Lately, I've been working on styling my mantle. Its had a few different looks over the last five months. I can't seem to get it right. I have a vision in my head, but lack the funds and/or creativity to achieve it. Nevertheless, I keep messing with it. Here are a few of my attempts.
Ok, so I like this one, but it feels very cluttered. I love the large painting, but everything else was small. Lots of small things makes the mantle feel cluttered and so not the look I'm going for. I want a beachy, casual vibe, not beachy junk. I love the painting, I found it at HomeGoods for under 30 bucks. Much better than the one on Etsy I was eying, and hubby approves of this one. It has fluid lines like the water and I love the cool color tones. It feels clean to me, but the clutter detracts.
So then I went extreme minimalist, at least for me. I like the idea of tall candles on either side, but didn't want to spend the money on new ones. I think two clear or recycled glass pillars would look awesome on either side. The painting looks too small alone and needs something to balance it out.
And this is where I am at today. I'm trying for a collected look. Everything here means something to me; a group of my favorite design books, candleholders in mercury glass because I love bling, two small paintings I made, a fish gifted when we moved to the beach, the large painting to reflect the ocean, a fragrant candle, and a glass jar just because I love it. I would like a picture of my family, but I want to have a current one taken first.
What do you have on your mantle?