Monday, April 16, 2012

Mantel-ly Challenged

It seems I am mantel-ly challenged. I have struggled with styling my mantels in all the homes we've lived in.

The only mantel that seemed to come naturally was this one in the sunroom: 

Take my mantel in my current living room, for instance. The mirror was far too small and lacked a ne sais quoi. The accessories tried hard, but couldn't make up for the inferior mirror, nor create the drama I wanted; afterall, this is the main focal point in the room, not to mention the first thing you see from the front door.


The new mirror, old accessories.

The old mirror and accessories.
I found a new mirror which I shared with you in this post. I did try a few other mirrors, but ended up returning them and decided to work with this mirror.

I took the advice of the wonderful bloggy friends who left comments after my call for help and this is what I came up with:


I wanted something more dramatic and finished, and I think that's what I got!

I brought in some natural elements with branches, Pussy Willows, antlers and moss balls.

An old encyclopedia set from the 30's helps fill the space below the mirror. I mentioned to my hubby that I was looking for some old books and he pulled these out of storage. In all the time we've been married, I had no idea he had these stored in a box in his shop. Maybe I should check out what other cool stuff he's got out there!

While I was hoping for a larger mirror, the urns with orchids and branches help fill the space. The Pussy Willows add a bit of a spring touch. If I ever want a simpler, cleaner look, I will remove the branches and Pussy Willows.

Finally, a mantel I am happy with!

Linking to my Favorite Parties!


Pamela said...[Reply to comment]

Looks beautiful Andrea!
I have to say i too struggled constantly with decorating my mantel in my house back home. It was a huge deep mantel and everything looked lost not to mention the ceilings were so high! I really think everyone finds this challenging.
I love what you've done and your fireplace is gorgeous. I just love your home!!

Jenny said...[Reply to comment]

I really like the height you get with the branches - that definitely is making a huge difference. Liking it!

Kelly said...[Reply to comment]

I love your changes! The branches in the urn really helped fill that space and balance out the mirror. What a great find from your husbands storage too. I love all the natural elements you used.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...[Reply to comment]

LOVE IT Andrea!! The added height of the branches was a perfect way to balance out each side of the mirror.

renee @ Singing With Birds said...[Reply to comment]

Your mantel is very pretty, a lovely mix of elements and decor.

thistlewoodfarm said...[Reply to comment]


I love your mantel with the branches.....but can we address the fireplace.....INCREDIBLE!!!!


Diane said...[Reply to comment]

Looking much better now my friend. Love the height you gave it with the urns. I think both the mantels are great. Diane

Deserae said...[Reply to comment]

Very the branches.... and the urns too :o)
Have a great week!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...[Reply to comment]

Mantels are so hard. But you have done an outstanding job decorating yours! It turned out beautifully!

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...[Reply to comment]

It look great now. We all struggle with our mantles I think. I love the leaning books and the moss ball and the horns. I agree the branches add nice height too. Wonderful job.

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...[Reply to comment]

Love your fireplace screen too. That thing makes my heart beat faster just looking at it.

Princess Kate said...[Reply to comment]

What a different. I might have to post my mess of a mantel and see if I can't get some help. Great job. You must be very pleased with it.

michele said...[Reply to comment]

gorgeous! just found your lovely blog...come visit anytime:



Sharing Shadymont said...[Reply to comment]

What a fabulous mantel! It looks perfect to me. Love the urns with the plants. Wonderful!