i grew up in the same house – for twenty three years of my life i called that place home (SIDE NOTE: i still do and it can get tricky when you are trying to tell people where to go “go to my house… like my parents house… not my house house!” haha) and in that home we had a fireplace. that fireplace was the center of the home. it hung the overflowing stockings at Christmas time, it created hours of entertainment by crumpling up old newspapers to keep the fire going, it held birthday cards, senior pictures, and grandmas old school books, it became “magic” when we converted it to gas and could just turn on the fire, it provided warm light during movies, and it provided de-thawing when we came in from playing in a snowstorm. to this day, i am drawn to it and i always sit on the fireplace ledge. if i wrote a poem about a mantel in a home, i would include this line ” home is were the hearth is…” (see what i did there?!?!)
the mantel holds the stories – it is the center & the heart of a house. now that i live in a home of my own, new stories are being made. my mantel is covered in so many dear things to me, many of them being from some of my favorite etsy shops! this ampersand from The Felt Flower Shop is my newest addition and i couldn’t be more pleased! if you have not seen the shop, you need to! Cole is so very talented!