Living Room Mantle Update

Thanks so much to all of you for the sweet comments yesterday about our bathroom renovation! I hope I didn't come across as sounding too negative... maybe just exhausted : ) But definitely seeing a light at the end of the tunnel!! Especially with the wise, kind words from all of you!

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I've spent some time recently updating my House Tour section!
You'll have to check it out and see some new pictures of our house and recent projects, including...

an update to our living room mantle!

Remember how, a few weeks ago, I attempted to change my drab little mantle?

BEFORE


MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT AFTER


It just wasn't sitting right with me. I love the Ikea mirror concept I created, but not for our mantle. Specifically, I didn't like how dark the mirror frames are... lets just say that my attempt to bring black into our living room was not really successful. Buh-bye new black pillows (more on their replacements later!).

So I went back to what I knew I loved (neutral-y) but decided to spice it up a little. After seeing my girl E's adorable layered mantle, I was inspired and decided to do the same with mine. So I layered away.

MY SECOND ATTEMPT AT AFTER


Slightly more traditional, mostly neutral and a fun pop of color. Right up my alley.


I've tried a few variations of items to layer, but after living with each option for awhile,
I think this is my favorite: the antique tin ceiling tile, a floating frame with postcards from 

 Who knew leaning a bunch of stuff up against each other would make all the difference in the world?!

BEFORE


AFTER


Certainly not a wild change, but I'm loving it!





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41 comments:

  1. I think it looks really good. I love the look of layering but I'll admit I don't find it super easy to get just right. This turned out really well though.. I like the objects you chose.. they work together perfectly!

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  3. i love layering on a mantle! and of course i love the R... you know i'm crazy about letters! :-)

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  4. I have a huge problem decorating my mantles. I think they are just too large and I never get anything that fits right. I love what you did.

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  5. so weird, but I SWEAR last night before I fell asleep I thought 'wonder what 10june (excpet I called you by your real name in my thoughts) ended up doing with her mirrors on the mantel?'

    I SWEAR I DID!!! so weird.
    I LOVE this version...love the oversize mirror and the layers. Great job!

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  6. looove the big mirror- much mroe light and drama! love all the other elements layered, too... all awesome!

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  7. Love the new layered look. I so need to work on ours. Took the Christmas stuff down in January, placed the lanterns back and that is where it stopped. Ugh...to many things going on at once!!

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  8. I like the layered look! But really I just love the fireplace in general! heh!

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  9. looks great, I love layered looks on mantels also... I had three mirrors on mine for awhile :)

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  10. It looks great! I love the layered look and am loving your floating frame with postcards! :)

    ~Lauren
    tickledonline.blogspot.com

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  11. Looks great. The layering really gives a nice, warm look to the room.

    Julia

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  12. Looks great! I love the touch of greenery! Sometimes just a few small changes make a big difference!

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  13. Great transformation! I like the layering you did on the mantel. I'm so glad I found your blog- via chic coastal living!

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  14. Loving the new look! I liked the ikea mirrors but this is much better. Plus you still get to have your tin mirror up there.

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  15. Love the layers!! And I really love the cream mirror - so glad it worked to put that back in the mix! :)

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  16. I love the frames/ pictures lent against the wall & a nice big mirror is what it needed - What a fab job! XX Samantha

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  17. Does it bother you that cassie thinks about you before going to bed? Mantel looks beautiful. Huge fan of the layered look and I really like the large mirror. Feels good when it just "works!"

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  18. I really like your new display...then again, I'm very traditional! I'm guessing it really opens up the space! Well done! :)

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  19. I love this, Michelle. It definitely seems to fit your style (: The "R" is so cute! I just love letters hehe

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  20. This is beautiful! So classy and you know, it's so much more personal. I liked the mirrors but they could fit into anyone's home, and this is just so you!

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  21. Looks great!

    I awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award today. Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  22. I think it looks great! I just changed mine up a little, but I am still not thrilled with it.

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  23. Perfect - it is a small change but the look is very chic. Really like it.

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  24. This looks great! I just updated my mantel with a layered look over the weekend (AND I blogged about it)!!!

    :)

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  25. This looks great! I just updated my mantel with a layered look over the weekend (AND I blogged about it)!!!

    :)

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  26. Looks great..really do like the light colored mirror..for another pop of color, you could always paint your "R", too. Cheers!

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  27. That mirror is just gorgeous! Might have to steal that idea sometime ;)

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  28. Bingo! I think you hit the nail on the head Michelle. It looks great and shows your style perfectly.

    -Rene

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  29. Well my dear...you have redefined perfection when it comes to layering! Thank you for the kudos and maybe I will make some new friends along the way. It looks enchanting...

    Cheers~
    e

    {ok...back to work..I had to sneak over here and take a peek}

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  30. I love the layered look! It adds some dimension and the postcards add a perfect bit of color! Loving it!

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  31. Hi there- I love the new look with the layers and the letter- well done! :)

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  32. Your metamorphosis is absolutely fabulous. I so hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

    Have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

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  33. Love the layers with the pretty colors of the postcards. The touch of greenry gives it life!

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  34. Nice job on making the top of your mantel look as important as the bottom. Very charming result.
    Hope you'll stop by and see our latest bedroom ideas. Jane

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  35. Very pretty! I love the layers with the pretty print!

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