While the Christmas tree certainly takes the main stage when decorating for the holidays, one of the other most important spots of the home is the mantel. The 4Memphis designers offer their expert advice for creating a unique and festive mantel.
Brannon Jones, Visual Merchandising Coordinator
As the visual coordinator for two of the Palladio showrooms, it’s my job to create all kinds of vignettes throughout the year. It’s fun having access to so many beautiful pieces of furniture, art, and décor to mix and match, but when a key element from a vignette is sold, I often have to just re-do the entire scene! We’re constantly rearranging around here.
We have an entire warehouse full of architectural salvage pieces, so to assemble this “rustic-glam” holiday mantelpiece vignette, I went into the warehouse and found a 1940s era mantel whose white paint was chipping off to reveal a great dusty rose color beneath.
Along with the magnolia leaves, and the Louis-Philippe mirror, that dusty rose color is what really inspired the entire vignette. It’s repeated in the pink leather armchairs, and in the framed contemporary watercolor painting layered over the mirror.
To achieve that layered (but not cluttered!) look on your mantel display, start with larger pieces, and work your way down to the details. Repeat a select few colors and textures throughout. I chose gold, glass, and natural elements such as birch wood and magnolia leaves. The magnolia leaf garland is actually strung together by hand from clippings! The Palladio staff has several talented artists who collaborate in creating displays that inspire the designers and customers who shop with us.