For days I’ve been seeing great ideas for decorating mantels for the holidays, and I confess to having serious mantel envy.
I mean, who wouldn’t like to go all out and do something fun like this? Such is not easy at my house.
You see, my mantel is little more than a ledge, and the wall above it soars to a height of more than 20 feet. Architecturally, it is dramatic but when it comes to decorating, the mantel is a real challenge.
After unsuccessfully trying several ideas, my best effort used gold mesh scrunched up and tied with ribbon.
Since there’re no ends for it to hang off of, the mesh is anchored with a variety of glass finials and sparkly gold trees.
Father Christmas becomes part of the mix and stands guard beneath the chimney waiting patiently to alert us to the sound of tiny hoofbeats on the roof.
As I look down from above, I wonder if the trees might look better if the tapestry were taken down, but, hey, that involves an extension ladder and I’m not going there! Maybe the easier solution would be to have something laying flatter on the ledge.
I need help, so tell me, what would you do with this challenging mantel?
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