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!