Have I ever told you how much I hate my fireplace and mantle? No? Well, girl, let me tell you…
An entire wall in my already dark living room is brick. The non-functional fireplace (thanks, previous owners, for telling us it didn’t work before we lit a fire and almost had to call 9-1-1!) is dirty and, well, non-functional. And the dark mantle stretches the entire length of the wall. ALL TWELVE FEET OF IT. These huge canvas prints get swallowed up, and let me tell you, that’s no easy feat! How’s that for a decorating challenge?
Oh, I see you, all you cute perky mantles with white moulding and drool-worthy mantlescapes. Those tiled fireplaces with drywall above so you can hang a print without it looking like an episode of the Brady Bunch in your living room. And I’m talking to you, built-in-bookshelves flanking a new electric start fireplace tiled with travertine. I loathe you. But only because I want you so much.
Here’s where I attempt to make the best of an ugly situation. The living room was on my to-do list until we go the baby news, so it obviously got pushed back in favor of other projects. I keep saying I’m going to paint it, YHL style, but each time I even think about picking up a paint brush someone starts gushing about how lovely the brick is. I asked a painter to come in to give an estimate on doing it, and he refused. He said it would be criminal.
Therefore, until I find the time and money to cover the brick with drywall (and install an new fireplace, tile it, and build bookcases on either side– oh yes, I have a plan) I’ll just need to make do. Christmas was fantastic because I filled it with my white feathered wreath, garlands, and cards. But now it’s just there, looking like this:
Here’s my closest approximation of how I attemped to create a winter wonderland on my mantle:
luminaries with tap lights
winter or love in the frames
rule of 3