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Dressing the Mantle

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.”


  • March 17, 2010

    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…

  • March 19, 2010

    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.


  • March 20, 2010


    I love your blog! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • March 22, 2010


    gorgeous stuff! glad to have found you so i can follow future posts!

  • March 22, 2010

    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!!

  • March 27, 2010


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