Monday, September 13, 2010

Redoing the Mantel, Part 1

This is a before shot of my mantel.  The stars have been there since we moved in, and the rest of it has been pretty much like this since the Christmas stuff came down.

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On Thursday, I had seen an old mirror at a consignment shop.  I liked it, but I didn’t think I had a place for it, so I passed it up.  Friday evening I was flipping through some old Country Living mags, and saw a similar mirror on a mantel.  Suddenly I knew that I needed that mirror, and fortunately it was still there Saturday morning.  I snatched it up for $5.

Originally, I was going to leave the stars up and put the mirror on the left side of the mantel, but it turned out to be a little bigger than I had realized.  The stars came down, and I began playing with the arrangement.  See if  you can guess which one I went with.

For the answer, see the post below this one {here}. 

(BTW, the mirror looks a little crooked, but it's not; the reflection from this angle makes it look a little off.)

A:  tried adding some height with the branches.
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B:  replaced the branches with urns
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C:  replaced the red books (which were part of my “touches of red” scheme) with neutral books
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D:  moved book/candlestick arrangement to opposite side and replaced urns with three identical milkglass vases
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E:  flipped above arrangement
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6 comments:

Libbyloulou said...

Lovely Mirror!
I must say though, I like the branches because I think it gives a better balance.

FrouFrouBritches said...

I accidentally scrolled down to far and saw the answer, buy I'm with Libby. I like all of them, but there's something about the branches that I like. I looooove the mirror. The shape is soooo pretty!

Shug said...

What a difficult decision. I would have to go with A. I realy like the Stars, but I do understand about change. I guess for the Fall just around the corner, the branches speak to me on the mantel. Great job..
Shug

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I like A or D. :) Great mirror!!

Melissa said...

I really like the mirror and I like it with the branches.

Country Dreaming said...

I like the first one--love the red books.

Melinda