How to Decorate Your Mantel for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday, a cozy warm holiday that prepares us for the cold winter ahead, but also let’s us appreciate the changing of the leaves and the beauty of fall. If you’re like me, you spend your Thanksgiving weekend visiting people, over-eating, and enjoying time with your loved ones. You turn off your phone, forget about Twitter, and marinate in the company you’re with, the people that you don’t see every single day.
It’s funny how many of us get sucked into bad money habits around the holidays and don’t really think about everything else that the seasons bring. I’ve always loved this holiday because of the decor. Fall is my favourite season and there is an incredible warmth in the reds, yellows, and oranges you see in everyone’s homes. Now, it’s my turn to help host Thanksgiving and as if making the perfect turkey isn’t enough I’m not only worried about making the house feel as warm and welcoming as everyone else’s, but doing it on a budget. One of my budget saving graces is knowing that my Aeroplan Canada credit card is actually working towards a holiday this winter. That thought takes the string out of  having a huge budget. Luckily not all holidays require me to spend a ton. Thanksgiving, for one, can be done on budget.
Thanksgiving is just a little over a month away so I’ve enlisted the help of Interior Decorator, Lina Franci, to give me a few pointers on how to decorate the most tradition piece in the house for Thanksgiving. Here are some of her tips on how to decorate your mantel, keeping it classic, warm, and even a little modern.
  • Balance & symmetry: the left side is flipped and mimicked on the right, this creates balance for the centre. It also helps to anchor the central focal point.
  • Focal point: usually done right in the centre (the mirror) this will be the first thing your eye sees A.K.A. the attention grabber.
  • Colour: of couse, with thanksgiving comes fall, which naturally brings soft yellows, oranges, reds and browns. For a modern twist, add some matte black, and glossy white surfaces to the mix. Also, mixing gold and silver finishes update the look.
  • Clean lines: simplify without creating a bare space.
  • Trend: we’ve seen the owl trend for fashion, accessories, and home decor continue into 2014. Not only are they great for the fall season, they’re stylish all year round!
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Ceramic pumpkin, owls, candles, and candle sticks all from Home Sense
Garland from Michael’s craft store
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