I've changed my mantel more since I've been blogging than ever before.
I really wasn't one to switch it up for seasons and holidays but blogging has changed me.
I was enjoying the clock from our New Year's Eve mantel but suddenly this afternoon it was time for a change.
What's different you ask?
The Ethan Allan clock has been the mantel staple for the last few years.
I love it.
It remains the starting point for every mantel.
The old books with the spines turned to the back are a staple as well.
In a bold move the clock is on a different side this time.
"Don't go crazy!"
Some white candlesticks provide balance to the asymmetrical scheme.
I like things that are asymmetrical.
Symmetry makes me a little nervous.
It's not me.
The cranberry glass vase came from Bill's Granny Vi.
It looked good with the propped tin heart.
The empty frame came back into service to add some "chippy" texture.
This old frame has been chalk painted.
I revealed bits of the old mahogany finish with a damp rag.
You read that correctly.
No sand paper-water!
The first couple of attempts at a Valentine's Day mantel design were fails.
I liked elements of each mantel but things weren't coming together.
I show these to convey that sometimes things don't go according to plan the first time.
Keep playing with your decor until you like it.
I've been so enamored with pink, I thought this mantel would be pink.
Cranberry red works this time.
It says Happy Valentine's Day without fanfare, fuss or glitter.
I love that stuff but not this year.
That is what has kept me busy this afternoon.
What have you been up to?