I love for the parlor mantle to be a focal point for each season's new design, and Christmas is no exception.
I always use live garlands of cedar and fir because I adore the smell.
The year I created two simple arrangements in two trophy cups using faux, yet realistic looking cedar, pine, and fir. An oyster shell sphere topped each one to incorporate my love of all things coastal.
I LOVE the two dapper foxes that I found this year at Perch on Magazine Street. I placed two flicker flameless candles on top. I am so glad I found them. A plaid candle from Pottery Barn smells of Frasier fir, a favorite Fall/Winter scent of mine.
In the garland, I placed shimmery pine cones found last year by J at Timothy DeClue Collection in Seattle. J may have found them, but I called for more. That happens a lot! White lights and oyster shell garland add to the garland.
Plaid and striped ribbons accent the corners. I have been using the same stockings from Ballard Designs since 2004 and still love them. An "R" & "J" distinguish our stockings which are always filled with a treat from Santa on Christmas morning.
On the top mantle, a classy, glittered deer also from Timothy DeClue Collection adds a holiday touch without taking too much attention away from the lower part of the fireplace.
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