Today we are going to chat about holiday mantel decor. There are so many fresh and new ways to add the holidays to your mantel.
Traditional, minimalist, colorful or winter white- following these three design principals will ensure you have a dynamite mantle that expresses your personality and style. Think about the answers to these questions and you are on your way to having a well designed mantel.
Do you prefer a symmetrical mantel? Everything is equally balanced. You have a mirror image on both the left and right side of you mantel.Do you like an asymmetrical look? One side is visually heavier then the other?
Do you prefer fresh or faux greenery?
Do you have a color story or theme in your room that you want to incorporate?
Answer those questions and you have the basics to designing the mantel that is perfect for your home?
When arranging your items on your mantel follow these three easy steps.
1. Have a focal point
This is the mirror, picture or large wall decor hanging above the mantel. Perhaps it’s a tv. Over the holidays it could be a gorgeous wreath. For a more casual look, you can lean the focal piece on the mantel instead of hanging.
Designer tip- scale matters! It is important to get the size of this piece right. A good rule of thumb is to choose a piece that is one-half to two-thirds the width of the mantel shelf.
The height of the piece will depend on your ceiling height. If you have low ceilings and a wide mantel, the right piece will likely be a long horizontal rectangle or an oval. If you have vaulted ceilings or a two-story room, you can choose a taller piece, just make sure the width is right first.
2. Do you have large interesting pieces?
To keep the mantel from looking cluttered, it’s best to use large decorative items. You only need a few large items to fill a mantel. Small items lead to a cluttered look. You’ll notice in most designer mantels there are 3-5 objects on the mantel. Remember our “odd rule” principal. This is the perfect opportunity to bring in the colors and themed pieces if you want to carry those into your mantel decor. Perhaps you have metallic pops of color, add some of that color to your mantel. Do you have a rustic winter theme, adding textures and themed items like bottle floss trees, twigs, and faux snow add interest and pulls your theme and color story unto your mantel.
3. Fresh or Faux garland or greenery around the holidays can emphasize the symmetrical or asymmetrical look. Consider adding greenery to the front of the mantel, notice I said front, not the top. Arranging greenery this way can help you achieve both symmetrical and asymmetrical looks. Adjustable, removable 3M hooks will be your BFF decorating tool for your mantel.
Break the Symmetry
Decor friends, even those of you who love symmetry, also crave a house that feels comfortable and lived in.
So, take the opportunity to break the symmetry on the hearth. Here’s an example. Instead of matching lanterns on each side, put a lantern on one side and a similarly sized basket—to hold blankets or kindling— to balance it on the other side.
There you have it friends, following these tips and tricks will ensure you Christmas mantel looks fabulous all season long. In January we will chat about how to keep your mantel looking good after the holiday decor is all packed away.
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Hey Decor Friends,
This weeks post is short and sweet and will offer you some suggestions for maximizing the home decor sales this weekend.
Here we go,
Happy Thanksgiving Decor Friends,
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Hey Decor Friends,
With the holidays right around the corner, I thought it may be helpful to chat about quick and easy ways you can add personality, style and seasonal touch’s to your dinning room table.
So here are my 5 best tips to help you create the perfect tablescape for your
Here are a couple pictures to get your creative juices flowing.
Start with the feeling you want around the table. Bold and energetic, colorful and bright may be just the right answer for you. Calm and subdued. A monochromatic, tight color palette may just be want you are looking for. Once you have decided on your “feeling” build away decor friend. Take a step back, take a pic, the lens perspective will help you see the gaps and angles that you may want to add some attention too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving friends.
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Bye For Now ~Tatum
Adding a throw blanket it a sure fire way to add color, texture, and a layering effect to your spaces. As the chilly nights of fall are upon us, I wanted to give you some ideas as to how you can incorporate a throw blanket into your decor in smart and stylish ways. There are two looks that a throw blanket can help achieve: a neat and structured look or a more laid back, casual look.
For a neat, structured approach try these ideas:
For a more laid-back look, try the following - this may take a few tries to get the “perfect laid back look”, ironic right?
Now go cozy up your spaces with a throw blanket!
Bye For Now ~Tatum
Hey Decor Friends,
Today we are going to have a chat about your front hall, or foyer. After walking into your home, your front foyer will be the first impression of your home. It will automatically emit a “feeling” to those who reside there or when friends and family arrive at your home.
Did you know that your foyer can have super powers? Here are a few ideas how you can get your front foyer working for you and your family and not have to give up your personality and flair in an often utilitarian space.
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Today I thought we could talk about the power and possibilities of using mirrors as decor elements in our homes. I was inspired to write this post as I was a guest in a home that had 28 reflective surfaces in a relatively small space. Needless to say I saw myself from every angle. Now 28 reflective surfaces may be a tad over the top, but the benefits to using mirrors in your home is something I could not pass up discussing.
A question I get asked frequently is “Where do I hang a mirror?” - ANYWHERE is my answer. Let’s think outside the box for a minute.
Mirrors can be used in your:
Mirrors can lean up against a wall, or on top of a mantle for a more casual look. Framed or frameless, bevelled edge or flat, ornate or simple, large or small the potential and possibilities of the power of the mirror is endless.
I challenge you to find a new place to hang or lean a mirror in your home today.
~Bye for now
With the changes of the season I wanted to share with you five quick and easy steps to decorate for the fall season. These steps are going to save you time, money, and frustration when figuring out how to welcome fall into your home.
Fall is all about gorgeous color, cozy textures, and delicious aromas. So I want you to think about adding one item from each of these categories to bring fall into your home.
Color – All you have to do is look out your window to be inspired by the fabulous colors of fall. Pick one. Maybe it’s new to you, maybe it is a favorite, but by bringing that color into your home it can add a pop. Color can be added to your home through pillow covers, tea towels, picture frames, vases, baskets... The list is endless.
Natural/Organic – Next think about something outside that you can bring inside. Like a natural element. In the fall, it’s easy to see branches with gorgeous leaves adoring the stems. Cut a few and bring them inside. Acorns and pinecones make for lovely organic items that nod to the fall season. They add wonderful shape, color and texture to your home. Place those acorns or whatever you choose into a bowl and bam, you have a wonderful addition to any any table or counter.
Something fresh – What about a pot of mum’s or sunflowers. These outdoor beauties can add an element of organic goodness to your indoors. Maybe flowers are not your thing, so think apples or pears. These wonderful produce in the fall offer you a wonderful aroma, color and texture.
Texture – When you think cozy what comes to mind? Is it a soft blanket? Perhaps a lovely plaid throw, with the warm and inviting texture of velvet. Add a texture to your space. One that welcomes you to snuggle up to. Remember your organic items. Those items offer your eye texture. Don’t forget to offer your body the delight of fall textures.
Light – With days getting shorter and the nights longer, pull out some candles. Real flame or faux battery operated flames are wonderful to pop into anything glass. There’s nothing like the flicker of a candle to create a warm and relaxing environment. If candles are not your thing, pull out your tiny battery operated string lights. They would look fabulous in your bowl of acorns. You’ve just kicked your fall bowl up a notch.
There you have it.. 5 easy steps to decorate for the fall!
Does it feel like fall in your neck of the woods? Here in North Carolina, summer temps are holding firm, firmly hot! I am ready for all things fall but pumpkins, I’m not too sure any fresh pumpkins can survive this heat. As I started looking around for non-traditional, orange pumpkins, guess what I found? There is such a great variety, faux and fresh that can fit every budget, style and taste. So without further adieu. I introduce the pumpkin squad of 2019
Hey Decor Friend,
Remember how we have talked about accessorizing your space by using your senses as guideposts? Well today, we're talking about your nose and the importance of how smell and your olfactory sense aids in how you experience a space.
Since we have been chatting about fall and welcoming this new season into your home what are some ways you can incorporate, lovely, warm and inviting smells easily into your home.
Here are 3 inexpensive and scent controlled ideas.
I know you must be thinking scent controlled, what does that mean? For those of us that enjoy a little scent but overpowering smell can send us looking for the Advil bottle, controlled scent is always appreciated. These three options allow you to customize how strongly a scent is experienced in your home.
Reed Diffusers – Pier One is one of my favorite brands for reed diffusers. They offer loads of choice and are very seasonally friendly.
Scented Pinecones – a wonderful way to add texture, color and scent to any table.
Fall Wax Melts – these slow burning, time specific wax nuggets allow you to chose and not commit for 50 hours what scent you are burning. The perfect choice for the lady who likes to change up her home’s aroma.
Last thing decor friends, pick one scent and stick with it throughout one entire floor of a home. Your kitchen scent should not be competing with your bathroom scent. Remember our senses help us experience and understand our surroundings. Let’s not overpower our olfactory sense and enjoy, one fabulous scent at a time.
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Bye For Now ~Tatum
Hello Decor Friends,
Today I wanted to send you two tips that you can use in any room of your home. From de-cluttering to refreshing these two tricks will help you make smart and lasting decor decisions.
Are you ready?
#1 Edit before adding.
Often times our eyes will look around and want to add something new, perhaps a seasonal color. There is nothing wrong with that, and you know I am a huge fan of welcoming the seasons into our homes. However, whenever you add something, you need to edit something out. Layering is a decorating trick but, if we are not mindful of what we are adding, pretty soon our spaces can feel overrun with stuff. Not the look we are going for. “Stuff’ does not aid in highlighting the people and the things we love in our home. Be mindful to edit before adding.
#2 Bigger is Better
Your eye will always settle on a larger item before attempting to read smaller items. A large chunky lamp will always attract the eye and feel more cohesive than adding a smaller scaled lamp. One large item on a table will always be more appealing to the eye, then having multiple tchotchkes spread out all over a table. One large plant will draw the eye to that natural beauty as opposed to having lots of little plants spread out around a room. We naturally want anchor points when viewing a space. Too many small things does not allow for anchor items to shine. Do you have anchor points in your spaces?
This weekend I challenge you to edit before adding and look around to see if you have bigger items in your space or lots of little. Give it a whirl, swap some smaller items for bigger and see how it changes the feel of your space.
Bye For Now Friends,