One of the things I like most about finding treasures at yard sales, thrift stores or antique malls, is the ability it gives me to change things up on the fly. I would rather have a bunch of things for less rather than invest money on a few things (which, unless you are rich, means you are stuck with them.) So once Memorial day came around I decided to switch up the mantle and bookshelf and give our living room a new look.
I previously had the flag folded on top of the bookshelf. I am always lost about what to do on the mantle, so this seemed like a fun summery way to change it up. I had previously had a bunch of antlers and all of our nambe collection up as a halfway transition from Christmas.
I used our Nambe champagne glasses for height on one end in a grouping with a broken twin lens camera (that a co-worker gave me, score!) and a bunch of old locks, the ones that didn’t make the cut here.
In the middle “low point” I used a fish shaped nambe dish to hold two flowers that nick and I made in a glass blowing/sculpting class we took. Don’t you love Living social & groupon deals?! And in the center of each flower, I placed a bullet that Nick’s aunt gifted us with last fall. they are civil war bullets! Isn’t that unreal? I had been lost as to how to display them, this seemed fitting.
On the other side of the mantle I added height with the largest antler and also grouped our industrial “R”, a picture taken down from the gallery wall and two brass bookends we got from nick’s Dad (both which used to be on or around the bookcase.) I hung one candleholder from another and hung a bunch of keys from that. It gave some more industrial charm and also some chaos. (a component I like!)
I like the new mantle look, It feels fresh, new and a little odd. It’s not perfect and definitely not Martha Stewart but I dig it. For the bookshelf I added 3 more milk crates and rearranged for height. It used to look like this.
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