Major Mantle Makeover

While most people use the change of seasons for the opportunity for a fresh new look, changing out a mantle doesn’t have to be just a seasonal occurrence! Every year after the Christmas decor comes down, I am faced with the challenge of giving our kitchen mantle a facelift. And it’s SO IMPORTANT, because with these cold KC temps we’ve been having, my fireplace is getting a LOT of attention.  

Challenge accepted!

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Break the Pattern!

This year, I wanted to go a completely different direction than I have in years past. I ditched the same ole same ole symmetrical look that I've been giving this mantle year after year! This area in our home sees a lot of faces daily, so it needs to be special!

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I started by taking down the center mirror and the two wrought iron architectural details that flank the sides of it. Those babies had been up for years and it was time to retire them. I still love the vintage mirror so I decided that it needed to stay and be part of the new look! I found it years ago at a fun vintage store in the West Bottoms in Kansas City. If you live nearby in KC and love vintage find as much as I do, you have to make some time to visit the West Bottoms and all it has to offer! I've also linked similar mirrors below. 

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Use Nontraditional Accessories

I truly love cutting boards that look vintage and old. I have had these for quite some time, so I decided that they could spend their time up on the kitchen mantle for a new fresh look! Cutting boards go in the kitchen, right? Mine are from Nell Hills from a while ago, but I've linked similar ones in the "shop my post" section at the bottom of this post!

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Mix Up Your Heights

I have been eyeing these tall skinny taper candle sticks at target for a while now, but I just wasn't sure where to put them in our home! I love to give mantles some variating height, so I figured these new candle sticks would do the trick!  I topped both of them off with a battery operated flicker taper candle, available at Target (linked below!)

Keep the Ambiance

These awesome lantern lights have been on of my favorite lighting options in our home for years so I knew they had to stay because I love them and they provide a sweet glow at night!!

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So there you have it! A fresh new look to take is through the next few seasons! It will be easy to switch a few things out to give this mantel a new look from time to time! You can shop everything I've used below to create a similar look in your home! (I've had some of this stuff for a while, so I've linked similar items to those that are no longer available online!)

So give it a try! Why not try a mantle makeover in your home!

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Things Are Starting To Get Spooky Around Here!

We are quickly approaching Halloween time here at the Style and Grace house! I have so much fun decorating our house for holidays, and Halloween is no exception. It's fun to pick out the darker, spooky whimsical decorations that (obviously) you wouldn't find as part of my decor! 

We get quite a few trick-or-treaters at our house, so I like to make it look inviting and festive for all of the kids, no matter WHAT their ages! 

Okay, now who has a good idea for costumes? What are you being for Halloween? 

Upstairs Hallway Gets and Upgrade!

Okay, remember that day when I said I was so ready for Fall? Well, she came in like a tornado today and she was CHILLY!

The crisp air got me motivated to do some layering in our upstairs hallway to make it feel a bit cozier. We've never had any decor in front of this window, and we've lived here for 13 years!

I found this sweet little bench from Home Goods. It's the perfect piece to make what was once plain an ordinary into something extraordinary.

I'm so glad we finally made the change (and actually kind of shocked I hadn't decorated this space before!) 

Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to look for it!

The Crown Jewel of the Family Room

I just got this brand new chandelier for our family room. It is JUST what this space needed! I think it's like, the crown jewel of the room! 

Do you have any great pieces in your home that just "make" your space? 

Our new chandelier is from Ballard Designs. I found a few similar ones here: Houzz | West Elm | Wayfair.com

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