Have you ever felt bad that you didn’t have a fireplace mantel to decorate? The hearth is often viewed as the center of the home, a place of warmth around which to gather. The mantel is the spot we focus much of our holiday decor, and the fireside an area we’re drawn to for food and drink. If you’re lacking a mantel and wishing you had one, this holiday mini mantel may be just the solution for you.All you really need to fake a mantel is a great shelf to decorate around. This ‘shabby chic’ example was found at a local antique market and I loved the many layers of chippy paint and curved edges. I just hung it on 2 hooks and had an instant mini mantel.Once you have the shelf you can decorate just like you would any fireplace mantel. For this holiday theme, I started with a lovely Christmas plate from Home Goods and let that drive my visual story. Propped against the wall, it’s held in place by a gilded china tea cup, weighted down by a lush red apple.These wonderful pillar candles are red dusted with gold and are set upon a tiny vintage Limoges platter. Bits of seasonal potpourri add a festive touch.I’m a huge fan of vintage linens, particularly those that are tonal embroidered and this lovely delicate example fits in almost any vignette.The most fitting topper for a variety of mantels is a gorgeous gilded mirror. Given the scale of my mini shelf, I went with a small but beautiful option with a very French feel to it. And just to beef up the scene and add a bit more interest, I added two gilded sconce-type shelves flanking the mirror.These little faux poinsettias are from Pottery Barn and I just dressed them up with red checked ribbon.You can even add stockings to your mini mantel to complete the look. No need to feel you’re missing out without a fireplace to hang them.I always love a touch of glimmer in my decor to offset the rustic character of the vintage wood pieces. Here I have lovely brass candlesticks purchased from The Enchanted Home, paired with gold glittered candles.You can never miss with a bowl full of ornaments in holiday colors and these whitewashed pine cones have a little shimmer of their own.The vignette may be small but it makes a bold and joyous statement.Situated in my library, the shelf is set between my bookcases. It actually backs up against my real fireplace on the other side of the wall, and it feels like it belongs exactly where it is.As we count down the final days of the holiday season, even this tiny corner of the house got a cheerful makeover. Wishing you and yours the most wonderful of holidays!!
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