Now that the tree has been decorated, and all the lights are finally working, it’s time to decorate the mantle. First needed is a theme. I love to decorate the mantles of my clients. I start by the color of the ribbon, then look for ornaments and other items that will support their theme. If there are children in the home, a more festive, fun look is often called for, adding in elves, candy canes, and a bit of whimsy.
Recently, clients have chosen to place their tv over their mantle instead of the traditional art. This particular mantle showcases the tv, framed by picture frame molding, and much-loved stockings, hung with care…..
Televisions seem to take center stage in homes now….and we adapt and decorate around them.
We are often asked how do we get the garland to stay on a stone fireplace….easy answer…we wrap heavy wire all around the mantle, long ways, then attach the garland to the wire.
The garland and all the secrets that go into the garland mantle cover up all that wire, and it is held very securely.
Charleston themed decorations are popular again, using traditional items like flowers, magnolia fruit and natural product. One of the trends this year is burlap. Add this to the mix of natural product, embroidered burlap adds a truly beautiful touch to this mantle.
Outdoor fireplaces truly are special to me. Who can resist the hot chocolate and inevitable marshmallows that roast beside these special fireplaces. Seems that we linger a little bit longer with the kids…..We can’t resist decorating them, too.