OK... it might not be a "solution", but it's at least an "improvement"...
Several weeks ago I got tired of winter and jumped straight ahead to spring. I wanted a fresh feeling on my mantle after the chaos of Christmas.
So, I skipped the typical "Winter White" I normally gravitate toward, and
brought a little spring into the house.
But something was.... off.
I've blogged about the Giant Mantle of Doom before - well it's still challenging me. Things felt a little... like I kind of vomited a bunch of tchotchkes onto the mantle. (can you tell it bugged me just a little? ;) )
I tried adding branches to the birch sleeve.
I added grapevine balls to the cloche and moved the apples to the hurricane.
Got rid of the candles.
Better, but still not what I was going for.
So, I started over. I wanted a more natural feel with texture and classic neutrals.
I swapped out the branches for some willowy seagrass, and added a couple lanterns for some weight.
I added plain white pillar candles, and some sand in the bottom to complement the seagrass.
On the opposite end I added sand to the large hurricane for balance, and recycled the fat white rocks I had in with my paperwhites earlier this winter.
I covered a book with a scrap of drop cloth left over from my drop cloth curtains and used it to boost my picture frame. I also added this small black frame to the mix, again, for a little balance.
I have found that when dealing with neutrals (my favorite), things can get a little "blah" or muddy if you're not careful. The easiest way to ground and sharpen up a grouping in my experience is to add in a couple pops of classic black.
For the center grouping I wanted to keep cohesion between the ends, so I used a frame flanked by natural wood elements (a bundle of birch logs and a rustic candle set in reclaimed wood) to bring it all together.
My, who are those good looking people? :)
Things inadvertantly ended up feeling a little "beachy", but I'm okay with that.
It feels more "Nantucket" and less "Panama Beach", so I'm cool.
I still need another layer behind my frames for some depth, but those windows keep thwarting me.
OOOooooh, windows how I hate/love you!
Any suggestions? You know I love it when you talk decorating to me. :)