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I’m super excited to share my tips for mixing design styles to create a perfectly styled Christmas mantle. It feels a bit odd to start talking about Christmas in October, but I wanted to give you some Christmas inspiration and decor tips to try as you start to look forward to the upcoming holiday season.
Christmas is my favourite season of the year for decorating and I’ll admit that I normally start my decorating mid-November!
This year I had the opportunity to partner with The Home Depot Canada to create a beautiful Christmas mantle made with faux greenery and other decor items! Besides sharing the beautiful results, I’m also going to share my favourite tips for mixing styles to achieve your own perfectly styled Christmas mantle.
Our home is a mixture of farmhouse, modern, coastal and traditional pieces. I love using old antique pieces with new modern pieces – it creates the perfect balance and gives a lived-in feel.
Tips on Mixing Styles
- Mix Old and New Art. For this Christmas mantle, we have this stunning gold mirror styled with this vintage print I got at a thrift store. It creates a perfect lived-in feel, without overwhelming the space with a farmhouse feel. The mirror also bounces light around the room to make it seem brighter than it is.
- Cozy Light for Ambiance. When using any type of greenery, real candles present a fire hazard. These gorgeous off-white flameless candles have an authentic looking flame and shape! Just make sure you stock up on batteries! They would also look amazing stacked on a wood tray on a coffee table. We also incorporated these twinkle lights into the garland. They have different settings and only need two AA batteries!
- Layer Textiles. On our fireplace, there’s a lot of metal and wood. It’s important to cozy it up by layering textures like these 20″ cable knit stockings or a blanket in a basket. The snow on the wreath also helps soften up the mantle, but if you don’t have a flocked mantle, you could incorporate ribbon!
- Mix Faux and Real Greenery. Every year I use faux garlands, trees and wreaths to decorate our home. They last for years and are way less messy than real greenery. Closer to Christmas, I always incorporate real stems to make give it more depth. I love using laurel, eucalyptus and different filler’s like baby’s breath. For our mantle, we styled it with this 9′ flocked garland. I love the depth and different types of greenery it has, it looks very real.
How to Style Faux Greenery
I always use faux greenery in my home, as I like to decorate mid-November, and in past years, by mid December, we had a huge mess with pine needles everywhere!
On our mantle, we have this 9′ flocked garland. I think my favourite part about this garland is the white snow doesn’t fall off and make a mess. It’s also super full. Fluffing the garland out is the most important step in making it look full and beautiful. It only took me twenty minutes to do so and the garland looks much more expensive than it is!
Here’s my trick: I like to put real eucalyptus or other stems throughout my garland to give it depth. Eucalyptus dries really nicely as well!
For tips on how we built our faux mantle, click here for the full tutorial.
Creating a beautifully styled mantle that you will love year after year doesn’t have to break the bank, but giving your mantle depth is key when creating a cozy mantle that you will love all season long!
Over the past six years specifically, The Home Depot Canada has been our go-to store for all of our DIY projects. I’m continually linking them through my content, as their products always have the best prices. They have a huge variety of decor online as well as in-store.
The Home Depot Canada also offers online orders with standard or express delivery to make your home a beautiful winter wonderland this coming holiday season!