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					18         FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE DAILY GLEANER



The mantel is a favourite place to decorate
By MARY CAROL GARRITY                                                                                                Woodland wonderland                                         fering sizes and place them on one side of the mantel. I’m
Scripps Howard News Service                                                                                                                                                      partial to hurricanes that sport silver bases because they
                                                       The rough, rustic look of winter in the woods has to be                                                                   add more bling. Now, fill them with a mixture of your fa-
                                                    my all-time favourite theme for the holidays because it al-
   If I took an informal poll of shoppers in my home-in-                                                                                                                         vourite gold and silver tree bulbs or other baubles.
                                                    lows me to bring the beauty of nature inside my home.
terior stores, asking them to name their favourite spot in                                                                                                                          On the opposite side of the mantel, create the same ef-
                                                       To create an earthy, fresh woodland display, find a fallen
the house to decorate, I bet most would say their fireplace                                                                                                                       fect using tall, thin apothecary jars.
mantel.                                             branch that fits well on your mantel, with twigs that hang                                                                       Finish out your display by dotting your garland with
                                                    over the front and twigs that reach up the wall. Now, wind
   We love to experiment with different looks on our man-                                                                                                                         groups of gold and silver balls that match those in your
tels, don’t we? Sometimes we want it screaming with tufts of loose, natural-looking faux greenery, like long-nee-                                                                hurricanes and apothecary jars. Be sure to hang a few balls
drama, loaded with accents that make it sparkle and pop.
                                                    dled pine garland, through the branches to give it colour                                                                    from the garland so they swing lazily over the edge of your
Other times, we crave a simple, serene look.        and texture.                                                                                                                 mantel.
   I have the most fun with my mantel during the holiday
                                                       Next, add the embellishments. If you want a frosty look,
season, when this thin plank of painted wood becomes a
                                                    hang clusters of faux icicles from the twigs that reach over
                                                                                                                                                                                 A touch of colour
tiny stage on which I herald the season. If you’re stuck in a
                                                    the front of your mantel. Bring out the sparkle of the icicles                                                                  If you’ve just got to have colour on your holiday mantel,
rut with your holiday mantel decor, try one of my favourite
                                                    by using silver pieces on your mantel, like a formal cande-                                                                  create a base of pine-bough garland that has pinecones at-
themes:                                             labra or a chalice.                                                                                                          tached. Then add faux holly garland or picks dotted with
                                                                             If you’d like a more rustic look, dot                                                               plump, red berries. For a country touch, add plaid ribbons
     FRONT                    GATE GMAC REAL ESTATE LTD.                  your branch with groups of pinecones,                                                                  and folk-art ornaments. I’ve even used tiny black birdcages
                               www.frontgategmac.ca                       thread honeysuckle vine through the                                                                    and empty birds’ nests to give the still life more whimsy.
                                                                          garland and hang a few simple wood-                                                                       If you’re feeling blue this holiday season, build a mantel
                                              506.443.0262                en ornaments from the twigs.                                                                           display around blue and white pottery. Find two identical
                                             191 Main Street                                                                          Silver and gold                            blue-and-white vases that sport a botanical or Asian pat-
                              admin@frontgategmac.ca                                                                                                                             tern, then fill them with a topsy-turvy display of winter-
                                                                                                                                         Sometimes, during the holidays,         greens.
                                               T   ING                                 N    EW                                        nothing will do in your decorating but        Prop one vase atop a small stack of old books so it’s taller
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                                   NEW                                        3 YE                                                    the rich luster of silver and gold.        than its partner on the opposite side of the mantel. Fill in
                                                                                                                                         To make a memorable mantel that’s       the centre with a silver five-armed candelabra, a blue-and-
                                                                07-115                                 07-088                         full of fire and ice, first create a tex-    white transferware plate propped up in an easel and a fa-
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       476-4968                                                                                                        292-4622       boughs with long, soft needles. With           Mary Carol Garrity is the proprietor of three home furnishings stores in Atchi-
                                                     OW N!                                    WIC                                     the greens in place, you’re ready to add   son, Kan., and the author of several books on home decorating. Write to Garrity at
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