Merry Mantel Makeover!



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!


This warm room is lovely year-round, and needed just a smidge of yuletide cheer!kuhl4

I retained the tall glass containers that usually grace the mantel, filling them with ornaments.

kuhl5AMK 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.kuhl6 This bit of bling sits directly in the center of the mantel.kuhl7 I love how the ornaments nestle in the greens. Each is different: some clear, some opaline, some with shine, some beaded.kuhl9 Tip: It’s good to ensure the ornaments sit snugly far enough away from the edge of the mantel to avoid a possible tumble.kuhl10This great expandable gold netting made for a light, ethereal feel.

kuhl14The couch console got the woven gold treatment, too!
kuhl15All of the decorations fit together seamlessly, thanks to a shared palette!kuhl16Greens, white and burgundy hypericum berries and a few twigs dressed the existing pine cone centerpiece on the dining table!


The mantel was dressed, awaiting AMK’s return!kuhl13

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!


One Response to “Merry Mantel Makeover!”

  1. kathy kuhl says:


    I know this a VERY late response to your incredible work, (and hopefully you got my snail mail), but I wanted to post on your site how much Tom and I LOVED how you decorated our home for the holidays!! It really made coming home after nearly a month away sooooo much better!! And it was TOTALLY ME!!! You know my taste SO well, and did an amazing job capturing “ME” in your work. I will never forget walking in that day and just crying…your hard work was amazing, and the fact that you made sure to have it done for me while I was recuperating was the best holiday gift anyone could ever get! I will NEVER be able to Thank You enough ~ you are one incredible woman!!

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