Mantle Part I

The mantle/fireplace in our living room has always been a trouble spot for me. Here is a picture of how I decorated for Christmas a few years ago, before kids.


It becomes a blank slate once the Christmas decorations come down.  I do have a hexagon mirror now that I LOVE.  It needed something centered inside the patterned brick.  Other than the permanent mirror, I didn’t know what to do with the area.

Enter Pinterest.  I found this idea and thought, that looks great!  I can do that!  Even though I am not a fan of plastic flowers, I’m sure it will look so tremendously awesome that I won’t even mind.  My mom had gifted me flameless candles for Christmas and they will be perfect with this setup.

pinterest mantle idea

I went to Hobby Lobby.  I consulted my Pinterest picture, meticulously choosing greenery and fake flowers as closely as I could to the original.  $75 and three giant bags later, I returned home.  And left the bags in my trunk for three days.  That was the first sign of impending doom, I wasn’t even excited to try them out.  Finally I brought them upstairs and assembled them on the mantle and this was the result.


Womp womp.  Light fluffy Spanish moss turned into wilted sea weed.

I added a few other sprigs of greenery that I bought in attempt to lighten it up.  It looked a little better but extra greenery = extra dust = I’m not excited.  I think the darker brick added to the dullness.


The greenery went back to Hobby Lobby and most of my money was returned.  Needless to say, I won’t be shopping there again because their customer service is terrible.

Check back tomorrow to see my next attempts!

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Hi! We're Candice & Andy, writing about our kids Tristan & Delaney and our life in Western Pennsylvania.