I left only my great-grandmother’s watercolor painting hanging on the wall; all the other elements I pulled from cupboards and closets throughout the house. The two large glass apothecary jars on each end are fairly new. I especially like the bubble glass jar below, sitting on an old Bible and Homer’s Illiad. Behind it, I have a thrifted white mirror. I would prefer having a black piece here instead of white, but I don’t have anything else in black.
In the center are silhouettes of my children cut in the Kristkindlmarkt in Munich in 2001. I was fascinated watching the artist cut them in just a few moments, using only his eyes and scissors. Also from Europe are the lace-edge linen napkins from Bruge, Belgium, draped over the mantel edge. The little Eiffel tower tealight holders are not from France; they are from Target. The pierced white plate from Williamsburg is one of my favorites in my plate collection.
I usually struggle to build successful table and mantel arrangements, but I’m quite happy with this one, and I think I can live with it for a while.