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How to Add Comfort and Joy to the Most Overlooked Space in Your Living Room

published Nov 24, 2020
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Credit: Sara McDaniel, @simplysoutherncottage

Like all things 2020, the holidays are going to require some creativity. We’ll be forming new traditions and making new memories. While it may not be the holiday you pictured, it can still be plenty special. And that starts with making your home merry and bright. Since we’re celebrating from the comforts of our own homes — emphasis on the comfort — we’re leaning into all things cozy and adding joy everywhere possible.

When you think of holiday home decor, you probably picture festive trees and dazzling lights. But there’s another space you’re overlooking: your mantel, where the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. It’s a prime spot for adding holiday cheer. We asked Sara McDaniel of @simplysoutherncottage to show us how she’s styling her mantel with beautifully designed, responsibly-sourced pieces from Garnet Hill.

Credit: Sara McDaniel, @simplysoutherncottage

Sara lives in a gorgeous 1926 Louisiana cottage that she lovingly restored herself. She inspires her audience to follow her lead with home and design projects of their own. What better year to make your home as cozy and cheerful as possible? For her own holiday mantel, Sara went back to basics with the help of Garnet Hill, inspired by her first Christmases in her restored cottage.

Credit: Sara McDaniel, @simplysoutherncottage

Sara anchored her mantel with green-and-white decor, including plenty of Restored Boxwood Wreaths and Preserved Boxwood Garland. The boxwood keeps things simple and clean while also adding texture and warmth. She also included a few pops of color like an assortment of Striped Knit Stockings to align with her current aesthetic. Sara finished her cozy curation with a few candles, Holiday Knit Pillows, and her granny’s vintage ceramic tree for some nostalgic vibes.

Whether you feel like going big and bold or intentionally slow and simple with your decor, the mantel is the perfect place to add a touch of warmth and coziness at the end of a stressful year.