Designer Looks for Less: 1 mantel 5 ways


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.

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I recreated the look using the candles from my Christmas mantel, (my candles are mismatched, but that’s how I roll)

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and  also with a pair of candlesticks and a decorative bowl.

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I love the simplicity of this outdoor mantel, and I love decorating with lanterns.

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So, I gathered my lanterns and placed them on the mantel.

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 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.

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I arranged my candles and bird in the same 3 and 1 grouping.

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 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.

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A vase of winter stems and a bowl of pinecones creates a similar look. 

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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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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

Comments

  1. This is a perfect lesson. I need to remember to find tings that please my eye and then practice and try to recreate them! Practice makes perfect!!!! LOVE the lanterns… especially the one filled with pinecones!

  2. Practice makes perfect, indeed. I think the more we try the more we discover what we do and don’t like and refine our style. Of course, you have a beautiful home that has Yvonne written all over it. Every time I see your home, I feel like it is such a reflection of you…warm and welcoming. xo

  3. Great suggestions … I think you kept the last arrangement with the bowl of pine cones. I am trying to decorate mine for Winter … so these lessons will be helpful. Hope I can keep it simple.
    Happy New Year.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. I’m all for keeping it simple!

  5. Great ideas! I love the simplicity!

  6. Thank you, Debbie. I’m always a fan of simple!

  7. Well…my favorite is the last one…but then I’m a sucker for a bowl of pinecones! Love the lanterns too…so which did you choose? ;)

  8. I’ll share my choice later next week. ;)

  9. Great lessons and good tips! I’m like you too with minimal “stuff”. Your mantles all look great, just beautiful!!

  10. Great ideas!! Love those candle sticks!

  11. I love those candlesticks too…they were a bargain at Marshall’s/HomeGoods!

  12. My motto is simple creations equals more time for cocktails!
    Kelly

  13. I’ll drink to that!

  14. I SO miss having a fireplace and mantel. I love the glass and candles in front of that amazing mirror. Pinned!

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