Monday, January 9, 2012

Black and White Living Room Mantel

I'm almost done making over my living room. And today I've finished 3 projects, 2 of which I have been kind of putting off. One of them is my fireplace mantel. I needed time to figure out just how I wanted it. This isn't exactly what I had planned but I went to a thrift store and found some balance scales and decided I would just go with it. They are vintage and I'll be making them over later, but for now I'll put them up with the pic I have.

Scales are kinda a cool thing now in decor. Here is one I like from none other than Z Gallerie. These are $229.50. Ouch! Not for the budget minded. Mine are vintage so they're not as sharp, but a little updating later on and they will be good to go. Not to mention for a measly $4.95, you can't beat it.

So, here is my black and white mantel (the whole theme of my living room is pretty much black and white).
The 2 rhino's were from Z Gallerie and they were a gift to me. I have been wanting a quatrefoil mirror and was going to purchase a cheapy from Lowe's for about 60 bucks. It was nice to see that T.J. Maxx had one that I liked better and it was only about 35 bucks!  I wanted to put a vintage spyglass on the mantel but knew I had to grab the scales when I saw them at the thrift store for about 4.95!  All I have left is to update the scales and add a couple of pillar candles to my candlestick holders. Oh, I almost forgot, the candlesticks are from Z Gallerie as well. They are Mariposa candlestick holders.

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  1. I love black and white! I think a little black in a room makes it so chic and elegant! I'd love if you'd link up to my party going on!

  2. I saw the similar mirror at Lowes too but didn't want to spend that much. Good to know it's cheaper elsewhere...I love the shape!

  3. I love the mirror! Too bad i haven't seen one at TJ Maxx! I bought a much smaller one at Target, but it's not a great quality. Does the trick in the laundry room though!

  4. Looks great....LOVE black and white!!!


  5. Jamie,
    I love the shape, too! Lowe's is suppose to be the cheapy version.

    Horchow has one that is expensive, and I think it's Neiman Marcus that has a champagne mirrored one that I would prefer but it's hundreds.

    Ha! shows what a cheapy I can be, when I don't want to spend 65 dollars on the bargain mirror!

  6. A Lived in Home,
    Thank you. That sucks that your local TJ Maxx doesn't have one. I saw the one you mentioned at Target and it was too small for me, too.
    Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate all of your comments:)

  7. Thanks, Linda. I still have some updating to do to the mantel. I should have done so before I submitted it to the linky parties! Talk about jumping the gun:)

  8. Very pretty! I Love the mirror and the cute rhino heads. Thanks for linking to the Open House Party this week. xo, Sherry

  9. Love it!! Thanks so much for linking up! Just a reminder also to register for my $50 Stencil Giveaway!

    XO, Aimee

  10. Thank you, Sherry and Aimee! I'll be updating the mantel soon. It wasn't finished when I posted.