So, I change my mantel decor ALL the time. But I have a few basics I tend to go by when decorating it. It is sort of a guide that helps. I actually saw it in a magazie a while back and whenever I follow it, my mantel looks fab.
1. Choose something large for the main focus and center it above the mantle. A large mirror, painting or picture works well.
2. Next you layer in a smaller piece of art or photography in front of the mirror. I choose a vintage linen that I framed. ( I love cheap DIY art projects ;)
3. To the left of the smaller picture, place something with a little height. I typically use candle holders here, they add heighy, warmth and really ancor everything else going on.
4.on the right side of the main center piece-add something with height,movement and wimsy. For this, I love branches, flowers, leaves-any old stick from the yard in a pretty vase, glass or jar will do!
5. Then you can add items that sort of "finish it off." Books and boxes are great. I added a small group of old books of poems, topped off with a porcalin flower candles holder.
My last bit of advise is to step back and look as you place the items and adjust as needed.
After stepping back and looking-I had one more candle holder and decided the right side needed it.
I am married to the love of my life, David. We celebrated 7 years this Decemeber. College was interupted as he swept me away to his world of professional baseball. Several years later, I am back in school and find it refreshing cracking open college text books again.