One Mantel, Three Stylish Ways

One Mantel, Three Stylish Ways

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Dabney Frake
Feb 3, 2016
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Emily Henderson is synonymous with stylish, eclectic, and beautiful spaces. Her new book, Styled, is full of inspiration and advice for getting that magazine-ready look in your own home. To celebrate its release, she's sharing three ways to decorate a mantel that isn't overly theme-y and can last through the season, well beyond the holidays.

From Emily:

There are the people that decorate their mantel for the season, and then there are the people that DECORATE their mantel for the season. Long gone are the days when you feel like you should have a huge box of decor for each and every month that you pull out the day after the last holiday passes and you rip it all down just to set up something new (think day after Thanksgiving). Nowadays, keeping your mantel up to date can be as simple as adding a few new pieces and some flowers or greenery to your already existing set-up. Keep it simple and have fun with it! Now, let's get into it:

Casual Coastal:

For this one we were inspired by the soft neutral colors of the coast. We wanted it to have some elements of fall, but we definitely wanted to keep it as soothing and minimal as possible, just like the coast is on a crisp fall evening. Our color palate consisted of shades of blues, light woods, whites, and few hits of gold. We brought in those adorable little soapstone pumpkins from Target to add in a sense of fall, but kept it at that as far as "fall" accessories go. Remember, fall doesn't have to mean dried leaves, spider webs, and cornucopias.

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Seascapes: Vintage | Blue Vase On Left: Target (available in stores) | Large Marble Pumpkin | Small Marble Pumpkin | Candlesticks: Vintage | Marble Book End

(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)
(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)
(Image credit: Style by Emily Henderson)

Eclectic Artist:

This is the mantel of a true artist. Someone that appreciates a good weird abstract, and a creepy white bust. We pulled our color palate from the abstract there in the middle. If you have a piece that you love already in your home then use it to dictate the rest of the mantle. It will help everything feel pulled together and intentional and serve as the grounding piece for everything else around it. For this one we incorporated some fresh cut branches, a few dried and graphic flowers, and a small collection of mini pumpkins to bring out some of the orange and rust colored hues in the abstract. When fall is over it is easy to remove a few elements, and still have a beautiful and pulled together mantle.

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Vintage Vase (on mantel) | White Bust | Grey Vase On Hearth: Target (available in stores) | Everything Else: Vintage

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Contemporary Glam:

This one is for the inner clean and contemporary glam person in all of us. Golds, blacks, metallics, and clean lines are the stars of this one. To keep it from feeling too stark and minimal we pulled in the black and white ceramic piece, the hand drawn portrait as well as the organic lines of the orange berries. They also do double duty to bring a bit of fall into the mantle. When you are mixing metallics in make sure the keep them peppered along the mantle, and at different heights, to help the eye keep moving from piece to piece. This will keep your mantle both interesting and fresh looking for fall.

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Short Taper Holder | Tall Taper Holder | Art: Vintage | Brass Bowl: Vintage | Geo Mirror | Black & White Stripe Vessel: Target (available in stores) | Gold Jack | Brass & Glass Vase: Target (available in stores) | Basket | Striped Throw | Knit Blanket

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(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)
(Image credit: Style by Emily Henderson)

1. Gold Jack | 2. Nude Line Drawing | 3. Geo Mirror | 4. Large Glass Vase | 5. Striped Throw | 6. Gold Bowl | 7. Black & White Vase | 8. Short Taper Holder | 9. Tall Taper Holder | 10. Basket | 11. Knit Blanket

Now get out there and have fun with your mantel. With just a few new affordable items you can instantly transform your mantel from bland to glam this winter season. Which one is your favorite of the three mantels?

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