Home is Where the Hearth Is

Warm and inviting – next to the quintessential Christmas tree, the fireplace mantel is a favorite focal point for holiday decorating, inspiring a plethora of design styles made especially sumptuous for this very special time of year.

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Fireplace mantel design by blog.hookerfurniture.com.    Christmas crackers from Pinterest.  Charleston Damask wallpaper (HS7956) from Ronald Redding Designs 18 Karat II collection.  Decorative holiday spray from etsy.com.

Classic Amber Glow.  The richly ornate blending of copper and bronze melded with the deep tones of amber exude luxurious warmth that pays respect to the classics while establishing a design style that is distinctly today.  Blend together touches of nature such as oak leaves, wheat sheaves and dried flowers, softly gilded with touches of bronze and add the distinct sparkle of ornate glass and filigree holiday decorations to perfect your mantel décor.   Surround your fireplace wall with luxury wallcoverings that set the stage for holiday décor; and remain a fashion statement that lasts all year long.

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Christmas crackers from christinebauer.com.  Fireplace mantel design from blog.zetwet.com.  Manuscript wallpaper (RX6698) from Ronald Redding Designs Sculptured Surfaces III collection.  Candles from blogspot.luluto.com.  The Birches wallpaper (LL4759) from Ronald Redding Designs Urban Retreat collection.

Luxury Lodge – Your Urban Retreat.  Winter white, classic black, and touches of evergreen.  Sometimes the simple things in life are the most creatively beautiful!  Escape the urban crush of the holidays and find joy in surrounding yourself with décor that is inspired by organic elements from the purity of birch bark to the richness of balsam.  Twinkle with little white lights and streamlined wrought iron lanterns and subtle touches of frosty weather such as an iced pinecone.  Your holiday mantel will look completely at home against a backdrop of stately birch trees wallpaper that will continue your theme long after the holidays are gone.

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Nutcracker from Pier 1.  Fireplace mantel design by styleestate.com. Christmas crackers from etsy.com.  Granville wallpaper (DD8354 red, DD8350 gold) from Ronald Redding Designs Designer Damask collection.

Regal Red and Gold.  Traditionalists at heart have long loved the bright gleam of gold and the rich hues of red against the backdrop of emerald evergreens.  Its a winning combination that never gets old.  This style speaks to red velvet, shiny gold, ribbons, candles and Nutcrackers, with tasteful typography updates shimmered in gold like “Joy” and “Peace” to make them timely.  In keeping with classic good taste, wrap your walls in an archival inspired wallpaper, beautifully rendered for today’s taste, for a décor statement with a lasting impression.

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Karma wallpaper (CZ2489 white/silver, CZ2488 gold) from York’s Candice Olson Modern Nature collection.  Fireplace mantel design by Ballards.  Wreath from Pinterest.  Christmas crackers by taradennis.com.

Bling – the favorite new color!  Beads, pearlescent, shimmer, metallic, glazing, glitter and shine; this group of luminous choices is great individually and outstanding when combined. Layered with a creative artist’s eye it becomes so subtly sophisticated you’ll soon be wearing it on both yourself and your home.  It allows for décor that is just a bit edgy so select your stockings and mantel décor with a bit of whimsy that brings out your personal style, reassured that by its very nature, bling will establish it as breath taking.  Your wall wardrobe for this look should include a little bling as well and York has hundreds of patterns to select from including glass beads, pearls, crystals and glitter.

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Fireplace mantel from blog.centsationalgirl.com.  Decorative mason jars from MomtasticLife.com.  Christmas crackers from blog.angieasplund.com.  Optic wallpaper (WH2682) and Diamond Oasis wallpaper (WH2668) from York’s WallpapHer collection.   Caning wallpaper (EB2011) from York’s Carey Lind Vibe collection.

Trend:  Teal and Chartreuse.  Turquoise/Teal has a new BFF – Chartreuse!  Inviting and oh so livable, turquoise when married to sophisticated chartreuse is elevated to a whole new level that is totally Diva worthy.  Start with basic white for the mantel and add a stylized antler mount above it and frame with touches of glistening silver for a glimmer effect.  Get creative with a mason jar and fill it with shiny decorations in your new color duo, or try turning them upside down with a miniature tree accent inside.  Always remember, your guaranteed resource for transforming your room is to surround your walls with wallpaper and with so many beautiful choices in teal and chartreuse by York, the most difficult thing will be making up your mind!

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