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Deck the Mantel

Nov 18, 2013 01:49PM ● Published by tina

Get Designer Results this Holiday Season with Expert Decorating Tips

Sponsored by Elegantly Timeless Interiors
Written by Tracy Elving

We haven’t yet cooked the turkey, eaten the pumpkin pie or tackled Black Friday, but we are already supposed to be planning for the big day. And I don’t mean December 25th: I mean the day that we drag all the boxes of holiday stuff out of the attic and tackle the year’s biggest home redecoration. 

Most of us are creatures of tradition. We trim our tree with special ornaments, deck the mantel with meaningful stockings and scatter the remaining trinkets throughout our home where we have always placed them. When all is done, we sink down on the sofa and admire our handiwork, happy that it is all set out for another year.

However, if you are like me, you wonder about those store displays, the beautiful vignettes on Pinterest or the interior designer on a TV show with “easy” tips for the holiday. You want to try something new or add to your traditional holiday décor but don’t know where to start. Below are some ideas to kick-start the process.

Make a themed tree

For girls: Put up a small tree with clips and let her hang her favorite doll clothes from it. Instead of putting them away every day, she just hangs them up on the tree. In a boy’s room, use Hot Wheels or Thomas the Train. They will love getting their own tree. In a guest room, try a white tree with gold and silver ornaments as the backdrop to glass ornaments the color of the room — it will add effortless glamour.

Decorate the mantel

Create a winter wonderland using a glittered snowflake garland with pinecone trees and mercury glass candlesticks behind it. Hang a mirror with a simple pinecone wreath in the middle to complete the sparkling effect, and try a eucalyptus garland with citrus among it.  For the kids, create a 12 days of Christmas garland where there is a treat hung from each day.

Create an angel table

Put your collection of angels on one table with some scented candles. It’s a great way to remember the meaning of the season. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life with your family and reflect on its message while you admire the table.

Display holiday décor

Whether you’ve collected different Santa figurines or nutcrackers throughout the years, instead of displaying them all together, scatter them through each room of your home.

Use wrapped boxes

Wrap boxes in coordinating paper, add beautiful bows, and place under an entryway table, on a bench or on either side of the front door. Wrap the lids, and they could even be hung with removable command hooks on a feature wall to add color, interest and instant elegance.

Shop in your own home

Don’t forget to look in your own cabinets and hutches. We can take items that we have, and with a little imagination and a few holiday additions, we can turn them into striking pieces. Let your imagination have fun repurposing your everyday pieces into delightful décor.

For me, the holidays are a time to reflect on the past year and honor our family traditions, one of which is decorating my home. When I pull all the boxes out of the attic, it’s like finding one of my favorite dresses that got lost in the back of my closet. I get excited about opening each box and rediscovering each item. However, just like my favorite dress needs a new pair of shoes to go with it, my memories need new ones. Adding to your décor is a great way to accomplish that.


Tracy Elving is a certified interior decorator (C.I.D. #7939) who launched Elegantly Timeless Interiors the summer of 2013. She has built a network of talented craftsmen she works with as well as clients, whom she helps to create elegantly timeless spaces - from kitchens to media rooms to patios.  Elegantly Timeless Interiors is dedicated to creating and delivering beautiful and functional spaces on time and on budget to exceed clients’ expectations.

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