This element in our home is one of my favorites. I LOVE having a mantel to decorate at Christmastime. The fireplace and mantel in our home originally had veneer wood paneling covering it and two exhaust vents coming out (to heat the room). I didn’t snap a photo quick enough of the fireplace pre-construction. My husband was anxious to rip off that paneling and start to reframe it. This gives you a pretty good idea though:
My husband loves to do fine finish wood work. He loves the details and I love what he comes up with. Initially though, he DID want to cover the brick with travertine stone or tile and I was insistent that the brick stay. I love how it looks and I’m so glad we left the brick. It brings a warm element into the room.
When decorating the mantle, I choose little items that have meaning to our family and things that are special to us. Among the items: a photo of me and my husband when I was 8.5 months pregnant, a photo of my husband and our son the day he was born, a beautiful Willow Tree figurine depicting a mother, father and child, a framed Bible verse, a frame with important dates in it and a small wall art piece with lyrics from one of my favorite hymns. If you are looking for free printables with inspirational quotes, Bible verses or some sort of art, Pinterest is a wonderful thing!
When arranging items on the mantle, I am mindful of spacing. I bring some items forward and position others back. I try to make the sides somewhat symmetrical and not have all taller items grouped together. Happy arranging!
Until next week…