A few weeks ago, I posted about the state of my family room mantel, here.
Today, I want to show you the finished mantel installation.
My wonderful carpenter and his crew did a beautiful job installing the hand-carved panels.
Remember the Before?
There is a little touch up work to be done on the mantel’s wood finish,
which will happen after the holidays.
I am very pleased. It really gives some needed ornamentation to the fireplace.
Did you notice Mrs. Claus and Santa flanking the centerpiece?
They are handmade, and have such dear little faces and details.
They stand over two feet high!
I have a few more finishing decorating touches, so I’ll update on those later.
Readers, is anything hanging you up with your decorations, or are you finished?
I would love to see and share your mantel masterpieces!
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My Top Ten Tips for Styling a Fireplace Mantel
Tip #1: Use real art, not a mirror, over the fireplace. This will provide depth and character.
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Tip #2: If you have a collection, pair it with complementary real art for a statement that is yours alone:
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Tip #4 Select art with a color palette that looks good with the rest of the room. This is a good place for a pop of color (that you should repeat three more times in the room.)
Tip #5 No dinky accessories. (These are nicely proportioned.)
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Tip #6 Handcrafted vases, antique vases, bronzes, antique tapestry hangings, are all good possibilities. Take a look around your house for others. Look for pieces with presence to accessorize.
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Tip #7 This is your main focal point in the room. Make it count.
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Tip #7 Use sconces.
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Tip #8 No framed family photographs. Find other accessories for a more current overall look.
Tip #9 Remember that you must balance the large dark hole of the firebox. Think deep and rich, not dainty, for the over mantel décor.
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(#9 Balance the dark hole of the firebox)