At our next house (only FOUR MORE DAYS to go before it’s all ours btw!) (insert happy squeal HERE) we’ll have not one, not two, not even three, but four (yes, FOUR) faux fireplaces to style. Yep. That’s right. The
nutcases nice folk who currently live in this house really really like their fireplaces. To an excess, some (including myself) might say. There’s one in the living room. There’s another in the (adjoining) dining room. There’s a fireplace in the sunroom out back. And yep – for faux curling up on blustery winter’s nights, there’s even a faux fireplace in what will likely be our guestroom.
It’s a little (er, a lot) much.
There’s a pretty good chance that at least one of the fireplaces will eventually be moving out of our old mauve house. Hell, we may even get rid of two. Because, really, who needs SEVERAL (non-functioning) fireplaces in a (well-heated via furnace) home? Not us, says I!
The big problem with having so many fireplaces? Having to decorate so many fireplaces. Mantel primping is an artform. An artform that one can either excel at, or go mad attempting to perfect. There’s the necessary accumulation of decorative items needed to adorn the mantels – decorating four mantels will indeed require a lot of stuff. Then there’s the seasonal-decorating dilemma (fantastically fall-er-izing four faux fireplaces could be a rather time consuming project.) And, most importantly, there’s the fireplace overkill factor. One faux fireplace in a rather small little three-bedroom home? Awesome! Two fireplaces? Wow – lucky me! But four fireplaces? Four? Really? That’s a little much methinks.
Yep. One or two must go.
However, all four fireplaces will likely stay firmly in place until we’ve lived in the house for a little bit, at least. Which means I’ve gone on a Pinterest expedition to find inspiration for fireplace dressing (since the acquisition of four fireplaces obviously requires a whole lot of inspiration.) My favourites?
This chalkboard-adorned mantel idea from Mom4Real is pretty fantastic, and could easily be switched up for the seasons.
I’m thinking it could be a lot of fun for the guestroom fireplace. If the guestroom fireplace makes the final faux fireplace cut, that is. :)
And how fun is this mantel from Wit and Whistle…
The Danger Zombies sign? That’s a whole lot of awesomeness.
And globes, maps and galoshes? I love globes and maps and galoshes!
This map-a-licious mantel is courtesy of the lovely folk over at Gather and Build.
However this one, from Style at Home, is my absolute fave. Not necessarily because I like the fireplace (although I do!) But because I’m obsessed with everything about this living room. Love love love!
But, I’m guessing (just call it a hunch) that at least one of my four (FOUR!) fireplaces will end up looking a little like this…
Yup. Like our old faux fireplace. Because I loved it. And because I miss it. LOTS.
So there you have it. My Pinterest-derived fireplace mantel inspiration. Because I need lots of inspiration. Because I’ll be the proud owner of a lot of faux fireplaces very very shortly. In a mere four days, in fact.
Can’t wait. :)