After Christmas, I - like everyone else who has a fireplace - had to figure out what I was going to put on my mantel after I took down the Christmas decor.
It's winter but I live in Florida so I came up with a Winter White theme with a beachy twist.
Just so you know, I don't believe starfish (at least not this species) are native to the Gulf of Mexico so it is highly unlikely that you'll be walking down the beach here and find one laying there waiting to be brought home and placed on your mantel. No - I bought mine just like most everyone else.
I simply like them so I've incorporated them into my decor here and there.
Having a mirror on my mantel is something I have not done in many years and there has always been a reason for that.
You can see it in the picture below...
Yep, there it is...the light fixture.
You may think that it doesn't look that bad...but when I first put the mirror up years ago, you would not be able to NOT notice that the light fixture was simply not mounted flush to the ceiling. For some reason, when Mr. 1101 first hung it, he just couldn't get it to straighten out. But you could only see it if you were looking at it while standing in front of the fireplace OR via a reflection from a mirror over the fireplace. So, it was easier to remove the mirror.
But, inspired by other bloggers who were using mirrors on the mantel, I decided to drag mine back out. This time when I saw the reflection, I immediately noticed that the fixture was practically dangling from it's wires!!!
That prompted an immediate repair by Mr. 1101 and when he did, lots of plaster fell from around the hole in the ceiling.
But all turned out well because we found a lovely ceiling medallion to hide the hole and now, the light even hangs straight!
But - I digress... On to the mantel...
This mirror was gold...
(Just starting to decorate for Christmas...notice the missing light fixture!)
...But gold is out so I painted it antique white and aged it with a little glaze.
And viola! A new look using all old or natural "stuff".
The antique bottles are part of my collection from my grandparents farm and the pine cones ARE native (picked them up from Ft. Desoto Park where we camped last week).
And there you have it...a Florida Winter Mantel.
And in case you are wondering...those are real ashes in the fireplace. We actually do like to have a fire in the fireplace occasionally...even if we have to turn on the AC!
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