Reader request – mantels

Posted on Thu, 16 Sep 2010 by KiM

This week’s reader request comes from Nicola in London: “Our living room has a beautiful original Victorian fireplace but I am struggling to figure out what would look good on the mantelpiece (I think they are just called mantels in the U.S.) I have tried a few arrangements but nothing I have put together so far seems to work….” Simple enough. I think when you’ve got a Victorian fireplace, you could decorate it with virtually anything as they are so beautiful to begin with. 🙂  Anyway, here are many photos of fireplace mantels and the assorted decor they hold.

House Beautiful
Apartment Therapy
Todd Yoggy
Luca Trovato
Heather Jenkinson
House Beautiful
Martha Stewart

James Merrell Simon Brown
Inspace Locations Stacey Brandford
Yatzer Elle Decoration South Africa
Paul Viant Johnstons
design*sponge The New York Times

Michael Holder says:

Hey, that's my mantel created by Heather Jenkinson. She has actually redone it recently – even better photos soon.

Love your website – I am a total addict and check it every day..

Such a great variety of mantel ideas, love it, thanks!

The mantelpiece is a sort of litmus test for those who have design chops… I fail it…

lea says:

looks like a real testament to the old 'less is more' adage.

Taunnie says:

I think decorating the mantel is an art in itself. It has taken me three years of arranging and rearranging to get mine to where I like it. All these mantels are very inspiring, has me thinking about some new possibilities.

Nicola says:

Thank you Kim for the inspiration! Very much appreciated. (Tricia Rose and Taunnie – I'm glad I'm not the only person who has had trouble getting this right!)

amybeth says:

way too lovely!

oregonbird says:

Are we voting?!? I hope so.

Domino — the ornate mantle with the circular mirror & b/w deco
Simon Brown — I love the abandoned, steam-punky look

The rest… maybe I've seen too many arrangements on mantles. I felt as if I'd seen them all before, somewhere.

I love your site. Every day I find different images and beautiful. Serves as an inspiration.

Sam says:

I have just saved 5 of these pics. Not out of any particular fireplace interest but just cuz they are a terrific collection of spaces – great post.

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