Interesting and Inexpensive Mantel Makover Ideas
Refresh the focal point of your family room for less!
The hearth may no longer be the heart of the home, but the mantel remains the focal point for any room lucky to enough to have one! If you haven’t taken a new look at this traditional display place, Spring’s a great excuse to spruce up the space with great inspiration and deals on decor in our two towns, all under $55!
First stop, Millburn:
Furbish: This fabulous décor spot - which has graced both our towns – has been happily settled on Millburn Avenue for the past three. The stunning and stylish Uma Stewart fills her boutique with a crisp collection of cutting edge selections that are simultaneously exotic, modern, artisan and eclectic. Everything Furbish stocks also conveys the store's signature confidence of flawless good taste. (No small feat!)
Mantel masterpieces here ideas here include faux books that work for stylish storage ($18- $36), light reflecting candle holders ($18 and up), eye-catching porcelain fish ($27 - $54) and whimsical wooden birds ($10 - $13). Framed version of fine feathered beauties will set you back $50.25 each. Just pick your theme and go for it! Furbish Home: 315C Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ | 973-761-0311
Further along Millburn Avenue, you’ll find S.N.S. Rug Gallery which is now home to new stock from former neighbor Oven to Table’s collection of prime pieces from Portugal which would work wonders to dress up any dining room or mantel – all for $20 or less.
Plates and pitchers work together or stand alone to add a splash of color to any room and the pitchers in particular also serve as a stunning way to think outside the traditional vase for flower display. S.N.S. Rug Gallery: 537 Millburn Ave, Short Hills (Open Wed-Sat 10-5 Sunday 11-5)
Moving onto Maplewood:
Kokoro: This Maplewood mainstay fits a wide world of international artisan talent under its roof. Owner Susan Onuma picks pieces that are warm, wonderful, and whimsical and would make any mantel proud. Standouts here include hand-dipped column candles ($8 - $22) , colorful glass clocks ($36), an impressive array of varied frames to showcase favorite photos and Haitian metal art fashioned from oil drums ($15 and up). Any or all of which would add a brightening bit of pizzazz to a tired mantel top display.
Need more incentive to let your mantel imagination soar? Onuma offers this insight: “The mantel is a great place for families with children to keep art out of harm’s way!” Kokoro: 172 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040 | 973-378-7988 (Hours: Wed - Sat, 10am - 5:30 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Mon, Tue, closed.)
Have fun creating YOUR mantel masterpiece!