Thursday, June 19, 2008

Decorating Your Mantel

While reading all my favorite blogs this evening, Kari & Kijsa's blog, Designing for Life , made me run for my camera and photograph my faux fireplace. Jump on over to their blog for great information about decorating your mantel.

I shared this room with my blog readers back in Christmas of 2007. When we moved into this house 7 years ago, I couldn't figure out how to arrange my furniture in the living room. I didn't want a t.v. in this room and there was no fireplace to arrange the furniture around. So, I grabbed my brushes and a fireplace was born. I decided to go all the way and paint a marble one. My husband made the mantel and hearth and attached them to the wall. The glass fireplace screen hides the logs I painted inside. I had a friend of mine make the pediment that hangs above the fireplace and I painted it and then attached the concrete greenman in the center. It used to be decoration for my booth at tradeshows, but works nicely above this mantel.

A twig swag with white berries fit perfectly along with some candlesticks that I painted to match and then some glass ones on the opposite end. You can click on any of the photos for a closer view.


  1. AMAZING!!! We are so glad you shared your wonderful work- this is such a perfect inspiration for those wanting a fireplace, or creating creative focal points!! This is so beautiful!!! Love that you went all out with details and marble- FABULOUS!!

    kari & kijsa

  2. Wow, it is awesome. I glad you decided it share it.

    Your talent is amazing.

  3. Wow! That is really beautiful. And creative! You are really talented.

    And I love the pictures below of your front porch. I love decorating outdoor spaces and wrote about my front porch a few weeks ago.

    Thanks for sharing you great pictures.

  4. WOW!!!! That is gorgeous! I never would have even known you painted this if you hadnt said it! One of the neatest things I have ever seen! Wonderful idea!


  5. That is awesome!
    Neil Young is pretty good too.

  6. Wow! I just love your faux fireplace! I had to enlarge the pictures to see all of the amazing detail...

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Catherine! WOW!


  8. Just getting around to view all of the mantel posts! Yours is so unique and creative! Great job!
    ~Rhonda ;)

  9. Beautiful! I'm very impressed with your talent. It looks lovely!

  10. Cathie,

    Your natural talent amazes me. You have such a creative way of viewing the world! I LOVE this faux fireplace. I had to look at it closely, because at first I thought it was real.

    I was also backtracking, a little bit, because I have been so busy lately and I really like the idea of your kitchen blackboard! What a great idea.

    I also really enjoyed looking at the photos of your front porch. So comfy and inviting! I feel like I could just pop on over with some yummy treats for a relaxing visit.

    Happy Sunday, dear heart!


  11. Thanks for all the sweet comments!


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