I’m almost half way through my first winter in Chicago, and I have to admit, I’m not hating it. In a weird way I kind of missed winter. Growing up in New England, winter’s are so nostalgic to me. I can remember having snow days and baking cookies and everyone standing around the fireplace to get warm after shoveling the snow outside. Getting all bundled up to go outside and then having to peel of the layers once you came back in. And sure, the snow can be a huge pain in the ass, I get it. When I first moved to the South I LOVED that it was sunny and warm all year. I reveled in the fact that I was sunbathing in February when everyone back home was stuck in 3 feet of snow.
Even a few months ago I was terrified of what winter would be like here. And to be fair, we have had a really mild winter so far here in Chicago, so I can’t complain! But I have really enjoyed what this change of seasons brought. I have loved the snow and even in a weird way the cold. It just brings back lots of good memories from my childhood.
There are certain things that I associate with the cold weather and one of my favorites is a fireplace. There is nothing better than the smell of a wood fireplace, but even just the glow of the flame is so calming. Plus from an architectural standpoint, having a beautiful mantle just adds SO much charm to a space. In Chicago we get lucky, there are fireplaces everywhere. But if you live in a rental or don’t have the ability to install one in your home, you don’t have to miss out! I have seen A TON of faux fireplaces lately and I’m kind of loving it. I’m not talking about the kind of fake fireplace that looks like a TV screen with logs burning, I’m talking about a faux mantle.
I mean, how gorgeous are some of these mantels!? I feel like having candles stacked under them is so romantic and whimsical. This last picture is actually from this week’s episode of Fixer Upper and once again proves that Joanna Gaines can literally do no wrong when it comes to decorating. I LOVE the warmth and charm that a mantle like this can give to a space. And is anyone else considering painting their bedroom black after looking at these pictures?! That first bedroom is the epitome of glamour.
The best part about these faux mantles is that they are a fraction of the cost of a real fireplace and not as permanent. I think it would be the perfect solution for cozying up a rental or even just for use in a bedroom of your home like some of the pictures above. Can you imagine a distressed white mantel against a wall of exposed brick?! I would die!
What do you think!? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!!
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