A Luminous Holiday Fireplace Mantel

Article Posted By: Caitlin Moran

A Luminous Holiday Fireplace Mantel

We adored Caitlin Moran’s beautiful and practical backyard makeover. Now we get a peek inside her home, as she shares her Christmas decorating ideas for her fireplace mantel.

Caitlin writes about style, fashion and decor on her blog Style Within Reach. This holiday mantel is her contribution to our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations to get her Christmas decorating started.

Read on to see how she styled this gorgeously luminous holiday fireplace mantel.

A Luminous Holiday Fireplace Mantel

I get pretty into decorating for the holiday season — so much so that we don’t have space in our house to store all of my boxes of decor! While this is certainly one of my favorite times of the year to decorate, I always get stumped when it comes to the mantel. For my Home Depot Style Challenge I decided to keep things simple — by layering all different types of candles to create a glowing focal point. I gave an old chair that was previously bright green a makeover using chalk paint and I had a lot of fun creating a hanging chandelier to hover over my bar.

A hanging wreath with Christmas ornaments

Opal White Finish Christmas Ornament from Home Decorators Collection

Christmas Decorating Ideas from Caitlin Moran

The potted Christmas trees that flank the mantel just may be my favorite part of the design and I love that they are pre-lit!

A Luminous Holiday Fireplace Mantel

I added a fluffy faux sheepskin rug and this gorgeous sequin-striped pillow I already had on hand. I put them at the foot of the trees to remind me of snow and add a nice variance of texture. They make it look so cozy.

A Luminous Holiday Fireplace Mantel

A Luminous Holiday Fireplace Mantel

I covered the mantel in a mix of candles and votives and then spread out shatterproof ornaments in a variety of metallic shades, mixing in greens in a few places. It was so easy to create a fun design.

A Luminous Holiday Fireplace Mantel

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This old chair has been with me for years. I got it at an estate sale and promptly painted it a bright shade of green. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to give it a makeover. I tried out The Home Depot’s DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in white. It was great!  No sanding required, and the chair looks lovely.

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I had fun creating the chandelier out of an old wreath. I filled it in with fresh greenery and then used fishing line to hang ornaments from the bottom. My husband installed it over the bar area using a hook drilled into the ceiling. I think it’s such a fun and unexpected festive touch.

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Many thanks to The Home Depot for inviting me to take part in this Holiday Style Challenge!

Photos by Krista A. Jones Photography & Design 

Caitlin Moran is the creative mind behind the lifestyle blog Style Within Reach, where she writes about affordable and attainable style. After working in the fashion industry in New York, she now lives in the Washington DC area.

We have more holiday decor ideas here on The Home Depot Blog in our Holiday Style Challenge series. Follow our Holiday Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest, too.

Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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