I am joining the Beth's Mantel Party over at The Stories of A to Z this Friday!
So here is our "mantle" for your viewing pleasure. (Click on any of the pics to enlarge)
You probably noticed that we don't exactly have a mantle on our fireplace, but I've made do with what we have. The shape of the area is rather odd. Rather than an area to accessorize directly over the fireplace, the area is off to the left.
I change up this area every so many months, especially during the holidays. After Christmas I only had the two pictures there and was stumped as to what to do from there. I didn't want anymore candles in the area, but needed some height. So I added the woven vase. I went back and forth as to what to put in the vase, and went with the faux green ferns.
Then once I had the lanterns in place, I realized the fireplace was very dark, so I added the faux orchids to brighten up the area. And again, since we don't light the fire that often, it's no problem having them right there behind the screen.
Also, you'll notice that we actually painted the fireplace area a totally different color than the walls of the room. We wanted the fireplace to stand out, and I am so happy we chose to do that.
Mirror: Found at Sam's club way back when we first bought the house. I can't remember how much it was, but I remember that it was a good deal.
Bronze Leaf Candle Holder: We received this as a Christmas gift a few years ago. It's from Pier 1 and it looks like it is on clearance now!
Woven Vase: I scored it Kohls on sale! It was one of those times where I knew I wanted something for that spot, but had no idea what til I saw the vase.
Faux Ferns: I grabbed a bunch of these this past summer when they were on clearance for like $1 a stem at Peir 1. They are no longer online, but I am pretty sure I saw them in my Pier 1 recently.
Firescreen: We bought the firescreen at Target several years ago, and they no longer seem to have them. But they have one similar now.
Lanterns: These are from Ikea. I had seen one on display earlier in the winter but they were all out. I never got around to ordering them (hate to pay for shipping) so I was super happy when they had them back in stock last time we were there! And at only $15 each they are a definite score.
Candles: We found the amazing flameless candles at the The Old Candle Barn, a great place that I love to go to whenever we are in Amish Country. Unfortunately, I threw out all the packaging and now can't remember the name of the company that makes them. I'll let you know once I track it down.
Orchids: I found the orchids at the Pottery Barn Outlet for $5 a stem. I also got a back of natural river rocks while there for $8 a bag. I already had the pots, which are from Ikea and had originally help real plants which I promptly killed as always. I picked up some floral foam from Michaels and put it all together to get what you see in the pics.
Do you have a fireplace mantle? Is it traditional or an oddity like mine?