It's funny, but, when people see my mantle, they either assume that the lamps are wired into it somehow or they try to figure out how I get the lamps to work. I love those lamps! I fell in love with mercury glass a couple of years ago while watching HGTV. It's so sparkly but rustic. How could you not love it? Since then, I've had those lamps on my mantle, even when I change the mantle decor for different seasons.
As for the lamp wires, I just actually hide the wires well : ) ! If you have a minute, I'll show you how.
See, there are lots of wires. From the two lamps and also an extension cord that I need to reach the furthest lamp.
I usually place a print or a mirror right in the middle of my mantle. It gives me some height. And, it is an instant cover up for the majority of the wires!
Once I've placed the mirror in the center, it's not nearly as nasty of a wire mess! But, still needs some work. Last year I bought a moss covered rope thingy. I don't know what I originally wanted to do with it but I ended up using it for my mantle. It does an awesome job adding some green and covering up the majority of the wires.
And, of course, you need to arrange the garland so that some of it hangs down. Oh, and take the tags off (or your type 'A' friend will do it for you when she comes over!).
I love the colors!
And, if you didn't notice, I also added the odd extra pine cone. Just to fill in some spaces where the wires might be peaking out!
And, of course I added my mercury glass pumpkins that I've collected over the last couple of years. Sparkly!!
Oh, and one very important thing. My neighbor keeps reminding me that the taller objects go on the left. A design principle of some sort : ). Also, don't be afraid to repurpose things. The two glass pumpkins on either side of the mirror were lost just sitting on the mantle. I just elevated them using some candle holders. Now they get the attention they deserve!
Looking for some more fall ideas for mantles?
Check out the post I did last year showing both my mantle and that of my friend Mary (who has the twin house to mine)
Or, another home that is totally decked out for the fall! More of a Halloween theme.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope I've given you a couple of ideas.