff going on in one place looks messy.

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  18. I love being a follower of your blog!

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  20. Okay, so Moore Family totally mentioned my idea red berry garland with Willow Tree Statues depicting your family dynamics. This is what I have on a shelf in my entry way and I LOVE it. So, since that's already been mentioned, I will mention the following.....still use the red berry garland. Leave the over-sized clock above on the wall--I LOVE that! Next make or find a sign that says something like Family: It's About Time and put in the middle of the mantel under the clock.(vinyl lettering or decoupage on a 2 x 4 board the length of your saying maybe with some torn fabric tied around the edges). Then print off family photos that depict your family doing fun things together. Maybe 4x6 prints find rustic/fun frames and then put them on each side of the saying. Not too many so it's too much. Maybe 3 on each side. Hope that makes sense.
    kladle@embarqmail.com

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  21. I'm a follower
    Kladle@embarqmail.com

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  22. So Moore family sent me your link! So Oh PLEASE enter me in the contest and I love and AM TOTALLY stealing your idea on the fence photo frames (my sons room is camping, outdoors, hunting, so that is PERFECT!!!!!)

    I actually have an old looking vase with WHEAT in it and a antique looking lantern on my mantle and it looks like we have similar taste. So that is just an idea.

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  23. My sister in law Michelle Moore sent me an email about the giveaway. I'm not a great decorator, but I am a fan of pictures. I think if you have different styles or sizes of frames you could get some pictures that tell a story of your family. You could have other odds and ends that go along with the story to add a bit of variety.

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  24. Your mantle is too thin....is there a way to take it down and put up a bigger one? More like barn wood or a log...know what I mean? I would add to the width and height of it. Since it doesn't want you could probably attach a fenc board frame around it and carry it down a few inches on the brick. Even a huge rough looking rope hot glued to it. Then decorate it with your favorite things. I have horses or my favorite book ends on it. The bookends are one is an Indian and the other end is a cowboy and they are peering around the books at each other! Then a few family photos.... Good luck!!

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  25. Hmm. My suggestions (and perhaps this is a mix and match kind of answer) are that you could take some old books and stack them on there. Pick ones with spines whose colors match your already-existing decor. Also, add some photos (perhaps in black-in-whiter) in larger (8x10 or 5x7)-sized frames (so that they don't look dwarfed by the big clock. Finally a collection of a couple of candles might also add some ambiance. Perhaps you don't need anything on the wall at all and can just focus on bringing collections (like I mentioned) to the mantle? Maybe with the clock there's too much going on?

    junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

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  26. Following publicly.

    junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

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  27. I would go with a set of these or maybe even two sets
    http://www.csnstores.com/CBK-43975-CBK1226.html

    dftrew(At)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I'm a follower

    dftrew(At)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I would add three different sized (fairly large) pillar candles (in warm colors) one one side, and a couple of small-medium sized picture frames on the other :) Love your clock!!
    lisabradford101@gmail.com

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