When it’s time to decorate my home for the holidays, I usually like to keep my decor simple, elegant and versatile. I like holiday decor that’s subtle; where it looks like it could fit in year-round, but makes you take a closer look.
I thought it would be fun to go with a winter white theme for my mantel decor this year, since my living room is decorated in shades of white and very neutral. The whites and rustic natural accents will be right at home with the rest of the room.
Candles for Warmth
For a base, I brought in layers of different-sized candles in simple glass holders. Candles are a great way to bring warmth to a space that could otherwise be coldly neutral. These flameless led pillar candles are perfect because they have a timer that you can set to turn on and off at the same time every day. These votives make a great smaller option as well. Varying the height and width of both the candles and their holders gives it a more eclectic and timeworn feel. The candles can then be repurposed throughout the year for other decorating ideas.
Bring Nature Inside
Once the candles were arranged I thought it would be a good idea to add some more interest, so I scoured the house for other decor items that would adapt to my theme. The white reindeer bust and porcelain star came in very handy!
Next it was time to add more of a holiday touch to tie it all together. A few strategically placed frosted pine cone ornaments of varying sizes did the job. The natural brown of the pine cones mimic the brown of the woodwork in the room. The frost on the pine cones is the perfect touch to graduate them from fall to winter.
Branches as Holiday Decor
I wanted to bring in some more natural touches, so I added a few leftover branches (from my fall decor). Placed against the wall and used as a backdrop, they really create more texture and interest to the whole vignette.