When it comes to holiday decor, I’ve always been a believer that “more is more”.
Oh sure, simple and streamlined works for everyday life, but Christmas only comes once a year! Hence, I revel in the splendour of the season, and that includes holiday touches at every turn.
This year, I wanted to create a simple showpiece for the fireplace mantle that could double as a table centerpiece or side table decor. And thanks to my friends at The Home Depot, I was able to find everything I needed to make a stunning display. It’s not too late to find everything you need for the holidays in-store and online at www.homedepot.ca.
First, I hung up my brand new wreath – a Home Accents 32 inch Holiday Wreath With Silver Balls. I love that it’s incredibly large with a full, thick appearance. It fills the wall over my mantle in proportion to the allotted space, making it a great investment for corner fireplaces.
However, that’s not the DIY – just the inspiration behind it. You see, I’ve been playing around with mixed metals – wearing a gold watch with my platinum rings, coordinating a rosegold clutch with a bronze belt. And for the most part, I am loving the look. So it’s only natural that I channeled the same inspiration for my decor, and decided to a mashup of brown, copper, silver and gold.
So what about that showpiece? Well, I started out with a planter’s crate that I had lying around the house. I love the rustic look, and how it is in stark contrast to the jewel-toned decor.
Next, I filled the crate with what I call my “B List” ornaments – from the ornament bundles I purchased here and here, I simply removed the ones that would likely not see a tree branch. B List ornaments are also great for filling vases or big, festive bowls.
I found these big, beautiful ornaments sold individually at The Home Depot for about $3 each. I arranged them in a carefully random pattern (I love a good oxymoron) in hues of brown and gold.
Once again, going very freestyle with my technique, I draped this Martha Stewart Living Copper and Brown Bead Garland around the perimeter of the crate. Very festive, wouldn’t you say?
Alas, once this step was complete, I realized that my mashup of metals was imperfect; as there was no brown or copper in the wreath, and a strong presence of those two tones in the showpiece, the two elements were not in harmony.
So, I simply grabbed a few brown and copper ornaments, and literally jammed them into my wreath. No fancy fixatives; just a good old fashioned push.
Then, to create balance in the force, I added a few silver ornaments to the top and sides of the showpiece. Et voila! A perfect example of how mixed metals can take on both a contemporary and rustic feel. Like shabby chic. Or haute hobo.
I finished the fireplace mantle with a vase and candlesticks from my dining room. Then, I draped a Martha Stewart Living 9ft X 10in Glittery Garland across the front, and completed the look with Martha Stewart Living Silver Satin Stockings.
(If you love the tree, it’s a Martha Stewart Living Pre-Lit Decorated 6.5-Feet Colorado Pine Tree. It’s nowhere near as glamorous as our 8-feet tree in our living room, but I like the idea of having a tree near our dining table as we enjoy Christmas dinner. Plus, this means that Santa has two trees to leave presents under!)
Of course, since my home was featured in a recent photo spread for Fisher-Price, you already know what it looks like at night ;)
This Christmas, make a simple – yet extravagant-looking – holiday showpiece for your fireplace mantle. You’ll find everything you need at The Home Depot.