Are you starting to feel like you can’t bear to see another pumpkin? One of the things I love about living in the northeast is the change of seasons. Not that I’m a huge fan of snow (that’s an understatement – I hate snow!) and I truly love fall decor, but the time has come to move away from the earthy imagery of autumn and into the glimmer of the holiday season. It’s the perfect time to begin to think about how to decorate a holiday mantel.I love to set an enjoyable conversation spot near the fireplace. I keep these French chairs nearby all year long, but I change the pillows often for seasonal color. I’ve also added this delicate little table to make it easy to have a toast by the fire.On the mantel itself, I layer in the glimmer. My gilded mantel clock is the consistent centerpiece, but the holiday cues emanate from there. I mix silver and gold liberally, with lots of white for a wintery feel. These candles have an almost mosaic look with mirrored bits embedded in the surface.The quickest way to signal a holiday message is with shimmery balls and colorful ornaments tucked amidst your mantel display.These glitter dusted pine cones are carry-overs from fall and the nice red cabernet is perfect for the colder season.I always have candlesticks scattered throughout my home, so I moved the mercury glass ones to prominence on the mantel. I love their varying heights, while the silvery tones unify them.The floral pillows are from Ralph Lauren Home, as are the glen plaid wine goblets. The table was found at an antique shop and the chairs were passed on to me from by grandmother, with their original cream damask in tact.I think my favorite part of this wintery scene is the snowy white birds resting in their nest. I use tiny touches of greenery here and there to ground the whole mantelscape.At the outer flanks I placed winter white branches, bare for the season and sprinkled with faux snow.Another white bird shares the ledge with gilded pine cones and repeated holiday motifs.On the branches I’ve draped these crystal drops, which are actually napkin rings used as ornaments.The gilding, mercury glass and glitter combine to create a truly sparkling holiday mood.The weather may have turned cold outside, but a holiday mantel spreads warmth and cheer!
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