|An eclectic mix of art, both traditional and contemporary. Interior Designer Elaine Griffith's living room. Image via Elle Decor.|
This week was spent looking for inspiration for my latest home project: reworking our mantel. I've got a large regency type mirror centered over our fireplace, but it's taking some serious effort to get the perfect mix of objects, pictures, art, and flora to go below it. What I learned long ago from my design-savy sister is when in a design rut, stop, take a step back, and go find some visual stimulation. Decorator Alessandra Branca says "mantels should be seen as a piece of furniture, similar to a console. You should use it as an opportunity to assemble the things you love." Here are some of my favorite rooms, each with a totally different take on the space they all have in common.
|Neutral tones with natural elements. Actress Keri Russel's living room. Image via Elle Decor.|
|These objects have perfect chemistry. Mantel in L'Wren Scott's Paris apartment. Image via Vogue.|
|A gold mirror and some found objects in a lovely Paris apartment. Image via Elle Decor.|
|Beautiful symmetry. Interior by Jonathan Rosen. Image via House Beautiful.|
|Less is more. Image via House Beautiful.|
|A modern twist on a vintage mantel.|
I also stumbled onto a great tutorial for assembling your objects in a visually stimulating and proportionate way. At the end of my hunt, I decided to order 2 silver footed orchid pots from a great store in San Francisco as well as these two guys.
|Vintage Brass Elephant, $13, etsy.com; Brass Steel Sculpture, $65, plantationdesign.com.|
Here's to hoping it will all come together. When it's done (questionable as to how many months it may be), I'll try and remember to share a pic or two. Have a great weekend everyone!