Three Ways to Dress Your Mantel in Christmas Cheer

A Coastal Christmas

Whether you love the beach or live at the beach, you can incorporate beach cottage style in your holiday decorating. Simple holiday accents, such as unadorned greenery and plaid bows, make this mantel festive and charming. White sea urchins and starfish are paired with boat rope garland (also echoed in the mirror frames) for all-natural inspired color and texture from the sea.

Merry and Bright

Shiny metallics add festive glamour and turn this fireplace into an eye-catching focal point. If you’ve got it, use it. On display here are a variety of mercury glass objects in varying heights, including ornaments, candlesticks, votives and finials. Red candles add a pop of color and play off the simple greenery. Keep any other ornamentation neutral, such as the Burlap Bird shown here, so it doesn’t compete.

Traditionally Inspired

Red and green is a traditional color scheme that always works. This mantel doubles up on the greenery with a Pine and Magnolia Garland and classic topiaries, while a DIY twine garland punctuated with tea lights adds a simple yet festive display. Red and white mittens, candy canes and cranberries are simple ways to add in red to the mix.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    October 26, 2015

    Hi. I love the pictures! Can I ask what is the stone called you have on your fire place? It looks lovely!

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    Linda jensen

    December 14, 2011

    I can’ seem to locate the burlap birds online….can you tell me where to locate them? Thanks so much

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      Ballard Designs

      December 15, 2011

      Sorry Linda but the Burlap Birds sold out.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Marguerite Flores

    November 29, 2011

    simply and stunning

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    Marguerite Flores

    November 29, 2011

    love theses ideas
    simply and stunning

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    November 22, 2011

    Where would one find those burlap birds? They are great! Festive without having everything be red and green. Love them!

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      Ballard Designs

      November 22, 2011

      The Burlap Birds are available from Ballard. You can view them online!

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    Miranda Elliott Roy

    November 18, 2011

    This is simply stunning, traditional and chic. I love it! Gives me great ideas for my Christmas decorating!

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    November 17, 2011

    I really like the beach, nautical Christmas theme. I live in the Pacific Northwest and the beach is my lifestyle so it is only fitting that I incorporate it into my holidays. Cute ideas 🙂 Ruth

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