The mantelpiece is an ever changing composition. Change one thing and everything changes. When the picture is taken that moment is held.

Life is stilled. A still life.


This is a shop window for the ok corral.


We created the ok corral because there are so many lovely things but we didn't want to keep all the lovely things - just some of them.

Mantelpiece September 2017

By Joy Jolliffe, Sep 4 2017 03:02PM

Without really planning it, I seem to have instinctively chosen warm autumny colours for this month's shop window. We're so lucky to still have distinctive seasons. There's always something to look forward to.

The two trays on the far left of the mantelpiece are very recent finds. We've wiped their faces and they both look very presentable. I love the deep dark orange colour. Warm and cheerful but not too full on. This contrasts with a black back and the two colours are linked by a fine gold line border. Strong simple design that's easy to live with.

There are two gold tones on the black tray. It's beautifully decorated with fine grasses and seed heads. The delicate illustration and the subtle colour changes, create an animated display.

The Tawny Owl picture is another gem from Cash's. Finely woven and intricately detailed design work, a seasonal woodland scene. The owl is perched on an ivy clad tree stump below oak leaves and acorns. The colours are a complex mix of browns, creams and greens, and this creates a textured feel to the feathers and plant detail. It's lovely.

We were so pleased to uncover two more of these beautiful old sieves. They have aged so gently. The curved wood sides have mellowed to a mix of soft browns. The staples and nails, their rust colour leaching into the wood, still hold firm. The fine metal mesh is darker now with age. Still perfectly serviceable for the garden or bring these warm earthy colours into the kitchen for winter.

More gold, this time on the Hoopla board. It's such a nice one. Properly old with its own history. The mismatched hooks telling the story of previous owners' repairs. Warm dark wood again with nicely painted gold numbers for scoring. The rings were our contribution. The originals have probably perished or have been lost, so we added two preserve jar seals. The right colour, the right size, game on!

The stunning old book of shells has already sold. It was snapped up only moments after we put it on the website. It's a total gem with fine illustrations, and a miraculously well preserved hardback cover. Another happy customer with an absolute treasure.

We're always on the look out for comports. China or glass, flat or elevated, we love them all. They're very useful for both everyday and special occasions. The comport in the shop window this time is one for special occasions. It's pretty and a little frivolous with a tall column and a flutey, wavy rim. It's perfect for small treats, piled high and centre stage.

Talking of special occasions, here's another essential. A champagne cooler full of - prosecco! Sorry, it's all we had to hand. I'm sure you can do better!

All these items will appear on the OK Corral website for sale.

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