1 Mantel, 6 Ways: The Halloween Edition
What happens when an interior designer (Dee Bynum) and a visual merchandiser (Larry Wilkes) who both consider Halloween their favorite holiday get together? They generate six spooky yet sophisticated ideas for designing your mantel for the holiday. It may go without saying that all of these items are for sale at D. Luxe Home, located at Marathon Village.
Mantel No. 1 demonstrates the importance of having items of different heights in a display. An old window, an eerie canvas, corbels that act as bookends, three of our Mixture candles, and a vase shaped like a head, into which we put (what else?) spindles, complete this vignette.
Mantel No. 2 gives a subtle nod to the Halloween holiday with its somber portraits, pair of gilded antlers and crusty balusters, old books with yellowed pages (spines faced toward the wall) and crystal candlesticks that surely came straight out of a haunted mansion.
Mantel No. 3 has graveyard written all over it with rustic crosses (one of them toppled over), a skull, antique portrait, candlesticks, and some translucent orbs--all sandwiched between a pair of nautilus-like corbels.
Mantel No. 4, with its mercury glass pumpkins, winks at Halloween, while its autumnal colors allow it to work throughout the season. Meanwhile, the balusters stacked in opposite directions and the wooden box on its side are a reminder to play around with unexpected orientations.
Mantel No. 5 puts our metal palmistry hand at center stage. Some of our witchy. amber apothecary bottles, feathers, and a doll head (or two) under a glass cloche complete this display and add elements of surprise.
Mantel No. 6 revisits this great antique window and teams up with a trio of clockfaces, a trio of candlesticks, a tray of frosty old bottles and a cloche under which a bunch of eyeballs is clustered.
Leave us a comment to let us know if you like the post and think we should do a Christmas edition?
Want more ideas for styling your home? See our post on how to create a beautiful and interesting tabletop here.
5 Ways to Repurpose a Baluster
1. Make furniture. Obviously, this idea requires some level of handiness on your part--or some level of willingness to call in a favor to a handy friend--but we love many of the furniture pieces we've seen that make use of balusters. Below you'll see a rusty animal trough elevated by old balusters, and a console table and a coffee table, both given character by balusters.
Our store is chock full of old crusty balusters, also known as stair spindles. We've styled most of ours to be candle holders, but we sometimes get questions from customers about other ways to re-use them, too. In this post, you'll find some of our favorite ideas for giving new life to an old baluster.
2. Decorate for Christmas. 'Tis the season, and we found several wonderful ideas for working balusters into your rustic holiday decor: ornaments, a baluster tree, and a baluster wreath.
3. Let there be light. Ah, this has to be our favorite use for a chunky baluster: repurposing it into a lamp--or a pair of lamps. One crafty blogger even made a chandelier from one of her fat balusters.
4. Art. Another idea: Do nothing with that old baluster you bought and love, except display it like art and love it for what it is. In the store we have several balusters and finials mounted on stands, proving that fabulous architectural details can stand alone.
5. Baluster bird house. Get cheeky with your spindles and turn them into something whimsical and wonderful--like an old birdhouse. We've also seen them reused as a towel bar in a bathroom and as a jewelry holder. Let your creativity run wild, and be sure to share your ideas with us. We need more ideas to share with our customers!
Also see our post on 5 Ways to Repurpose a Corbel.
Banish the winter blues with these golden hues and glittery accessories. Here are 5 of our go-to tricks for insta-glam.
1) Louis XVI-style chairs: Louis XVI chairs--of which there are many, many variations--really class up the joint, adding a historical vibe to even the most contemporary spaces. Use them around a formal dining table, and you've got boatloads of sophistication; pull them up to a farm table and you've got an eclectic vibe. The style dates back to the late 1770s, when Louis XVI ruled; although, let's face it, Louis' wife Marie Antoinette was far more interesting. For a primer on the history of French chairs and a rundown on the differences between all the Louis chairs, look here. We're pretty crazy about old world inspired chairs at D. Luxe Home and always have a few tucked around the shop. Check out our "Kensington Armchair" for a good example of one of these chairs. I also love the Louis Ghost Chairs made of lucite. In fact, lucite almost made it onto this list as a category all its own.
2) Metallic wallpaper: I don't get to put wallpaper in the homes I do at Bynum Design because they're mostly spec homes, but I want to. Oh, I want to bad. I'm looking for the perfect wallpaper with concentric circles; in the meantime, I love Hygge & West's "Petal Pusher" line of wallpapers, designed in collaboration with blogger Joy Deangdeelert Cho. Besides traditional wallpaper rolls, it's also available in removable "wallpaper tiles" that are great for small spaces and the backs of bookshelves.
3) Chandeliers: We've rhapsodized about lighting fixtures on this blog already, but we really can't say enough about the statement-making power of a big, beautiful chandelier. If it's glamour you're after, go for a fixture dripping in crystals. We keep lots of chandys on hand at D. Luxe--both for visitors to the shop and for Bynum Design clients whose new homes need the perfect finishing touches.
4) Crystal candlesticks: Classic, classic, classic. Dress up your tabletop with a pair of surprisingly sexy candlesticks that even your grandma would approve of.
5) Gold finishes: Gold is tricky and can go terribly wrong. But thanks to the trend toward gold and brass, there's now a wellspring of gilded furniture, fixtures, and accessories that hit all the right marks. One of my favorite applications for gold is to gold leaf a small wall in a foyer or on a ceiling. Lamps and side tables with golden hairpin legs can also go a long way to dial up the glam.
What's the most glamorous thing in your home?
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