Oh me! What would I put on the mantle (mantel) to brighten it up for the weeks of events of the holidays. Many people start early with holiday mantle decorations and many are just barely finishing their decorations before the first gift is opened. I try to finish mine about mid-way. That allows more time […]
Oh me! What would I put on the mantle (mantel) to brighten it up for the weeks of events of the holidays. Many people start early with holiday mantle decorations and many are just barely finishing their decorations before the first gift is opened. I try to finish mine about mid-way. That allows more time to return from a busy day and enjoy the welcome from it while listening to holiday music! I love the stage a mantle makes in a family room , living room, or bedroom.
First of all, I am a very traditional person and very traditional in decorating most of the time. This year my mantle has taken on an asymmetrical look with a touch of matchy-matchy with the sparkling, silver reindeer from Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores in the center. Our federal mirror had to be removed to add the gorgeous 24″ diameter faux cranberry wreath from Kirkland’s Home.
The decorating had not begun just that way. No, seriously, it had been in my mind for weeks as I waited for the silver reindeer to be reduced. Yes, it all began with those reindeer. The wreath enhanced the rest of it in my mind. Suddenly, I had ideas popping around in there. In a few days a cherished bowl caught my eye as I was closing the cabinet door. Yes, it had the red and black in it and the background color was similar to the faux finish on my fireplace.
Another day, found me shopping for the red items to go along with the plan. I could just see the silver, red, and black decorations on that 6 foot wide mantle in the family room. Festive, yes, it has to be exactly that and more! I grabbed a crystal basket from the dining room and added round red, silver, and red with silver stripe ornaments to it. My favorite one is the one that reminds me of a disco ball and the reds always please the eyes, too.
Suddenly, I had to backtrack to add an old silver shawl to the mantel. I really wanted silver there. The beautiful ball shaped ornaments were (in a tall cylinder from CVS Pharmacy) and they were perfect for my decorating needs. Even dropping one or two had no breakage as they are shatterproof!
Moving to the left side, I had to elevate the sentimental bowl using a cake stand. Arranging the balls was a bit tricky there. Then I added a black Croscill wooden box (from Tuesday Morning) to elevate the silver, red, and white tree from CVS.
The finishing touches on the right side included adding the black scrolled hurricane candleholder (from Kirkland’s Home) that was drastically reduced last week. I chose to add the ornaments instead of a candle. You might prefer to go with a candle or place strands of beads in it to fill it with lots of color.
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