One of the season’s great joys is decorating for clients and friends. Here is one mantel transformation that was magical for me, as it was done as a surprise while one of the homeowners, the Amazing Miss K (AMK), was recuperating from surgery. Here’s the after…
…and the before! Chocolatey walls and gorgeous white woodwork:
What a great canvas!
I retained the tall glass containers that usually grace the mantel, filling them with ornaments.
AMK has a lovely collection of ornaments in silver, pewter, gold, glass and white. I cherry-picked her boxes for the best combo! She usually does not use fresh greens in her holiday decor, though, so this design would definitely be a departure! Layers of wo kinds of evergreens, as well as dried silver and gold seeded eucalyptus, made for a showy presentation. This bit of bling sits directly in the center of the mantel. I love how the ornaments nestle in the greens. Each is different: some clear, some opaline, some with shine, some beaded. Tip: It’s good to ensure the ornaments sit snugly far enough away from the edge of the mantel to avoid a possible tumble.This great expandable gold netting made for a light, ethereal feel.
The couch console got the woven gold treatment, too!
All of the decorations fit together seamlessly, thanks to a shared palette!Greens, white and burgundy hypericum berries and a few twigs dressed the existing pine cone centerpiece on the dining table!
One last touch: crystal fantasy branches in a mercury glass jar! Welcome home, Kathy! May your holiday season be filled with wonder and great health!