HOW TO STYLE A GENDER-NEUTRAL MANTLE: PART 2

 

gender-neutral mantle

I guess by now it’s safe to say that I am very into gender-neutral everything.  For me it is as simple as I live with a man and want our home to look like us, and not me.  Meaning, I want our home to look like both a man and a woman live there.  This is something that most people really don’t think about when decorating their spaces.  Let’s face itwhen you live with a man, it’s the woman who mostly does the shopping and decorating, and this is where girly everything starts.

gender-neutral mantle

Styling a gender-neutral vignette has its own set of challenges.  It’s a balancing act between choosing the right feminine and masculine details in order to style an androgynous vignette.  As a stylist and decorator, this is my approach whenever I encounter a client who lives with someone from the opposite sex.  In this particular vignette, I decided to use art from my favorite local Nashville artist, Lauren Ross.  (We’ve actually collaborated with her on quite a few posts.  Check them out here, here and here.)  Lauren is inspired by public figuresmusicians, singers, actors, fashion designers, etc.  This painting of David Bowie was one I knew would work perfectly for this project.

gender-neutral mantle

I began styling this vignette with the painting first.  I love how the painting itself is both masculine and feminine, and the colors could also go both ways.  Because the painting alone does not accentuate height, I knew I had to add another element to help with that.

gender-neutral mantle

Piling books is an easy way to create height when you don’t have anything else.  In this case, I topped it off with dried eucalyptus, which add a bit of color too.  To keep playing with different heights, I also added two antique brass candlesticks with black taper candles.  The candlesticks tie in the brass in the fireplace and the black candles create contrast against the background.

gender-neutral mantle

To add a touch of femininity, I added a single rose, which also gives it a subtle pop of color.  The vintage brass cowboy boot makes for an excellent vase that also adds a touch of quirk.

gender-neutral mantle

gender-neutral mantle

The final touch was the antique brass trumpet.  I wanted to add a musical element to go with Mr. Bowie and this also helps ground the vignette.  I have to admit that I almost kept this painting for myself because I couldn’t get over how well Lauren replicated the “Aladdin Sane” album art.  This painting is perfection and it’s the perfect piece for a gender-neutral vignette.

xo,
Carla

 

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