I love to decorate for the holidays. I am realizing that Fall and Christmas decor is taking over my basement storage area. Well mainly, the Christmas, but that’s a story for another day. I don’t necessarily use all of my holiday decor or even use them in the same way each year. For instance, these floral mum stems were displayed inside my fireplace hearth with candles last year. This year, I want to use them in a pitcher with some long grassy stems I had leftover from another project.
I always liked the look of bunches of flowers tightly arrange with very long twigs, leaves, or feather flowing out the top. That is what I set out to create.
As you can see in the picture above, the arrangement is fine with the two bunches of mums, but nothing special. With the addition of the long grass, the arrangement has a real woodsy feel, which contrast nicely with the traditional creamy white pitcher.
I decided to place it on my mantel along with a picture I painted of wheat, some miniature pumpkins, and a few leaves tucked in here and there.
I balanced out the other side of the mantel with a pare of vintage shabby chic candlesticks placed on top of some books and rested a tray behind them. I like to use books to give height and interest. These are a couple of paperbacks that I had lying around. Just turn the spines to the back if you don’t want to show the names and titles.
The trick to hanging these wreaths from the mantel is command strip hooks. I use them for hanging stockings at Christmas time, too. It makes it easy to install and take apart without having to use nails or staples, which will damage the wood and paint finish.
I love how this turned out! The fireplace has so much character, now, perfect for Thanksgiving which is just around the corner!
Let me know what you think in the comments below.