Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Mantel For a Friend

While I was visiting my friend, Julie, she asked me to put together her mantel for her. 

I already shared her guest bedroom and her master bedroom in her beautiful home.  I thought today I would show you her mantel.

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She has a bookcase next to the fireplace where I helped organize her Dedham Pottery and Hadleyware that she, and her family, have been collecting for years.

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Finding pieces to put on her mantel was easy, Julie has a ton of amazing things in her home.  It was just selecting what worked best.  

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I really liked these flower pots, but instead of putting something in them, I layered them upside down to create some height.

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I wanted to add a little height.  We tried several mirrors, but they were all too tall for the space.  The window was above her bed.  I didn’t feel safe with the glass, so we moved it down here. 

The other side is actually painted white and she had a really pretty piece of wall paper behind it.  We turned it around to the brown side and added the fabric.  The rest of the room, which I will share soon, is very colorful and we needed to balance that color up here.

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I added a few other elements, love the bird picture on burlap, some pinecones, birch branch votives, a glass hurricane with a textured candle and some wine corks and some pinecones.  I swiped the red tray off her kitchen table.

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I am off to finally get back to working out, it has been three weeks.  First, I was sick for a week and then the past two weeks have been canceled because of snow days and 2 hour delays for school.

It just occurred to me this morning, not working out for three weeks could be the reason I have been cranky and hibernating for three weeks!  At first, I was dreading going, but now I am beginning to think it is just what I need.  Wish me luck, this woman shows no mercy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

2 comments:

michelle said...

The mantel looks beautiful! I love the variations of height and texture. The pots turned upside down is a great idea and I love the nature that it add with the birds picture.
I so need to work out, I think I have been saying that for 7 weeks now!! I need a kick in the butt!

KATHY said...

The mantel looks fantastic.I love the bird picture.

Kathy