Friends, there are some projects that I work on behind the scenes here at Positively Splendid that it takes all I can muster to keep a secret. Today happens to be a very special day when I get to finally share the very exciting details about one such project!
Over the summer, I was approached by Jo-Ann and HGTV with an amazing opportunity to create a mantelscape for a friendly contest with four other amazing bloggers, the winner of which would have the opportunity to see her design featured in this year’s HGTV Holiday House. When I received that call, I was obviously over-the-moon excited, and honored to be in the midst of so many other talented designers. There was only one teeny, tiny problem: since the contest happened to fall in the midst of our cross-country move from Tennessee to Texas, I didn’t have a mantel at that point to decorate. Fortunately, my gracious sister-in-law allowed me to descend upon her home on a sweltering Texas summer day, Christmas decorations and glue gun in hand, to turn her living room fireplace into a veritable winter wonderland!
Over the course of the next two weeks, HGTV is giving YOU the chance to give your input on which of the five mantel designs is your favorite, and then one of the lucky designers will see her design come to life in the 2013 HGTV Holiday House. Incredible, right?! Ready to get the full tour of the design I came up with to add to the mix? Today I am going to share the full reveal of the my rustic-luxe holiday mantel, and then over at Made + Remade, I will share the how-to’s for many of the projects incorporated into the design. Let’s get to it!
Modern, traditional and homespun elements all coalesce in my rustic holiday mantel design, which represents a fresh take on a mainstay of holiday decorating. By juxtaposing numerous textures and mediums, this mantel display imparts a luxe yet masculine feel to holiday décor.
Rich earth tones coupled with on-trend metallic hues provide the palette for this mantelscape, which features a swag of fresh greenery as its backbone, peppered with natural pine cones woven grapevine balls. A set of faux antlers further enhances the natural feel of the display.
Taking center stage are three topiary trees, created using Styrofoam cone bases, assorted fringe trim, and wood finials.
Flanking the topiaries are sequined decorative balls that mimic the natural beauty of iridescent Capiz shells.
A simple feather boa swag is the backdrop for handmade matelassé stockings with faux fur trim and a lavish sateen bow in robin’s egg blue.
A spray of earth-toned feathers with a single peacock plume imparts a sophisticated touch.
Rounding out the display are three decorations crafted with handmade felt star ornaments and small grapevine wreaths. The ornaments spell out a word befitting of the season: Joy.
The complete tutorials for the topiary trees, the faux Capiz shell balls, and the felt star and grapevine wreath ornaments are featured on Made + Remade, so be sure to check them out!
And while you’re there, if you would leave some comment love for my project, it would mean the world to me!
Later this month, HGTV will announce the winner of the Mantel Design Challenge when they roll out the full reveal Holiday House, which is going to be absolutely stunning, inside and out! Some of the most talented designers around have worked hard to fill the home to the brim with inspiring holiday ideas. You won’t want to miss it!