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A Mantel for All Seasons

Audrey Curl - Ornamentations Design - MantelIs your fireplace mantel the focal point in your room? It usually does take center stage. I like to decorate my mantel for each season, but I have a very narrow one, so finding appropriately-sized items can be challenging. In the spring, I place branches of forsythia in Chinese vases.

Audrey Curl - Ornamentations Design - Mantel2When summer comes along, I place orchids in the vases and add seashells collected from vacations. I also like to change the pillows on the settee in front of the fireplace to a sea blue. Why keep everything the same all the time?

Audrey Curl - Ornamentations Design - Mantel3Fall is a season that I absolutely love and pumpkins can be found all over my house including the mantel. I like to add gourds, an arrangement of seeded eucalyptus, and my collection of pheasants to create a subtle palette reminiscent of fall’s fading colors.

Audrey Curl - Ornamentations Design - Mantel4At Christmastime, the mantel becomes a sea of silver with a collection of mercury glass ornaments and vases. Silver and gold Christmas trees add height and ceramic angels add a touch of whimsy. Did you notice that I changed the pillows on the settee?

Redecorating the mantel with each new season keeps the room feeling fresh and new. Give it a try!

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