The Art of Propping – Antique Window Mantel


Love this antique window mantel and the window below used as a fireplace screen!

I’m a propper.

Some may call it lazy but I prefer to think of propping as looking laid back and effortless (plus I don’t have to put holes in my walls).

Want a quick and easy focal point?

Get your notebook and pencil ready because I’m about to share something extremely complicated …

1) gather up a few of your favorite similar things 2) lean them against the wall

Love this cute summer mantel with a collection of antique windows and the window fireplace screen

I used a collection of old windows – including one window that I monogrammed – but you can use framed art, mirrors, vintage shutters, whatever you love.

Once I started propping, I couldn’t stop.

So I propped another old window against my fireplace – perfect for these warm months.

Love the details in these old antique windows

I propped til I couldn’t prop any more.

Antique window decor - perfect as a collection propped on a mantel

Propping is exhausting.

Love this antique window mantel and the accessories on the coffee table - look at that oyster shell ball!

I think I need a cocktail.

I’m all propped out.

P.S. See how I made the monogrammed window for 18 cents?

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  1. It looks simply stunning! I don’t change my mantle out often because of hanging things up. Need to start thinking about propping more. Great idea!

  2. Ha … I’m a propper, too … and a lover of cocktails! Does that mean my mantel will look as awesome as yours when I do this? 🙂 I love your monogram window! And, who do “I spy” in the reflection of the window in front of your fireplace? Cheers.

  3. I am fond of propping also..not lazy smart. I love your windows. I noticed your crock with yardsticks because I have one similiar, I also threw in a few old canes.

  4. I love your propping idea so simple,just my kind of style and all your wonderful windows you have accumulated.

  5. I love the propped windows. Just a timeless easy look. Thanks for reminding us that sometimes the easy way is the best way!

  6. What is wrong with propping? I love that look and have noticed it’s done in several magazine shoots have seen lately. I am absolutely green for those windows you have propped. They look fantastic. Simple and not overdone. Good textures and different windows spell awesome to me. You are so clever and talented at styling.
    The bigger window as a fire place screen is perfect with propped windows. I love all the relaxed ideas there are now, not so much fancy smancy. I like to try things together that shouldn’t look good, why not? To me being little or a lot different is much more interesting. I Need to go dig in shed for some old items to refresh look.
    Might do a map theme with some ideas to coordinate with maps. Never done that before. I Have a big map, just
    need to frame it somehow that’s tad different. Time to refresh the gallery wall.
    So do you have big plans for weekend? It’s raining here so need to think of other activities. Usually we go to state park lake just 7 1/2 miles from our house but not in this weather. Water will still be too cold to enjoy. Feel bad for people going camping, crappy weekend for it. I’d love to go antiquing. Have great weekend no matter what you do. Happy days.

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