This post was sponsored by Pier 1. All words and opinions are 100% my own.
The fireplace is often the heart of the home during the holidays. Ours isn’t actually a working fireplace, so while I can’t cozy up by the fire with hot cocoa and a warm blanket, I can still make it the focal point of our holiday decor. I went to Pier 1 Imports to pick up a few pieces to transform our mantel from drab to fab with the help of their unique offerings. They have something for everyone’s personal style with endless creative possibilities.
Normally, the only thing on our mantel is a vase of flowers and one or two candles. And then over the week some toys and other junk items usually land there making it look messy and rather boring. The look I was going for was what I like to call “Spruced Up”. I wanted natural pine elements that would look warm and inviting without being overwhelming or too fancy.
Getting started is usually the hardest part. So my tip would be to find the thing most important to you and plan the rest of your design around that. For me, I knew I wanted the stockings to be the focal point. They are the first things people are going to see and I think it sets the mood for how the rest of the mantel should look. Knowing that I wanted a natural look, these mini fur lined stockings in the traditional red really stood out to me and the girls love how soft they are! I think having a little variation in the stockings adds a great textural dimension so I picked up these cable knit stockings for Aaron and myself.
Next, because we have this great antique mirror that is a permanent fixture above the fireplace, I had to keep things simple on top. So I decided to skip a traditional greenery garland and just have one centerpiece flanked by some flowers I picked up at the Farmer’s Market. I chose the red ranunculus and red berry stem branches because they complemented the red in the stockings so well. If you don’t have time to pick fresh flowers each week, you can also pick up some lovely faux arrangements. These red berry stems would actually be a great alternative because then you don’t have to deal with the cleanup of fallen berries and you can re-use them each year.
To tie in all of the other elements – the pinecones, the natural warm glow, and the greenery – I went with these two Frosted Pinecone Lanterns to place on each side of the fireplace. They come with an LED battery operated candle inside so I had no need to worry about little hands and safety with these. It was perfect.
I think the Pom & Jingle garland ended up being the perfect finishing touch to the mantel. It sits behind the stockings perfectly to add just a little pop of color and the girls love making the jingle and pretending that Santa is already here on the roof. It’s fun, playful, and can see myself using it throughout the years either on the mantel, tree, or on a floating shelf in another room.
For the finishing touches, I picked up some firewood and stacked it at the bottom of the chimney. As, I mentioned before, our fireplace doesn’t work, so I wrapped some Amber LED Glimmer String lights around the log to give the appearance of a warm and magical fireplace. We can now sit around it with our hot cocoa all nice and cozy and really get ready to enjoy the holiday cheer.
All of the products mentioned are available at your local Pier 1 Imports store location or www.pier1.com. With holiday collections from all around the world, you’re sure to find something to create the perfect holiday home for family traditions this year! And as a way of giving back to all of you, I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Pier 1 to help spread some holiday cheer. All you have to do is comment on this post and I’ll pick a winner tomorrow at 12pm EST. Good Luck!
Photos by Julia Elizabeth for Lucky Penny.