Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

Work­ing with an all-new fire­place man­tel gave Aleta Breese a chance to mix up her fa­vorite vin­tage decor with a bit of this and that. Here are a few tips on how to cre­ate your own fes­tive man­tel dis­play:

CHOOSE AN AN­CHOR Start with a bold piece that an­chors your man­tel decor. Aleta be­gan with a white reindeer head and hung it on the wall off-cen­ter and high enough to leave room for items be­low.

DECK THE WALL The white reindeer head comes to life with con­trast­ing decor: a dark green wreath lay­ered with col­or­ful vin­tage or­na­ments around its neck and a string of red jin­gle bells draped around its antlers.

TRIAL AND ER­ROR When the for­est of vin­tage bot­tle-brush trees Aleta first had in mind did not add enough height, she lay­ered the man­tel with wooden signs, one list­ing Santa’s reindeer in shades of lime, red, white and green.

GAR­LANDS GALORE Lay­ered gar­lands fea­tur­ing con­trast­ing el­e­ments lend tex­ture across the face of the fire­place. By adding strips of aqua rib­bon to the rag gar­land, Aleta tied it to her new color scheme.

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