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October 24, 2011

Mantel Take Two...and Three

Saturday, I woke up thinking about
 how I could approve upon Friday's mantel attempt.
I signed on to my blog and looked at the pictures again
and thought I needed to give it one more try...
which ended up being two more tries!

Now I only have a million other things to do
on a Saturday morning with the kids home.
Why not waste more time
 obsessing over something so trivial?

Sure, why not?!!

First, (or second if you count Friday's attempt)
I went for a more simple approach.
I always like black and white
and since there is a lot of color in the room
I thought simple would be better.

As you can see,
I changed the oil painting from the day before
to a photograph I used over my Autumn Console last week.
The picture was taken on our apple picking adventure.

Then just for fun,
I tried yet another attempt:
This time I added more color back in
and filled up the mantel a little more.
The orange and the pumpkins tie in together and
I also put in twine balls to tie into the wheat.

This was how it looked on Friday:
As you can see from Friday's mantel attempt,
the white kind of stood out too much.
Now that I changed the picture to one with a white mat,
it seems to make more sense to me.

You might notice that you don't see much of this room on my blog.
That is because we are always in here
and the room is not really what I want it to be.

Although this sectional is
super-practical for an active family.
I have never loved it.

While I am pointing out flaws,
you might notice all I have are blinds on the windows.
I have never gotten around to putting up panels,
PLUS - I would actually love plantation shutters in here.
Not going to happen because of the cost
but you think by now I would have done something more...
But I do need to keep something on the windows
because during the day the glare makes the TV unwatchable!
How would we see Spongebob?

Oh and while I am at it,
don't laugh too much at our golf golf club fireplace tools!
My in-laws bought them for my golfer husband a few years ago
and I just haven't had the heart to get rid of them....yet.
I do believe they are uhhh...falling apart!
Yes, they are falling apart - must replace!

Did I mention I want to rip out my builder fireplace
and replace it with a stone one?
I swear, it's a good thing my husband doesn't read my blog!
But I am putting it on my Christmas List this year!

enough about the family room issues.
Lets get back the mantel!

What do you guys think?

Simple and black and white:

Festive black, orange and white:

or maybe you still like Friday's colorful attempt:

Stay tuned to see which one I went with!

How many attempts do you make with your mantel?



  1. I like the orange and black, with the white mat, pumpkin photo! But they all look good!

  2. I like the festive black, orange and white one - the balance on the mantle is perfect.

  3. All look good... but I like the festive black, orange and white. It's a very nice combination... not too much of everything... just perfect.

  4. I really like the festive orange, black and white the best. They all look great but that one caught my eye the most. :) I obsess about stuff like that too, I think it is a curse sometimes. :)

  5. I like the festive for this time of year! But I love the modern black and white for the rest of the (non-fall_ year. You've got a lot of good placement up there!

  6. What a lovely room! I've been there so many times . . . tweaking, tweaking and more tweaking. It can get obsessive! I think I'm going to go with the more colorful arrangement ~ Friday's attempt. I'm diggin' that little oil painting. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Love the black, orange and white. Such nice contrast. What are the color of your walls? LOVE IT!

  8. Thank you so much everyone!

    Debbie, the color of my walls are Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque.


  9. I like the festive black, orange and white the best! Beautiful home!


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