The other day,
I styled a mantel with a few of my favorites
Blush. Brass. And sprinkles of romance.
I gathered up a dozen (or so) vintage brass candlesticks,
wonky old slightly melted candles
and water goblets filled with flowers from a recent table styling…
and placed them all on the mantel in the living room.
This mantel was not any ordinary mantel styling.
This was a mantel styling filled with 3 things that
I am obsessed with.
Not obsessed in a creepy stalkerish way.
Not something that you will feel compelled to pull the covers up around you
turn on all the lights
and double check door locks and the alarm
because it is late and dark and you are
watching 48 Hours or Dateline
type of way.
Not that kind of obsession.
I have a serious love of all things metal right now- and seem to find them where ever I go.
And I might hoard soft blush flowers like they are going out of style when I find them at the market.
And… truth be told…
I did stalk vintage brass candlesticks at the thrift stores.
ahem… A lot.
A couple of them might know me by name at this point.
I have been scouring thrift stores
for months (okay, it was more like over a year)
looking for enough of those brass candlesticks to put together a mantel
styling I had in mind.
Not any brass candlesticks.
Not those 1980’s or 1990’s brass candlesticks.
But pretty little vintage brass candlesticks.
Thin and tall and simple- and that were slightly imperfect sure-
but that were exactly perfect for what I had in mind.
After months of searching through shelves of tchotchke’s
and arguing with myself about just bringing home those not so fabulous 1990’s brass pieces
several stops at thrift stores
yielded enough vintage dreamy yet very simple candlesticks
to style the mantel I had been thinking about.
It also bought those pink lemonade faded melted and wonky old candles
that were a total surprise find with some of the candlesticks
but whose color I am in love with.
this is not actually ‘that’ styling that I had in mind.
This was an impromptu mantel that came from those pretty flowers from a table setting
and that serious crush on purples and brass together
and my obsession with brass and aubergine and blush for autumn.
Without any pumpkins.
It started with those candlesticks, blush flowers
and water goblet bouquets from this autumn table styling.
Yes, water goblets.
Filled with flowers and
marching down the center of the table for a dinner party.
I know I am not traditional with a lot of things
and I have learned to embrace that quality.
To me, water goblets are good for more than just water
or your favorite adult beverage at a dinner party.
They are ideal for bouquets.
And these bouquets with cafe au lait dahlias, roses, amaranth and eucalyptus
are some of my favorites all mixed together.
And I will be doing a post about this type of bouquet soon-
along with a video.
Yes, the videos are coming back.
I used these gorgeous amethyst goblets for these (affiliate link)
And you can create one simple bouquet
depending on the look you love.
And don’t be afraid to mix bouquet sizes and heights.
I added in a brass sugar container with a couple flowers for interest as well.
And those pods that I have been almost as equally obsessed with this season,
are eucalyptus pods.
So this mantel…
yes, I suppose it is all about obsessions.
But it is in a good way.
Happy Monday everyone.
*See more of the table styling that fueled the obsession
sharing at SSS