Classic Style Using Authentic Treasures

It's all about living an AUTHENTIC life, being true to who we are and finding beauty and inspiration in our daily surroundings. Decorating our homes with found items and antique and vintage treasures, we create a personal ~ classic style ~ that defines who we are!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Footsteps

I decided to do something
a little different with my mantel
this Halloween ~

The vanity mirror is old and the silver wearing off, 
(which I love), 
so I thought it would be the perfect backdrop 
for a Halloween theme.

The large, white architectural piece 
is from a very old building in my local community.

With the exception of a few items ~ 
like the glass ornaments, 
everything is vintage.

When I pulled out the glass beaded garland,
I thought the orange tones looked so much like copper, 
I decided to incorporate some of
my collection of bronzed baby shoes.

I added a few skeleton keys 
with black and white check ribbon
 to finish off the ends of the garland.

During one of my picking trips, 
I came across two small wooden staircases.  
They are too big for a traditional doll house, 
not sure what they were used for....but I thought, 
hmm, one day they will come in handy.
I added a couple of vintage clocks for extra interest, 
thinking it looked a little like a loose steam punk theme.



The metal urns came from Target 10 years ago!  
I took two old black wrought iron topiary forms, 
and placed them in the urns to resemble witches hats.  

Then I wrapped a black feather trim 
around the topiary base and tucked in one end.
Do you see what I see?  It's a black cat's tail!


This is the sort of mantel that grows on you!  
You have to walk up to it, study it, 
and then you see the vision!  

I love all the little baby shoes 
perched on their steps...
sort of like little ghost shoes from the past.

Quirky?  Indeed!

I wouldn't have it any other way!

Live Your Authentic Life ~ Be The Real You!


Sister Patty said...

Martha, how wonderfully creative you are! I love what you did with the mantle. And I love that with a few colors removed and a few added, you can change it up for another holiday!

You are sooo talented!

Martha at Authentica said...

Thank you sweet friend! Your support always touches my heart!

Shannon Fox said...

I adore the garland you added. It's wonderful. I need one now!!

Martha at Authentica said...

Thank you Shannon! I always love your posts and ideas! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Means a lot! :) Hugs!

JoAnna of re-U creating new spaces said...

Hi Martha! Wow what a cool design. I love it. Very unique and eye catching! Thanks for sharing it.

Martha at Authentica said...

Jo-Anna thank you so much. Want to try to start using more of my vintage was fun pulling stuff out and seeing what I could come up with! Thanks so much for taking the time comment! :)

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