Man­tel Magic

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A unique fire­place is the per­fect can­vas for show­cas­ing var­ied col­lec­tions. Fol­low Rosie’s hints on how to present col­lec­tions to their best ef­fect.

Strive for sym­me­try. To cre­ate a bal­anced man­tel vi­gnette, like this one in the fam­ily room, be­gin with a cen­tral piece from which all else will flow. Rosie started with a weather-vane horse, plac­ing a minia­ture house be­low it.

Be like-minded. Place items of sim­i­lar size and shape on ei­ther side of the dis­play. Here, a ver­ti­cal checker­board on the left pairs well with the large, col­or­ful dye tin at right. Meet in the middle. Work to­ward the cen­ter to cre­ate a pleas­ing ar­range­ment. Rosie brought in items in­clud­ing hogscraper can­dle­sticks filled with bat­tery-op­er­ated can­dles and smaller horses.

Cover your bases. In­cor­po­rate items be­tween the man­tel and hearth that will draw the eye up­ward. On the hearth be­low, stacks of mul­ti­col­ored firkins are matched by a large hand­made house by the late crafts­man Dean John­son.

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