The hearth is the heart of the home. Everyone seems to gather ’round the fireplace during the holidays. The mantel is a primary decorating spot where you can spotlight a favorite ornament, a treasured item, show off a collection, or you can try something new every year. While no two homes decorate for Christmas in the same way, there are inspirations to take from each photo, whether you prefer traditional red and green, bright and shiny, or a woodland natural look. Try something new this year! Here are some ideas to inspire you.
Obviously, you don’t want to have anything flammable hanging down near the fire if you actually use your fireplace like I do. If you have an open flame fireplace, you may want to think about smoke damage that might occur to items on the mantel. If you have a collection of Santas on the mantel – you don’t want their white whiskers turning gray from smoke. I’ve learned not to place a white flocked garland on the fireplace the hard way. Yep, it was scarred by smoke. Also – some bloggers may do a stage setting for their photos that aren’t terribly realistic – like having a fire blazing away with no fireplace screen in use, or lots of flammables sitting right next to the fireplace opening. Just use your common sense.