Gloribell Lebron has a knack for bringing a natural look to decor. Her ingenious idea of adding strip of succulents a small apartment balcony turned an urban space into a virtual garden. Now, the author of the blog I Don’t Know How She Does It! has created a Christmas decor that has the shine and sparkle of the holidays, along with clever additions of greenery to add an organic spirit to the room.
She used Christmas decorations from The Home Depot in her holiday living room. They arrived in mystery boxes of holiday items we sent to her as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series, in which some of the most talented design bloggers on the internet share their Christmas decorating ideas.
Like so many of my fellow blogger friends, I was ecstatic to be part of this year’s Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge. Last summer, I joined this great group in creating an urban space out of our small balcony in the Patio Style Challenge series; definitely one of the best experiences of my life. Having the liberty of creating always brings so much fun!
This time around is all about the holiday season and to my big surprise the area I was assigned to work my magic on was the fireplace mantel. We recently bought a 1938 Mediterranean Revival-style house that came with one of the most impressive fireplaces I’ve ever seen. The engraving on its stone was so detailed and beautiful that I knew from that moment that this area was going to be a great focal point by itself.
When those mystery boxes arrived from The Home Depot I was so thrilled to see that most of the ornaments were in golden colors, which matched perfectly with the small veins that the stone has. Having already selected these metallic accents and the soft sand color of the stone as my basic scheme, the rest of the design concept easily unfolded into a cozy and inviting space.
To make this mantel really stand out, I started by joining together two 9 ft. pre-lit garlands. These were the base for my rustic and eclectic design. After it was securely fastened with Command Round Cord Clips, I removed the red poinsettias that had been attached to the garland and added extra faux greenery to make it look fuller. Beside this I also added pieces of grapevine and a couple of silk plants similar to the famous dusty miller plant.
Now my garland was ready, I started decorating it with the golden shatter resistant ornaments that came in the box but I also added some small glass ornaments from the Home Decorators Collection in copper and silver finishes.
With cork I also made some stars using different sizes of cookie cutters and a hammer, easy peasy. Some grapevine stars I already had at hand added a touch of whimsy.
My fireplace is the focal point of the room, and the mantel becomes a stage for my rustic, eclectic Christmas fantasy to come to life.
Corner and Center Accents
Under the garland, I created three focal points using a group of ornaments (two on each corner and one in the center). These clusters had golden, copper and silver accents all in different sizes and finishes. By mixing these colors, I was able to recreate the rustic feeling I wanted. On the center and over the big engraving I did one more group but added a burlap ribbon to emphasize this area as the focal point. From there the eyes will then jump to the big mirror, creating a visual illusion of a triangle area.
Over the Mantel
Since the mantel already was a statement by itself, all that I had to do was to place accents over it without distracting the viewer from my garland. The reindeer figurines (feeding and standing) are an elegant expression of both the season and the outdoors, so they are the main “actors” on this stage. I spread gold and copper Christmas ornaments and pinecones over the mantel in a random, organic way to emphasize the natural look of the scene.
The Sunburst Mirror
Of course, the sunburst mirror over the mantel is a major focal point for the room. To tie it to the rest of the Christmas decor, I added a mini grapevine wreath, along with some of the faux evergreen garland that The Home Depot sent me and more cork stars.
I live in Miami, and the weather is seldom cold enough for a fire in the fireplace. It’s a good spot for more greenery, though. Inside two resin urns that also from Home Depot, I planted an ivy (it reminded me of the Christmas holly bush) and a real dusty miller because it seems to be frosted. I accentuated this area with some white Christmas lights scattered over the floor and behind the urns but also added some giant shatter resistant ornaments that can pass as mercury glass.
Over the Console
Placing Christmas ornaments into a decorative lantern (use previously on my Patio Challenge) is an easy way to add some sparkle. I placed a potted dusty miller next to the lantern to balance out the metallic finish of the ornaments.
Placing a tray over a coffee table or ottoman is the perfect spot for a small flower arrangement or some books (or an adorable mercury glass owl). These items add a clean touch and create an invitation to seat and relax. You can also use trays to serve your guests with a warm drink or some sweet snacks.
Thank you to The Home Depot for including me in the Holiday Style Challenge. Merry Christmas, everyone!
See more photos of Gloribell’s gorgeous Christmas decor on her blog.
Gloribell Lebron is a graphic and interior designer in Miami. She writes about decorating on her blog I Don’t Know How She Does It! There you’ll find decorating ideas and easy tutorials to decorate your space.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.