A few weeks ago, I posted about the state of my family room mantel, here.
Today, I want to show you the finished mantel installation.
My wonderful carpenter and his crew did a beautiful job installing the hand-carved panels.
Remember the Before?
There is a little touch up work to be done on the mantel’s wood finish,
which will happen after the holidays.
I am very pleased. It really gives some needed ornamentation to the fireplace.
Did you notice Mrs. Claus and Santa flanking the centerpiece?
They are handmade, and have such dear little faces and details.
They stand over two feet high!
I have a few more finishing decorating touches, so I’ll update on those later.
Readers, is anything hanging you up with your decorations, or are you finished?
I would love to see and share your mantel masterpieces!
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The eye craves balance.
Do you believe me? Have you ever walked into someone’s house and a painting or mirror is hanging askew?
Does it drive you a bit crazy? Don’t you find yourself wanting to straighten it?
Now, it does not always happen in your own house (this is because your brain will tune out the things that you are seeing regularly.)
The same thing happens with symmetry. Quick, off the top of your head, do you have a favorite room in your house, or a room that you really, really love as your dream room that you saw in a magazine?
Check it out. I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that the room is highly symmetrical or balanced.
Rooms that are symmetrical are more pleasing to the eye. They create visual harmony and balance. This is an age-old decorating principle.
Today we’ll look at rooms with “mirror image” symmetry. Come along!
So, symmetry for the furniture placement is a decorating form that is pleasing to the eye.
“Mirror-image” symmetry is what we see in the bedroom above. Other than the focal point bed+ starburst mirror, there are two of
Even the nosegays on the bedsides are identical.
The same design principle is true when the decorating is done around a focal point fireplace, or any other focal point.