Mantled for Mexico

Usually the mantle over our fireplace is a shambles. It’s where we drop our keys, cards and sometimes even the mail.

Left to right: A tarnished silver toothpick holder in the shape of a fish, a terra-cotta plate with a fish design, a tin vase with dried hydrangeas.

A few weeks ago when we were having a Mexican fiasco fiesta  at The Glade I pulled out anything I could find (that we already owned) shopped our home for things with a South of the Border vibe.

The other side has a wooden box with a bowl on top of it depicting a roadrunner, a small turquoise pitcher and a swirly vase.

The whole thing actually became sort of a “southwest, south of the border, it’s growing in the yard, the colors are right just put it there” design.

Hydrangeas, fresh or dried, are splendid to add volume and a splash of color.

I like the variety of things; they remind of the people who gave them to me.

My Mexican Mantle. Ole!

I’m sure to dismantle this when the building starts. I don’t know when that will be exactly but the plans are ready!!!!

A closer look at the fish duo.

Tried something new?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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