Thursday, August 13, 2015

Styling the Mantel

Justina would have me style a console--but I wanted to play with my mantel instead.

It has one function only--to be a dramatic focal point for the living room.

The painting is a thrift store score. I found it while shopping with my Mom--a rare thing. It fit this old frame I had perfectly.

It fills the space nicely.

Tall + dramatic draw the eye. These pussy willows have been on the mantle since the Spring--and though they really do say "Spring" more than summer, I love them. The books not only heighten the drama--they help balance the long horizontal space. They also bring the colour of the vase over to the other side of the mantel and add some lovely texture.

On the right side, I started with this bird I bought last fall at Target. (Dear departed Target. I'm still upset you left me.) The wood matches the buds exactly.

Then, for bling--and colour--I put this vase I bought just last night at Home Sense. You may remember my frustration trying to style the coffee table. I live a fairly accessory-free life and I just don't have that many options-- so off I went in hunt of pretty things. This is one of the things I found.

The rocks were just lying around, so I just piled them by the vase. There's one on the book on the opposite side, too

I love it. There are groupings. There's tons of texture. The colour palette is tight. (Repeating the colour scheme of the vase with the books--but in reverse kinds sorta thrills me to pieces.)

I give myself an A.

This post is part of a series based on a course I am taking at skillshare by Justina Blakeney called Style Your Space Like a Pro.

Assignment 1: (Identifying) The Styling Principles Of Justina Blakeney
Assignment 2: Styling the Coffee Table
Assignment 3: Styling the Sofa, sort of.


t said...

Ohhh - I love it! Makes me want to play with my mantel this weekend!

MMarie said...

Nice job! I love it!

Alana in Canada said...

t--have fun!

Thanks, Mmarie.

Janina Laird said...

Alana, the mantle is beautiful! The colours evoke a very relaxed feeling (to me anyway). Come fall, which as a fellow Canadian we both know will be here far too soon, you can easily add/substitute autumn natural elements in colours such as orangey, rusty, goldish tones. Just think of those splendid coloured leaves and wild flowers. Thanksgiving is less than 2 months away!

You're passing your course work with flying colours!


Alana in Canada said...

Thanks Jan! I know--fall will be here, soon. (Too soon, really.) Great suggestions.

Rita Ramstad said...

I really, really like this. It's minimal, but still warm and natural. (I like warm minimal.) Now you've got me thinking about our mantel...

Alana in Canada said...

Rita--so good to hear from you. Have fun playing with your mantel!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! I like this very much! Also your post about the sofa cushion colors. I had no idea, so I never put any on the sofa!!
Keep on teaching me....
Gina in Chattanooga, TN

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