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Monday, September 27

A Fondness for Firplaces

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In my little corner of the world
the weather is starting to cool off
& autumn is beginning.

So, you know what that means . . .

Honestly, I've never had a home
without a fireplace & 
I've always enjoyed using them.

So here's to cuddling up with some
hot cocoa & a really good book.

Check out these pretty fireplaces . . .

And remember, I don't use photos from magazines,
so forgive my mediocre photography!

This fireplace in my client Barbara's home is huge!
I had fun purchasing a large painting to go over it. 
The clock & candlesticks are also very big so that
all the accessories fit the scale of the mantle.
We  hired an electrician & had the beautiful sconces installed -
they add a lot to the warmth & ambiance of the room.

I searched for the perfect plant or floral arrangement,
but nothing was right.
So I took matters into my own hands & 
created this arrangement for the project.
I love the rich, warm reds which are shared
by the painting & the floral piece.
(I'll do a tutorial on something like 
this in the future, but I didn't have
my blog when I made it!)

My friend, Karen, created the above vignette. I love the antique gate!

Feng Shui enthusiasts think it's bad karma to put a mirror
over a fireplace, but I say "phooey" to that!
My clients have been pretty happy--mirrors & all!
Tip: If you can't find the right size mirror, 
you can go to a framer & have one made 
as we did with this narrow space.

Here's a close-up of the mantle in the photo above.
Before the makeover, this mantle looked pretty "builder's grade"
with it's glossy white paint. So we brought in an artist &
it was faux painted to look like natural stone. Love it!

I didn't design the above vignette, but I wish I could say I had!
This is in a client's home & I just had to snap a photo to share with you.
Of course, it's even prettier in person.

And here's my own home sweet home.
I love changing my mantle for special occasions.

Warmly, Michelle


  1. This was so fun to look at! I love your fireplace! I just got an antique bench for my front porch today and decorated it with fall flowers and pumpkins and had so much fun creating a new look for my front porch! I LOVE fall decor!!
    Big Fat Mama

  2. Hi Michelle! Such a pleasure seeing all the wonderful vignettes. Loved Karen's gate..and the old window surrounded by all the time pieces. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!

  3. Michelle! How fun were all those pictures? I love the one with the different sized vases and sticks (you know how I love sticks) I also love your poem. It's amazin'!!

    Love your guts

  4. wow. you are SO good! And now I'm craving a fireplace like crazy! I can't wait till we have our own home!!!

  5. I think a fireplace and mantle is the best thing ever. Such perfect decorating possibilities. I do not have a fireplace....never have, but have ALWAYS wanted one. Those all looked great!!


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