the Spring mantel

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It's Spring, and I'm thinking green...  green with a hint of turquoise!

The living room mantel is the only one of our five that I change seasonally.  I thought these vintage and antique Chinese ginger jars (they were literally used to import ginger) just said "Hello Spring!"  This is only a few pieces in a larger collection, but they make me happy each time I go into or pass by the living room. 

Several of the ginger jars still have their original clay tops, and one even has its original wicker wrapping.

The ginger jars share the mantel with a vintage copper tray from India, my twenty-year-old ivy topiary, a pair of antique mercury glass candlesticks, an 1857 leather book, ...

an iron bird, a piece of dried root from the property, and an antique French gilt mirror.


With so much going on on the mantel I placed a simple black antique tole tray, leaving it unadorned, on the coffee table.

Today was a bit chilly, so I started a fire for you (margaritas, fires.... ohhh, the things I do for you.  
I must like you! :)