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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Decorating a Mantel

Hello, dear friends! Did you have a good weekend? 
Ours was a busy one. Just got back from visiting our daughter at Brown University in Providence. We enjoyed spending few days with her during her mini-break. I love visiting the city of Providence with its many art galleries, amazing restaurants, and wonderful shopping. We don't have a Sur La Table store near our hometown, so I enjoy strolling through the aisles of Sur La Table and browsing at all the French goodies on the shelves. 

With the temperature in mid-50s, we enjoyed the spring-like weather in Providence, and I was hoping for warmer weather now that we are back at home. But I guess that is wishful thinking, because we are expecting 2-3 inches of snow in the next few days! With that in mind, I thought I will share with you my mantel decorated for the winter.

I love decorating the mantel and adding seasonal changes. It is by far the most decorated surface in my home.

I like clean lines and keeping it simple when styling a mantel.

Designing tips for decorating a mantel:

1. Anchor item: Choose a large object such as a piece of artwork, over-sized clock, or a mirror in the center of the mantel that serves as a focal point and has the biggest impact on your design. 
I chose the gold framed painting of Claude Monet as my anchor item. I love the vibrant color and tone of Impressionist paintings.

Try to keep the anchor object proportionate in size to the fireplace mantel so that it looks visually balanced. 

2. Visual height: Add visual height such as candle holders or a tall vase on either of the anchor item.
You can choose to place either identical or mismatched objects on the left and right side of the anchor item as long as they add height to your design.

I chose this aqua ceramic vase filled with dried floral to add visual height.

On the other side of the painting, I placed a pair of  Wooden pedestals holding pots of greenery for height and balance.

Love how the aqua blue ceramic vase picks up some of the colors from Monet's painting.

3. Accessories: Lastly, add accessories of different heights in the empty spaces on either side of the anchor item to add visual interest. Keep the scale of these fillers smaller in size than the anchor object.

When creating a vignette for your mantel, think in terms of a triangle formation where the tip of the triangle is the center of the anchor item so that your vignette looks visually pleasing.

Also, when decorating your mantel, don't forget to decorate the hearth so that everything ties well together. I placed an over-sized metal lantern on my hearth.

I hope these design tips help you to play with your mantel the next time you decorate for the seasons.
I enjoyed sharing these decorating tips with you.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Styling Bookcases

I love styling the built-in book shelves in my living room. It's so much fun accessorizing the shelves with changing seasons. Today, I am sharing few styling tips for a winter white decor.

My simple rule for styling bookshelves is: CTS

C for Color

The greenery adds a splash of color in a predominantly white background and accents.

Next, T for Texture.

I think color plays beautifully when paired with texture and creates a dramatic impact.
 The stacked books on my shelves wrapped in Kraft brown paper add wonderful visual texture.

The boxwood ball housed under a glass cloche also adds color and texture.

These golden mini pine cones add beautiful texture.

Especially inside a clear glass apothecary jar.

This beautiful cream and gold box on the top shelf tie everything so well.

 And, S for Shine

The golden sunburst mirror adds wonderful sparkle and shine 

I love the contrast between the shiny votive and the texture of the brown paper wrapped books.

 So CTS (Color, Texture, and Shine) is my design principle when arranging and rearranging these bookshelves, and I apply this same principle when creating vignettes. I create mini vignettes on each of these shelves, and they all work together so harmoniously. Don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope these tips inspire you to jazz up those mundane bookshelves around your house. 
Have a great weekend!

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