Sunday, May 15, 2011

Let's try this again...

In my last post I showed you my mantel makeover.  

It went from this... this.

I think we all can agree it looks better but it was still lacking. 
I thought adding some more greenery might finish it off.
It definitely still needed somethin'.

The day after I posted my mantel redo, Grace at Sense and Simplicity posted her mantel makeover.
She followed some step by step directions from some designers in a magazine.
She posted each direction they suggested.
It was at that point that I realized I had done everything backwards.
I did exactly the opposite of what the article suggested.
So, I took everything off and redid my redo.

So first we had this.....
and then this...

and now this...

same exact stuff 

just arranged differently

 using the suggestions from the article on Grace's blog.

Now I think it's finished.  The mirrors reflect the light from the windows 
and really brighten the room.  It's all light, bright and fresh for spring.
Most likely it will stay this way until Christmas :)

What do you think?  Do you think it looks better?  



  1. Wow..I'm gonna have to read that article!! Your mantle looks GREAT! I can't believe what a difference the new arrangement made...thanks for sharing!

  2. That's remarkable - the same stuff just arranged differently. I did notice that you didn't have that all important triangle happening in the first version, but you do now. It looks fantastic and I like how it ties the flag in to the mantel.

  3. It looks great! I love how it's all the same stuff, but put on there differently. Plus, it's all just great stuff to begin with.
    I saw that article on Grace's blog, too, and I thought it was a great post. Very informative.

  4. I absolutely love it. Lots of vintage and the layering adds heaps of interest. I'm here from Between Naps on the Porch and am your newest follower.
    Best Carolyn

  5. This is amazing. It's hard to express but the last redo is perfection. Definitely has the designer look. I am going to have visit to find out the tips. I need help with my mantel as well. The difference is mind boggling.
    Thanks for sharing. Ginger :)

  6. It looks wonderful! LOVE the flag and the shabby accent colors! Well done! Stopping by from Met Monday- stop by and say hello sometime :)

  7. I love it! It looks a million percent better! Nice job!

  8. Looks great! I'll have to head over and read that post to get some tips! :)

  9. Wow! It looks amazing! I love the bowling pin. Such a fun and unexpected little piece of eye candy :)

  10. It does look great! You had some great stuff to play around with so that helps a lot :)

  11. I love it! It looks fabulous. You have such cool stuff up there too!!

  12. I like the before, middle AND after! It looks wonderful! I need to read that mantle needs help!

  13. Very fun look with all of that vintage stuff to look at! I need those binoculars!

  14. Another magazine cover photo... love this so much... ~ kim


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