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If you are following along here, chances are you love decorating for Christmas as much as we do! This is the time of year to let your personal style sparkle and shine—and maybe even try something new! Can’t get enough of that farmhouse charm? Thinking of trying a clean modern look? Or are you a traditionalist all the way? Our design team have put together three mantles to help bring your vision home—hearth and center.

You know it, we all love it. The cozy, casual farmhouse look is a new classic. With wood tones and distressed surfaces, it firmly holds-up as one of our favorites! A mantle is the perfect place to layer paned window frames, antique mirrors, and shiplap signs. Wooden snowflake trivets add a sweet accent—and they pair perfectly with our oversized bookends. Bring in a pop of red with a simple plaid throw or these charming knit stockings (designer tip: fill them with crumpled paper to plump them up!) Looking for something more subtle—we have stockings in a gorgeous brushed linen too! 

Farmhouse Mantle

Simply modern and glamorous! Here we used 3 (yup THREE!) ropes of glitter coated garland to create an asymmetrical cascade of luxury. The gold really stands out against a dark wood finish and sleek black candle sticks. Modern or vintage? These bottle brush trees are so, so popular this year! You really can never have too many. Try placing a simple mirror behind them to create a forest-like effect. And, those flickering candle flames? Totally faux! We have them in varying heights and sizes—definitely a styling all-star. Your mantle (or table) will never be the same!

Modern Mantle

Boughs of holly and bursts of red and green evoke the quintessential feel of a traditional Christmas scene. It brings us right back to childhood! We have SO many gorgeous garlands to choose from right now – juniper, boxwood, delicate gold leaf. Use any one of them to frame your mantle or a doorway. Or, maybe consider winding them around your dining room chandelier. Create a warm and inviting nook by the fire with lots and lots of candlelight. These sturdy bases are so impressive next to heavier textures and bold colors, but they can easily transition to a more muted setting after the holiday season.  

Traditional Mantle

Many pieces in our boutique can be interchanged from one style to another. We have at least a dozen unique garlands—from gold dipped pine to classic  holly berry, themed throw pillows, and greens of every kind! Not to mention, gifts galore. Stocking stuffers for the kids, scented (and unscented) candles, hand lettered gift cards, metal and ceramic planters, and as always our bouquets and flower bar…truly something for everyone on your “nice” list!

See more of our Holiday Collection here.

Traditional Mantle

Welcome to the OPD Blog!

Hi! We are Heather & Dianne and we’re the proud owners of Only Prettier Design...wedding florists and designers! Our shop in the greater Boston area is filled with fresh blooms and all the home decor to make your heart swoon. Besides entrepreneurs, we are also busy moms to 4 kiddos each! Our lives are crazy, but beautiful. We are excited to share our story with you, all while keeping it very real. While we’re super excited to show you how to execute a beautiful tablescape and design a stunning floral arrangement...we also want this to be a place to share the real struggles of balancing work and life while creating a life we love!

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