When contemplating which pieces to use, I use 3 as my magic number. One architectural piece and two blue pieces usually do the trick.
The white gingerbread piece was previously a music stand on an old piano. The books were covered in blue and white contrasting wrapping paper.
The ceramic planter actually has 2 parts. The bottom piece holds water overflow. The funny thing about this base is that they are not a matching set. However, only a very observant eye would notice that.
One last addition of three cobalt blue nesting balls completed the look.
Our public library has a 25 cent used book sale every year. My youngest loves to find old books with me to use and also to read. Sat. was a lucky day. I found these three books and added them to the mantle. Aren't these beautiful books for just $.75?
Instead of remaining with just white and blue, I added a window box that was planted in May.
The base is made up of a vintage sewing machine base.
All of the blue and white china pieces work throughout the year. Wait to see how great they look with the burnt orange colors of autumn.