Man, that is a funny term. Mantlescaping. And wow is it harder than all those awesome stylists and bloggers make it look. For several years we've had hanging above our mantle a wonderful copper sculpture of a tree made by my father-in-law. But it was time for a change. That piece moved downstairs and I wanted something I could more easily change and update on the mantle.
Meanwhile, 1. I've been wanting to try printing an image on a plotter printer (as seen on A Beautiful Mess ages ago), 2. My mother-in-law suggested an image I posted to Instagram would look cool enlarged (it looked better on IG than in my photoshopped recreation but I needed more resolution) 3. I didn't want to pay for framing but remembered this old window that has been hanging around for (cough*10 years*cough) waiting for a project 4. Biscuit recently did ocean-related art at school
So, $12 later I had my print and my frame and my accessories in in a matter of minutes a new look for the mantle. It even goes well with the burlap curtains.
Ceramics by Biscuit under the direction of her wonderful art teacher. I've since glued the broken starfish leg.
Burlap curtains. Did I ever blog those? I have liked them more than I would have expected.
Succulents. That little jade plant is a transplant--it hasn't grown but it hasn't died. Fingers crossed for its continued good health.