We still have boxes stacked in every room, but the piles have now dwindled down enough that I can crop out the mess. I could hardly wait to start styling the fireplace mantel after I painted it last week.
The first dilemma was what to place at the center of the mantel. I first tried the mirror we had in our previous keeping room, but the proportions were all wrong- too tall and narrow.
The designer teaching a class I took several years ago told us that artwork above a mantel should mimic the width of the firebox opening. I haven’t always followed this, but it does look more pleasing.
I have a couple of possibilities.
Option 1: The Art Gallery
The size is close, and I like the lighter colors against the stone. However, the frame just looks too puny. I have wanted to change it out for several years, but framing is sooo expensive. I could diy a frame, and may do so eventually.
Option 2: The Flower Market
The size and shape is perfect, and the colors coordinate beautifully with the mantel and stone. Maybe too much? Not enough contrast?
I propped up both against the stone and looked at them for a few days.
You had a little hint which one I chose. Everything I used was from our previous house. We had a much bigger home, including two fireplaces, so I have lots of décor to choose from. It would be silly to buy new items when I still love what I already have.
The Flower Market print was in our previous dining room.
The candle sticks were on our keeping room mantel. I love the way the candles pick up the roof color in the print.
The urn and framed Scripture were in our living room. Flowers will add color to the urn- once I find them. Somewhere around here. That may be one thing I freshen with new.
A topiary and lantern on the hearth complete the look. For now.
Much of the house is still a wreck because I have pulled all the décor out of boxes and spread it out so that I know exactly what I have to work with. Messy, but it helps to see how things might work together differently than the way I used them before. A good excuse for the mess, anyway….
Styling the mantel was a welcome change of pace from unpacking and organizing. I try not to think about the stacks-to-the-ceiling in the garage. Maybe tomorrow, a la Scarlett.