In this post: If you love romantic holiday decorating, you’ll be inspired to create a Christmas mantel garland using fresh greenery and flowers.⇒
Is romantic a word you’d use for the holiday season?
With the hustle and bustle, shopping and spending, parties and dinners and riotous color, I’m guessing not.
But why not?
Why not slow it down a bit?
Why not aim for a gentler time, with a little less bling and a lot more quiet beauty? Not everything needs to light up. Sometimes the most exquisite things are also the simplest.
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For this year’s mantel, I went for exactly this kind of soft gentility. Elegance brought by natural elements, carefully placed and lovely to look at. But ever-so-simple at the same time.
All it took was a trip to the nursery to find fresh greens. I’ve been wanting fresh cedar for weeks now and finally it was there in plentiful bundles. I grabbed a few and headed inside. And that’s when I saw them.
If you read my last post about my white Christmas tree, you know I’m talking about peonies. I don’t know what it is about them, but I find them to be heartbreakingly beautiful. Their lush petals, their delicate ruffled edges, the way they open from tightly held buds to glorious blooms with remarkable presence.
I’m thrilled that they’re being imported now, from places in the Southern Hemisphere where it’s summer now. What a joyous discovery!
And this is precisely the kind of small pleasure I’m wanting to slow down and enjoy. Do you feel the same as I do, like you can’t continue at this warp speed pace?
I long for time to sit by the fire, cuddle against a fur pillow and read a good book. Or a glossy magazine. Or listen to my favorite tunes. Or watch a movie. Or just stare into space and dream about the future. Plan for a trip or other exciting adventure.
I didn’t expect to find peonies and thought I’d see what was available. I figured it would be something in white or red or perhaps even in a deep claret. Holiday colors are what I expected.
But I’m not one to resist peonies. Life is short. Why would I?
I did select mostly white and I suppose I could have paired them with another red flower. I wanted it to say holiday, after all.
But they had the pink and who could turn away pink peonies? Not me. So into the cart they went and home they came.
I delicately placed the cedar branches along my mantel, emanating from the gilded clock. I was careful to drape them over the edges and propped some up along the bottom of the mirror. Then I went to work tucking in my peonies.
The way they fall they remind me of playful children.
And because it’s holiday time I added some ornaments, in gold and silver, sparkled and shiny. Just a few, here and there. Not over the top, but maintaining that gentility.
The cable knit stockings are the final touch. Soft and pom-pommed with a lovely drape, they foster an air of tranquility like the rest of the scene. Red velvet would have been jarring and broken the mood. But the cozy sweater knit is just perfect.
This is just a little restful corner in my chaotic world, but it offers me calm and serenity at a much needed time. I wish you all the same peace for the holidays. Take some time to treat yourself with kindness while spreading cheer to others!
Christmas Mantel Garland Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Gilded clock
- Gilded mantel mirror
- Gold and silver ornaments
- Cable knit stockings
- French Bergere chair
- Mongolian lamb pillow
- Ruffled throw
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