The team started at the mantel with a simple smilax garland cut from the garden. To get this look, lengths of smilax vine were simply taped together. The joints are hidden behind leaves. The garland drapes over small nails tacked into the fireplace surround.
Each side of the fireplace is anchored by a cone-shaped topiary wired with small twinkle lights. You could make your own by wrapping tomato cages with a lightweight, loosely woven fabric or screen and securing it in place with honeysuckle or other pliable vine. Then finish with a dusting of matte gold spray paint. Once dry, use twist ties to attach a short strand of lights to the inside of each cage.
The team placed lusterleaf holly and magnolia on the hearth to soften it. Creamy white pillar candles complete the look. The trick here is not to be too symmetrical. Pick a side to be more dominant, and dress it with extra greenery and the candles. On the mantel, two square vases were filled with osage oranges and more boughs of magnolia from trees in the yard.