In this post: If you enjoy classic holiday decor but would like a creative twist, these Christmas mantel ideas will help update your seasonal decorating.⇒
I grew up in a house without a fireplace.
Not a hearth, nor a faux fireplace, not even a simple mantel shelf.
So as an adult, one of my favorite things to do is to decorate a mantel. Sometimes it’s spare and elegant, sometimes it’s whimsical and fun, oftentimes is driven by the seasons. But always, it warrants the attention that a true focal point deserves.
Today I’m joining a group of talented bloggers to bring you the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series, hosted by my friend Krista from The Happy Housie. You can find all the other posts at the bottom of this one and the theme of today’s collection is holiday mantels and vignette ideas.
This holiday season, when pondering Christmas mantel ideas, I was intending to go pretty classic. I was thinking forest green and white, with natural woodsy bits, and that is exactly how I started out. A bit of gleam here and there, and a bauble or two, but the plan was to remain neutral and sedate.
But then the flowers happened.
And I have to admit, I don’t hate it. Quite the contrary, when peonies are an option, the answer is always ‘yes, please’.
It’s often one little twist that can take an otherwise traditional mantel to a new realm. To be sure there’s nothing wrong with classic. But if you’re looking for freshness or something that’s a bit more unique, a look at how these Christmas mantel ideas evolved might just give you some inspiration.
I started with these awesome stockings to define that fun mix of relaxed linen with a touch of glam. Tiny bits of silver thread and subtle beading strike just the right balance. It’s that curious interplay of bling and rugged that always thrills me and informs my style.
Next I cast the star of the show, a wonderful twig reindeer with snow dusted flocking and a necklace of pinecones, that pretty well captures the essence of the season. I set him in the middle and created symmetry around him.
I left my finials in place but added mini faux tees with burlap wrap and lush flocked snow to enhance the woodland feel. Faux boughs of greenery blanket the mantel shelf and I scattered a few favorite ornaments about.
At this point things were looking downright traditional, but then I added a silver garland with mini diamond shape baubles in antique silver glass and it sparked a bit of playfulness that kind of changed my direction.
I felt like it wanted a dose of fun color, and I happened to have an arrangement sitting right nearby. I pulled out a bright pink peony and laid it on the greens, and before I knew it, I had depleted the arrangement and had a veritable garden on my mantel. It wasn’t a huge quantity of flowers, but the vibrant color gave the entire scene a whole new character.
Classic with a twist. Peonies and greenery. A note of bling and some relaxed linen. Everything I love.
When I dreamt of a mantel all those years ago, I’m not sure this is what I envisioned. After all, it evolved on the spot and I hadn’t even envisioned it that way this very morning! But today it feels just right.
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