Ever since I built a mantel a couple of years ago, I'm always on the hunt for fun new ways to decorate it. So as I browsed the paper aisle at my local craft store, it hit me – a folded paper tree forest! I'm a big fan of non-traditional colors, so I bought a few of my favorites and got to work. Click through to check out the full tutorial.
A couple years ago, we designed a fireplace mantel facade for our fireplace. Although we still love it’s Scandinavian and modern vibes, this year we decided to focus on our fireplace as-is! Sometimes, you have to just work with what you have and go with it. Here’s how you can give any mantel-less fireplace a simple Christmas makeover!
Start with clearing out the surroundings or rearranging your furniture a bit to see what you have to work with. Continue Reading
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means we have another great excuse to decorate our mantels (as if we even need an excuse!). Today I'm sharing an easy mantel setup using x's and o's… and lots of 'em. Click through to find out how to make the different elements of this fun display.
Some pieces of this mantel setup are store-bought, and some are handmade. Here's what you'll need:
x's and o's from the craft store (be sure to raid the sale bin, keeping in mind that you can paint them a different color)
Large xoxo computer printout in your favorite font
White chalk marker
Sharpie (not pictured)
Flowers with clear vases
For the pink xoxo board, place large alphabet stickers on a piece of scrap wood and spread them out evenly across the board. Continue Reading
Now that springtime has officially arrived, that means that those of us who celebrate Easter are probably starting to think about decorating our homes for the holiday. My mantel has been empty since I removed my winter décor, so it was begging for some festive embellishments. So I whipped up a few paper flowers to add some beautiful pastels to the room. Click through to find out how to make your own paper flower Easter mantel. Continue Reading
I recently tackled a big project for my dining room – a DIY wooden mantel – and today, I'm pretty excited to share the process with you. If you have a fireplace without much character like mine used to be, this project might be the perfect solution for you. And let me be clear … I only have basic woodworking know-how, so this is feasible for anybody with a bit of crafty know-how and a willingness to try. Continue Reading
This is my master bedroom the day we moved into my house. I’m sure you’re wondering why we changed anything. The matted down shag carpet was a real stunner, and the house also came with a carpet rake. I am serious…it really did. Anyway, this room along with three other bedrooms got a complete overhaul. Today I want to focus in on the fireplace makeover. There were many great elements of this fireplace but so much of what was wrong was proportion…. Continue Reading
I see these all the time around Boston: beautiful fireplaces that don’t work. Maybe your landlord doesn’t allow it, or maybe there’s a fire safety issue. Or perhaps yours does work, but you’re just looking for a decorative idea for the warmer months. Whatever the case may be, there are lots of fun ways to decorate this coveted area of your home. Here goes.
1. A great way to highlight a non-working fireplace is to arrange a group of brightly-colored vases inside. Continue Reading
Admittedly, this fireplace looks fine as-is. But the homeowners wanted to take it from fine to utterly fantastic, making it the stand-out focal point of the room (and not just a place to hang the TV). Check out the makeover below!
Emily from Jones Design Co. gave her fireplace (and the whole room) a lift by bringing in some rustic elements. The wood shingles and stone facade add a sophisticated and natural warmth, making the entire space feel more inviting! Continue Reading
We have a gas fireplace, and although it’s eminently practical, sometimes I wish it were a traditional wood-burning fireplace. If for no other reason than to make it over in the off seasons. Here’s a few ideas to do just that, all of which would be great options for non-working fireplaces too.
The stacked logs in the white fireplace pictured has an almost sculptural quality about it.
We’ve all seen the candle option, but these ice cube candles are not only pretty, when displayed in a fireplace, their cheekily ironic too. Continue Reading