Throwing out the decorating “rulebook”
So I had been looking for a fireplace mantel for a couple of months. This summer I pulled up to a garage sale and spotted a beauty with a sign on it that said FREE… one of my favorite words in the English language! I couldn’t put the car in park fast enough. The owner was in construction and his client had replaced this mantel and was going to pitch it. I loaded that baby up, brought it home and spray painted it white.
I put it against the wall between the two windows in our dining room. Do we have a fireplace in our dining room? Nope. GASP! Is there a rule in the decorating rulebook somewhere that says you must have a fireplace to have a mantel? Nope…I googled it. 😉
Here’s how the wall looked before: Okay, but a tad on the boring side.
And here it is after:
A mantel opens up all kinds of decorating possibilities!
The inspiration for the chalkboard came from Rie at Home and Harmony. If you’ve never visited her blog, you are in for some serious eye candy. What an absolutely gorgeous home! Just click Home and Harmony under “Blogs I Love” in the sidebar. Here’s a link to her amazing mantel. Home and Harmony mantel and chalkboard
Translation: “Oh Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.” Psalm 26:8
Just for the record…everything in this display (with the exception of the pillows, candleholders, swag, and top three platters which came from HomeSense) was purchased at garage sales and thrift stores.
It’s time to throw out the decorating rulebook, people! You know what? The most striking rooms and arrangements are usually the ones that break the rules in some way or at least bend them a little! The decorating police will not come to your door and write you a ticket. Pinky swear!
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