Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Modern/Vintage Mantel for Spring/Summer

Mantel-scaping has become one of my favorite ways to change seasons.

I enjoy integrating new objects, and sometimes giving myself guidelines that remind me of old college design projects. This mantel is one of those.

My assignment: Create a minimalized mantel, using shades of white, and incorporate a collection of modern vases into the existing industrial/elegant/cottage themed room.

So far, this was my easiest mantel display to date.

More amazingly, I haven't tweaked it once since Saturday!

I even had time to add another element: the firebox.

Yes, the firebox.

Here's a peek from across the room:

I saw this done somewhere, but I can't remember where. Doing this enabled me to empty the primitive cabinet of books, and fill it with some decorative items I wanted to rest until another season. 

If the hearth is the heart of the home, this is an interesting way to renew it for summer, don't you think? 

Here's Another shot of the whole mantel, before the books.

This mantel is a pretty good example of using asymmetrical symmetry.

Which means balanced, but not exactly the same on both sides when you divide it in the center.

I'm continuing the modern/vintage, new with old theme throughout the room. I still have some tweaking to do on the shelves that flank the mantel. More on that later!

Word for the Day:
Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

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Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I'm giving you the nickname of Tweakie. Amazing that you haven't touched it since Saturday! ;)
It looks beautiful and I'm loving the firebox of books.

Unknown said...

Just gorgeous! Love the books in the firebox!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I totally love this. Your mantel is gorgeous, but filling the fire box with books is genius. How fun. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Christina Paul said...

Love the books in the fireplace! So clever!
Your mantle is lovely - especially the neutral serene color scheme- What a wonderful eye you have for mixing and matching!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

what a cool sing the opening for the books!! love it!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I love the books in the firebox!
The contrast of the books against the whites and that gorgeous floor... very well done!

fiona anderson said...

It's looking lovely, what a great idea for the books !

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

The way the books are stacked is so cool! It reminds me of something, maybe at anthropologie or in a magazine. The layered frames are cool and it looks like there is a reflection in the mirror of pale green from the back of one of them. I like that!


The old books in the fireplace=genius!!!

Thank you for sharing at the Scoop Link Party this week!

Linsey at The Farmhouse Porch

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Simply perfect! You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Revi, I love your frames! The old books stacked in the fireplace is magnificent too. I am going to do the white & cream look on my open shelves in our farmhouse basement. Think it could get very over done other wise. Your mantel is lovely! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Tara Rischard @Split-site PhD said...

Is that treasure chest in the middle of your living room? Oh my, what a magnificent makeover! I likewise adore the vases with its unique shape and style. It’s totally awesome and 100% pure vintage! Most importantly, I was deeply touched with your religious verse. May God bless us all!