The propped mantle-on-the-mirror is a classic—and with good reason. I like this version, especially, with its neutral colors and double mirrors.
If propping art on the mantle is classic, propping in the fireplace is original and fantastic. What a great way to add interest. I like the casual prop, especially, for its contrast to the minimal lines of this space.
A mirror hung ON a propped door—that is forethought and great use of reclaimed materials.
Speaking of vintage materials, I love this use of propped doors as a headboard (though to do this right, a casual prop wouldn't be enough—you'd need to make sure it's sturdy).
Propped artwork is a great addition to vignettes. This painting has much more impact propped next to the gorgeous green of the lamp than it would hanging on most walls.
A riddling rack is a cool way to store wine (and just a cool addition to a space, even if the temperature's not right for actual wine storage). And they always look great propped up.
This fantastic framed map begs to be looked at up close. And since it's propped, no one will have to pull it off the wall.
In her bedroom in the Kips Bay Show House, Charlotte Moss propped one single picture (on the left), while hanging many more, creating a look that's layered and opulent.
In contrast to the feminine, extravagant space above, these simply framed black and white photographs look clean and interesting with layered propping.
And these look positively minimal, but not austere.