Yep. I have two Fireplace Mantels in my house.
Some of you do too and I wonder if you run into the same problem I do.
It may sound nice and all, but the reality is that means there is not one but TWO blank expanses of wood staring me in the face and just daring me to come up with something creative for them.
I wasn’t really thinking about that when we first toured the house.
Actually, the first thing I thought of when I saw that there were two gas fireplaces is that they could never be on at the same time or our gas bill would be enormous! I’m a dreamer like that!
Nonetheless, they are there and I must accept their challenge.
First up is our Family Room Mantel.
My goal this year was to decorate in keeping with the Harvest theme and strive for simplicity.
And I was absolutely determined to work this painting into my mantel decor.
I photocopied an oil painting which used to hang in my Great-Grandmothers home.
My Dad says he has vivid memories of seeing it on the walls of Mamaw’s house when he would visit there as a young boy. You can barely see her face, but the woman in this painting just draws me in and I love that she now has a place of honor in my home.
The only items I purchased new this year were the frame from Wal-Mart for the lovely blue lady and these bunches of wheat for my urns.
The urns were a….wait for it…TJ Maxx find from this summer.
I absolutely love their detailing and they were only $9.99 each!
The plate I have had forever and while it may be more “Spring-ish” than “Fall-ish”, the colors worked perfectly and it kept me from having to buy something new.
This little box was passed down to me from my Grandmother and my mom told me that it is actually a cheese box. The shape of the box would help to mold the cheese into a block and you can read some of the wording on it.
I love the rustic beauty of it.
Simple, sentimental and inexpensive.
Mantel number one is good to go!
Stay tuned for Part Two of A Tale of Two Mantels!
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