"The biggest challenge for me is trying to edit the items on the mantel," she said. "Sometimes I can go overboard and find too many things I want to stick on it, (and they) don't necessarily go together."
Baumgartner sticks to arranging items in groups of odd numbers, making sure the items share a similar color or shape.
"I think the biggest challenge is knowing how much is enough," she said. "Be sure to include some negative, or empty, space to make it more pleasing to the eye."
Or, you can run with that space, like Holly Browning of Down to Earth Style does. "Nothing is wrong with a very simple mantel, so if you don't think you got it right, keep it sparse," she said. "(It's) a much better choice than adding clutter."
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