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Carroll Woman Magazine

Holiday Decorating

Nov 28, 2015 08:20AM
Your Home for the Holidays


Decorating for the holidays is a family tradition, whether your taste is casual or formal, exuberant or minimalist, the fireplace is the focal point of the room, and a great place where you can express your distinctive style.

Silver and gold garlands of pinecones and leaves offer a celebratory kick to the mantel. The metallic colors are a sophisticated twist on traditional holiday hues. This mantels silver and gold color scheme stands out against the natural stone, but the real stars of this scene are the glitter garland and ribbon running through the garland. A little shimmer always helps brighten up any space.

Start by layering different types of faux or fresh garland to create contrast in color and style. Then accent your mantel with pinecones, ornaments, and ribbon to add texture and depth. White lights weaved in among the garland illuminate the ornaments and make the mantel shine.

The holidays are a magical time, and your holiday decorating activities are an opportunity to capture some of that magic in a space where your family, friends and guests feel comfortable. Get creative and have fun, combining your imagination with your own signature style, and your fireplace mantel Christmas decorations will be an important part of creating a memorable holiday experience.



Mix and match your décor to create a fresh and unique centerpiece. Pretty faux or fresh greenery can be paired with candlesticks, glass balls, and artificial fruit or pumpkins for a beautiful festive look.

Create this simple, classic centerpiece with dishes and ornaments you have on hand. Fill dishes with sparkling silver, gold or colorful ornaments. For added shimmer consider using mercury glass candleholders or mirror tiles as the base for your centerpiece. The candles will reflect beautifully creating added warmth to your holiday décor. Get a similar look through out your home by adding your favorite ornaments to your centerpiece display.

Consider your guests when designing your dinner table piece. Keep the height of the candles above or below their eye level. This will allow for ease of conversation and easy viewing of others across the table.

By Jill Jackson Design & Consulting