I have one of those fireplaces that is not centered in the living room. It is off centered and right by a door entry to a small hallway. Still, it is the fist thing you see when you enter the room, either from the kitchen or the main door. Took us about 4 years to get to this project, you know… windows, siding, insulation, all those things seemed more important at the time. Below, you will a before and after and a little story on my mantel accessories.
Above, the fireplace when we just bought the house. I know – bad picture. Sorry – All I had from before!
4 years later… the husband designed the mantel surrounding the fireplace with our carpenter. The idea was to expose some of the brick behind but also add wood work around it. The brown shelf you see, it is from a set of old beams we found in the basement when we moved. Little by little we have been using them in small accents thru our renovations. We also added doors to the fireplace for security reasons… I mean have you seen Manchester by The Sea…?
Slowly, I have been collecting small items that completes the fireplace. In a state sale, I found this little matches holder. It looks so ” cowboy american”… funny, it came with very old looking matches which we try to avoid to use, i am sure, these are the matches i can rub it in my jeans and they light up!
Speaking of antiques, the husband found a level a while back even though it does not work properly I thought it looks cute there.
I had 6 of these tap holders from Ikea for a while. One day, I gave them a quick spruce and they look pretty decent in the mantel. Click here if you want to know more about this project.
Who thinks man don’t like to decorate….? One day I walk thru the living room and the husband put that “S” in the mantel.
My “carranca” is a piece of art that has followed me for decades. I have one at home and one in my office at work. It is a symbol of protection very characteristic of brazil, where i am from. It is a type of figure attached to river craft which is attributed with power to protect the boatmen from the river’s evil spirits.
I collected these books from where I lived in Rio and wanted to practice my reading in English. The pines are from Michael’s nothing special about it. LOL. Other then they smell good.
My daughter calls this “mama’s doll”. It is actually a clay “Baiana”. A typical figure from Bahia, the state where I am from in Brazil. Baianas, Afro-Brazilian women sold Acarajé, dressed in specific styles of clothing. You can find an interesting article about them here. Baianas have trays and they sell food on the streets. The most special food is Acarajé – MY most favorite food in Brazil.
The mantel for me means home. Home here and home where I grew up. Also, it is a place that makes a great comfy environment for when you want to entertain or just read a good book and drink a warm cup of tea.