Upon the Mantel Shelf


Earlier this summer I set out a new spread of decorations on the mantel. I like to mix it up every now and then, to keep it fresh – for myself, if no one else.

The clock (a repro) was my grandmothers, the tea light cups were a gift for mothers at my church last Mother’s Day, and the twine-wrapped bottle was from Mr. Pear Tree on our first anniversary (it contained a map to adventure). And the pewter lady was once my great Aunt Rex’s. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a decorative ash tray or what, but it definitely adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the mix.

Anyway, I never really liked the finished product, and I don’t know why. Perhaps it was a bit too mish-mash? Or too contrived? At any rate, it was just the littlest bit awkward and I couldn’t put my finger on why. Until this morning.

Mr. Pear Tree had inadvertently placed a painting he needed to post, behind the tea light cups. And it was perfect. A happy accident. Unfortunately, it was destined to go out, and so its time there was short lived.

So I took it upon myself to (ahem) sort through some of his completed 100 for 100 paintings that haven’t sold yet, and help myself to one that would look almost as good.

What do you think?

It’s called Remembered Ruins, and is a detail from Tintern Abbey, in Wales.

I’m so excited about how a little 10×10 piece of artwork can tie a mantel scene together like that!

Of course, it’s still for sale (click here to purchase), so I mustn’t get attached to it.

I hope whoever buys it has just the right place waiting, too – maybe even a place they didn’t realize needed a little work of art.

–  Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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