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Decorating a Mantel With a Nontraditional Frame

Decorating a Mantel With a Nontraditional Frame

What is the second quickest decor pick-me-up besides a fresh coat of paint? An accessory update, preferably with large-scale accessories. The fireplace mantel, though, with limited real estate, is sometimes a little tricky. And sometimes it requires more than the average amount of patience.

I bought this art piece over six years ago. It cost over $300, which is enough to make me think twice, but I loved it enough to return to the store three times for it. It’s not a masterpiece or a one-of-a-kind, but I love it. Framing it would easily be another $300, so I didn’t mind that it sat atop my mantel, unframed. For six years. I may have minded a little.

Then, a few weeks ago, I walked by a black iron screen. Whoa. Even though it took several years to come into my life, it was custom-made for me. Oh, and it was only about $40, so it was practically singing to me from the shelves.

The art is simply wired onto the screen with some eyehooks and bread ties. Shhh, don’t tell.

The French flower bucket and the two blue sea glass bottles are from my trip to the West Elm grand opening. The hydrangeas are poached from my neighbor’s garden, with permission.

What do you think? Don’t this nontraditional frame and large-scale accessories complete this space?

Darla DeMorrow is a Wayne, PA mom, professional organizer and author. This post was adapted from her blog Heartwork Organizing. She also blogs at The Pregnant Entrepreneur

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