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I love fire place mantles.  They don't even have to be a working fireplace -- or even a fireplace at all.  Wood, marble, vintage, new... there is something so classic about them & I think they totally rock.  I don't have a fire place.  HOwever, I have considered thrifting a mantle and just putting one up against a blank wall.  Something to aspire to...









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Do you have a mantle? Real fire place or fake? What do you have displayed on it?
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31 comments...:

  1. I love the idea of a mirror over the mantle, it always opens up the room. I don't have a fireplace, or mantle, but at my parents house my mom always has something new up there whenever I'm home. I can't wait to have one of my own :) Great inspiration!!

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  2. I love that huge golden mirror, it's beautiful!
    My grandparents decorate their mantle with christmas cards and it looks very cute and festive :)!

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  3. i dont and it's definitely one of my dreams in a future house, so pretty!

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  4. We just got a fireplace last year and I am so happy about it...I dreamed about one for years...We keep photos and little items on top of it:) Kisses, sweetie
    Happy Tuesday

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  5. We finally put a gas fireplace in our living room, with a gorgeous mantle. I'm so excited to have one. My sister has had a mantle without fireplace before, and you could totally make it work. There are so many things you can display in and on it. Ours has a painting and a few black-and-white family photos on it. Very simple.

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  6. Замечательный пост! Было очень захватывающе прочитать сие! Пишите побольше таких постов!

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  7. I love mantles as well!! I am always watching the DIY network to see how they fix them up at low-cost. It makes me swoon.

    I'm also loving that first picture, with the bright wall and white chandelier!!

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  8. Love love love all of these. My mantle isn't my favorite, but one day I'll have one that looks like one of those! Beautiful!

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  9. i love all of these. I couldn't choose just one! We have a real fireplace that we don't use because it's always hot here in NC and our tv is above it so we don't really pay attention to whats on the mantle which is nothing really ha

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  10. Blair, my lovely mantle has my hubby's large flat plasma mounted above it... seriously? He's so good to all of us I guess it's all about compromise and really he asks for so little. I would love a mantle in my bedroom..... doesn't even need a fireplace to go along with it! xo

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  11. I love how mantles automatically tie a room together. And a mantle during Christmastime just makes me giddy! I need to go decorate mine!

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  12. Fire places are rare in FL...but I hope to have a home with one! <333

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  13. How fun!!! I love all the vases & the photos on the mantels. I won't have a mantel in my new place but I will have alot of shelves to decorate like this!! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

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  14. I love the cut-out snowflakes, elegant and fun!

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  15. I love that second mantle picture. Ours is in a room we barely ever use and so it is boring and never gets changed or spruced up. I need to work on fixing that!

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  16. i love mantles too! when i'm all "grow-up" and have my own house, i want a mantle! a real one!!!

    sweet images. :)

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  17. I've been wanting a mantle too! Unfortunately, I don't have ANY space to put a mantle right now, but it's such a cozy piece! I'd display any of my many collections atop the mantleplace and maybe stack logs underneath it...one day :)

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  18. I love all of those mantles!! SO beautiful! :) Ours has our willow tree nativity, garland, a lantern and a candle on it right now! :)

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  19. These are so pretty! I've always been a fan of clocks on mantles. I also love stockings hanging of at Christmas time, of course :)

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  20. ohhh these are all sooo awesome!! we have a mantle/fireplace and we put lots of stuff on the mantle!! unfortunately this year we don't have time to make it christmas-y though!! next year for sure!!

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  21. these are great images! love all of them but LOVE the one with the mickey and donald picture :) so cute! i wish i had a fireplace just so i could have a mantel to put our knickknacks on!

    xo,
    cb

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  22. Sadly I do not have a mantle. Had a double sided fireplace in the last house so I got double the fun but not a one here. I like your idea of thrifting a mantle for the holidays but I don't want to store it the rest of the year. Perhaps there is a "mantle in a box" out there somewhere.

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  23. i've given your blog an award over at my blog....andeverythingniceblog.com

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  24. Unfortunately, we don't have a fireplace mantle :( But if we did...it would look a lot like photo #1.

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  25. I don't but I would soooo love one. Esp in my bedroom like the last pic!

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  26. I always wanted a house with a fireplace and now we have a house that has 2... well 3 technically :) I love my mantle. We were just decorating tonight and hanging up stockings and had a fire going. It was so cozy. Check out my lovely mantle if you want. I actually posted about it earlier this year. It is quite unique:

    http://a-whole-lottalove.blogspot.com/2010/05/mantel-madness.html

    Have a lovely day.

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  27. I love the mantel with the snowflakes. So cute! At my home in California I have a real mantel and we decorate it with pictures, candles and things like that. At school in Seattle, I'm in an apartment and don't have a fireplace or mantel, so I make due with my credenza (:

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  28. I wish I had one. The 3rd from the top (from Domino) is one of my favorites! I love it.

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  29. We have a mantel and a real fire place but aren't allowed to use it. so... we put our tv in it. Is that weird? I should blog about it.

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