Last year I proclaimed 2012 was the year of the ruffle for me...well this is continuing into 2013 because I still feel the need for the ruffle! I was looking at my last post and thinking my livingroom was a little too tailored looking for me. I want to get a old fireplace surround to add to my fireplace, but my Kool Aid budget always gets in the way. So I had to think of something that fits into my budget..in other words, free. :)
I had the idea to attach a ruffle to the mantle and I really like it! I thought I would get moans from my family about too many girly things going on in our house...but everyone likes it! Even my 14 year old daughter who thinks nothing I do is right, likes it. My husband even said he likes it a lot better. What?! I was surprised. Janae said she loves it.. but I thought she might :)
Here is the before---
I never liked the separation between the tile and the mantel...now it feels more like one piece.
Here is the way before, before we moved in...
I like it now--not so much back then.
Much better! We have yet to have a fire in this fireplace because we need to have it inspected. Someday when we do though I will be putting the ruffle up..just in case fire decides to jump out of the fireplace.
I sewed some trim on the bottom of the ruffle that my Mom got at a garage sale. It looks like tatting to me. I love it! I kind of like to add that "Grandma Chic" look to things.
I have more ideas to soften the look of the livingroom--I just need to get busy! I need some white ruffly pillows for sure!
I hope that everyone has a really Happy Valentines Day...
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