My mantel is my first holiday project this year. Whenever I do change ups, I try to use what I already have. Once you adopt this policy you'll find that so many of your decor works in different settings in different rooms.
I have to confess that I did make one new purchase. I seem to have formed a fascination for faux taxidermy. I couldn't pass up this plaster ram. I knew he would be perfect above the mantel wrapped in garland and a string of glass beads.
|My Faux Ram's Head Wrapped in Garland and Glass Beads|
Here's how I pulled it all together.
I've had this damask mantel scarf for a while. It was a little small for this mantel but I made it work.
It's red and gold and it directed the colors I pulled from the other rooms.
|My Scalloped-Edge Mantel Scarf with Tassels.|
You've seen this patent leather chair before. I dressed it up with a pillow I borrowed from a dining room chair. The pillow is made from an antique rug with some soft velvet in the center.
|Vintage Patent Leather Chair and Persian Rug Pillow|
The spheres rolled in from the foyer. I tried to dress them up for the holiday, first with ribbon and then with some berries, but decided that they were perfect unadorned.
|My Wonderful Wooden Spheres|
I love this Mid Century Modern brass and nail head cube. I had it for sale at The Design House, but it didn't sell. I sometimes put a high price on items I really like. If they sell, I'm happy parting with them, and if they don't, they're mine. Yea.
|MCM Brass Cube with Nail Head|
I topped the cube with some books and stole the faux coral from the sun room mantel.
|Zgallerie Faux Coral|
These coral-inspired candle holders usually reside next to my clam shell
on my mirrored Chinoiserie table. They were very happy with the change of scenery.
|Coral Inspired Candle Holders|
I always try to have an architectural fragment in my vignettes. The plaster fragment is a bookend on one of my bookcases. This one was very happy to be part of the holiday decor and anchor one end of the mantel. I specifically shopped my house for something white in addition to the red and gold to tie in with the white ram. White and plaster. Perfect.
|Scrolly Architectural Fragment|
This matching fragment had to be satisfied to still be a bookend,
but I did give it some different books to support and oriented it in a different direction.
The crown is an ornament that I use here and there throughout the house throughout the year.
|Red Leather Books, Architectural Fragment, and Crown Ornament|
You've seen my tangle of antlers in a jar before. I just dropped some red ornaments into the jar
and left them where they tumbled.
|My Tangle of Antlers and Ornaments|
Here's how it all came together.
|My Holiday Mantel|
|My Family Room Mantel|
What holiday decor job do you do first?