Mantel love...

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In our last house we had one fireplace, but no mantle... now I have not one, but four mantels, and most likely a fifth one when we do the barn room fireplace! Yes, our fireplace cup runneth over! This is our living room fireplace. While I wouldn't usually put so much on a mantle, this all just seemed to work for summer. The beautiful coral fan we found just last weekend on a trip to Maine.

I mentioned the blue and white double happiness jar and the hotel silver piece on an earlier post. The antique Chinese green lidded jar on the right is one of a pair. I bought them from our favorite importer friends Don & Val in Seattle years ago. I convinced Dan (even though he knew better) that they would fit under the airplane seat. They did not! This was back before 9/ll and luckily a nice flight attendant stashed them in a closet for us for the trip home!

The antique french mirror was purchased in Fredericksburg, Texas many years ago. Someone once told us that they didn't think we owned a single mirror that you could actually "see" in!

I love to garden, so the antique herbariums are very dear to me. I purchased these (here) at the Scott show in Atlanta. They were done by Anna E. Andrews in Scotland, South Dakota. The majority were done in 1898, but several are dated 1888. When I purchased these I was given a photo of Anna which was really exciting, since unless your antiques come from relatives, you never really know who owned, or in this case, made, the piece. I had it copied and there is one on the back of each herbairum. As I am only the caretaker of these antiques I want the next person who owns them to also know what Anna looked like.

On them Anna states where she found each specimen- "by the railroad," "by the creek," "in the graveyard"... I especially love the fern which reads "Picked in Marion, Co, Ill. during the summer of 1888 by Mrs. E.A. Scott."

I had them framed using antique wavy glass. I now have a house full of old glass, but in Dallas it was a bit tricky to find!

The antique urn in the third photo is filled with forestwood we would bring home from our trips to Colorado and Wyoming. Yes, each piece was carefully wrapped in tissue by our wonderful movers! I'm sure they thought I was crazy to be moving wood!
The antique chair in the same photo was also a Scott show find. It is covered in antique Flemish tapestry.