Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Mantel for Fall

My fall mantels are usually filled with my yearly hydrangea crop. 

I mean, I have to put them somewhere.

Why not on the mantle, where I can see them all the time?

This year there are very few hydrangeas.

That stinks.

But I'm surviving.

This year I just threw a bunch of stuff on the mantel.


But it's my best stuff.

Architectural salvages is the best, is it not?

I'd been having these visions . . .

Visions of piles of beautiful cracked and crumbling stuff.

In my cracked and crumbling mind . . .

it couldn't be more beautiful.


Mr Quirky is afraid of it.

He's afraid it will all come tumbling down.

But I'm not.

I'm feeling brave.

I'm only worried about one thing.

I think the mantel needs something in the upper left corner.

I've shopped the basement and the garage.

Nothing's floating my boat.

You tell me.

What does it need?

I'm relatively certain this mantel isn't your style.

But help a quirky girl out here.


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Art and Sand said...

Totally fun and quirky.

I know it isn't architectural, but what about a leafy green plant?

Unknown said...

My first thought was plant as well.

rush said...

Maybe you need another picture frame there...a little smaller. I love this arrangement. I could probably do something like that!

Kirby Carespodi said...

I like it! So much better than my lame Halloween mantle. And it's sad about our hydrangeas. That top left hand corner? Too bad you don't have a skull. (Sorry, still doing Halloween over here.)

Bliss said...


Vanessa said...

I love all those gorgeous pieces. The only thing I would add is maybe a pop of color from a flower or something like that. Great mantle

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I love it, Karen...I'd add some branches or a trailing vine. Or both! It's seriously cool.

Diann said...

Very quirky! You have a lot of fun pieces up there! Visiting from Home Sweet Home party!

Jean @ said...

You have some great architecural stuff there, Mrs. Quirky! I would put some of last year's hydrangeas up in that corner, no?

Unknown said...

Wowwee! Words of excitement and pleasure fail me! So happy I discovered you.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Karen, I always love to see how different ones decorate their mantles. It's a great place to express yourself and I think yours is beautiful. You certainly have a great collection of architectural elements and I love how they are tumbling. Possibly an old crow perched on the candle stick would be the thing..Happy Friday..Judy

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love every one of your pieces and style. I was also thinking when I first saw your mantel, that a touch plant or maybe even some dried hydrangeas would look great. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

The Charm of Home said...

Architectural stuff is so much fun to look at visually! Great idea!

Shannon said...

Love the corbels! I've started collecting them also. You send the narrow scrolly one my way when you get tired of it! I'll meet you in OK.

Shannon ~


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