Sunday, November 27, 2011
As Christmas is nearing, we transition our homes with wintery and Christmas adornments. Often one of the key places to start with is the mantle, or mantles. Quite a drawing point in the main spaces of the home, the mantle beckons décor through the seasons, and for winter, can be most magical. The two shown here offer such a strong look, with large scale pieces chosen. Indeed, more decorative pieces are combined in balance with simpler ones, with height and repetition playing key elements in achieving the look.
Mantle 01: The miniature pillars may be left in their place, but busts may be replaced for angelic figures, or perhaps small scale, live trees in pots. Alternatively, one could place a multitude of candles, with different heights and scale, in the cloches, or, rolled music/documentation.
Mantle 02: The glass containers seem to be filled with flour perhaps, which also slightly suggests snow, but alternatively, could also be filled with artificial snow and tiny figurines could be added, skiing down the slopes, for a bit of whimsy and fun. Glowing Christmas lights could be added.
I would love to know: which mantle do you prefer, and also, what would you do with it?
Images (scanned):The New French Décor, by Gilles Trillard