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Monday, November 8, 2010

Evolution of a Fireplace

Fireplaces and mantles should be straightforward and simple, but I have always struggled with finding that perfect arrangement.  While enjoying Phoebe Howard's fabulous party for Eddie Ross on Friday, I walked around her beautiful store, amazed at her ability to place objects perfectly throughout a room.  She uses thoughtful restraint to achieve the perfect placement and combination of accessories in the spaces she designs.  I have two non-functioning fireplaces in my home, and with a 10-month old baby, I don't have any immediate plans to make them functional.  With a little inspiration from Phoebe, and some advice and elbow grease from MoS Washington, here is my updated fireplace for (late) fall.

I blogged early this summer about filling my fireplace with shells and fan coral for a beachy summer atmosphere. 

After finding some fabulous brass accessories at an estate sale in Columbia (that I blogged about here), I decided they could be the perfect way to update my fireplace for fall.

I purchased a large heavy brass tray,

and a brass deer head.

It took a couple of iterations (big thank you to MoS Washington for her patience) before we found the right combination.  I had some brass-and-black andirons in my attic, so I added them to the fireplace.  I initially placed the brass tray inside the fireplace on the andirons.  That didn't stay.

 My sweet husband used a masonry drillbit to mount the brass deer head above the fireplace opening, underneath the mantle.

I placed a rectangular gold rope-framed mirror over the fireplace to reflect the light from windows across the room.  A pair of mounted steer horns flanks the mirror, as well as one of my favorite purchases at Decatur Estates- a pair of brass and black koi candlesticks. 

In front of the mirror I placed a red and yellow antique glass vase that belonged to my dad's mother.  The warm colors are perfect for a fall fireplace.

I decided against the brass tray inside the fireplace and instead rescued my summer fern from the cold outdoors.  I placed the brass tray on the side of the fireplace, adding some visual interest to the white brick hearth.

I am happy with the result!  A huge thank you to MoS Washington for helping me find the perfect arrangement!  I can't wait to hang a pretty Christmas wreath over the mirror in a couple of weeks!


A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Wonderful job!! I especially like the brass deer head and where you placed it! Take care, Caroline

Betsy said...

Looks amazing!! Love everything--thanks for sharing.

Yuppie Lady said...

I wish my honey let me paint the fireplace white...looks great.

Julie said...

It looks great! Well done!

Danielle@Fresh Quince said...

Too funny...I have a fern in my fireplace too, but as the weather is getting drier, my fern is losing all of its leaves and not looking so hot!

Your fireplace looks lovely...thanks for sharing!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I love the white brick and the brass accents- looks great!

My Notting Hill said...

Looks great! I love the yellow and gray tray/tile (?) that the deer head is resting on! Would love to know more about it.

traci zeller designs said...

Looks great, Sarah! Very clever! Visiting Mrs. Howard really is like a master class in how to accessorize ...

Martin said...

Hi, I really enjoy your blog! I came across a similar brass deer head and your post has some serious inspiration for how it can be used in home decor.... check out my post with your photos featured in it!!!

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