Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Mantel

I can't be alone, but I swear EVERY mantel I've seen online - blog parties, BHG, Pinterest, etc. - has a beautiful focal point. Be it a gorgeous mirror, shutters, or some cool re-fashioned pallet art - they are pretty. What do I have above my mantel - a flat screen TV. Gorgeous? No! Functional and a marriage saver? Absolutely!

So - I'm stuck with an unattractive focal point, but I might as well try to make the best of it! So - all of that said - here's my attempt for a fall mantel/TV land.

The apothecary jars are filled with faux-fruit - appropriate since we live in the midst of apple-country. I found the owl at TJ Maxx recently and loved it. On his own, he was too small, but stacked on a few random history books, he looks more appropriate. My favorite part, though, is the Fall saying in the middle. The frames were all brass once upon a time, but I gave them new life with some spray paint. I used some patterned paper for the background on each and then raided my stash of vintage sewing items to make the letters. The F is made of wooden spools from my great grandmother's sewing kit. The A is an embroidery hoop with a braided "tail," and the Ls are old spools from a local antique shop.

On a side note - the TV is wired from behind the gas-fireplace and not in the wall. The wires were driving me crazy, though. Rather than mess with the drywall, we found a workaround and built a three-sided box to fit behind the TV. It covers both the wires and the two electric receptacles that are in unfortunate locations (i.e. not hidden behind the TV). We painted it the same color as the wall and it blends in pretty well, I think.

So - am I alone in the TV over the mantel crowd? Please say no.

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1 comment:

  1. You're not alone! Our TV sits in a huge niche in the wall over the fireplace, and it does limit our mantel decor, but I love it anyway. You're mantel looks beautiful, by the way. I love that owl!