Marbled Paper Art and Mantel Indecision

3.24.2014

marbled paperCan paper have a gender? I'm pretty sure if any paper could, this hand-marbled paper does. She's the new hot girl of my mantel. Forgive me, I am slightly obsessed with her. Like any attractive female, she lights up the room with her presence and demands your attention immediately. Oh, and she only wears gold. As if there was any other option.


I first saw the idea to frame marbled paper via The Little Green Notebook that was originally posted here. This specialty paper is perfect to serve as framed art. I purchased mine from Paper Mojo. When I visited their site for the first time, it was definitely an "Ohmigaaaaah" moment. They have dozens of equally gorgeous options in several colors; it was hard to choose. The paper only cost $6, but shipping bumped my total to $20. Still, this is an amazing price for a piece of artwork this size.marbled paper art

Help Me: Mantel Indecision

My mantel was in for a major overhaul. I knew that the marbled paper would serve as the large center piece, and I wanted to layer a couple framed prints on either side. The good folks at Minted helped me out with print options. I perused all their fine art prints and photographs and came up with four pieces that I think would work well on my mantel.

I'm trying to pick between two looks that I love equally for different reasons. I'm hoping some of you would help me decide the final art work...

I decided to go with white frames, but were several framing options to choose from at Minted. They come with a wire attached and ready to hang
OPTION 1
(Staredown & Flight of the Ocean)
These black and white photographs represent some sentimental things from my upbringing. Born and raised in Texas, the longhorn will always be a sacred animal. We lived less than an hour from the beach growing up (so what if was the muddy Gulf?). We spent countless Saturdays at the beach, and some of my best memories involved sand in my feet and seagulls overhead. They both have personal significance and in a tiny way help to "tell my story".

OPTION 2
(California Dreams & Organic Pebbles)
These pieces are fun and add a lot more color to the mantel. I also like that this combo mixes one photograph and a simple geometric print. Each of the three pieces brings something unique to the mantel, but all seem to subtly imply movement. I feel like these pieces bring in a little playfulness to our formal living room.

I love BOTH looks. Truly. I've switched it up so many times and can't decide. Should I go with the first choice of black and white nostalgic photographs or the second set up with pops of color with a modern vibe? So many suitors for the "hot girl" paper, but only two can stay. She deserves the best...

What's your pick? Option 1 or Option 2? 

43 comments:

  1. I love them both, but I'd go with option 2 :)
    Debbie

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  2. Hi Heather! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'll be sure to follow you along now! That marble paper is so good, I love the frame you chose too! Personally I like the first option. It feels more contrasted and unexpected. I always prefer a bit of contrast in my designs! Can't go wrong with either option though!

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    1. That's a good point, Tiffany. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Tough decision, but I'm a sucker for orange and pink together so I'd go with option 2. And I love the Ferris wheel print.

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    1. It feels like a mid-century color combo, huh?

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    2. For sure. Especially with that lovely geometric print you have.

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  4. Can I switch it up and make your decision even harder?? I like Flight of the Ocean and Organic Pebbles! No matter what you have to have the Pebbles print!

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    1. Hah! I guess technically there are a few more possible ways to use the four pieces. Pebbles, check:)

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  5. they are both great but i prefer option one which allows the marble paper to stand out as the color.... and i just love the images in the b/w art. :)

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  6. Oh that is some gorgeous stuff. I like option 2...so much so that I may need to order those prints right now!

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  7. Love the marbled paper art. I also like option one - it let's the marble paper stand out. In the second option my eye is drawn to the smaller pieces first which are really lovely too. Either option would be great though. :)

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    1. I think that's a recurring theme in the opinions, Anu. Thanks for stopping by:)

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  8. Agree with option 1 votes above, this look allows all the pieces to be an individual, but still cohesive.

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    1. Yep, it seems we have a "winner". Thanks for weighing in.

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  9. Huh. I'll go against the flow: option 1 looks kind of random to me. Option 2 keeps the pieces related, without matching. I like the way the different rounded lines and the different ways of using similar colors play off of each other. (I don't like the white frames with the gilt one, though.)

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    1. Yep, the round factor is something to consider. I thought about doing all white frames, but I wanted it to feel a little mismatched or "collected".

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  10. They both look great, but I'm leaning towards option 2! (Seems that I'm part of the minority group here though... ;) They really do both look great. Will you keep the undisplayed options in option 2, maybe find another place for them somewhere else in your house?

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    1. I think I can use at least one of the unused pics in my bookshelf...maybe leaned up behind some nic naks?

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  11. I love the horns photo so this was a tough decision but I have to go with option 2. I love how the orange & pinks in the two prints bring out the colors of the marble. Of course in my own house I have a tendency to swap artwork around weekly.

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    1. Thanks Megan!! Your paper is the start of the show!!

      I also love to change out artwork...MIght have to just keep them in a closet handy to do that.

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  12. They both look awesome! (And I love the marbled paper too!) I think my favorite is staredown and flight of the ocean. Something about those horns I just love paired with the marble paper!

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  13. Where did you get the frame? I love it!

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    1. I actually picked it up at a flea market a few years ago. I like it so much because it gilt, but very thin. MOst are much thicker (AKA gaudy).

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  14. I am obsessed with marbled paper too. I covered a box in a similar pattern as yours and I love it. I have thought about trying to make my own. Put it number 100 on my DIY to do list! I love both options, but I would go with number 1. I think it provides more contrast.
    xo
    jennifer@decoratingdelirium.com

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    1. Oooh, making a box would be fun. I need to check yours out. I wonder how hard it would be to make marbled paper? You try it and then I'll copy!

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  15. Oh my goodness I love this so much. I am 100% getting some marbled paper now. Just gorgeous. It is a tough choice, but I think I like the colorful option better. If you have a second and wanted to link up at The Makers link party over on my blog, it would make me so happy. :)

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  16. Such a beautiful collection of art! I like grouping #2. The colours work so well together.

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  17. both so pretty, but i love option 2 for this time of year..so bright and happy!

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    1. Maybe I could leave the colors up for spring and switch them our for fall:/

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  18. this is gorgeous.

    http://thewearwithal.typepad.com/

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  19. While both mantel designs are lovely, Option 2 pulls you in.

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  20. so lovely, Heather! i framed this paper too. i love the colors.

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  21. I came across your blog from another one -- Censational Girl -- and I love the marbled paper art. I have two thrifted gold frames that would work perfectly. They sell several versions at Blick Art, and I'm planning on swinging by to pick some up tonight! Thank you for sharing the great idea!

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  22. So, I don't know if you saw this, but The Zoe Report (as in Rachel Zoe's blog) just pinned your pic on Pinterest! I was scrolling through and recognized it from your blog and sure enough! Congrats on all of your success! I am so proud of you!

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