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August 25, 2014

Mantel Madness

So last Friday I did a post and left a hint of a project I've been working on. 
 While I worked on this I wished I had a friend to share these moments with and bounce ideas off one another.  So I chose to write to Ron at The Uptown Acorn and he was the lucky recipient of a bit of my madness!

 I pieced together some samples of my attempts.  Ron kept me on track with certain things like keeping the tall pedestal urns on the inside of the arch inset.  

 These open at the top
The urns were found at a little boutique store.  I liked the unusual shape the the hint of green that they were designed with.

In the middle of my mantel madness I saw a post from Nancy's Daily Dish as seen "here".  Our mantels are quite different but the tall candle holders reminded me of my tall pedestal urns and I have two little Staffordshire style dogs so that inspired me.  In my case I couldn't put the tall pieces on the ends like she did but moving them inward worked better.  I always look for "formulas" for layouts etc., and this one hit me just right.

I'm getting a larger glass riser for underneath this lidded urn.  I decided It looked better up a tad higher and the glass picks up on the lanterns- adds a little glam.

 I've had the lidded urn for a while but hadn't considered trying it on the mantel.  The little dog statues were from Nell Hills when they still had their on line shopping offered.  I don't live anywhere near their stores but I wish I did!

So this is what I ended up with.  

Some nighttime ambiance

 Thank you Ron for sharing your thoughts and taking time to do so!

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  1. I really like the new look of the mantle. I was happy to offer my "two cents"!

  2. I know how it feels to want to have another eye when making decor changes. This turned out well and you are lucky to have Ron!

  3. Beautiful, Liz! Isn't it fun to gather a collection of things with stories behind them? Your home is gorgeous, and the night-time ambiance is perfectly lovely. :-)
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  4. Hi Liz, the design you ended with is gorgeous. Adding the weight to the middle really gave the whole mantel balance with the taller pieces on the end. Your whole room is fabulous!! Love the evening pics.
    Have a great week.

  5. You got some great advice....the mantel looks spectacular!!!

  6. The mantle looks gorgeous, Liz! You really did a great job. It is perfect!

  7. How lovely- and thanks so much for the practical design tips - my mantel is always a work in progress - Are those Staffordshire dogs? I've been looking everywhere for a pair as my grandmother had some on her mantel growing up and i always adored them :)

  8. Your mantel looks REALLY good, and Ron gave you some great tips. Love it all, especially the Staffordshire dogs.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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