My New Mantle

We’re still settling into our new place; I will post more pictures soon. For now, here is a quick look at how the mantle is shaping up. What do you think?

As of yesterday only one of these pieces was framed! Good thing too, because the simple black frames that I picked up from Michael’s certainly provide cohesion and keep the look pretty clean. Almost all of the pieces that you see are local! The top ABC print is from Colonial Williamsburg, the middle print is the Wright Brothers’ first flight, and the bottom middle print is of my college. The two side prints are wrapping paper from Rock, Paper, Scissors! The glassware has been variously collected from Greenwood Country Store and Cottage Consignments.

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About Emily

Originally from Pennsylvania, Emily moved to Charlottesville in 2005. She is the managing editor of a journal at the University of Virginia, and, in her free time, she enjoys exploring Virginia with her husband.
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6 Responses to My New Mantle

  1. Cate says:

    Emily, I. Love. It. Amazing! The stacked books are great. They give the perfect amount of height for the bottles. Love how thin the black frames are, the perfect choice if you’re not going to the vintage, gold leaf route. And pussy willow (that’s what those branches are, right?) have always been a Spring favorite of mine. Job well done!

    • Emily says:

      So, just to be honest, Steph came and helped. She was much needed and appreciated! The stems are pussy willow and something else (I can’t remember the name right now) that I picked up from the Ivy Corner Store. And all of those books are Wheeler’s furniture collection! It’s nice to have them out of boxes.

  2. ann west says:

    I love the “tones” of brown and black with the birds and butterflies adding the punch of color…very peaceful to look at !

  3. Kristin says:

    It looks great Emily! I have had the Natural History of Birds paper for some time and haven’t known what to do with it. I love how you’ve framed it and paired it with the other prints. So excited to see more!

  4. Vanja says:

    That is a very beautifull set-up Emily. Cosy, antique, yet original and “fresh” (as Santu would say). You have inspired me to take a work break (right now) and puzzle a bit around in my home.

  5. Vanja says:

    And yes, please do post more photos!

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