Experiment in Asymmetry II

November 19, 2012 | My Jottings

A while back I hung a group of our old transferware plates above our dining room mantel, in a swirly, asymmetrical pattern. But then I wondered what to put on the mantel once they were hung, because some odd-looking blank spaces were left.

I finally decided to have the wonderful square family photo that Sharon took and my family gave me for my birthday a year ago framed in black. And I chose three pewter candle stick holders to put on either side of the picture, and a jaunty little cardinal from my collection.

My first experiment in asymmetry was on a console table we have in our living room, and can be seen here.

Here’s my second experiment in asymmetry:

You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Because our kitchen is just to the right of this fireplace and has black granite counters, I’m trying to use black here and there to tie it all together.

I really have no idea what I’m doing, and figure I should hire Sarah Richardson to come in and give me a hand, but there’s only one thing about that idea — I have turned into a que sera, sera kind of decorator since moving to this new house, and that’s the end of that.  🙂


  1. Kay in UK says:

    I am amazed as to how perfectly you have positioned those plates on your wall – they look so very stylish.
    Now, I am just not original when it comes to decorating. I get all my ideas from magazines. I just know I like something when I see it. My only little quibble with your second experiment is that maybe the candles on the left of the picture are a little too high? Please don’t take my word for it, but if you agree, then you could easily sort the candles out by using them for a romantic supper with your beloved. 🙂

  2. Just Julie says:

    I think you’re right about the candles, Kay, and thought that burning them a little more would help! And I usually get my ideas from magazines too, but this one was just a fluke. And probably wouldn’t be found in any decent magazine. 🙂 xxoo

  3. Helen in Switzerland says:

    It looks really good Julie!

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thanks so much, Helen! xxoo

  5. Ganeida says:

    I love the plates & the candles look fine to my eye. The picture jars ~ being heavy & square with all those lovely flowing lines. Perhaps a round bowl of flowers…?

  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for your thoughts, Ganeida! You’re right about the picture sort of jumping out – I see that too. Since I have a florist in the household, I’ll have to see about a flower arrangement, and play around with how that looks. I hope to talk to you soon….

  7. Ganeida says:

    I just had a thunk! Perhaps a more Japanesy arrangement, simple, yet following the flow of the plate lines? I have no idea really. Totally random thoughts here.

  8. Just Julie says:

    Thank you again, Ganeida! Maybe it’s time for you to come visit, and we can get to know each other while you help me do some house stuff. I would welcome that! You would probably hate it. 🙂 xxoo

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