Friday, March 16, 2012

Mantel Manifesto

"Balderbrae" home of David Easton


In the last 72 hours my little neck of the woods has gone from crackling fire season straight to bathing suit season. This means that the fireplaces have to be cleaned or my entire house will smell like a barbecue pit, and not in a good way. 
Back-wash aside, I started thinking about the fireplace, and more specifically, the mantel, and what to do when it's not in use as a either a heating source or a seasonal holiday prop.


minimal





masterpiece





menagerie





majestic





maidenly





mea culpa
















I love the beauty below.




Found at  Cote De Texas , the blog author was adamant about wanting to take her hand along the mantel and knock everything off. 




I get where she's coming from, but I must say that I love it. The mantel is part of the big picture of this room, and an emblem of an interesting life. 



modern





mindful





melodrama





maverick





My inner anglophile is obsessed with the English mantel, laden with memorabilia, cards, photographs, and invitations.


modus vivendi







Maybe I'll get an invitation to one of the many events this season celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. And with the help of a vintage flower frog...






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... it will garner a place of honor on one of my mantels.








What to do in front of the mantel....



get dressed





make important career decisions







play games






look good




-k-

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the frog idea! Another great post.

    Shea

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  2. K,
    there were at least 4 that i was amazed by.
    the blue one was great,
    and the one that looked like zinc.

    as always very clever xxx

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  3. How can I not drool over every image! You made my morning. I watched Pride and Prejudice last night - again - and many of the pictures fit so right in....Lovely, I dare say!

    Have a happy weekend!

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  4. Great post! I have three mantels maybe you could help? Thanks for following my blog.

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  5. Balderbrae may be my favorite house--ever. Great post, Kathy and thanks for visiting our Duquettery. Hutton and Ruth are sweet angels.
    Best,
    Liz

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  6. Kathy I am so happy to find you again!! Of course I was out of commission a bit!

    I adore these mantels; love to see the many gorgeous designs and accessories! The moody painting above the gray mantle and violet accents is just one I love.

    Please come and join my new Fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  7. Modern. Pinned!

    I like your mea culpa.

    Camille

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  8. I had to laugh - I'm with Joni Webb... I want to take my hand and knock everything off that one very cluttered mantel!

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  9. I like for mantels to have things on them - if cluttered, that's okay! One woman's clutter is another's treasure!

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