Edge planting beds with beautiful lady’s mantle. This is a go-to perennial for cottage or old-fashioned gardens. Leaves have a heavily felted texture that causes water to bead on the surface, even morning dew. Chartreuse flowers appear from late spring to early summer. They make the perfect filler for fresh garden bouquets and also dry well to use in dried flower arrangements. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 15 to 18 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Good vase companions for lady’s mantle: peony, bearded iris, Oriental lily and clustered bellflower.
Make the mantel interactive with craft projects that kids can get involved in. These tree sculptures are made by cutting newspaper into serrated strips and attaching them to cardboard craft forms with glue.
To add instant personality to the mantel, include a graphic. Here, a simple holiday message — "JOY" — is added along the front of a reclaimed piece of wood by hammering small nails as letter outlines, then weaving string around the nails to create the letters.
Vessels always come in handy for mantel styling, since they can be used as decor when left empty or as vases for cut floral, branches or greenery. A mix of vintage iodine bottles and brown glass apothecary bottles are used to bring shape and sheen to the mantel in an industrial fashion. For an extra rustic look, several bottles are filled with cork and cotton rather than flowers.
Thanks to a versatile fireplace surround and a color scheme of neutral grays and silver tones, the mantel of the 2014 HGTV.com Holiday House can easily shift from masculine to kid-friendly to feminine with a simple re-styling of objects.
Graphic shapes are an integral part of designing children's spaces, especially if the shapes are easy to identify from close up and far away. Here, basic cardboard cones are outfitted as tree sculptures with paint and beaded garland.
Designers wanted to keep the living room space feeling fresh, clean and bright, so they painted the brick around the fireplace and installed white shiplap throughout the space to add interesting texture. To add warmth to the design, they installed a reclaimed wood mantle for a subtle, rustic touch.
Everyone loves little surprises during the holiday season. Here's an easy advent calendar switch up - instead of taking something out, put something in! Little bits of unexpected greenery tucked into each drawer help to create a more beautiful mantle as the holiday approaches.