It doesn't look as great as I thought it would, but I'm not sure why. That mantel is just crazy. I want a normal mantel with a wall over it instead of a cave. But this will do for another year-and-a-half. I figured that the monogram could stay, and I could change everything else out as needed with the seasons. I'm never sure what to do in January, but I love pine cones all year long, and there is an abundance of them where we live.
One day I will just roll my eyes at all of this. My house will always look perfect in a relaxed, I-didn't-have-to-try sort of way, my taste will be impeccable, and I will have no more need for Pinterest.
I keep reminding myself that it wasn't all that long ago that we lived in base housing in Quantico, and Tim didn't even want to take pictures out of boxes, everything was beige and empty, and looked like a college apartment more so than a place where a family lives. We've come a long way.