As promised, I want to show you another beautiful mantel done by my fabulous friends. Quite honestly, wouldn’t it be nice to have your creative and talented friends help decorate your home for every holiday? There must be a business idea in there somewhere! If you missed yesterday’s post about the romantic mantel in my art room, click here.
Let me introduce you to Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate. Chloe lives in Celebration, Florida and she is one talented gal. Not only does she have boundless energy, but she is a skilled actor and an innovator. I have fondly nicknamed her, Take Charge Chloe! Check out the above photo of her holiday tablescape. Wow!
After raiding the Christmas room (read more about that here), Chloe began working on the living room mantel. This mantel is long and deep and each year I have struggled with decor that didn’t fulfill the needs of the mantel.
Assisting Chloe is Andrea from Design Morsels. Being the very witty and dry-humored one, Andrea always downplays her creativity, but she is marvelous as well. Check out these Star Wars ornaments she is hand making for her son!
If you need a deep dive into anything (linens, vacuum cleaners, bookcase design), Andrea is the person to follow. Her blog, Design Morsels is the Cliff notes of design tricks and products.
Since the living room only gets good light in the morning, we set up professional lighting to help with the photos.
Starting with garland and using Command hooks, Chloe is able to drape an abundant amount of garland and have it stay on the mantel.
Asymmetrical mantel designs are big this year and Chloe did not disappoint. I think this is the first year I have a mantel in style! She twists the garland to attach to the ends to each other too.
Next she adds artificial red berry garland. Some of the red has come off so I need to take a marker and do some touch up.
This old, inexpensive set of cow bells (can’t recall where I purchased them) are used at the far end, nestled in the garland and berries.
On the right side of the fireplace, balance is created with 3 small artificial trees. I did buy the trees at Scottsdale Marketplace last year but you can probably find them online too.
Above the trees I will hang the stockings (haven’t done that yet), again adding more weight on this side of the mantel.
Chloe cleverly stacks the battery operated candles on various items to create different heights. She uses what she can find~small books, boxes and even the bottom piece of my tuliperie (to see more about my tulipieres click here). She is just so creative!
At night, the candles provide a warm glow to the overall look of the mantel.
Stepping back, here is a picture of the entire mantel with the new holiday decor.
Now isn’t this just beautiful? No more wimpy looking holiday decor on this fabulous fireplace! Once I hang the stockings and get the rest of the room ready for the holidays, I will definitely share the final look!
I hope this has inspired you to try something different if you are decorating a mantel or a shelf. Chloe is a dynamo and threw this together in a relatively short period of time. I was speechless and so over the moon with the results!
Happy Wednesday, my dear friends! I hope you aren’t tired of mantel decor because I hope to share the last two mantels with you on Saturday. Stay safe and healthy and live brightly!
Green garland here
Red berry garland here
Command Hooks here
Battery Operated Candles here
Bells (similar) here
3′ small trees here
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