Thursday, January 16, 2014

How Should I Decorate My Mantle?

Now that the Christmas decorations are finally down and put away it’s time to do a little redecorating around the house. I have most of the accessories figured out but I’m a little stuck on what to do with the mantle.

Before I decked it out for the holidays the mantle looked like this:


I love this look but I want to change it up. Plus, I’ve added a bunch of little pink accents to my living room so the red Paris map doesn’t really go anymore. So I’ve been thinking about what I want to put up instead and I have a few ideas but I’d like your thoughts on which one I should choose.

Option #1

Target mirror

Threshold Starburst Mirror from Target

Pros: Good price ($40), good size (24”x24”), available today Cons: Mass produced, not the best quality


Option #2

vintage mirror

A vintage gold mirror similar to this one from The Shabby Chickster on Etsy

Pros: More character, better quality Cons: Might take some hunting to find one I like that’s the right size and price


Option #3


A colorful abstract painting or print like this one from siiso on Etsy

I really love the colors and feel of this print but it’s a little smaller and a little more expensive than I would prefer. So I thought about painting my own piece using this technique from Craft Pond

diy painting

Pros: 100% customizable to my taste, inexpensive Cons: Don’t know it will turn out, could end up looking cheap and too DIY


So those are my options. Which one do you vote for: the Target mirror, the vintage mirror, or the DIY painting?


  1. I've been eyeing that mirror at Target for awhile. Since I don't think there's a place for it in my house, I'd like to shop vicariously through you! Go with the Target mirror!