Aim High, Not Heavy
"When it comes to mantels, go big," says Farmer. But big doesn't always mean decorating with an unwieldy garland. Layer bright colors, traditional accents, and tall clippings to draw attention to the fireplace. Farmer used orange tulips and roses in red pottery to bring out the terra-cotta hues of his reclaimed-brick fireplace. Mexican pottery urns filled with nandina boughs create height and shake up the symmetry of the board-and-batten doors, sofas, and light fixtures.