2 Holiday Mantels from Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams' holiday collection for Ballard Designs

When we sat down with Bunny Williams, she told us about how she loves to stick with a classic Christmas color palette — reds, greens, whites, and metallics. She created two gorgeous mantel designs to give us a little Christmas inspiration, so we thought we’d share them with you here!

Bunny Williams holiday mantel

Wintergreen & Cream

The first mantel is anchored with her Lattice Oval Cachepot filled with roses, berries, some evergreen, and white hyacinths. We love the way the bright greens look with the antiqued brass finish of her cachepot. Plus, this cachepot has a frog insert that makes flower arranging easy.

Bunny Williams' holiday collection for Ballard Designs

Above the mantel she has a trio of preserved boxwood wreaths, one of our decorating essentials! These gorgeous wreaths are real, but preserved, so they last for years, but have real leaves! We use them year round, but especially love them on this mantel!

Bunny Williams holiday mantel inspiration

Next to main flower arrangement in the center of the mantel, Bunny used a pair of her Carved Reindeer and some Wooden Evergreen Trees. These are a beautiful addition to the mantel because the wood grain works so nicely with the waxy, chartreuse leaves of all her greenery.

Bunny Williams' holiday collection for Ballard Designs

To create balance on the mantel, Bunny used lots of pairs — a pair of white, potted amaryllis bulbs, as well as a pair of boxwood topiaries in her Silver Wire Cachepots.

Bunny Williams holiday mantel

Finish off the mantel by tucking faux green apples into the mantel, and hang some Quilled Snowflake Ornaments off the ledge and your mantel is complete!

Bunny Williams' holiday collection for Ballard Designs

Gold & Magnolia

On the second mantel, Bunny used a combination of her angels and gilded fruit, topped with a magnolia wreath and garland.

Bunny Williams' holiday collection for Ballard Designs

If you have a large mirror or piece of art over your mantel, you can go a little lighter on the decorations. That’s why we love how just a rope of garland and a wreath are all your really need to build this gorgeous focal point.

Bunny Williams' holiday collection for Ballard Designs

Of course these wooden fruit pieces don’t hurt either. Their glittery, antiqued finish is the perfect compliment to Bunny’s Angels.

See Bunny’s full collection on Ballarddesigns.com, or learn more about Bunny on our design blog How to Decorate.

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  1. Reply

    Nancy Whitehead

    November 4, 2014

    Dear Bunny,

    I too am a long time designer and trust me there is no one quite like u out there. I have followed u for more years then i care to remember and i think your greatest achievement is your house in Connecticut; and yes i have the book. It is a true treasure find and it found the two people that really understood what she needed to be brought back to her former glory… Never retire,, as many do, and just keep on doing what u do so well so all of us can keep learning from one of the great masters of the game of design…..

    With warmest personal regards,

    Nancy Keenan Whitehead

    Nancy Keenan Whitehead

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    Mrs. Shockley

    October 23, 2014

    Everything is so beautiful! I feel inspired to decorate for Christmas now!