This adorable mercury glass owl was sitting on a shelf in the Christmas decor at HomeGoods calling to me, “Whoo, whoo…buy me!” How could I resist? More seriously, I knew this guy would be the perfect addition to my very neglected mantle. See, this is what our mantle has looked like for the last 18 months…
Let’s not even talk about how the same two-story great room has had half painted walls (only the first story and one coat) for well over 6 months. Well, the owl finally convinced me it was time to at least do something about the mantle. But I didn’t just want to do a holiday mantle, that would get taken down after the holidays leaving me with the before situation again. Instead, I opted for an everyday mantle with some subtle holiday hints.
The only problem…I can’t decide which way it looks better. In Option A, I started by adding the smaller tin star resting on the shelf. I layered in the white vase with the faux grass. I love the light green shade of the grass. I borrowed my favorite vases from the dining room. They will add some much needed color over the mantle. I put them both off to one side with the mercury glass owl. To balance out the owl on the other side of the mantle, I filled a small cylinder vase with silver jingle bells. Just a hint of the holidays.
I started to wonder if the aqua vases looked good together. I also debated if the owl and the squat vase should be right next to each other. So, I switched it up for Option B. I moved the star behind the owl. I really like the shimmer of the owl in front of the matte star. Then I moved the squat vase to the other side. Since it is a similar shape to the owl, I think they balance each other out.
It must be obvious I am a mantle-decorating-virgin. I tried to use a basic triangle technique with the large star as the top point of the triangle and the other accessories tapering off in height. I varied it a little bit in Option B with more layering, but ultimately preserving the triangle shape.
What do you think? Do you prefer Option A or Option B? Anything else you would add or take away (sorry folks, hubby says the center speaker stays)? I appreciate the advice.
UPDATE: We stuck with Option B and brought in a little more holiday with DIY personalized stockings!