Why I Like to Decorate the Windowsill Instead of the Mantle


One of the things I love about our house is the big window directly above the kitchen sink overlooking the backyard. I spent 5 years, and many loads of dishes, staring into a dark corner of a kitchen in desperate need of a renovation. So even 3 years after move-in this view continues to give me so much pleasure.

I didn’t think about the windowsill much until this past Christmas when my mother-in-law gave me two super cute mini poinsettias, perfect for a small ledge. Then coincidentally my aunt gave me a matching candle. And imagine my surprise when my yearly amaryllis opened up into a beautiful deep red colour.


We have a fireplace with a lovely mantle that displays a few “treasures” we’ve collected over the years. Mantles might be the typical place to create lovely seasonal vignettes, however, I’m taking it to the windowsill. It’s all a matter of time. I spend hours chopping veggies, washing dishes, making lunches, supervising crafts, etc. On a good night I might crash on the sofa for an hour and stare mindlessly at a screen or catch up with the hubs. It comes down to simple math, I’d rather create something beautiful where I spend the majority of my time.

Why not do both you ask? See previous paragraph about how I spend my hours 🙂

A couple of weeks ago my 5 year old made a melted crayon suncatcher at our local Art Gallery. I knew immediately where I wanted to hang it, thankfully he agreed.

I’m a little late to the resolution game but I’ve decided that in 2015 I will curate windowsills that delight and inspire me. It’ll be my “thing”. I probably won’t do complete revamps as I prefer a slowly evolving process where seasons and festivities can meet and meld, just like this Christmas and Valentine’s mashup I’m currently enjoying.

True confession: I’m not an overly crafty mama. I do tons of creative stuff with my kids, but thankfully at 5 and 1 they are just fine with my botched attempts that focus more on the process than the outcome, at least for now.

So, anyone have ideas for a St. Patrick’s day theme?

Comments (2)

  • I loved this! I also have a window over the sink, looking into our backyard. I also spend hours staring out of it. (Not all in one day!)
    There is something very calming about it, right? We put stuff on the sill too. My son made some sand art, in little glass jars, and when the sun shines on them, it brightens up the whole kitchen!
    Let me know how St. Patrick’s day goes!
    A great spring idea is a mini herb garden for the sill. Your 5 year old will love doing that! (Stores sell kits all ready to do, just dump in seeds, dirt and water! Easy for non crafty mamas like me!)

  • Love the idea of a mini herb garden! My 5 year old is getting more into cooking, it would be fun to adapt the “farm to table” idea to “windowsill to table”.

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