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Making the Most of the Mantle

A statement fireplace can have a dramatic impact on a living space. The perfect perch for displaying collected curiosities and your favourite décor pieces, a fireplace becomes a focal point that says a lot about your personal style.

Layering is the key to a well styled mantlepiece, both for a clean, minimal aesthetic or a cluttered chic look. I think the best styled fireplaces avoid symmetry, just as you would on a floating shelf. Mix heights and depth with stacks of books and interesting pieces of varying sizes.

Personally I love a fireplace anchored with a beautiful mirror or striking artwork and styled with simple vases and a photo frame with a treasured memory. Fresh flowers are my must-have, such as flowering branches in spring, peonies in the summer or winterberry in the winter.

Changing up a mantle can also change the entire feel of your living area. I love mixing up the décor for an instant room refresh.

My top mantle picks from Uocmas for a beautiful statement fireplace are the Black Sea Fan Art, Oly Burma Vases and Oly Mobius Sculpture with the Oly Limited Edition Glass Vase with a bunch of fig branches for height.

Caitlan

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