Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It's a Mantle

My dining room mantle has been something to "fiddle" with
for a while!

Several years ago,
we had this ornate mirror,

two lamps on either side of the mantle
And in between a collection of soapstone carvings
With a Asian carving that we purchased in Mexico
bookended by two blue and white vases

After a while, it was way too "cluttered"

So I changed it

To a mirror I dearly love,
a French clock in the center
flanked by two old lamps
and two small cloisonné ginger jars
that were part of Husband Jim's "dowry"!

But the same husband with the wonderful ginger jar dowry
did not like
that mirror
"Too small" he said

And so I dug out another mirror

Too big to hang, it leaned against the wall
The ginger jars were replaced by some
ceramic birds and I left the lamps.

Sigh . . .
clock in middle
Two pairs of things on each side

Does it look familiar?
Like the mantle in the living room?

Or the one in the master bedroom
My parents Wedding Present clock
And some of my Royal Doulton's scampering across the mantle!

I needed something different
All mantles should not look alike!

Several months ago, I replaced the lamps with the hanging crystals
As much as I adored them
I absolutely despised the cords
That snaked their way across the mantle
to the outlet next to the fireplace.

It always pays to tidy . . .
For I found a treasure

An oil painting that Husband Jim had bought in the Phillipines
30 years or so ago.
When we moved to Linderhof, we hung it here
And we liked it
But then . . . 

Sometimes, I think you should leave things alone!

But it's back
To where it began 26 years ago
When we first moved into Linderhof

And instead of the clock in the middle and two things on either side,
I got out some plate stands
And some of my antique blue and white plates
That used to live in the corner cabinet in the living room.

The plates shook it up a bit
No more five items lined up across the mantle
In an orderly row!
Centered by a clock!

I think it looks good!
And certainly different.
And breaks me out of the mirror, clock, two pairs of decoratives!

It's Monday and I'm sharing my new mantle with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday.


Pat said...

That print is exquisite!!!
The soft hues compliment all your blue and white plates!!!
Our design savvy evloves over time. . .and sometimes we return to where we once began. . .and there is peace.

Pondside said...

I like it very much, Martha. There's something very serene about the mantle now.

podso said...

It is soothing. The three and two plates look wonderful with the painting.

Unknown said...

I like the final mantle. Simple but pretty!

Seaview said...

I like the simplicity of this display... Less is more..sometimes when there are too many things to look at you don't see anything.