The first picture was last week. I thought it was too simple with everything else in my living room so I changed it. Plus, I was dying to incorporate this ornate frame. I considered painting and distressing the old window and candlesticks ($6.50 for the pair), but then in the end I came up with the second grouping. A few minutes after I took the picture I added a transferware plate on the right behind the other things. I like layering. And I don't know if I'm quite done with this yet. You know how it is. Mantels can be moody. Excuse me while I go get some inspiration~ I'm linking to THE NESTER'S mantel party today.
Here is an older scene below.
This is probably about three years ago and I don't even have that leather chair anymore!
This must have been later after some tweaking. I think after a certain favorite plate got knocked off, I had to rethink the whole thing! I don't think I've really taken pictures of ALL my mantle makeovers.