Styling Your Winter Mantle

They are encouragers and builder-uppers. They put others ahead of themselves and make beautiful spaces happen. Kim and Ashley of Stellar Staging & Design create, design and style and it's an honor to photograph anything they touch. Be sure to follow them on facebook for more tips on decorating your home! You can read more about the two mantles from Ashley... For the non-traditional style I wanted something modern and sophisticated. I chose black, white, and gold for my colors, mainly because I love those colors, but also because I wanted to show that it can still look Christmas'y without using red and green.

 

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So I know "Traditional" can sound stuffy, but that's the opposite of how I wanted this mantle to look. I wanted it to be a place where you wear comfy socks and drink a cup of hot tea.  Teal, green, and red were my color inspiration.  Selecting pieces, I went with anything that read into that color family...green glass, red ornaments, pillows, and plaid blankets. The mantle set up was simple with a red berry wreath hanging from a frame as the center piece. I added red ornaments and pinecones to the fresh greenery and I thought putting the stockings on one side helped to balance out the green vase and chair.

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[TIP] Always start with a statement piece. I thought the oversized empty frame would fit the scale of the mantle well and give the punch I wanted. I chose gold hurricane vases to add color, height, and balance for the large frame.  Of course I love FRESH greenery, so I added fresh tree trimmings. Let me just say it smells glorious in here!

[DIY] The stockings were made out of an old thrift store sweater, and the pinecone garland was made by spray painting the pinecones white and then tying them to ribbon. 
Lastly I made the "joy to the world" poster to hang in the frame! Easy, bold, and not your Momma's mantle. 

**The "Joy to the World" poster is a fun DIY that is sooo easy. I took drawing paper and a little gold paint and created the stripes. Then I took stencil letters and glued them to the drawing paper adding the message. I found these old pants hangers at a local antique store as an easy way to hang art and thought it was a fun and different approach to Christmas decor.

Hope this inspires some creativity in your Holiday season! Love, Ashley

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