Winter Vignettes: Mantel


Hello! Our mantel this time round is really different than I usually do. For starters, I actually took down the mirror I always have up there and started fresh!!! (For all mantel decor over the last 5 years, I have just left the silver mirror in the center and added things to either side. This time I got rid of it completely!!) This set up also seems a bit more modern/bold/eclectic/asymmetrical than normal for me...and I'm diggin' it.

Started off with these huge, thick, rustic grey metal frames from Crate and Barrel (the Berwyn) 'em - they make a great focal point in the center. Little old lazy me even went so far as to hang one up, floating just a couple of inches above the mantel (but low enough so that once I put the big mirror back you won't see the new hole). I had two of these Brushed Silver shadow boxy frames with white mats (also from C&B) and thought they added some nice contrast, and lightness, to the sides.

{sidenote..I did not actually buy these frames, there are just certain advantages to having a husband in the frame business!...and no, I'm not being endorsed by Crate and Barrel to write this post either - ha! I've always wanted to say that!!}

Then I ran around the house trying to figure out what I could put in the frames. I really like the colors in this Physical Map of the Pacific Ocean (a page cut out from an old atlas I have). And I still had an antique fish print lying around from when I framed a bunch for our foyer. Ooops, did not mean to start too much of a nautical thing going on here...its a WINTER mantel!

The large brushed silver frame got another page from my 2011 Paper Source Wall Calendar and in the small square frame I mounted an old skeleton key I bought in Providence while on a blog date with Carrie (Hazardous Design) and Casey (loft & cottage) onto some fabric I used at Maura's 1st birthday party!

Next up I wanted to add some layers/different shapes, so I brought out some of my letter "P" collection (for our last name). The big black metal P is from a local home decor shop, the lighter silver zinc P is from Anthropologie and the cute little backwards P is a wood letterpress type block that I scored at Brimfield. (Both the Anthro P and the wood P are stuck on the wall using 3M adhesive mounting squares.)

Last but not least, I thought the space under the big hanging gray frame needed something, so I broke out my cute, little, old clear glass apothecary bottles (also from Brimfield).

So that will about do it for all the new little "winter" bits around here (if you missed them, check out vignettes 1 and 2 here and here) I can sit back and not have to touch these spots until spring! (And maybe I can try to actually get one thing done from our 2012 to-do list!) Thanks for following along, guys!

PS. I'm linking up to Suzy's House Party Thursday over at Saved by Suzy:)

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  1. I love everything about this mantle! I think my absolute favorite part is the *p* in front of the bright, fun flowers. Super cute!

  2. I love this look! All of your Brimfield finds are so cool - love the skeleton key and the letterpress P. Hope you're having a good week Sarah! My little Sheila is 17 months old today - can't believe it!

  3. I like the mix of dark and light frames. Thanks for linking to my party! If you are an Outlander and other historical fiction lover, you would really enjoy Downton Abbey. I'm not sure if it's on "on demand." It was a PBS series, so I wonder if they ever play past episodes. I've heard it's best to start at the beginning of the series or else it will be confusing. Let me know if you check it out.


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