Friday, April 2, 2010

Decorating a spring mantel ...

I found this marble egg cup at the Concord, MA vintage shop Nesting on Main last week. It was just what I needed to add a touch of spring to a predominantly white mantel that I was putting together for a client. Also at Nesting I came across a collection of mercury glass votive candle holders. I picked up a pair of them, then added an arrangement of moss and branches to establish vertical interest at each end of the symmetrically-styled mantel.

The center of the mantel features a beautiful vintage
white urn from Nesting, which is flanked with
reflective surfaces to contrast with the
natural texture of the stone. Fresh greens
provide a burst of spring color.

Black and white framed family photos add a
personal touch to the completed mantel.

This photo shows a second choice for pillows at the hearth. I really like the color of the aubergine linen pillow combined with the red seat cushions that we had custom made last year. The white urn is a good contrast in front of the black fire screen, but it’s not really practical to have a fragile antique down low with little ones in the house. The delicate white pillow, although pretty in a picture, is being saved for one of my upcoming design projects for the same reason!

I had to show you their antique owl andirons.
Aren’t they fabulous with their yellow gaze?

Please join me for more spring
decorating tips next week!

1 comment:

  1. The owls are fab! And mercury glass is such a pulled together a lovely mantel.


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