Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fireplace Help

***UPDATE*** Can I just say that y'all have the BEST ideas! You have my mind spinning! I will be working on it tonight! Thank you!



Help me, please! This fireplace has driven me crazy since we bought this house! I cannot figure out what to put on the mantel. I do not want a cluttered mantel, just a few substantial pieces that look good. Here is a before:

It looks a little bare and I think what was throwing it off was the topiaries. I love them but for some reason they just were not working. I think it was that the style of them did not go with the style of the picture. So, after 3 days of being iced in and staring at it, this is what I came up with:

It is still not working for me! I still have the tags on the candlesticks and lamp so I can take them back. Is it weird having candlesticks up there when I already have 3 on the hearth? I love the look of a lamp up there but the cord shows where I have to plug it in.

It is just sooooo tall that it is hard to work with. It is also the first thing you see when you walk in the door so it needs to look pulled together and neither of these looks are working. So, what would you do? I do not want to put a floral arrangement up there so please do not suggest that. Maybe some sticks? Keep the lamp or move it? Keep the candlesticks? Put the topiaries back? Help!


74 comments:

Lindy said...

Shannon, this is going to sound really odd, but I built a house with your floor plan. I found your blog through Rhonda's blog and I was reading your blog, I kept thinking "this floorplan seems really similar". I finally put two and two together and figured it out! My mantel is boring too, you can see it at http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/420-Bridgemill-Ln_Hampton_GA_30228_1104297064 . We are trying to sell or rent our house now, but the market is terrible! Anyway, the floor plan is slightly modified, but it cracked me up. Arkansas to Georgia, who knew? I love your blog, by the way!

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm Jen from PA. Funny but the first time I saw your mantel what I loved were the topiaries. So I was surprised you changed them. But your new look is very nice also. I say either way looks great.

duchess said...

I liked the topiaries but I love the lamp as well. I'm not as crazy about the candlesticks on the mantle but love the one's on the hearth. What about putting the topiaries back but on the opposite side of the lamp. Raise one up on some books & keep the other flat on the mantle & see how that looks. As for the cord - tape that bad boy down.
Let us know what you decide.

Holly said...

I hardly feel qualified to give you decorating advice, but I'll give it a go, since you asked. While I like all the objects you have/had on the mantel in and of themselves, I do think with both arrangements the overall look is too tall. All the focus is at about the same height, approx. the middle of the painting.
You need something lower down to balance it out. Perhaps even something with some of the red that would tie into the artwork and bring the eye down too. IMO the candlesticks work, because they are similar in color to the frame, and they could stay as your object with height.

a boy a girl and a pug said...

is there anyway you can add some more moss to the topiaries? if you could make one of those a little fuller and then i think it would look great either replacing the candlesticks or the lamp.

Hannah said...

I think the reason your mantle looks so tall is the short windows. I would suggest some cheap window treatments (or mistreatments!!) that will draw the eye up.

But more specifically to the mantle - I think the problem with the topiaries is they're too shrimpy. The balls are pretty small, so they don't have enough weight to stand alone on either side of the artwork. Maybe grouping them like someone else suggested would work, as long as you use something to make one higher than the other. And I love the candles on the hearth, but the candlestick grouping on the mantle doesn't seem to work.

I think it's a bit too symmetrical. Try a grouping of 3 things on one side and 4 on the other - about the same size grouping, but with varying height within it. Make sure to use some organic shapes (like the topiaries or some round pots or something) since you don't want to use plants. This should help keep it from being stuffy.

Sorry for the long comment! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

misty said...

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Emily said...

Okay! So I like every one ideas! I think the candle stick on the mantel need to go and I LOVE the lamp there forsure! What if you got a pretty little plate and put it some how next to the clock and lamp to kinda cover the cord. I know I hate the cords! I do like the topiaries on the mantel. I like the idea of adding more moss to one of the topiaries. I know it is so hard to decorate your mantel. I HATE the way mine looks! I am still working on mine.

I will try and think about it and if I think of something else I will let you know! Good luck!

Kaitlyn said...

Oh, I am so terrible at decorating. I would suggest keeping the lamp if you can, it is adorable. I would possibly make it a bit more a-symmetrical. So sorry I'm not that much help :)

Linda and Greg said...

I feel your pain! The last post that I did on my blog included a picture of my newly decorated mantel...hopefully you can get some inspiration from it! I was trying to show off the wreath, but most of the mantel is visible! I love using natural, dried stems and such (no fake florals!), and Michaels has a huge selection, they look great in a plain white pitcher. On the other side of the mirror I have two unframed canvas pictures leaning up against the wall, along with a diffusor! Good luck, let us know what you come up with!

http://www.bloggingthesmiths.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

To solve the problem of the cord/plug sticking up, can you either rewire the lamp with a cord that has a flat (90 degree) plug, or use a small extension cord that has a flat plug? Check your local hardware/supply store for a white, so that it isn’t as noticeable on your mantel. http://store.purplus.net/zipostliflpl.html

Adcock Circus said...

We have lamps on our mantel - one on each side our fireplace is white too. I found cord covers that stick to the wall and you cut to your desired length - the cords fits right inside and you can not see it as it blends into the fireplace and then allows the cord to drop to the floor to be plugged in with an extension cord if need be. Love your blog

Laura said...

Hi Shannon,

First of all let me say I am very decorator challenged but this is what worked for us. We do not have a fireplace but a big TV armoire and I found that if I hung the picture behind it a little higher and then put one tallish item and a mid-tallish item on one side and one tall item on the other and three small items under the picture it looked better to me.
I like how your mantle looks. I may add some height under the lamp, like a book or block pottery. If you changed the candles at the bottom with something like a basket, would that make a difference? However, I love the bottom candles…and well I have an addiction to candles:)

Brittany said...

I saw a mantle once that I just loved. They had a big mirror leaning against the wall and then a smaller picture in front of it, also leaning, and to the right slightly. It is hard to explain but the look was so cool! I love the lamp, candlesticks and topiaries, so I guess I'm no help there. I did like the one person's comment to sit the topiaries next to each other on one side and maybe sit one topiary on top of some books for some added height. What about a "D" sitting up there on one side? I know you love your initials, so that might be neat?

Your frame is on its way, BTW!

Katie said...

OH, honey, I am so with you. WHY ARE MANTLES SO HARD TO DECORATE??? Seriously...it is so completely hard. My sister and I have been having this discussion for a looooong time. I wish I could be of more help.

I love the topiaries. If you don't keep them there, show us where they end up... ;o)

Katie said...

OH! And I love your new hardwoods...I wasn't sure if I commented to tell you that last time, and I started to look back through the comments to see if I did, but GOOD GRAVY there were over a hundred!! So if I didn't tell you then...they look great! And you're right...Daddies know how to do everything. :o)

Shilo said...

I hate it when it's so hard to make something work! I do like the green in the topiaries, but I wonder if a topiary with a bit more weight would look better? They just seem a bit dainty to me.
I like the lamp too! What if you did the lamp on one side and a more full topiary (or two combined at different heights) on the other side?
Cute clock too! :) You'll figure it out! You always do!

Joanna said...

Wow you got some great tips. As far as my advice goes..I think which ever you decide you should make sure that you have something in the middle as well. I think that either look would work great it's just that there seems to be more height than middle of the road and short.

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

jen said...

I love the lamp and the topiaries. I say leave the lamp and put the topiaries on the other side at different heights. Maybe beef the topiaries up a bit or add some ribbon to them.

Lindy said...

I posted a comment earlier and said that I found your blog through Rhonda od Southern Hospitality, but I actually found you through Nester and your fabulous framed monogram.

McGlaughlin Family said...

Hi, Haley from PA...I think some red and olive green vases that you find at TJ Maxx would look great up there! I have them at my fromt door in the entry way balancing a picture above my seceraty and it looks great...I love the lamp but not the cord, maybe move it onto the harth? Well, you do a great job so I know it will turn out looking straight out of a book:)

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

put the two topiaries together where the candlesticks are and ta da! call it done!

martha said...

You have too many vertical lines going on.

The best arrangements have a balance of straight/curved, and smooth/textured arranged with a bit of layering.

Get a round or oval plate and layer it over the corner of the art, yet behind one of your vertical pieces. It would be nice if it had a bit of your accent colors in it, but even just a dull metal would be ok. For texture you might use some REAL trailing ivy, a nest, a basket.... maybe your round object could be woven.

Play around with these principles and see a BIG difference!

Sherri's Southern Style said...

I love the topiaries with the lamp. I would, as others have suggested, put the topiaries together but vary the heights. I really think you need a pop of color - a red platter or plate would look awesome. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Jennifer said...

I would suggest a decorative vase with some long sticks - I currently have that on my mantle and love the way it looks. I'm like you too - don't want a lot of clutter up there. But the sticks will draw your eye up. If you have a Ross near by, they sell some awesome vases at really great prices. I got mine there for $9.99!

Kate said...

I feel like whenever I do our mantels, I automatically make them symmetrical which then looks really boring. What about putting the lamp on the side, and then each side has something tall (lamp and the tall candlesticks on the hearth) and then putting a small collection of things on the top right...like a horizontal stack of books with a nest on top, next to a tall-ish vase? Who knows. It's so hard to fix things that aren't wrong, they just "aren't right," and it's annoying, isn't it? Good luck!

cheryl said...

I'm seeing a big square black framed mirror...using the lamp...darling! Can you use your picture somewhere else in the room? One thing that might help the picture as someone else said, some window treatment that goes almost to the top of the wall. This will draw your eye in towards the fireplace...not out to the empty space beside it.

Just a thought...love all your ideas!

Lil Miss K's Mommy said...

Hi Shannon, this is off topic but do you mind sharing your wall color with me? THANK YOU!!!!

Carla said...

I love the lamp, a agree the topiaries were too small. I like the candle sticks I think your candles need to be red to add some color and tie into the picture.
I think you need some low stuff in front of the picture. connect the picture to the fireplace, so you don't see wall in between. I think that would help with the visual balance and cover the cord also.

Stephanie said...

Ok, from one Interior Designer to another, here is my suggestion...

I love the picture, but don't think it's right for above the mantle. I think it's too small in scale. Your fireplace, which is gorgeous, looks too big and "heavy" in comparison to the skinny vertical lines of the candlesticks, lamp, topiaries and the picture. I think you should put a big, black chunky mirror up there and then put your topiaries back on either side of it-they really are great looking and would compliment a mirror well. I love the little black clock, I think it's curves and size are good, but I think you could also layer a plate or two in there for some more curves, and maybe a short chunky candle with a great squatty base. Of course this all hinges on whether or not you want to invest in a big mirror, but I think something bigger and taller ( like more of a true square shape) would help your scale feel more balanced. I personally like the three candlesticks on the hearth, I think those work well. But, usually my solution to a difficult mantle is a great mirror.

Don't you just hate it when something is not working for you and your stuck home looking at it?? That is my first impression advice :) I know you'll figure something out! Can't wait to see the results!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Hi Shannon! You are someone who's decorating I always admire. Here is my two cents on your mantel. I would forgo the candle sticks in the second photograph. You are right because there are the candlesticks below...just a little too much. I love the lamp personally. But I think you should try it on the other side. When I look at the photo, I see too many tall spindly items (the lamp post and candlesticks) on one side. If you put the lamp on the other side, I think it would be more balanced. I think that perhaps everything you put up on the mantel before wasn't working because everything was too small - not substantial enough for such a tall, large mantel. The picture is great. Definatly keep it. But for your accessories, you should opt for something larger or weightier. Something with a bit more oomph. Perhaps a rosemary tree on the opposite side of the lamp. Then you get the greenery but it is much more substantial than a your way cool topiaries. Then perhaps a cloch with a bird or nest underneath. Then you have the depth of something more being added to the mantel but you aren't exactly "seeing" something because of the glass. You will still be able to see the painting. With the lamp, why not add a larger black clock? Just something bigger than what you had. All I know is, I'm thinking weighter, heavier, more substantial items to balance the weight and size of your mantel. Definatly keep it to a couple of items like you have been doing - just something larger. Hope that helps in some way. I'm sure you'll figure it out. You've got such great taste!!

Betsy said...

I think that there might be too many candles. Possibly use a more substantial topiary on the right, leave the lamp and then maybe a clock in front of where the lamp plugs in. Also, you could add an apothecary jar next to the topiary. It looks good though. I love the lamp up there...work with it and find a way to hide the plug. Pottery barn had some cute clocks.

queenbee said...

I like the look of the topiaries but think that perhaps they need to be a bit fuller. Maybe you could add some moss using your trusty glue gunto make them more substancial (sp). Since you have candlesticks on the hearth, I think that they are competing with the ones on the fireplace. I read somewhere to group things in odd numbers so if you have the toparies on one side maybe you could put some books under one of them. I also think a red vase with sticks would look nice maybe one on each side. Look forward to seeing what you do.

Alex and Jill said...

I like the lamp up there. I've tried putting one on my mantel but can't hide the cord. I would take the candlesticks down...I like the ones below the mantel though. I wouldn't be afraid of putting items up there that are larger in scale. I struggle with my mantel as well. Good luck! I know whatever you decide on will look great!

p.s. I love your blog button! Adding it to my blog right now. :)

Twice as Nice said...

Have you thought about hanging a big mirror? I would google and see what different pictures they have and maybe take some pointers there. Go to Opps and see if they have anything tall but not a candle that would look good. Perhaps it's the picture that is causing you problems. You could put the topiaries together on one side. Really all you can do is play around with it.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Fireplaces are so hard for me to decorate. One thought that comes to mind though is breaking up the line of the fireplace a bit. What about a small pot of real ivy on one side and let it trail down the side just a little bit? That would break up all the strong lines and give it a softer look.

~ Sarah

Karyn said...

Not crazy about candlesticks on both the mantel and the hearth. The lamp chord would bug my after a while. I liked the topiaries because it brought out the greenery from the picture.
What if you took everything but the lamp off the table behind your couch and put that group of items on the mantel with the clock? You could put one of the topiaries and the picture frame on your coffee table on the sofa table with the existing lamp. Stick the other topiary in the bathroom.
This could be a video game Stage Shannon's House! ;D
I am sure whatever you decide will be wonderful.

Ally0005 said...

I just redid mine if you remember but I had help from http://studiomdesigns.blogspot.com/
I would add a topper above the picture. That helped mine so much.
Here is the link to my before and after.
http://allyscorner-ally0005.blogspot.com/2009/01/mantel-redo.html

Amelia said...

I would move the candlesticks you have on your hearth up to the mantle - leave them in the same positions - so everything would be asymmetrical. Then put a large basket or bucket (with wood or pinecones in it) on the hearth diagonal from the candlesticks. My 2 cents... Love your blog by the way!

Alyce said...

Shannon..
Why not change out your picture above the mantel to a mirror? I love mirrors over mantels. Have you seen those decorative wooden balls? They are pretty on mantels too..maybe pot you a small house plant to go on there too..I am sure you have something framed that can go up there.

jenjen said...

Shannon - This is just my opinion, and I like the topiaries, but I think they look kind of matchy-matchy up there with the picture in the middle. I think a collection of something would look really great. Something that is different sizes and heights. On my fireplace I have a collection of mirrored glass architectural pieces (I know there is a name and can't think of what they are called right now) and birds. So there is a theme, but things aren't exactly the same.

I love architectural looking pieces, but you could just look around your home and see what you have that is similar in them or color and then put it all up together. I also have a white theme going on up there for the new year.

I know this probably makes no sense, but I have some pics of it I put up today with my Vday decorations if you want to take a look.

Have a great day!

Jen

jenjen said...

Shannon - Sorry, I forgot to add that I would leave one of the topiaries up there with the collection and use the other one somewhere else in the house because they are very cute!

XOXOXOXO
Jen

jenjen said...

Shannon -
Sorry to comment again. I went back to my blog and the picture of my fireplace doesn't really show the mantle very well. I can take a picture of it and email it to you if you would like just for fun.

XOXOXOXO
Jen

Momofgirls said...

How about 3 pretty big apothecary jars? 2 on 1 side, 1 on the other? Or some cool vases or a free standing large cross.....

btw, I love the topiaries!

Kathi said...

Have you considered changing the picture? Maybe something round up there instead...like a big clock or a round mirror???
If you want to keep the pix, you could try layering it with something else that is framed....by that I mean, lean a smaller, rectangular shaped picture, mirror, or plaque up against the pix covering one of the corners.
I like the candles & lamp better....I like the topiaries, but not the symmetry.
I'm sure you'll make it look beautiful...whatever you decide. :)

Amber said...

I always love the things you do, so I'm sure it will turn out great. The first thing I noticed is that the accessories are taller than the windows, and that threw me off. If you don't do window treatments, maybe hang some decorative plates or architectural pieces over each window to give them more height. Then on your mantle, I agree with whoever suggested a round mirror. With the sharp lines of the windows and the mantle, the roundness would be nice. Then I would do chunky, shorter accessories. Like small pots with moss balls on top. Does that make sense? Anyway--be sure to put up an after picture! Can't wait to see it!

Emily said...

Well I think it looks great the way that it is..... I don't have the fashion sense to help you out.

BTW, I left you two awards on my blog. Check them out sometime. :)

LuLu said...

Mantel's are the worst, I agree, the topiaries need to be fuller i think your room is nice and big and the get lost in the room. the lamp is cute. Can you group something in 3 on the other side and the lamp on the other? just a thought to try. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
LuLu

honeysuckle said...

Everything about your firplace is linear so I suggest you add some round effects--change the rectangular picture for a large round mirror. On either side use some substantial shapes--a fat pot, a heavy vase or large candlesticks. I like greenery there too but your topiaries are too wimpy. Put what you've decided to use so they are at different heights. Use books (coordinate the jackets with your room) to add height. And remember to use odd numbers of them--1, 3 or 5. And/or you can also add a swag banner that hangs down from the mantle to help break up all the lines. I hope this has helped.
If your mantle shelf is too narrow to put much on, you can add a wide shelf ontop of the existing one and paint it too match. I like a 12" wide mantle shelf. Sorry this is such a long comment.

AndreaLeigh said...

I think the topiaries together on one side, and the candlesticks or the clock and lamp on the other. the grouping of two will balance everything out and it won't be so matchy matchy.

The Graves' House said...

i love the lamp. it adds to the space. i think it all looks very balanced - great!

linda said...

Shannon, don't fret, you have a beautiful decorating style so whatever you create will be wonderful.

Here is a thought though: Take down the candlesticks on top of the mantle and move the lamp over to that side. Place something smaller on the right side since you already have height on that side from the candlesticks on the hearth. You could place some greenery of some sort in the middle of the mantle to hide the lamp plug. I have 2 topiaries on my mantle but they are fuller. You may even be able to make yours fuller which may allow them go better with the picture.

Regardless of the outcome, your mantle will look beautiful...and I can't wait to see the final pictures.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I'm sure that, at this late hour, I don't have anything new to add to this discussion, but I'm reading them, because I have a mantel problem too! I'm anxious to see what you come up with.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Shannon, it's all about making the eye go up and down. I love what you have already! But your fireplace is substantial enough I would go with chunkier candlesticks -- you can get away with it here. I'm talking fatter and maybe a *bit* taller -- varying heights like you have. If your mantel is thick enough, books are a nice way to prop things up. Maybe add cool vases/urns, put one on the books. And if there is room, framed pics are always nice -- maybe just one good sized one. Oh, and I love the lamp up there too!

Nicole ~ said...

I am having your problem right now with my mantel!

The picture and the lamp are great, I really think you should leave them there. Maybe on the right side you could put some books under the lamp, and tape the cord down. And, then add a larger piece such as a vase with stems on the left hand side of the mantel? I do love the topiaries, but I think they are to small for the mantel.
I cannot wait to see what you come up with, I know it will look great.

Amanda said...

I would use some interseting urns with tall stems - tree branches or pussywillows for Spring. Maybe a collection of white ironstone plates versus the pic - pics are kind of predictable in my opinion, mirriors too. I had a very tall wall above my mantle in my prior house and I used a black, iron piece from Ballard designs, different and got lots of attention. A collection of 3 apothecary jars filled with shells, nests, etc... would look good too. Or...I have my silver candlestick collection (all varying heights) right now with white candles and a round mercury glass vase that I fill weekly w/ white tulips. A few ideas.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

You are candlestick heavy.... You need a different texture, everything is hard & tall and skinny. I would either do heavier greenery on each end like a small box wood topiary or real dried Hydrangeas in jars. and then one thing in the middle with a different texture like a stack of antique books..... You could do concrete heavy pieces on each end with greenery in a long concrete piece in the middle. I am thinking 3 heavier substantial pieces.....

Lori said...

Maybe a shorter and fuller topiary on one side with an oval shaped dish with pretty balls in it a little off center towards the opposite side?

sweet momma luv u said...

Hi Shannon,

I love the look of a lamp on the mantel. Maybe increase the size of the topiaries and put them together with a plate on a stand or a small stack of books laying down with a cute bird on top of them. Tape the cord down. What ever you do it will be fantastic as you have a great sense for placement and decorating!
:)

Emily said...

I love the lamp, but I do think that the candlesticks on the top and bottom does look odd. One or the other. What about using just a topiary and books leaning against it on one side and on the other side the lamp and clock? Hum, I wonder how that would look? I'm sure it will look great no matter what you end up doing.

TriciaNae said...

I like the lamp...and as for the cord...I would prop a frame up (and run the cord behind it). Does that make sense? I also like the idea of layering the topiaries on one side...maybe one higher than the other....or fattening them up. Or...getting another larger topiary to combine with those. Of course...I really like it the way it is too. LOL

Southern Fried Gal said...

Wow - you've got lots of great input here! I can't wait to see how you process it!

Melanie said...

I like the idea of finding a red piece of pottery or glass vase or something - kind of medium sized - to draw the red from the painting. I think you need a little more color! My sister in law and I found a really cute one at Steinmart, and we put some curly branches in it.

A Hint of Home said...

I like the second pic better than the first. I always struggle with what is best, so don't feel bad.
I know what you mean about the light cord so I don't put a lamp on mine. The candle sticks are great, even though you have some on the hearth. You'll find the right thing to balance it out.

Twice as Nice said...

Twin and I were talking and we both thought you should put a big wedding picture in a big frame with over sized matting on your mantle. I remember you took some pictures at your parent's house and I seen a picture of you in your wedding dress and it was BEAUTIFUL. You could just set it on the mantle...not hang it. I don't remember seeing any of your wedding pictures in your house.

Anonymous said...

I agree add something round or oval might break up all the linear lines. also consider some small iron or other type of votive holders to add something low.

Jillian, Inc said...

Hi - I would suggest, like others have, adding some other shapes. Prop up a tin star on one side, find some of those neat wall decor hangings at Hobby Lobby that are round or oval and put in a plate holder on the mantle. Can't wait to see what you come up with! I struggle with my mantle all the time, and also have bookcases on either side that add to the decorating dilemas.

JuJu and Family said...

Hi there Shannon, why don't you have a tall piece of art, rather than a wide one, and lean it instead of hanging it. Then on either side put matching sconces, or those moroccan hanging lanterns, they come in all sizes. Just a thought to add on to all of your millions of other comments :-)

lindanuts said...

Have you considered changing the picture hanging over it? Replace it with a grouping--offset--a medium to large one with several smaller ones? I like the lamp--off to one side of the larger picture.
I think that maybe the topiary are out of style--not sure.
It can look very nice without everything being so symmetrical.
Perhaps some old books lying on their sides. I like the candle sticks but maybe a big basket filled with dry grass or sticks or magazines opposite them or on the floor in front of them. No candle sticks on the mantel. Too many lighting choices there. I'm not a fan of the big picture...

meg said...

Wow you have a lot of comments on this topic. :) I started to read them to get some ideas for my fireplace, but got tired. Haha! It's probably already said, but I personally think that the picture is too busy and that the topiaries need to be beefed up. LOVE the three candlesticks on the mantel! I am looking forward to seeing the finished result on this one.

Joy said...

Option 1: Lose the candlesticks and buy a matching lamp. Use a short extension cord with a flat plug and then hide the cords by using a stack of books topped with the clock slightly off to one side.

Option 2: Replace the candlesticks with RED ceramic vases about the same height as the candlesticks backed with a large charger size plate to make your grouping on that side an odd number. You can still do the clock on the stack of books just off center towards the lamp.

Option 3: Plop your topiaries into more substantial pots (red OR green would look great) and stagger their heights. Then pull in a third item like a little gold bird or finial that repeats the color of the frame.

I also like the ideas of having a decorative iron piece above the picture. And you might consider hanging window treatments as a way of softening the hard lines of the windows and fireplace.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Hi Shannon~

My vote is this...if you are going to have the candle on the bottom, don't have them on top too. You have 2 items on the right, which I love, love the lamp looks good there, LEAVE IT, On the left side you need something almost as tall as the lamp and only one large item. I say you need greenery. Not your typical ivy but maybe something mossy. I like the topiaries but they are not quite substantial enough. One big item on the left, and leave the items on the right just like they are..

There you go, my voice. Thanks for letting me share!

~Misti

Chris said...

Well you have lots of ideas so here's one more , I think you need to change you mirror to a dark framed round or oval mirror , I think everything is too square , then I think that you should add drapes to your windows I would hang them 8-10 inched higer than the window frame for drama , I would only suggest buying one set so that you just have one panel on each window stacke over to to the opposite egde of the case from the firplace . I would also say that the rods should extend out past the casings at least 8-10 inces as well off to the one side of each window farthest away from the firplace , so that when you dress the window they do not cover the window but frame it .
There you go , wow it is hard to explain that without pictures .
Chris

Sole said...

I like the lamp on the mantle...it would give it a nice warm glow in the evening. I have white lights draped over my mantle (not very decorative) but I turn them on every evening and the kids like it ;-) Sorry, I'm not much help but I know whatever you decide it will look great! I can't wait to see the end result!!