Before & After: A Major Mantel Makeover

Before & After: A Major Mantel Makeover

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Dabney Frake
Nov 7, 2014
(Image credit: Lilikoi Joy)

Sharon describes her home as a mishmash of styles (mostly tropical-beachy-outdoorsy nature-modern with a little traditional-hollywood regency-eclectic-real life thrown in) with no one dominate influence. When it starts leaning too far in one direction, she switches it up to keep decor in an eclectic balance. Take her family room's mantel for instance, which was feeling entirely too traditional given her plans for the rest of the space....

(Image credit: Lilikoi Joy)

Here's how Sharon describes the new look:

We had a perfectly nice fireplace, yes. It was very traditional with the brick surround and white mantel with dentil molding. Although it wasn't really our preferred style, we appreciated and liked it and lived with it in harmony for 14 years. But after living with it for that long, we were ready for something different, something more up our style alley, and something unique that not every other house in our neighborhood also already has...

The new fireplace is much more modern and simple, but we also still wanted to keep it warm and organic looking, so we used natural stone (a honed vein cut travertine tile) and built a simple but dramatic wood beam mantel.
(Image credit: Lilikoi Joy)

For more photos and information about the project, head over to Lilikoi Joy.

Many thanks for sharing Sharon!

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