Calling All Readers: Can You Style My Mantle?

Calling All Readers: Can You Style My Mantle?

Lauren Hannel
Mar 30, 2017
Here's what I'm currently working with.
(Image credit: Lauren Hannel)

My apartment was built in 1915. With that antique construction date comes a ton of positive side effects for any design lover, as well as one negative one: beautiful architectural details that don't always translate well into efficient, modern living. My bedroom's fake fireplace is the perfect example of both.

While I sometimes curse the "wasted space" that could fit a tiny couch or bigger clothing rack, it's become a little decorative area in a room full of strategic function. As of right now, the only occupants of this valuable plot of bedroom real estate are an IKEA mirror I've had since I was 13 (yes, as in 12 beautiful years together), some stubby candles, assorted accessories and a beloved little plant. I like the function of a mirror and the pride that comes from not killing a plant, but I'm open to pretty much anything.

So I've turned to some of my favorite shopping resources for some stand out, under-$100 finds. Now all I need is a little guidance...

Apartment Therapy Marketplace

My kitchen table, chairs and the mirror hanging over my bed were all sourced from the marketplace, so why not try to score again?

  1. Tree Ring Art Print, $35.
  2. Art Deco Cobalt-Etched Mirror, $60.
  3. Brass Incense Holder, $35.
  4. Vintage White Planter, $15.
  5. Dip-Dyed Candleholder Set, $78.
  6. Gold Mantle Clock, $40.


I've held onto that mirror for 12+ years for a reason: you can't beat IKEA'S prices, especially when the items last this (surprisingly) long.

(Image credit: IKEA)
  1. Black STAVE Mirror, $29.99.
  2. IKEA PS 2017 Candlestick, $12.99.
  3. SJÄLSLIGT Decorations, $14.99.
  4. TVILLING Posters,, $10.
  5. BELEVAD Candle Dish, $5.99.


I worked at Target for seven glorious years while in school, so I'll probably bleed red and khaki forever. Here's what stood out for me from the ole bullseye.

(Image credit: Target)
  1. Round Brass Mirror, $47.49.
  2. Oh Joy! YAY Vase Set, $28.49.
  3. Threshold Tassel Garland, $12.99.
  4. Oh Joy! Ceramic Cloud Tray, $16.99.
  5. Oh Joy! Colorblock Votive Holders, $6.99.

Urban Outfitters

While the sale rack is my main stomping ground for clothing, the little home goods section of Urban Outfitters usually has great finds.

(Image credit: Urban Outfitters)
  1. Triangle Mirror Set, $39.
  2. Small Concrete Candle, $14.
  3. Half-Moon Planter, $14.
  4. Blush Glass Catch-All Tray, $20.
  5. Acrylic Frame, $12.

So from one design lover to hundreds of thousands of others: which picks did you like the best? What should I get to refresh my look? Let me know!

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