A friend of the couple gave them artwork, which she placed over the fireplace. "There is a small flash of that raspberry color in the center of the peony. I told Jesse that I wanted to pull that out as an accent color, because the room previously was a sea of beige. The wallpaper tied it all together, and I sold it to him on that concept," she says.
The designer appreciates both a curated look and a relatively spare mantel. "I tend to like art over the mantel, because a mirror is a bit of a void unless it reflects something interesting on the other side of the room. I like a symmetrical foundation: art, a pair of things like candlesticks, plants or ceramics."
Tip: For an interesting, collected mantel, Liz suggests adding small filler items that you can update with the season (like a small pink plant in spring, and little pumpkins or pinecones and small ornaments for the holidays).