After returning all the greenery, I added one of my favorite vases from West Elm and the flameless candles. Tristan has a great time turning them on and off with the remote! It wasn’t enough though.
Next I added a silver frame that used to hang in a bathroom in my old townhouse. It ties in with the silver frame of the mirror. It’s definitely a start. Any ideas on what else I could add? Should I switch out the print with something more colorful? (The vase with palm fronds went back to the bathroom so ignore those.) Eventually the plan will be to adjust the decorations for the season, but I’m trying to get a nice base in place right now.
I also realized I’m missing the literal white elephant that goes to each cousin as they get married. I hope it’s in my Christmas decorations box and I missed it when I was pulling out normal decorations after the holiday? I will find it! This May is our five year anniversary so, ahem, another cousin better get married soon so I can pass it on!
Next on the agenda was remedying the draft situation. There is a blast of cold air that constantly comes in from the fireplace area. With the temperatures being very low right now, we had to do something. We picked up a giant piece of Styrofoam from Lowe’s and I covered it with HGTV fabric I found at Joann. It wasn’t my favorite fabric to mesh with the rest of room, but it was better than the 99% grandma florals that they stock.
It was an easy project – cut foam to size, cover with fabric, pin in place. Well, that was the plan. The real steps involved being overly cautious with my measurements, the foam not fitting, recutting with the utility knife 10 times, trying to shave off the foam with a serrated knife, foam pieces all over the dining room table, Delaney eating the chalkboard chalk that I accidentally knocked off the table, the foam not fitting when I added the fabric so I had to unpin and recut, etc etc etc. Finally I jammed the fabric-covered foam into place and it’s not going anywhere.
Like I said, it’s probably not something you’ll find in a book about home interior design, but it keeps the room warmer and keeps little fingers out of the fireplace area. It might clash with the quilt, but that is needed for toddler safety. In reality, the kids’ chairs sit in front and hide most of the quilt.
So that is the current state of our fireplace and mantle. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. We talked about repainting the walls (Andy has hated the color from the beginning) but the couch is literally peeling apart so we will need to replace that first and then reassess the wall color. All in good time.