I’ve made a lot of changes to my house over the past three years, but the fireplace mantel has remained vacant. I’ve hung my kids’ art on the wall and used the mantel as a place to display holiday cards or the occasional vase of fresh flowers, but it’s usually a big old blank. Unfortunately, it’s right off the front hall, so the nothingness over the mantel hits you immediately.
I’ve been searching for a great piece of art to hang there, but finding something that I love (that’s also not too expensive) has been difficult. So last week I finally decided to create a temporary fix. I dug some framed photographs out of the basement, located an unhung mirror from our previous house, and made some paper flowers to put in a vase I received for my last birthday. I was feeling pretty good about my almost-no-cost display.
Then came the waffling. I would like something interesting and aesthetically pleasing, but not fussy or “over-designed” (you know, like a Pottery Barn stylist broke into my house and arranged the display). Here are four options I came up with.
For the next option I added two black and white pictures — on the left, a picture of my mother when she was in her twenties and on the right a picture of the French novelist, Colette.
The only thing I did differently with the next look is lean some dried starfish against the mirror and picture of my mother. Fun or weird? Hmmm…
Finally, I added a small family picture and placed a long, purple tray in front of it. On the right I placed the three dried starfish in a silver tray.
Here’s how the first option looks from more of a distance:
Option two from a distance:
And option four from a distance:
Which mantel display do YOU like the best? It’s only temporary, until I find a piece of art I love, though with me that could take a while…Click on one of the circles and the hit vote at the bottom of the poll.
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