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Friday, January 29, 2016

A Romantic Jane Austen Inspired Mantel

After clearing away the excess sparkle of Christmas my mantel sat bare for a few weeks. Soon after my thoughts turned to February and romance.


Many of you know from this past year’s Halloween creation that I adore Jane Austen. She is, in my opinion, one of the most romantic writers in the world.

Jane Austen Regency 083

I recently found an entire set of Jane Austen novels at a second hand bookstore. Their pastel perfection inspired me to create a Valentine mantel.

(You can find this set, and others, HERE.)


Of course we must talk about the star of the show ~ Mr. Darcy.


He is a vintage figurine that was created by the Jabeson company.

Mr. Dar

He also came with a companion. Elizabeth Bennet sadly was looking more like Marie Antoinette. However a bit of glue fixed her right up.


She somewhat reminds me of the Kate Winslet portral of Marianne Dashwood from “Sense and Sensibility”.

So, head intact, I placed her upon that book.

The printable of Jane Austen’s silhouette can be found HERE.It was colorized in Picasa to suit the palette.


I printed out another famous Austen quote and tucked a few candles in here and there.


Some grocery store roses rounded out this romantic vignette.


I’ll be back on Friday with a tutorial for a Jane Austen inspired garland.


Indeed there are touches of romances all over Storybook Cottage that will soon be shared.


“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ~ Jane Austen


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Linda said...

This is so beautiful, Laura. Love the way it looks.
Alas, though - I just don't like Jane Austin's writing - tried through 3 of her books and couldn't get into any of them and I LOVE romance, but I'm more a modern romance girl I think. ;)

Kind regards,

Dawna Motz said...

You are so creative! I love the books you used and the quotes too. Wishing you a wonderful romantic kinda day!

Debbie said...

I love this idea! Going to hunt for Jane Austen books on the shelf to make a vignette. That is unless my daughters' have absconded with them. Perfect for Valentines.

Vel Criste said...

What a perfect ode to one of the best authors ever!

Lisa said...

So perfectly lovely you sweet fellow Austenite! Is the a word? Lol. You are absolutely right. No one is more romantic than Jane.

GSGreatEscaper said...

That picture of Kate W as Marianne brings the sad loss of Col. Brandon/Snape/Alan Rickman to mind - much too young. I think I like Brandon more than Mr D. And wasn't Hugh Laurie terrific in that movie too? And Hugh Grant? Hard to tell which is the better story - S and S or P and P!

Lorrie said...

The books are a lovely find and make a great starting point for your Austen inspired mantel.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very pretty and festive. The female statue really does resemble Marianne from the film! Lucky find on such pretty book bindings too. xoxo Su

Auntie Em said...

Your mantle decor is so sweet and romantic! I love the framed quote and your dainty garlands.
I must go dig though my Valentine stuff to see what to put out. Still have a few Christmas things hanging around that I have missed. D'oh!
Thank you for sharing your lovely decor! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a great find on the books and the mantel is so beautifully done and so romantic.

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Laura what a beautifully done mantel. I love the unique idea of giving your vignette a romantic Jane Austin theme. It is just perfect!
Thanks for linking up to SYS and have a great week!
XO Barbara

Eilis said...

Your garland and the rest of your mantel is lovely. said...

Lovely - Jane Austen is a favorite. You have given her a nice tribute.

Rebecca at said...

What a brilliant idea to create a mantle display around a beloved author. It looks very romantic. And your right, your figurine looks just like Kate Winslet's character.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Very romantic! I always like a "clear" look after Christmas, but like you, after a few weeks I say, "enough." This is the perfect answer to the business of the last holiday!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Lovely, endearing and such a gentle transition into the month of February.

Julia Nyanyo said...

This is so pretty, I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, and had a lovely box set of all her books as a present years ago. Mine are more browns, reds and golds so wouldn't go with your scheme but they are very beautiful in their own way, I always feel kind of elegant reading them!
My favourite line is "I was in the middle before I even knew I had begun" it seems so real.
Henry Tilney gets my vote as best "bloke" Austen wrote though, he just seems like a really lovely guy!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your idea to decorate your mantel inspired by an author is genius!

infuso di riso said...

hi laura,
i really love your blog! it looks so pretty, romantic and poetic !
jane austen is my favourite writers, and i like this post!
very beautiful also the photos
if you like to visit me i will be very happy
from blog

Angela Boone said...

I absolutely love this! Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. You are very creative. I hope you're doing well.

Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Laura, I love, love, love this mantel! You did such a beautiful job pulling together all the perfect elements! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways LINk Party. Hope you'll share more beautiful posts this week!

The Charm of Home said...

How pretty Laura! I love it!

Emily @ Two Purple Couches said...

I absolutely LOVE this mantel you've created! Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors, and Pride & Prejudice is my favorite novel :) And those vintage books are absolutely gorgeous!