Mantle Part II

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.

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6 comments on “Mantle Part II
  1. Andy says:

    Well, we returned almost all the greenery to Hobby Lobby. All except the one piece they double charged us for in the first place. They were going to look into it and get back to us, but they never did. Not sure it was worth losing a customer for life over $12 that was their F up to begin with. Really poor customer service Hobby Lobby…

    You forgot about the part where putting the Styrofoam in the back of the car behind Tristan was the most terrorizing thing he had ever experienced. Haha!

  2. Andy says:

    Oops. I guess you did post about returning the greenery already. Oh well, you can never complain about poor customer service too much! I still remember the time we went to the Jerome Bettis grill…

  3. Stacey says:

    I had no idea that you guys did something like this for your fireplace. This is EXACTLY what we need to do. Our fireplace makes the living room so, so drafty. I will be emailing you about this shortly.

    What about trying to move the two candles that are to the left of the vase over to the left side of the large frame? Then put a small frame where they were. May be more symmetrical? You will find something that you love eventually! It’s a good start!

    • Candice says:

      That’s a good idea, Stace, thanks! Andy is all about symmetry too.

      I think the Styrofoam has made a big difference. I didn’t notice a draft at all last night. (I just put it in on Sunday.)

  4. Bonnie says:

    I see what you did there… hinting about the White Elephant… all white elephant in the room puns withheld.

    Jerome Bettis’… Best birthday meal ever. False.

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