Monday, January 11, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday~Mantle

Welcome to Met Monday where our lovely Susan is hosting at Between Naps on the Porch!

I hadn't meant to be away from blogland this's just that when we put our Christmas decorations away, I didn't want to just re-decorate, I wanted to transform some rooms! I am limited on how much furniture rearranging I can do, so I changed things up a bit with accessories. I just 'shopped' from other places in my home and in cabinets where I had stashed some things for such a day as this! ;-)

My blank slate..the sitting room mantle after the Christmas garland came down. I wanted a warm, homey, old English look, and thought of the movie "Out of Africa"~and there was my inspiration!

The plant came from the master bedroom, books from the family room,

The blue platter from the kitchen cupboard, wicker basket from my studio, small pictures that had been stashed away..the round gold framed on was my mom's. It's an etching she matted with blue velvet.

I changed out the shade on this lamp and added a vintage earring at the top~yep, that's right, it's an earring!! Isn't it huge? ;-)  The little blue teapot is yet another gift from bff Laura. The mercury glass candle holders were after Christmas sale~$1.50 a piece!!

I  used a scrap of fabric that I just loved, and I liked the frayed edges to add the 'worn' look to the whole vignette!
Be sure to visit Between Naps on the Porch for other wonderful transformations!

Have a great day!


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous. Love every element. Especially the idea of using two different lamps. It really works, and yes, English Country is my favortie style! Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  3. Myrna amor, Your transformation came out beautiful! I love English looks so beautifully elegant and comforting and homey. Love seeing how you decorate! Besos, Rose

  4. Wow! This is gorgeous !! You've layered and arranged things in such a beautiful "flowing" way ... love it !! Stop by sometime, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

  5. This looks amazing, really decadent! A perfect vignette of an early 20th century English country-pile...I love the wicker basket & the crockery!
    - Amy (snowed under in an English country farmhouse!)

  6. I keep putting off taking Christmas down but now you have inspired me. I loved everything you did. You are so very talented my friend.

  7. Love what you did Myrna. I especially love that gold mirror in the pretty. Love, Toni

  8. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your transformation! The layers are so interesting...all your pieces tell such a story. The lamps add such warmth...I'm inspired to work on my mantel! Thanks for sharing!

  9. It is gorgeous! You did an amazing job:).



  10. Absolutely fantastic mantle. Well done. Very interesting to look at.