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Make Over a Mantel
The keys to this display are contrasting colors and varied heights. For a focal point, we hung a rich green wreath over the fireplace. It offers the perfect contrast to the neutral stone chimney. Next, we softened the edges of the mantel by letting the garland spill over the ends. For a little height and dimension, we added potted paperwhites. Anchoring the whole display are two crucibles. Placed at each end of the mantel, they hold silver-colored bromeliads accented by clusters of bright nandina berries and dogwood branches spray-painted red.
The base of this centerpiece is so simple: magnolia leaves layered down a gold table runner. We tucked red ornaments into the leaves to mimic berries on a shrub in winter. To create a few showy candleholders, we bought small terra-cotta pots, covered the drainage holes with duct tape, spray-painted the pots gold, and filled them with sand. Then we put in candles and surrounded them with red ornaments.
Going Green Made Easy
Unlike needled conifers, magnolias don't shed as they dry. Instead, their leaves turn a lighter green and begin to pucker, giving them added texture. We have friends who have used the same wreath for two years. This holiday season, give magnolias a try. Your decorated home will stand out from the rest.
The Magnolia Company: P.O. Box 67, Barberville, FL 32105; www.themagnolia company.com or 1-800-880-4662.
"Magnificent Magnolias" is from the December 2007 issue of Southern Living.