Decorating@Nibs- Fireplace Mantels

fireplacean 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

6. Books

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.)

4 thoughts on “Decorating@Nibs- Fireplace Mantels

  1. Great idea putting up old wallpaper! I’ve seen the idea where you frame wall paper or fabric…I like it just like it is here.

    1. Margot- I thought it was more fun to leave the wallpaper unframed. Not sure if you can see it… but on the sides of the paper are directions for matching the seams. :)

    1. Hi Maggie- Glad to hear you like the mantels and thanks for linking back to ‘Nibs.’ My husband and son aren’t as enthusiastic as you are about my return to blogging. Our house has been a mess for weeks as I was taking things off the walls and shelves to photograph at the house with the mantel. They’re both happy now that things are back in place. :)

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