It’s Clever Christmas with Avi Urban, and the showhome decorating team of Julie, Chloe and Alex!
We caught up with the decorating team as they decked the halls and glammed up the fireplaces in the Homes by Avi offices. Decorator Chloe Leung explains how to maximize your mantel and fireplace this season:
We love mantels as another place to add Christmas charm in your new Calgary townhome. Because of the height and scale of a fireplace, there’s a lot you can do – but don’t go overboard! Keeping your mantel simple is key, and make sure you leave room for stockings!
- Pick fresh vs. fake: We love garland and cedar boughs to add warmth to the fireplace mantel. Of course, make sure it doesn’t hang over the mantel, especially if you’re decorating a wood burning fireplace (safety first!) We prefer real cedar boughs, because they smell awesome and last the entire season. Of course, if you have pets who like to nibble on things, we’d recommend going for the fake version. Plus, you can reuse it for years to come and it’s seriously affordable if you buy it from a big box store or craft store.
- Create height: It looks more visually pleasing if you have something higher with something lower. It creates a balanced look, and it’s a great way to integrate branches or tall vases on the mantel. We chose to use sparkly trees with small glittery snowflakes below.
- Wreath it up: We love a wreath over a mantel. It’s easy to take down the mirror or art you normally have hanging over your fireplace, and replace it with a wreath. Make sure it’s to scale, so larger wreaths for larger fireplaces. If you have a fireplace that doesn’t allow you to screw in and secure the wreath, try leaning it on the mantel or hanging it from the ceiling.
- Make the hearth a statement: Don’t overlook the hearth of your fireplace. This place is a great spot to display large ornaments or statement pieces you have. We chose to display large glitter reindeer this year, but you can also use it to create a cool display. Try using branches lit with twinkle lights in a large vase.
For more ideas on how to decorate your fireplace this season, check out the video or visit our Pinterest page for tons of designer inspiration.