Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Project: The decorated mantle ...

If decorating the fireplace mantle for Christmas is high on your holiday to-do list, you may find just the perfect inspiration in these photos.

Image via Southern Hospitality.

Fresh garlands are the stars of the traditional holiday mantles above. Images via Southern Accents. The pheasant feathers, pine cones and crimson berries are a nice touch, too.

Image via designer Betty Burgess.

The use of burlap (above) by Atlanta interior designer Betty Burgess gives this fireplace mantle its country cottage charm and a real homespun feel.

The addition of ornaments and string beads gives garland swags a bejeweled accent. Images above via Post and Beam Living (left) and Blog 2 Modern (right).

But, I'm loving the small, twin fir trees that create the stunning mantle decor below. 

Image via My Home Ideas.

Design checklist: silver loving cups on the fireplace mantles above and below, check; delicate white flowers in each, check; plenty of greenery and pine cones, too, check. Love it!

Image via Southern Accents.

I've been looking for my loving cups for days and finally found them in my studio. It's time to dust them off and give them duty in my holiday decor.

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