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Get the Look: Ornate Mantels

Characterized by pretty architectural details and intricate design, these mantels demand attention

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes
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  • Tria Giovan

    Visual Feast

    “Guests stay in a dining room for a long time—sometimes up to four hours,” says designer Ellie Cullman, “so there needs to be plenty of interesting visuals.” Case in point: grand architecture on the fireplace and tongue-in-cheek art pieces scattered throughout the room she designed for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse.

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  • Peter Rymwid

    Funky Fusion

    Contemporary furniture is fused with patterned fabrics and upbeat artwork in this Chinese New Year themed room. A standout against the colorful red walls is the beautiful mantel, original to the home. 

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  • Tria Giovan

    Enter Extraordinary

    This room in the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse was already extraordinary thanks to the existing wood paneling and moldings along the room’s perimeter. Speaking of extraordinary, the gorgeously carved mantel is also original to the house. 

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  • Jessie Preza and Colleen Duffley

    Glamorous Living Room

    With intricate detailing on the mantel, a velvet-covered chaise, and a chandelier that’s nearly 5 feet wide and 6 feet tall, this living room is all about glamour. 

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  • Gordon Beall

    Pretty Molding

    Uncommonly pretty architectural details can be seen on the crown molding in this conservatory as well as on the mantel. Hushed neutral hues lend a calm, earthy appeal. 

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  • Jonny Valiant and Joseph St. Pierre

    Simply Special

    A great fireplace makes a room look special. The homeowners warmed up this hearth with sponge painting that looks like smoke (on the overmantel and crown molding).

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  • Werner Straube

    Restful Guest Room

    In a lavishly appointed guest bedroom, a mantel with beautiful molding is right at home. 

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  • Werner Straube

    Robust Presence

    A gray-and-white marble fireplace surround creates a robust presence in the library Frank Ponterio designed for the Lake Forest Showhouse. 

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  • John Bessler and Peter Rymwid

    Floral Fantasy

    Whimsy abounds in this “fantasia of chinoiserie,” as designer Miles Redd refers to it. The floral forms found throughout the room are replicated on the carved mantel. 

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  • Werner Straube

    Singing Silver

    In a 1922 Georgian-style home, the original stone fireplace with pretty architectural details sings in a room accented with silver. 

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  • Ron Blunt

    Cheerful Cherry

    In this sprawling dining room, a cherry red wall is an arresting contrast to the gray semigloss finish of the mantel and moldings. 

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Serene Bedroom

    An incredible antique black marble mantel anchors a serene master bedroom in this California home. 

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Really Pretty Revival

    Elegant details, like those on the mantel, prevail throughout this 1928 Mediterranean revival. 

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  • Carter Berg and John Bessler

    Intricate and Elegant

    Intricate plasterwork adorns the walls as well as the mantel in this elegantly themed room. 

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Wooden Wonder

    An antique carved wood mantel settles in next to reclaimed cypress doors that cover the library walls in Sela Ward’s home. 

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  • John Bessler

    Elegant Repose

    Befitting the elegant, restful theme of Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s room is this beautiful white mantel – original to the home. 

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  • Phillip Harvey

    Punchy Pizazz

    Subtle details give this living room pizazz, from the bright fuchsia bench and striking chandelier to the stately mantel. 

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  • Francis Hammond

    Posh in Paris

    In a lovely Parisian apartment a flamboyant mantelpiece holds court in the chic living room. 

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  • Eric Roth

    Balanced Beauty

    Casual and formal strike a balance in this multi-purpose dining room. A painted green fireplace surround depicts ships at sea while antlers and a mirror with gold-leaf finish rest above the gorgeous mantel. 

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  • Eric Roth

    Nice and Neutral

    White walls and an intricately carved limestone fireplace ground the living room’s neutral palette. 

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  • Werner Straube

    At Attention

    In a formal sitting room, a glamorous black-and-white marble fireplace demands attention.  

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  • Eric Roth

     

    Magnificent Molding

    Wonderful molding details and a striking broken pediment fireplace overmantel are highlighted by soft grays. 

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  • John Bessler

    Carved Beauty

    A gorgeous carved mantel and the beams overhead hint at the history of this Oyster Bay cottage. (George Washington slept here once!)

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