This is my mantle. (Minus the orchid. It died as orchids tend to live short lives under my care.) Last weekend I made major progress–hung blinds, bought curtain rods, returned curtain rods, rolled up and repackaged a rug to return. I took a lot of things back.  Sometimes progress is reduction.

I walked past the mantle and thought, you are not right. So, I began the what-do-I-have-that-could-fit-here conversation in my mind when I remembered a map tucked away in the basement. I suppose the map post was fresh on my mind, too.

Isn’t that better? Less piecemeal more thoughtful. But it needed just a little something. Oh, yes. A clipboard. With a quote that reads, “Wherever you are… be there.” Perfect!


I love mantles because they are easily changed and are a perfect landing-place for collections.  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite mantle treatments. From collections to simple to bold statements to just-plain-fun, here are a few images to inspire you. Because sharing is caring.

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Happy Day!