Gone to the Dogs.....Winter Mantel

1.23.2014

When my pal Shirley was here picking up her goods from France that had been shipped here I asked her to help me style my bookshelves in the great room. You see I have a hard time doing shelves and Shirley was glad to help. Well, she also helped me with the mantel.

We just shopped the house and started moving things here and moving things there. 

Her poor hubby was ready to go home, but she told him she needed to do this first. You tell him, Shirley.

I love using my old trophies and books on the mantel. All this works well with the dog picture.

These bookends have been in the sitting room until now and I am loving them in their new spot.





These three vintage leather bound books are part of a set of nine that I bought in France.



It took us well over an hour to work it all out, but I am loving the new look of the mantel and bookcases. I will share those soon.

I hope you will come back tomorrow to tour another guest blogger's favorite room.

Have a great day and stay warm.

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42 comments:

  1. Love how it came out! I especially loving that dog statue and the trophy. Bookshelves and mantels are always the spaces that give me the most trouble in my home.

    Have a great week!
    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  2. The mantel looks beautiful Kim- how fun to have Shirley visiting too!

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  3. I love the new look! The bookends really compliment the picture above too. They stand out more in the center of your mantel as well.

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  4. Oh my goodness, Kim! This is perfection! I adore how the two of you pulled together such fun and very sophisticated mantel. You have some very lovely dog treasures and putting them together on your mantel makes a lovely statement! Shirley and you need to come north and help me now.

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  5. It was fun not only helping you style the mantel and bookcaaes, but shopping your house is a great experience as you have so many beautiful things!!!...I love your wonderful collection of dog items, from the gorgeous artwork to the vintage and antique accessories!

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  6. You guys did gooooood!! Looks great Kim.

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  7. I LOVE when friends will do this! It's so fun... but my husband would be rolling his eyes thinking "why bother, you will just move it all back next week"... lol!!!

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  8. So beautiful! It's always so much more fun to decorate with a friend :o)
    ~Des

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  9. Your mantel is so classy! It reminds me of a well-to-do family in New York, if you know what I mean! It looks beautiful!
    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  10. Very well done ladies. Looks very English country.

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  11. O love every single one of these things on your mantle! Teamwork is fun.

    Dogs rule and cats drool!!!!

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  12. Simply stunning!!!!
    Ramon
    Rowhouseblogg.blogspot.com

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  13. I love the classic, formal feel to the mantle. Your home is beautiful. I just discovered your blog and it is giving me tons of inspiration for my own blog as well as my home. It is all stunning

    http://ourhousenowahome.blogspot.com/

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  14. You guys did a great job! The coloring in the painting is close to the reddish color in your fireplace, and that looks nice.
    Brenda

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  15. Oh I love not only the turn out of the mantle, but the fact that you asked a friend for a fresh perspective....that is the neatest thing.

    It's a classic look, love it.

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  16. Love the mantel, it looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

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  17. I think you and Shirley make quite the team! Excellent.

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  18. You two did a fabulous job styling the mantel. Eager to see the shelves. That's a great looking piece of art, and all the details on the mantel pair perfectly with it.

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  19. Your mantel looks so united and perfect, Kim. Fabulous trophy cups you have!!
    Mary Alice

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  20. Gorgeous. I bet you are Shirley are dangerous together. You have so much in common.

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  21. Great job, gals! I love playing off of the energy of another - that's how my sister & I do our styling in our spaces in the antique mall. Your mantle looks really good!

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  22. Stunning, Kim (and Shirley)!!! YOu have a beautiful collection of dog items and with them all together here it looks perfect. Can't wait to see the shelves done too. You have such beautiful things.

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  23. Hi Kimmie! Oh, I love your mantel filled with the doggy things! And...how nice to have a friend to help! Wish she'd come help me! :) Love your pretty home and love seeing it. Hope you're doing ell.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. The mantel looks great, Kim!

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  25. Beautiful pictures, and what a beautiful arrangement on your mantle! XOXO

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  26. How fun that you and Shirley got to spend time decorating together! The two of you are a force to be reckoned with. ;-) It all looks beautiful!
    Vanessa

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  27. WOW, love all the doggie items with the beautiful picture. It looks like you and Shirley had a good time decorating. Can hardly wait to see the bookcases.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

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  28. All the nods to the dogs are wonderful Kim.

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  29. Love that dog portrait. Will Shirley come to New Jersey?

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  30. Love the dog them-your dog figures and bookends are wonderful!

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  31. It looks great in there! Shelves and mantle. That Shirley is a wonder worker, isn't she? And TWO of you putting your heads together created magic there. I love it- Diana

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  32. Sure do like your leather bound books! Classic look!

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  33. Your dog themed mantel looks great Kim! You and Shirley did a wonderful job styling it. Can't wait to see the bookcase, I'm working on one myself.
    Kristi

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  34. Kim the mantle looks fabulous! I love all of the dogs and the antlers. I hope that you are keeping nice and warm

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  35. That looks really great! Love all the details and the picture with the dogs is wonderful. Shirley is so talented with displays and I always enjoy seeing her work. The trophies are perfect with this setting...great job!

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  36. Looks great Kim! I love that painting, the frame is gorgeous!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  37. Kim,
    Your mantel looks so beautiful. I love the way you and Shirley finished it. It really came out so nice. Love all your dog items. Love the trophies. The vignette is just perfect on the mantel.
    Kris

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  38. It looks great, Kim. I like how it has some symmetry, but not identical.

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