I used the little cupboard to cover the hideous vent on one side of the mantel.
A stack of books and the framed alphabet page hide the vent on the other side.
I love mantels and fireplaces...just not this one. However, I've learned to like it over the years 'cause it's the only one I'm ever going to have in our den in this older home...and besides I really am thankful to have a home, mantel, and holiday decorations. So I should
Wishing you merry times in the weeks ahead...