Looking for a place to put your favorite odds and ends? Look for inspiration in Kelley Motschenbacher’s quaint abode, where collectables are placed all over the living room. “I really like antiques because they’re often weird, nontraditional sizes that are ideal for smaller rooms,” she says.
Jennifer Miller didn’t let her 28-inch-wide hearth dissuade her from decorating. She chose scaled-down topiaries and candlesticks to go along with an oil portrait.
A Bit of Blue Onion
Alison and Jim Luckman use their mantel to display their beautiful porcelain dishes.
A Little Lighting
A pair of metal lamps help the stunning chandelier illuminate the living room in this antique-filled farmhouse.
Danny Seo used his hearth to show off a variety of beautiful black and white pieces.
When your fireplace is this gorgeous, there’s no need to go overboard with the decor. The owners of this Wyoming home added a pair of candlesticks and one piece of artwork.
A Bit of Brick
Hal Turner, the owner of this South Carolina smokehouse, actually salvaged brick pavers from his grandparents’ old home for his fireplace. He then kept things nice and symmetrical up above with a couple of vases filled with wheat sheaves and a painting.
Bright and White
A white mantel offsets the brick fireplace in Holly Williams’s Kentucky home. Plus, it offers a blank canvas to display just about anything.
Instead of hanging plants from the ceiling, simply display them around eye-level—like Chenault James—to freshen up your home for spring.
The farm painting perfectly pairs with the cow figurines lounging in this Texas home.
Prop a Painting
Rather than leaving it bare or filling it with fire wood, the owners of this southern sporting cabin opted to display a work of heart on the hearth.
Take a cue from the owner of this renovated California cabin and give your brick fireplace a quick makeover with a “German smear.” The fast wash treatment is an easy way to tone down and distress a bright fireplace.
In With the Old
The “art” above this fireplace is actually a gate from an old pigpen! Before this 100-year-old Texas home was remodeled, the entire structure was covered with fake rock from the 1970s and surrounded by bookshelves. The owners tore everything out to find this beautiful brick fireplace beneath all the junk.
Decorate with Found Items
This mantel and the bottles were uncovered in a barn on the property and added to this Virginian home’s rustic farmhouse style.
Rustic Wood and Antlers
The rustic mantel is made of wood from the homeowner’s grandfather’s farm, adding to her home’s cozy, welcoming feel.