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For the last couple of years I have wanted to attempt an “asymmetrical” Christmas garland on the mantle in our living room. So for this year, I chose to incorporate the black and white pieces we already had and add a couple fun touches of ribbon and brass for warmth and texture.
The alabaster tray was found at Homegoods last year for a STEAL and the small Fraser fir tree is ancient from Michael’s. The matte black candle is from the Hearth and Hand collection from Target — it is the Fireside scent.
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For the garland, I used 2 – 6ft pieces of mixed pine faux garland. (I’ve had it for several years and it is no longer sold.) Then I layered lights and a few wispy strands of grapevine into the two lengths. I twisted the two pieces together and secured the center on the corner of our fireplace – just hammered straight in to it. You could use a command hook. After securing, I bent the two ends towards the center/corner anchor point. I left the bottom hanging a little longer than the top.
Once the ends were secure, I gently tucked the bell garland into the bottom part of the garland. I used 3 types of ribbon (Navy/black/green tartan, black satin, and green velvet) for the bow and wired into the corner and let the ends drape. This was my first attempt at asymmetrical Christmas garland and I was quite thrilled with how it turned out!
Please note how the Wise Men are “traveling from afar”….on our mantle.
Our porcelain Nativity scene is from my mom. She passed it down to me since I have loved it for forever. (They now have a giant blow-up Nativity on their back porch. Bless.) I’ve seen a few of these porcelain sets on Etsy or Ebay if you are up for a scavenger hunt.
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I hope you enjoyed the first Christmas post of 2019. So far, the garland is “Max approved.” Be sure to follow along on instagram for updates – hah. Let me know if you enjoyed this “non-traditional” black, white, and brass Christmas living room palette. Wishing you and your family a warm Christmas and New Year season!