Yeah wouldn’t you know it, here is actually a decorating post again. I promised you some variations on my white mantel and I must say it has been so easy to deliver on that promise. I love this fiddling and foofing and nesting thing. So coming up with new ways to work with my basic white mantel is easy and fun.
I actually can be caught gazing at my mantel from across the room (instead of focusing my attention on the TV show we are watching), trying so come up with my next decoration. Should I go yellow? Could I use that particular candle stick? Do I have something nice to show off around the mirror?
In my head I have redecorated this mantel twenty times over. But today I am here to show you the one that I actually pulled off recently.
As so often it all started with flowers…..
I took my cue from a mixed bunch of hyacinths I found at the florist. They looked so beautiful and abundant and smelled heavenly. I really have a thing for fragrant flowers. It just adds that extra special “je ne sais quoi’. So with those flowers at center stage I hunted down some more purple.
These little flowers were almost free. The florist uses them as fillers, and she gave me an odd look when I wanted a small bunch of just them. Well she could hardly know that my flowers almost never are simply used as a bouquet.
……. Hmmm I wish we could add smell to our blogs. If I could have, you sure would be loving me right now….
Ok, back to the purple theme. I added a little silk covered notebook I have had for ages. Silly me, but I have never actually used it to write something down, for fear of messing it up.
The big lantern got a purple candle from my stash of candles.
Above the mirror I added three little frames I bought at a discount store ages ago. Not sure what I intended them for anymore, but they are serving their purpose here quite nicely.
And yes you’d be totally right if you thought that that was still the original sales picture inside. It even still tells us that it is a picture frame (in case we thought it was something else). But you only notice that when you are really close, from a distance it just looks like three identical pictures of flowers in a cup.
See you can’t even tell they are not actually filled when you take a step back.
I enjoyed coming up with this little purple and white mantel display. And the ideas for the next one are already brewing in the back of my mind. So I am guessing you won’t have to wait long to see the next reincarnation of my white mantel.
What do you think? Like it? Do you have a favorite so far? Would you like to see a particular color or theme to challenge me with? Let’s talk mantels people……
Go here to see the original white mantel in all its glory.
The first incarnation was an infusion of browns and natural colors.