The hotter it gets in Georgia, the more I want to summer up and lighten up the living room! It's a naturally dark room except for in the afternoon when the west sun comes in through the windows next to the front door. The red ticking curtains came down along with the dark brown valance panels (the panel pops out of my tobacco stick frame and I can re-cover it easily and pop it back in). Here is the old mantel
And here it is summered up
You can barely see the three obsidian windchimes hanging from the mantel but I'm in the process of making a banner to go behind them so they will show up better. I fell in love with these windchimes at an art show in Atlanta - the creators are from Oregon and all of the chimes are obsidian (which is lava - they look like primitive glass and have a very light and tinkly sound) and all parts of the windchimes are pods, seeds, wood, etc. found in nature. You can see them online at Obsidian Windchimes
White pitchers with papier mache bee and bird, pear candle, clerical collars, and a beautiful framed papercut fern frond
A really cool clay birdhouse, mercury glass, an old French basket containing the last of my vintage homespun ticking (I hoard it and only use it for very special projects), and a blue cloth owl
It feels a little brighter anyway!