Design is in the Details: A Formula for a Traditional/Modern Mantel

I’ve been talking all week about the mix of traditional and modern elements in the Room of the Week.  And, the styling of the mantel in the room is a perfect example of how to match the architecture of a home with a new modern style – and the result is a beautiful vignette that looks classic, collected and casual.

I put together a little formula based on the mantel in this room, and then created a few different variations on the theme so you can see how this would work in a variety of settings. Don’t forget to think about scale and balance when you are creating your own version.

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SCENARIO 1: Collection of Vases | Mirror | Hour Glass | Rope Knot
SCENARIO 2: Brass Swans | Mirror | Modern Glass Vase
SCENARIO 3: Patterned Bowls | Bird Vase | Potted Cypress Mirror | Clock

I love that these mantels look put-together, but totally feasible.  What do you think of the mix of styles?

ps. – here’s another formula for an asymmetrical mantel that you might enjoy…

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