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Stephanie S. Cordle, MCT
Designer Paige Gilbertson wanted to capture the sense of looking out of a lighted window with this fireplace mantel.

A well-decorated fireplace mantel sets a festive mood for entertaining and family gatherings. We asked designer Paige Gilbertson, owner of Graphic Organic Design in St. Louis, to transform our mantel's fall decor into something special for the holidays.

She created two distinct looks using several of the same anchor pieces.

"I kept the wreath as a centerpiece," she said. "If you get the right one element, you can style it both ways."

Gilbertson wanted to create something simple and classic that captured the sense of looking out of a lighted window and experiencing a winter night. She wanted a cozy look that would pop with snowy white color.

Contemporary

Accessories:

Giltwood wreath ($49.95) at Crate and Barrel

Berry garland ($44.99) at Williams-Sonoma Home

Mercury glass ball ornaments ($12 to $19) at Pottery Barn

Moss topiaries ($29-$49) at Pottery Barn

White poinsettia ($12) at Pottery Barn

Mercury glass cache pot ($12) at Pottery Barn

Mercury glass votives (99 cents) at Target

Gold mercury glass ornaments ($2.95 to $4.95) at Crate and Barrel

Matte dove ornaments ($4.99) at Target

Unconventional

In this scene, Gilbertson wanted to create something fun and playful. She advises going outside the box, like she did when she found the peacocks at Target. She wasn't sure how it would fit in her design, but the accessories added a splash of color.

Accessories:

Giltwood wreath ($49.95) at Crate and Barrel

Driftwood branch, designer's own piece, similar look available at Michael's

Ball topiary ($49) at Pottery Barn

Peacock ornaments ($4.99) at Target

Gold mercury glass votives (99 cents) at Target

Mercury glass ball votive ($6.50) at Pottery Barn

Mother of pearl hurricanes ($68) at Williams-Sonoma Home

Gold mercury glass ornaments ($2.95 to $4.95) at Crate and Barrel

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