QUAND LA CHEMINEE JOUE A CACHE-CACHE
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There is something so subtle about a fireplace mantle that disappears into the woodwork, so to speak. What is left is the frame and some details and moldings, the true basic essence of the mantle. It's like eating yogurt without sugar or fruit. You get the real taste.
It's a big plus only if the yogurt is great.
Just like a great mantle.
I know the comparison is a bit of a stretch, but you get my point.
* By the way, go to Katy Elliott's web site: I just discovered it; she is renovating her house and her posts showcase some of the best American design I know out there.