Mar 17
Dressing the Mantle

Big and tall, or tall and lean… These are the rules of accessorizing a mantle.

Too many little things will get knick knacky. To avoid a cluttered mantel, you’re going to want to make a few bold gestures. Large vases allow you to dress the mantle seasonally with live branches, holiday boughs, pussy willows, etc.

Tall candlesticks add a romantic and traditional tone to the room. Be careful not to go too small or you’ll miss it all together!

Ornamental/sculptural objects that speak of the travels you’ve experienced are the most prized for any mantle. Picture frames are also appropriate.

Large art or a large framed mirror is most commonly centered above a mantle. In Feng Shui it is believed that the mirror will bring the energy back to the room, since the fireplace is a hole in the house where energy can escape. It is true that mirrors bring energy and light to a room. One of the great designers, I believe Suzanne Kasler says, “A mirror is like adding water in any room.”





Melanie Rossi

Did you post these pics for me? I’m trying to figure out what to do with my mantel! Thanks for the ideas! I would love to make a trip up there to buy some things! Maybe this summer…


i recently found your blog via 6thstreetdesignschool, and i am loving your posts!
i hope to stop in and see the store in person SOON.



Have loved your store from day 1! There is no other place like it. Can’t wait to get back to Utah so I can make the drive down and see what’s new!!


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