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Home decor tips for a beautiful holiday mantel


Santa picked the fireplace as the spot where he makes his big splash at Christmas, and you should too! Your mantel is a wide open stage just awaiting your creativity.

Creating as stunning look on your mantel is a lot easier than you think when you have a little inspiration and know the tricks.

Here are two great looks the Nell Hill’s design team fashioned to spark your holiday decorating fire, plus tips on how to pulling off the look.


When we design our holiday mantels, we almost always start the creative process by picking a beautiful garland of greens to serve as our muse.

A gorgeous preserved magnolia leaf garland is one of my favorites and gave us an elegant backdrop for a nature-inspired mantel treatment, made magical with a sprinkle of shimmer.

Mother Nature is not matchy-matchy, so you find all kinds of colors and textures swirled together in the natural world, blending together to create a rich tapestry. So on our holiday mantels, we take a tip from the great outdoors and pull together a wide variety of greens, in all hues and finishes.

Instead of swaging the garland over the top and sides of the mantel, we secured the rope of greens to the front of the mantel, letting the ends hang down loosely.

Then, we embellished both sides of the garland swag with a variety of picks and baubles: lime velvet ribbon, iced berries and pine branches, glittering fern fronds and shining mercury glass tree ornaments.

To keep our display secure, we inserted a few mortar screws right where the wall connects to the mantel, one on the left and one on the right.

We then secured sturdy wire to the screw and wound it around the base of the garland. Use wire or plastic zip ties to cinch the ornaments in place. Many floral picks have long enough stems that you can poke them down into the garland, and wind the stem around so they don’t fall out.

We left the top of the mantel open so we could add a few accents. A hurricane lamp takes center stage, flanked by a pair of floral arrangements.

We echoed the finishes and colors of the decorated garland in our matching bouquets, filling the mercury glass vases with an eclectic mix of frosted pine branches, artichokes, tulips, gilded pinecones and more.


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