Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The 10-Minute Mantel Makeover

Have you ever wondered how some mantels can look so amazing? How some achieve that perfect tableau of interest, balance, and beauty? My mantels have always looked rather sparse and amateurish. What's a DIY gal to do?

Pinterest! A quick search on "mantel decor" gave me a plethora of options. This pin from the Home Stories A to Z blog shows an impressive collection of mantelscapes.

That is some serious talent there. The best part is, she also gives some pointers on how to design your own, using words like "symmetry" and "visual triangle" (so you know she knows a thing or two about design, right?).

And I found this pin from teal & lime:
And then I thought, I can do that! But I had to pick up the kids in 10 minutes. So I quickly and eagerly scurried around the house collecting an "anchor piece," candles, photos, and knick-knacks to put the Visual Triangle theory to test.

So here is the pitiful before photo:
 And the after:

I started with my anchor piece, a mirror that hasn't found a home since moving from our other house. I then dutifully put one large object on the right of the anchor, a wire starfish that I stole from a nearby shelf. Next, I put a small grouping of items on the left, two candlesticks (with, oops, mismatched candles). Last, I filled in and "layered" with smaller items: photos, shells, and my wooden pineapple.
Okay, I know it's not "a-mazing" but I was working with what I had and I think it's not half-bad for a first stab. I'm obviously going to have to make a trip to Home Goods to replace and fill in the small items and get better candles, but at least it's an improvement for now.

I can't wait to use the same principles for the upcoming holidays!

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