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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Fireplace gets a Fresh look for the New Year

I decided to take off the ruffled scarf that I've had on the mantel for several years and give the fireplace a fresh look for 2018.

After the mantel scarf was off,   one thing led to another and in the end......the fireplace got a complete makeover!

I already had everything on hand,   so the project went really smooth 

This morning.................................................................tonight

I took down the wooden Farmhouse sign that was hanging on the front of the tea cup cabinets in the entry way and gave it a new home across the front of the mantel.      

I decorated my winter mantel in a cow theme with canvas prints that you've seen in the kitchen before.     I borrowed some milk glass from the display cabinet to add the the cow theme.....milk...cow....see the connection!

Isn't she the sweetest little white cow you've ever seen!

I have similar milk glass and canvas art on the other end of the mantel.

I still need to create a centerpiece for the coffee table.......

Add decor to the empty shelves and the top of the display cabinet on this side of the fireplace

Same thing on the other side........

Looks pretty bare without all my stuff doesn't it!

I wanted a simpler look for the new year,   so I moved the wicker chaise lounge to another room and replaced it with a wicker rocker..    

Last but not least............

I hung a faux weathered wood door on the fireplace wall    Since the mantel is free standing,   H just scooted it out,   hung the faux door and scooted it back!

The  hip roof piece at the top of my mantle vignette is so cute,    love the rooster weather vane!     I saw it at Hobby Lobby a few days ago and it was love at first sight..     I went on ahead and bought it even though I didn't  really know what I would do with it     I'm so glad I did because it worked out perfect hung on the fireplace.


  1. Beautiful vignette! Where did you get the faux weathered wood door? It's the first time I've seen one of these.

  2. You must have the energy of 10 people. I don't know how you do it but kudos to you!! Looks beautiful.

  3. Penny,
    OMG!! I love the way the fireplace looks with the barn door panel!! What an amazing transformation!! Are you feeling better? It seems that after working outside converting the front Porch over to Winter decor and freezing even though it was in the 30's which is a heat wave compared to the temps. that we had been having, I developed a fever again and felt awful the next day so i am moving very slowly with taking down Christmas.....

  4. I like it a lot this way, Penny. It is much 'fresher' looking and the weathered wood is fantastic. xo Diana

  5. This is quite transformation, Penny. I love the cow pictures.

  6. I like this 'fresher' version of your farmhouse, Penny. It feels bright and light and very inviting. The white fur rug with the greenery along the bottom is a lovely touch and the cow theme is just so wonderful! I love seeing a bit of quirky-ness in home decor. It truly personalizes the space :)

  7. Loving the lighter, more casual look on the fireplace. It looks so clean and fresh and all the cows are so cute. I really like the bigger, white cow. So cute!

  8. I like it! Very nice and so cozy.... The "Farmhouse" feel seems to be working out very well for you! Keep on Posting! Have a good weekend! Leticia

  9. I love the new fresher look! Everything is cozy as usual


  10. Wow! Just....WOW!!! It looks amazing! Great job!

  11. Wow. Your fireplace is EPIC! Thanks for linking up at Friday Frenzy Link Party. PINNED!

  12. Oh wow! You certainly did what you set out to accomplish. It is very fresh and new looking. I absolutely LOVE it! I think my favorite part is the faux weathered door that you hung behind it. Really makes the mantel show up. Perfection!
    :) gwingal

  13. WOW. I am stunned at your decorating style! I love it. I wouldn't be able to keep up with dusting and cleaning.

  14. OMG, I just found your blog and I'm in AWE of your house Penny.

    How much work was it to put everything together?

    And I HAVE to ask: how do you keep everything clean? Do you do it all yourself? Do you change the fabrics out regularly to wash them? Do you cook in your amazing kitchen, and if so, how do you keep the grease out of the fabric.

    It looks fantastic, but also like it would be soooooo much work.


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