I think I may have mentioned before that I
like love mantles.
Remember how I raved about the mantle in our last house? And talked about how I decorated it for the holidays? And for fall? Geez. I really was over the moon about that fireplace. Truly. I. LOVED. it.
Fireplaces are one of those things for me that are non-negotiable in a house. They give warmth to a room (literally and figuratively). And my favorite part, they give you a fabulous place to decorate: the mantle.
So here is what our mantle looked like when we moved in. Sad. Lonely. Needed a friend or two. And a coat of paint. Enter me, mantle enthusiast.
We painted the living room, including the brick fireplace wall, and I painted the window trim and mantle bright white.
Prettier, but still lonely. I used a few of the same elements from my mantle decor at the old house, including the DIY topiaries (still love them), but also incorporated new things as well.
I had this frame from a garage sale and wanted to make it more usable. So what did I get out? That’s right, my staple gun and chicken wire.
Much like I did in this project, I stapled the chicken wire to the frame. Except, I realized half-way through that I was stapling in a spot where the staples game through to the front. Oops. Enter jute and glue gun. I wrapped two lines of jute along the edge of the frame to cover the staples. Whew.
As far as the rest of the vignette, I like to vary height, color, and depth (meaning how bulky a piece is) of the pieces. I feel like this creates a balanced vignette. For example, the topiaries may be tall, but the thin “trunks” and clean white pots don’t take a lot of visual space. In contrast, the domino monogram frame is a bulky piece with dense, neutral colors. But, these, and the rest of the pieces, serve to complement each other. I like to shop our house when creating vignettes like this– changing things up a bit without spending money.
What do you think of the mantle decor? Do you change yours throughout the year? Do you love mantles like I do?
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