A large swag of greenery is paired with berries, feathers, ribbon and adorned with large, glass ornaments for a lavish mantle display full of  holiday shimmer. The layering of different types of media allowed Hope to achieve texture and bring in the natural outdoors.

Expert Tip: If nailing garland to your mantle is not an option, command strips are a great tool that’s temporary and will leave your wood unharmed. If working with a brick mantle and have no point to adhere to, use garland that is easy to shape and place several heavy pieces in front of the garland (nestled in) to anchor it.

Tidings andTrimmings

Need some new ideas for bringing holiday spirit into the home? Trade in the traditional red and green decor with a frosty, metallic palette, natural elements and the soft glow of candlelight. Here, Michelle Hope helps homeowner Wade Hartsfield infuse spaces of his downtown home with the festive spirit.

 

Story by Hallie McKay | Photos by Peter Conrey

 

Feature | December 2013

The Mantle

The Tree

The Christmas tree is decorated with glass ornaments in a color scheme of brown, gold, silver and turquoise blue. A variety of bird and pheasant ornaments, glass balls and beaded pinecones are all tied together with wide ribbon and gold accents.

 

Extra: Centerpieces

Votive candles nestled among pine boughs make inexpensive centerpieces and bring nature into the home.

 

An accent table is decorated using glittered and beaded Christmas trees, along with a fun red and gold polk a dotted. Deco mesh in gold and pinecones were also added elements.Expert Tip: Creating a garland for you mantle or sideboard is easy and affordable to do on your own. You can begin with a pre-made garland that can be purchased at any craft store and even Target. Then you can add ornaments, birds, pinecones, ribbon, berries, and anything else your heart desires to customize the look. Simple wire ribbon or zip ties are best to use in securing added pieces. Wired ribbon is also a must so you can mold it into any shape you need.

 

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