Many of the city’s old homes have fireplace mantels that are the architectural focus of the room. They are usually adorned with family photos, art and tchotchkes. My home has a non-working fireplace, but it didn’t have a mantel, so I purchased one from a salvage yard and painted it white to match the trim of the room.
Like many people, I love to seasonally change the décor on the mantel, since how the mantel is “dressed” often helps set the tone of the room. I used two Vogue patterns to create both of these festive holiday looks. The elegant white-on-white mantel scarf would be a nice addition to a formal room, while the red-fringed trim scarf would be a nice accent near the decorated tree. Both require minimal sewing, and in a pinch, hot glue will also work. The size of my mantel is 9-inches deep and 52-inches long, so adjust fabric requirements if yours is larger. •