Decorating your fireplace mantel is not difficult, but can stump even the savviest of homeowners. Your fireplace is an architectural focal piece and should be the “wow” when your guests walk into the room. Here are some tips to create a gorgeous fireplace mantel: First things first. Prepare the fireplace. First, remove everything from the mantel and hearth. You want to begin with a clean slate (pun intended). Clean all surfaces including the inside of the fireplace. Take a good…