Q: Dear Allie,
What is a simple and inexpensive way to dress up my family room mantel this spring?
A: Dear Maria,
A mantel is a focal point in every home, so I like to add seasonal touches to it throughout the year. One idea for spring starts with a collection of glass soda bottles in a variety of complimentary colors. Vintage bottles (without labels) are especially interesting, and are often for sale at flea markets. Fill the bottles with a little water and place them in a row across your mantel. Then, insert a single fresh flower, such as a Gerbera daisy, in vibrant colors. Instant spring!