Over the weekend, I harvested a bunch of our tree hydrangea blossoms (we have masses of hydrangeas here, and we're lucky to have blooms from April-August). Right now they are this very cool chartreuse color, which is the accent color in our living room. I added some of my Autumn Fern for height.
I like symmetry on a mantel. That doesn't mean matchy-matchy, it just means that there's a balance to the design. It's like that statue of Blind Justice:
|This is from Anyan Law.|
You have to imagine that your mantel is like her scale; you don't want it too heavy on either side.
Two things on my mantel never get changed: my great-grandfather's clock and my sepia photograph of Niagara Falls that hangs above the fireplace. Never forget where you come from, Peeps.
For this mantel, I put brass on both sides of the clock...candlesticks on one side and my little doorstop guy on the other. All of these things came from the house where I grew up. At either end, there are clear glass hurricane lamps. My mom bought these because she believes they will come in handy if we have a hurricane. We are at least four hours from the ocean, so that seems unlikely. But moms worry about that stuff.
I have two little fake pots of rosemary (the real rosemary that I have is poised to envelop the entire neighborhood...who knew rosemary could get so big?) on either side of the clock, et voila!
This will change again this weekend, when these hydrangeas get droopy and the ferns curl up. Next week? Maybe some hay-scented ferns and teacups. Or some of that rosemary, before it strangles us all!