With the garland and stockings put away, the mantel needed something. So, I browsed Houzz and created an idea book filled with mantels, making note of what I liked about each design.
Then, I set out to recreate those designer looks for less.
In this first room, I really like the symmetry and having a low object placed between a pair of decorative items.
I recreated the look using the candles from my Christmas mantel, (my candles are mismatched, but that’s how I roll)
and also with a pair of candlesticks and a decorative bowl.
I love the simplicity of this outdoor mantel, and I love decorating with lanterns.
Do you remember the episode of Mary Tyler Moore, or was it That Girl, when she noticed the perfectly hanging strand of pearls on the lady next to her, only to realize her own pearls were hanging lopsided? That’s how it felt with these lanterns. My mantel looked lopsided.
Back to the drawing board…
I was really drawn to this next look, in particular grouping objects in odd numbers.
I arranged my candles and bird in the same 3 and 1 grouping.
This one has promise…I just need to wash off the sticky residue left from the label.
And lastly, I like the simplicity of this arrangement; something with height and something subtle.
Even though there are five different designs, all of them have clean lines and minimal “stuff” which is very characteristic of my design style.
Teacher’s Notes: You can recreate expensive, designer looks just by using what you already have. The goal is to recreate the mood and feel of the design, not to copy the design completely.
If you need help finding your style, you might find this exercise helpful.
So, which design do you think I chose to keep? Which look would you prefer in your own home?
See you in class,
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