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I grew up in a house without a fireplace. Before you get all sad for me, it must be known that my mother found an antique mantel and that we kept in our living room, where traditional fireplaces typically go. The white paint was chipped and the wood that peeked through had an elegant light blue tint. The mantel always had a strong presence, but the holidays were its true time to shine.

A mantel is a blank canvas for you and your holiday decorations–each year can be different,inspired by something new. We tested out three new looks this year: Coastal, Classic, and Colorful.

Coastal

Something about these cozy knitted stockings and a festive magnolia wreath has us channeling a beach house holiday.

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Classic

classic christmas decor

Plaid and gold conjure up images of a classic white Christmas. Is it snowing yet? 

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Colorful

colorful christmas decor

Take a walk on the wild side this season with bright colors and an eclectic collection of mantel decor. 

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Words by Gillian Grefe