While for some a holiday mantel is important in terms of hanging a stocking, for me, my excitement at having my first home with a fireplace mantel since childhood means endless decorating possibilities. First, the mantel itself is a piece I am in awe of. When we moved into our house, I knew that the mantel wasn’t original, so it had to go.
The hunt commenced. Fast forward a few short weeks, and I lucked out with the perfect petite 1700’s salvaged gem. I found it at an antique store in rural Pennsylvania and to this day, it is one of my favorite finds. It has the “chippy” goodness that people spend hours trying to achieve. But this is the real deal, and it took over a hundred years.
I wanted the mantel and the antique gilded mirror that sits above it to really remain the focal point in decorating, so I kept things quite simple. I love using fresh greenery, so the remnants from our Christmas tree found their home atop the mantel, beneath a simple twine garland and among a few vintage brass candlesticks.
I am a southern girl at heart, so that gold accented magnolia leaf wreath was a must, and I have matching garlands elsewhere in the house. The last treasures are petite gold leaf boxes, passed down from my mothers side with an angel sitting on top, overlooking it all.
xx – Kate, Wynn & Roo