mantel of the month

August Mantel

For the hazy days of August our mantel is filled with sparkling elegance. One of our favorite customers and friend Ruthi, designed our mantel for us this month. Her home was featured in the September '03' issue of Romantic Homes magazine and she loves to decorate with cloches, candleholders, glass bobeches with crystals, mirrors, fresh flowers and lace. Her home sparkles as does her personality! As for the beautiful roses in the vintage pitcher, you'll see our favorite, a climber called 'Eden' which has the likeness of an old fashioned cabbage rose with hundreds of petals and is the perfect shade of pink. A cloche placed on a glass pedestal plate is the perfect place to feature a spectacular minature vignette. In ours we have a wondrous work of nature in the form of a bird's nest with a delicate lace doily and a chiffon and velvet rose. We've also had fun creating a moss garden with a mini birdbath, a beachy one with sand, shells and beachglass, and a fairy garden with fairies, vintage ribbons and glitter. Allow your imagination to run freely as you gather up favorite little treasures from around your home. Ruthi has added additional roses with German china, a hat box and a beautiful picture. "I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck", says Emma Goldman. And so would I. Happy treasure hunting! p.s we were so busy getting ready for our fifth anniversary and painting fans that we didn't have a chance to do a July mantel. Sorry friends!

Fondly! Martha & Roberta