Whilst exploring Charleston and Monk’s House last week, I was struck by the lovely arrangements on every mantelpiece. They had become a work of art in themselves; not only were they gaily painted with a range of abstract designs, but on top of each was a carefully curated display of objets trouvees. From handmade ceramics to holiday snaps, little figurines to teacups, every object had a place in a larger scheme that made the mantelpiece a focal point of the room and a distilled expression of the owners’ personalities. Miranda and I kept saying how similar Charleston was to Mark Hearld and Emily Sutton’s house in York, and on reflection, I remember seeing very interesting mantelpiece decorations in their home, too. It’s certainly inspired me to think about using mine for more than just a vase of flowers! – Rachel