Without question, the most difficult place to decorate in my house is the mantle, which is more an architectural detail than a functional space. As you can see, the ceilings in the living room are very tall (28′) which makes scale a challenge, and the mantle, if you can call it that, is actually a ledge that is a bit wider in the recessed area.
Despite the challenges, I’m going to attempt creating a bit of holiday feel. Since burlap has been my material of choice this season, let’s see what can be done with it here. No way can it lay flat so it’s bunched up to fit the space. These holly trees haven’t been used for some time, but they seem just right with the burlap. As for the needlepoint stockings, they are always hung with care.
That’s about all that can fit here, but it looks a tad blah.
Thankfully, there is lots of green in the yard, including holly fern and leather holly. Don’t those seem a good match for the holly shaped leaves on the tree? Hmmm, I’m starting to like this a little better.
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P.S. If you have any idea for how to treat this challenging space, pass them on. I’d love your suggestions.