MY PAST FEW DAYS HAVE BEEN FULL OF GARLAND AND MANTLES. ALL THIS chRISTMAS DECORATING HAS HAD ME THINKING A LOT ABOUT FIREPLACES. THE FIREPLACE IS SUCH A CENTRAL PART OF THE HOME. IT IS NOT ONLY AN AESTHETIC FOCUS IN OUR MOST IMPORTANT ROOMS BUT ALSO SYMBOLICALLY THE HEARTH REPRESENTS THE HEART OF the HOME. ON A MORE PERSONAL LEVEL, I CAN VOUCH THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING I LOVE MORE THAN CURLING UP NEXT TO THE FIRE AFTER A LONG DAY WITH A cup of tea. SOMETHING ABOUT THE WARMTH OF THE FIRE JUST WARMS NOT ONLY MY FEET AND HANDS BUT MY HEART. y'all KNOW I'M ALL ABOUT COZY. so SINCE WE ALL AGREE THAT THE FIREPLACE IS CENTRAL TO OUR HOMES, WE SHOULDN'T SKIMP WHEN IT COMES TO OUR MANTLES. THE MANTLE SHOULD REFLECT THE CHARACTER OF THE HOME IN WHICH IT IS FOUND. WHILE I WILL ALWAYS REALLY LOVE A CHUNKY, HANDSOME LIMESTONE FIREPLACE, I'VE RECENTLY BEEN DRAWN TO WOOD FIREPLACES IN AN AMERICAN COLONIAL STYLE. i love the architectural molding that can be included on mantles such as these. I ESPECIALLLLLY LIKE THIS LOOK WHEN THE FIREPLACE IS PAINTED IN A CLASSIC WHITE; A PERFECT CANVAS FOR ALL THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT CAN GO ON TOP OF THE MANTLE! THE WHITE WOOD REALLY ACHIEVES THE FRESH, SIMPLE, CRISP LOOK I'M USUALLY AFTER (added bonus- wood cost a lot less than limestone). TKE A LOOK BELOW TO SEE SOME OF MY FAVORITES FROM ACROSS the WEB. and SCROLL ON TO SEE SOME of my IDEAS FOR THE top of your mantle!
what i've learned: keep it simple. make it random (sort of). mix up materials and heights.
WHEN IT COMES TO ARTWORK/MIRRORS, i'm all for a grand mirror and some fancy candlesticks in the right space... but my favorite fireplaces are actually the more casual, simple ones. I LOVE the look of layering artwork (specifically photography!) or maybe you just lean a favorite piece of art against your hanging mirror. this creates depth and interest on the mantle.
i love a pair of SOMETHING. I USUALLY CHOOSE TOPIARIES OF SOME SORT. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, THROW A TOPIARY IN THERE.. INSTANT CHIC. TRY IT! I'M SERIOUS.
THEN HAVE AN "ODD" SOMETHING- MAYBE ITS ONE RANDOM CANDLESTICK YOU LOVE OR AN INTERESTING OBJET (LIKE THE TURTLE SHELL BELOW). THIS ADDS TO THE LAYERING FEEL. IT ALSO JUST ADDS THAT LITTLE INTEREST!
GROUP THINGS- I LOVE GROUPING together A COUPLE THINGS YOU LOVE. LOVE BLUE AND WHITE POTTERY? CHOOSE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITES AND GROUP THEM ON THE MANTLE.
as always, email me with any questions!