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PROJECT 11: Dress Up A Fireplace And Mantel

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In this decorating project, Maia used festive ball ornaments in non-traditional ways. Try these three ideas:

1. Create Eye-Catching Floral Arrangements

In each of two oversized glass vases, place a potted amaryllis plant in the colour of your choice. You’ll want to elevate the pot by placing a cardboard tube (or other support) underneath. Using one colour of ornament, gently fill base of vase with ornaments, making sure to completely surround the cardboard support. Gently remove reindeer moss from its container and add it to base of amaryllis pot, to finish the arrangement. Place the arrangements on either side of the hearth, to play up symmetry and call attention to the area.

2. Colour Block on a Mantel

For added impact, separate ornaments into distinct but complementary colours. (Each Martha Stewart Living collection available at The Home Depot comes in coordinated colour-ways, so you can’t go wrong.) Maia used the Midnight Holiday Collection and divided the ornaments into deep charcoal, silver and fresh green groups, and then placed them each in their own vase before placing on the mantel. Each vase is strung with small fairy lights to add sparkle to evening occasions.

3. Illuminate a Centrepiece

Group pillar candles together in an oversized bowl or platter, and surround with ornaments. They’ll subtly reflect the candlelight and command attention on a tabletop or ottoman. As with the colour blocked ornaments above, sticking with one shade draws attention to different textures: sparkly, matte and patterned.

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