I hate my mantel.
I mean really. I hate it. What is one to do with a decorating conundrum like this?
1. There is a wacky, asymmetrical vaulted ceiling
2. There is a wacky soffit that sticks out
3. The fireplace is centered on the room, not on the mantel
4. There is beautiful woodwork, but it is oak and wacky Hubby won’t let me paint it a nice crisp white.
So I am never happy with how the mantel is decorated, and since I decorate seasonally, there are 4 times a year where I am freshly disappointed.
It inspired me to summer it up a bit.
I took the green frame from the spring mantel and shot it with a coat of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White. (Yes, I use the same frames over and over and over again.) The barn star was a rusty red metal, but I cleaned it up and painted it with my current favorite color: Valspar’s Mediterranean.
I put a nail through the top of the barn star and into the frame, but the two bottom points of the star are secured with Museum Putty, which I have raved about in previous posts.
I tucked a few twine-wrapped starfish into the frame and secured them with Museum Putty as well.
From there I added a blue vase with hydrangeas that I’m drying and various shells and summery items.
I am a big believer in the rule of 3. Three pops of the turquoise, three silver candlesticks, three books… Odd numbers are good. They just balance nicely.
I like the details.
It’s when I step back and view the whole wacky, asymmetrical mess of a mantel that I start getting twisty. Grr.
(And don’t say “move” or to use a blowtorch. Handosme Hubby already shot down those ideas…)