Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Mantle Workshop

Our local home décor shop, All About Home, recently hosted a Christmas mantle decorating workshop.  The owners, Lori and Greg, provided great ideas and delicious snacks.  I took a few photos for inspiration.  I apologize for the lack of quality, I was shooting around other participants, lots of gorgeous décor and a very busy lady.
Here's what we learned...
Lori started with a lovely tradition display.  These red candles were actually a string of lights.  A garland of greenery, wintry pics and a simple sign created an easy and pretty mantle.
Her next example showed us something a bit more modern and minimalist.
She explained the importance of height, drama and visual rest.
This mantle uses the new color, champagne, combining it with some natural elements.  I love these colors!
After several examples, Lori encouraged participants to create their own displays.  This was not only fun but really helpful.  As participants 'shopped the store', Lori gave suggestions and advice. 

This one used traditional reds and greens. Love those velvet poinsettias!
Adding an elegant ornament under a cloche completes the look. 
Another participant wanted to create a mantle display using this beautiful reindeer and sleigh piece she had recently purchased.
Her completed mantle! Gorgeous!
Several ladies were interested in creating displays with a brick background. Lori demonstrated how using whites with color can make your display pop against the darker background.  Here's how the display evolved.
Using some everyday pieces you have around your home can make your display personal and save money.
Lori suggests taking a picture as you create. She demonstrated how these beautiful twisted, sparkly branches seem to disappear.
Adding a bit more color.
The white branches stand out better than the champagne branches.
The mercury glass and champagne trees are replaced by white bristle brush trees. Extra touches of red complete the look.
By changing a few elements, this display can go from Christmas to Winter.
This workshop was not only inspiring but really put us in the Christmas mood.  The shop was beautifully decorated!

I loved this natural, dramatic display.  I have an old dough bowl....
Here are a few trees around the shop.
Isn't this Snowman Tree clever?!
I think I'm ready to start decorating! 
(After I host the final Thanksgiving Feast this Sunday.)
What's inspiring you this season? 
Whatever it is, remember the TRUE reason for the season and enjoy!!
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