Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mantles: Style it Up




I love a fireplace mantel! Whether the fireplace is functional or just for decorative effect, a mantle provides a wonderful focal point for the room and is the perfect place for a vignette of art or favorite objects and is a great way show off your personal style.

I have sadly not yet lived in a home with a mantle of my own {and certainly a mantle is a bit unusual here in steamy Singpore} but it is definitely on my wish list! Today, I think I would fill mine with potted orchids, small pieces we've pick up on our travels and maybe some glass vases or bottles. . . oh, and a small oil painting or print - but next week I might style it all over again. 

That's the best part - you can rotate your mantle's decorative touches as often as you want!







I love the mantle framed by olive green walls with the mod lamp and small black and white painting. Which is your favorite? 
How would you style yours at home? 

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14 comments:

Amanda said...

Ooh, these are all great but I really love the last one. Perfect mix of colors + styles for me. We have a very unusal situation in that we don't have a mantle but a hearth that is suspended like a shelf below our fireplace. Since it is precisely at dog tail swatting level, it sits undecorated. Sadness.

Jessie said...

I love the 4th one! It's simple and beautiful!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

NatalieCottrell said...

I am loving the third room pictured! I would never dream of pairing those pieces and colors together, but that sitting area is so lovely and clean. That's the greatest thing about looking to others for design inspiration: it forces you to think outside of your comfort zone and embrace the unexpectedly gorgeous.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

There's not much I love more than a beautifully styled fireplace. The first fireplace itself is BEYOND gorgeous...love all of these!

brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

The 4th one is the most like my style- I like how it's simple and balanced, but still makes a statement. I'm so happy to finally live in a house with a mantle! I just wish I could give it a complete makeover so that it would reflect my style. Unfortunately we're renting so I have to live with it the way it is. Still, it's fun to have!

Anya adores said...

Wish I had a mantle - seeing no one in Denmark has a fireplace - hardly no mantels around - used to love my London ones.
Here I adore the 2nd.
Happy thursday Allison,
Axx

{Michelle} Make Life Pretty said...

I like the decor on the 4th one, but I love the fireplace itself in the 3rd picture.

Anna (A Newfound Treasure) said...

I love that white one with the black and white prints. So clean! Love this post... inspiring photos. Makes me what to go redecorate mine!

Anna
http://www.anewfoundtreasure.com

henzy said...

The fourth is my favorite

Marcus Design said...

Gorgeous inspiration you have compiled here!! I love every single image, going to have to save a couple to my inspiration files for sure!! Hugs,
Nancy xo

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Oh if only I had a mantle to play with . . . I don't have one in the house I rent, but I'm seriously considering getting one of those little portable gas fireplaces just so I can build a mantle around it in my basement rec room. I don't know how I'd style it, other than the fact that I would use it as my canvas for experimenting with decorating for every possible occasion and season :)

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I love the last one too - I think because of all the contrasts. We have a fireplace in our house here, but no mantel and I really miss it! The next house...:)

Julie Khuu said...

With an antique Venetian Mirror on top and tons of blinged out baubles I've thrifted since childhood...the mantle seems to be such a statement piece...why go small right?? :D

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Party Resources said...

I have lime green foo dogs and candles on mine!

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