On the way to a friend's house this morning, I received an urgent text from her. "I have a mantel that needs editing. HELP!"
She was right.
I understand why my friend had a challenging time styling the mantel since it's very shallow and quite long.
The fishing pole, particularly special to her angler husband, wasn't going anywhere.
It's hard to see, but the round vase is a total showstopper. It has these beautiful abstract horses all over it, perfect for my friend who spends a few evenings each week riding, so I knew that needed to stay. Front and center.
I cleared everything off and we went hunting around her house using the vase as a launching point. When we came back and assessed the options, I found that there was nice collection of pottery and wooden objects.
Using the vase as the focal point, I created groupings that followed the line of the pole. I weighted the center, and left the right side of the asymmetrical mantel empty, letting it sort of recede visually.
Not bad for 10 minutes and zero dollars.
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