Monday, February 12, 2018

Love is in the Air

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; heart ornaments, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, antique mirror, limestone mantle
Hello, dear readers! I'd like to introduce you to my home, Nora's Nest 2.0! It's been a couple years since I've written a post, mainly because we've been renovating our new house, all with our baby girl (now toddler!) in tow. It's been quite a ride, and I'm so excited to show you the before and after renovation photos in the upcoming months.

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; heart ornaments, red ornaments, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, antique mirror, limestone mantle
To pick up where we left off on Nora's Nest, I'd like to begin with Valentine's Day decor on our new mantle. 

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; heart ornaments, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, antique mirror, limestone mantle
If you've seen my Valentine Vessel post, you know that I'm pretty obsessed with antique ornaments beyond the typical Christmas season. They have a worn patina, a myriad of tones, and they bring history and glamour to each setting. On my mantle, I created two Valentine trees laden with these jewels.

Valentine's Day Bouquet; Nora's Nest, pink tulips, pink cockscombs, silver platter and vase
Centered on the mantle are dried cockscombs and mauve tulips resting on a silver platter.

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, Valentine trees, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, pink cockscombs
While on a family trip up the coast of California this January, I popped into a few antique stores to see if I could find A) more pink glass spherical ornaments, and B) antique glass heart ornaments. (Hint: Ornament shopping after Christmas gets you the best deals 😉)

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, Valentine Trees
I hit the jackpot on spherical antique ornaments (shown above), but I couldn't find any of the heart variety. Apparently, the hearts are pretty rare, making me want them even MORE, of course. Their absence from my life made my heart grow fonder. 💗 

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, red heart ornaments, pink candles
So, I decided to antique my own heart ornaments instead. Here they are, nestled in between the authentic pink glass antique ornaments.

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, DIY antique red heart ornaments
A close up shows their "mercury glass" finish compared to the authentic ornaments in the background. Some are spotted, like above...

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, Valentine Trees, pink antique ornaments, DIY antique red heart ornaments
And some are more striped, like this one.

Valentine's Day Interior Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, DIY antique red heart ornaments
Strung with red ribbon and hung on manzanita branches, these hearts float over the mantle. And voila, love is literally in the air! A few soft pink candle votives, and we're ready for a lovely Valentine's Day. 

See my easy DIY post on how to make your own Faux Antique Glass Hearts.

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and Happy Valentine's Day decorating!

xoxo,








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