The before mantle! UGH!
I decided to go for drama with my new design and paint all the woodwork black. Here is an in progress shot that was what I found when I returned from KBIS. The contractor began the work while I was away at KBIS. Note: the books left in the bookcases! I wish I had taken a pic of the living room nex to this room, to give you an idea of how much was moved out of this room. Hence why they probably gave up on thoughts of moving the books. This is a great pic regardless because it show the details that transformed the room from blah to color!
Here is the room once the trim and bookcases were finished. Notice I whitewashed the tired brick of the fireplace. I also decided to wallpaper the back of the bookcases with Cole & Son Prism wallpaper for a pop of color.
Next, it was time to decorate the mantle. I asked my dear, talented friend, artist, Kerry Steele of Kerry Steele Art. If you don’t know Kerry’s work, check her out. My fireplace wall is the focal point of my room, so I chose to keep the fireplace black as a ground for Kerry’s art. Next, came the decision of how to style the mantle without competing with Kerry’s beautiful art but rather play a supporting role. I picked up these vintage Nautilus shell vases from my friend Sarah Fisher of Matters of Style. These were my first stab at styling the mantle. Don’t put pressure on yourself. Just look around your house and repurpose something you already have or look for something vintage like I did. With Kerry’s painting, I didn’t need much, so I chose to keep it simple.
Then wipe it off or buff it on if you will.
See the difference?
secret. These sconces are wired and can be electrified,