Fireplace and Mantel

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:

Fireplace and Mantel

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.

Fireplace and Mantel

Fireplace and Mantel

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!

Fireplace and Mantel

 

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…

Stephanie Signature

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

Neutral Skirt.

// Coat: DKNY (similar here) // Skirt: Anthropologie // Purse: Tory Burch // Boots: Union Bay (similar here) // Shirt: Banana Republic // Scarf: Everly & Ace (similar here) // Leggings: Target // Watch: Kenneth Cole //

 Do you ever have one of those days where you’ve been shopping for hours and haven’t found a single item to buy? Not because you didn’t want to but because nothing fit right, looked right or was way to expensive? Well the day I bought this skirt, that was the day I was having. I was striking out completely. I was frustrated and ready to head home when I just happened to walk by Anthropologie’s window display. I saw this skirt and had to go in to try it on. I fell in love with it and didn’t want to take it off. It is the perfect neutral skirt. It isn’t too short, it has flattering pleats and the color combination is perfect.

 I purchased the skirt, obviously and now consider it one of my favorite skirts. I have been wearing it with leggings because it has been absolutely freezing here. Okay in reality it’s no where near as cold as other places but for me, it is really cold. Speaking of cold, I paired this skirt with my favorite black coat. I bought this DKNY coat seven years ago. I bought it for a trip I was taking to the east coast. I remember buying it like it was yesterday. My mom was irritated I had waited till two days before my trip to buy a coat. I had no idea it would remain a staple coat in my closet for seven years. It’s perfect for almost every outfit.

What does your favorite coat look like? Hope you all have a great day today!

God Bless!

Michelle Signature

Black Michael Kors Bag

Black Michael Kors

Black Michael Kors Bag

Black Michael Kors Bag

Black Michael Kors Bag

Black Michael Kors Bag

Black Michael Kors Bag

Black Michael Kors Bag

 

// Jacket: Elle via Kohls (similar here) // Leggings: Express (here) // Shoes: Clarks (here) // Purse: Michael Kors (here) // Watch: Kenneth Cole (here) // Shirt: Target (here) // Necklace: J. Crew (similar here) //

 For anyone who has followed this blog from its birth, you will probably recognize my jacket. I wore this jacket in my first or second blog post ever! I can’t believe it is still in style but am thrilled that it is. I found this jacket a couple years ago at Kohls and love all the different ways in can be worn. The first time I wore it, I paired it with some skinny jeans and a pair of adorable heels. You can take a look back at that post here. I loved that look just like I love today’s look. I bought these lace leggings a couple of months ago and would be lying if I said I didn’t wear them all the time. I am a huge fan of leggings and wearing them multiple ways. I was really surprised at how comfortable these are too! I figured they were the perfect addition to this outfit and this coat.

I borrowed my moms Michael Kors bag that I bought her for Christmas. It is so stunning and I love the black signature style. It seriously goes with everything! It is always fun to get to share clothes and accessories with my mom. She has such good taste! I added in these super comfortable heels. After having knee surgery, comfort is my first priority. I am so thankful that Clarks makes some pretty cute heels that are very comfortable. I don’t mess around anymore, no more knee reconstructions for me. I had a blast shooting this post at my old college. I spent two years there and do you think I had time to take in all the beautiful sights? No! I am now making it my mission to shoot some photos around there so I can really appreciate the school I attended!

Hope you all have a wonderful day! God bless!

Michelle Signature