Sunday, January 22, 2012

Texture and Patina on the Mantel

Hello everyone!

I changed up my mantel decor this weekend after getting some inspiration from a new magazine that I received recently.  I've enjoyed reading it since I've been cooped up in the house due to the rain.  It has been so ugly outside.  So, what's a girl to do with all that time on her hands?  Why decorate of course!


I added some old books and a shoe mold to one side of the mantel.  I like the aged patina that it adds.


On the other side, I added some sea fans for texture.


Of course, I kept my feathers since I still love them.


I'm liking the new look! 

The magazine that I received is this one.


It really embodies the look that I'm going for on my lower level.

One of the reasons that I wanted this particular issue is because of Caroline Verschoor's home being featured.  I have followed her for a while and love her style.



  If you want this magazine, it has to be ordered online.  It is not available in stores.  I bought mine from French Larkspur.  Tracy has a wonderful blog and shop.   Tracy included a little french book page and sepia colored french postcard with my order too.  I love when someone adds those extra little touches!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

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38 comments:

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kelly, Your mantel was gorgeous before but I love the changes to you made. xo, Sherry

Linda Chapman said...

OF COURSE you decorate!! Some people watch TV or eat or talk on the phone.....then some DECORATE!!
I - on the other hand - tend to CLEAN!! It's ALL good!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kelly, your mantel looks fabulous. Feathers, books and the shoe are some of my favorite things. I love the way you've displayed them. Your painting is exquisite. I love it. The book sounds like it's perfect. Hugs, Marty

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kelly, your mantel looks great; and the sea fans are so pretty!!! They add such great texture!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Nice job Kelly! I love the balance and the texture is great too.

Lorna said...

Kelly, your mantle looks great. You pulled it all together so beautifully!

Terra said...

The star of your mantle area is the dog portrait, for me.

Gail said...

Hi Kelly, your mantel looks great! Wanted to let you know that I just gave you a shout out on my blog. You Rustic Paddle Shaped Chalkboard inspired me to make my own for Debbie's Magazine Copy Cat Challenge. Enjoy your day, Gail

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love it Kelly!!

Andrea said...

Looks beautiful. I'm terrible at mantel styling...for some reason my mantel has me stumped!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Looks beautiful, Kelly! I haven't seen that magazine... looks like a good one.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kelly, the mantel looks great. Didn't you have a mirror and the dog picture up there or am I losing my mind. Don't answer that. I am sure I am losing my mind. I need to get one of these books.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your mantel looks absolutely beautiful, Kelly. I love the dog painting and the feathers do so well with it! Lovely!

I love Tracey's blog and I, too, love when you get a few extras with your order. It shows they care!

XO,
Jane

Amy Kinser said...

Your mantel looks just beautiful.

I so love to get ideas and inspiration from magazines and blogs and then PLAY!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love the changes on your mantel Kelly. I recently brought my wood shoe mold to my booth....now I want it back -lol.

Low Tide High Style said...

Your mantel looks lovely! Caroline is a friend and I am anxiously awaiting my copy of the magazine so that I can see her spread!

Kat :)

Holly said...

The sea fan is cool. I don't think I have ever seen one of those. Pretty mantel.

Debby said...

Love your mantel. Love the picture of the dog. It reminds me of mine. When I saw the feathers I thought I bet that dog would like to jump out of that pictre and chase the pheasant. I know, what an imagination, hah.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Just gorgeous. I am a feather lover too. I love the old books. Very pretty indeed. Blessings, Barb

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I'd love to order that magazine...I will have to check out the link and blog. Your mantel is lovely...and it has character. It's not fluffy but very warm and inviting. That's a hard look to pull off but you did it with flying colors. Great job Kelly!

Shelia said...

Hi Kelly! Your mantel looks beautiful! I think the sea fan is so pretty! Your doggy picture just melts my heart every time I see it. Looks like a great book!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You decorate; I knit. LOL! I liked you mantel before and I like it now!! Great job, Kelly (the before and the after!)! blessings ~ tanna

Jemsmom said...

The sea fans are just amazing! I really need to find some of those! Your mantle looks lovely!

Pondside said...

I love it. It has that 'collected over time' look that is so hard to achieve. You've done it.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The sea fan adds a beautiful touch Kelly.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love the feathers and the sea fans, great mantel!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I always love looking at your decorating kelly. The mantle looks great, love that shoe form and the old books too.

Bristol said...

Love your mantle. I always struggle with mine I think it is the most difficult to complete. I just painted ours and waiting for a horse head I ordered to finish it off~
Thanks for the mantle inspiration, I need it~
Bristol

At The Picket Fence said...

It is just lovely Kelly! Full of charm and the layers of textures are wonderful. :-)
Vanessa

Pat said...

Gorgeous mantel Kelly! Loving all the textures and layering.

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Beautifully done! I just redid my mantel ad posted it a few postings back. I needed something but couldn't put my finger on it- now that I see your feathers I know what it is!!
Thosse sea fans are gorgeous!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Yes...so glad you got a mag. you will be hooked now my sweet friend,isn't it amazing!?!?! O.k I love your mantle...looks so pretty!! Have a great day! x0x0

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love all the changes to your mantel! Those sea fans are the perfect addition!
blessings,
karianne

Maria Elena said...

Your mantle is gorgeous!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Kelly,
Great mantel!
Love that dog picture it is a classic...
Everything is so well put together! Good for you!
All the Best,
Christine

Olive Cooper said...

I am thrill Georgia has sun today. Your mantle is great and layered with the books and the shoe form. I showed a pink ballerina shoe form on Monday that is vintage and pretty cool.

Babs said...

Gosh you mantle looks so good. Love the pheasant feathers and that sweet painting of the spaniel...and of course the old books and shoe form. Love them.

labbie1 said...

Pretty! I like the mantel. A little change is always nice in winter!