Our May Mantel is that of Jo-Anne Coletti of  
                        ~ Vintage Rose Collection ~
Joanne hardly needs an introduction as you've seen her lovely home and art in numerous issues of Romantic Homes magazine as well as her very own special edition, The Feminine Home.  These days you may hardly recognize her home at all as she has surprised us and redirected her style!   Although her passion is still painting vintage inspired roses, Jo-Anne's abode now has a very quiet and dreamlike quality to it and her latest feature is in Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine!  I'll let her tell us more about her mantel and the changes.
 Thanks so much for sharing your mantel with my followers Jo-Anne.  It is so beautiful!!

Do you change your mantel often and what inspires you when you do?

  When I find a look I like, I usually stay with it until I get bored or find a really great piece to add.  For the holidays I will add mercury bulbs and some greens.

Tell us about some of these beautiful items that you've used and how long it took you to create.  I love the window!

 I knew exactly what kind of window I wanted here and was lucky to find it at my favorite salvage yard, the Old Bostonian in Boston. It’s a perfect fit. The ledge is narrow so mercury candles work well.  You wouldn’t know it, but there are two large holes in the wall waiting for scones. I love old books for their fancy script and thought to use old book paper in a decorative fashion to hide the holes. I get more compliments from this undisclosed imperfection. 

One of the prettiest pictures I have ever seen is your leaded glass window vignette in the latest Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine.  Has this publication inspired you in any way to change your style and decor? 


Absolutely. The magazine is in a class of its own and has changed so much about how I decorate. Its been a complete awakening and over-haul. However, it took no time at all, with little expense. When you start with a white palette, which I already had, it’s really just a matter of changing out accessories… 

Jo-Anne, your special edition of The Feminine Home is a beautiful publication packed with gorgeous photos in so many different aspects of 'feminine' from ruffles and roses to quiet country.  This surely must have been a labor of love!   How in the world did you publish this book and change your home so dramatically all within a year?  I admire your creative drive and energy!

 You are sweet, thank you.  The Feminine Home is a labor of love; it’s my baby-and a dream of mine.  My motivation behind this publication is to bring awareness of our own inner beauty, and to translate that into our homes and our everyday lives.     The photos of my home in the first issue were very much rose inspired- from paintings, pillows and floral accessories. I’ve replaced those items with a French-inspired theme such as pillows, burlap, mercury glass, old books and architectural pieces. It’s a peaceful look and I'm working on another issue due to be released in the summer.
Well Jo-Anne, this was fun!  Thanks for sharing your mantel and new publications with us.
I hope you have enjoyed our guest mantel with Jo-Anne Coletti!   Jeanne d'Arc Living is available here and The Feminine Home, here.  Thanks!