When I was younger, we had a white wooden mantel in our dining room. I didn’t get it. Why is that there? What’s the point of having something that looks like a fireplace but in actuality is no such thing? A decade and a half later, I finally get it. I totally get it. Mantels are incredible. They’re standalone pieces that can become the focal point of any room. There are so many different kinds – wood, brick, stone – and decorating them is so much fun! You can define the tone of an entire room with the items that top (or don’t top) your mantel.
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