Now that the mantlepiece is sparkling clean, tis the season to deck the halls! Whether gas, electric or wood burning, the hearth is the heart of the home. Here are a few tips to enhance your creative mantle decorating efforts:

Beware of Clutter

Remove everyday items from the mantle to make way for festive ones. Box up knickknacks and picture frames to maintain a clean, uncluttered space.

Less is More

Reserve the mantle for very special items like holiday heirlooms or religious items, such as a nativity set, ceramic lighted miniature Christmas tree, menorah or vintage architectural lanterns.

Use Garland Sparingly

You don’t need a lot to get a great look. A few boughs on the mantle is all you need. Opt for real garland to fill your home with that fresh pine scent.

Build on what’s There

If you have a mirror above the fireplace, tie it into your festive decor with glass or reflective ornaments nestled into greenery for a beautiful holiday look.

Make it Practical

Hang holiday cards from family and friends garland-style across the mantle to create a festive tableau. A simple ribbon is all it takes.

Show off Handmade Creations

The mantle is a place of honour, display your child’s holiday crafts front and centre for all to see.




Photo by Suzanne Jutzeler