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Tips + Tricks: Trimming your Holiday Mantel

I love to curl up near my wood-burning fireplace, especially during the holidays. That warm glow from the fire makes the room feel cozy and inviting. Many of y'all know transforming my home for the holidays is very important to me. My home, unfortunately, does not have a traditional mantel. This challenging design element has forced me to get creative!

If you are like me and don't have a traditional mantel. You have come to the right place! I am here to share all my styling secrets from years past in addition to this year.

Photography: Margaret Wright


Here is what you will need to know:

Command strips were my best friend when decorating my fireplace this year. They are easy to place and don't leave a scratch- double win! I prefer to use heavy-duty command hooks when hanging garland strands. This year, I chose to incorporate faux Norfolk garland- it was a little heavier the stronger command hook worked perfectly! I really wanted the garland to appear full and lush. To fill gaps in-between the strands, I incorporated picks from the shop.

Keeping the Mod Pod Christmas theme in mind, I blended faux pampas with garland on the mantel to add a coastal twist to my traditional holiday decor. Next I added these sweet butterfly clip ornaments. I used these butterflies throughout my whole house this year. They were such a fun detail!

To tie everything together, I hung my Emily Daws stockings to one side of the mantel. To do this all you have to do is place a smaller command hook behind the garland. A fun trick I do every year is filling the bottom of the stocking with tissue paper making them appear full before all the goodies.

I hope you have as much fun decorating your home this year as I did with mine. Happy Holidays! xx, Megan



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