|This amazing house in Milieu last year has absolutely nothing on the mantel!|
|Simple candlesticks only over this fireplace. Of course, the gorgeous mantel more than makes up for that!|
|Only one small box on this mantel. Seems slightly bare.|
|Candlesticks again here.|
I love the ones above, but a few that have absolutely nothing on the mantel, I just don't think I can go there. For one, my house doesn't have the gorgeous architecture some of these places do and for that reason, they can get away with it a little more. On the other hand, I'm kind of into not having too much anymore. In the past, I had more on the mantel and I'm loving the idea of having a "cleaner" look now.
|Here Charles Faudree does an amazing job layering, but for me, it's just a little too busy.|
|This one is pretty but I must admit, I like a little more symmetry. The balance is just a little off here for me, as lovely as the room is.|
|A little busy here, though it is balanced with height on either end.|
It's a little like Goldilocks! Not too much, and not too little. It has to be just right!
|I like this and it has topiaries! (Maybe I'm not too dated if I keep them?)|
|Brooke Giannetti here also uses topiaries! And I love the idea of sconces to add some interest.|
|Now this is an interesting mantel. Not symmetrical which I usually don't love, but it is balanced in it's non-symmetry. The sconces help with that (love them!)|
|Simple but gorgeous. I could just line up a collection of vases, or trophies or the like and call it a day. (Apparently I need sconces though!)|
|This is definitely up my alley! Very French with the antique trumeau mirror and some antique candlesticks and then another little urn type thing. Love this.|
This is a limited view of my living room but you can see the one side where my black tole urns are holding the topiaries, with my antique candlesticks next to them.
Now I just need to find some sconces and either a new urn for the topiaries or some new taller candlesticks for the far sides. I love the height a tall item adds to the ends so that's a definite for me. I've got some hunting to do! (Especially since I've now taken down the topiaries for the time being so it's really feeling empty!) I will keep you posted.....