fireplace– an open recess in a wall of a room for holding a fire at the base of chimney; a hearth
The fireplace mantel I’m using for this series is part of an 1800’s addition to a colonial era house. It was boarded up when the house converted to coal, as indicated by the floor grate, and later to baseboard heating. Luckily all the original millwork has been preserved. The fireplace & woodwork are painted bright white with walls in a contrasting apple green. Now let’s decorate the mantel!
Idea #1- Coming Up Roses
1. You don’t need to wallpaper an entire room when a small piece will do. I tacked my floral sample to the wall just a few inches below the ceiling line. Notice also how the wallpaper is the tallest point in an imaginary triangle…this is a helpful guideline for working on a display.
2. A 1940’s portrait I picked up at a barn sale for $3.00.
3. Reading glasses
4. Vintage alarm clock
5. Old handwritten postcard
7. Bird’s nest
8. Fresh roses set in a green drinking glass from Anthropologie
9. Framed photograph depicting a family on the steps of their home c. 1900
10. Sea stone
And the wooden chair with a needlepoint rose seat is a family heirloom.
Here’s a peek at next week’s mantel!
(Styling & Photos- Martha B.)