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Decorating a mantel for the holidays


A fireplace is a focal point in any room, so it’s important to make it shine, especially during the holidays.


With a few simple accessories and a new wall color, designer Camille Saum comes up with an easy way to create a warm, elegant look that will last well beyond the Christmas season.

An area rug with a curvy Moroccan tile pattern adds softness and balance to all the angles in the room.

Use inexpensive seasonal greens to dress the mantel. Votive candles add a flattering light.

Try a festive theme, such as reindeer, and repeat it in different sizes and finishes to make a statement.

Colorful and glittery ribbon through the Christmas tree is an unexpected and elegant touch.

Hang a wall medallion over the mantel for another layer of interest; keep it there all year long.


Accessories: Isis chenille tapestry rug, 8 by 10 feet ($500) and PB filled glass votive candles ($24 for a set of 16) from; mixed greens bunches (from $4.99,; custom decorated Christmas tree (price varies,

Paint: Farrow & Ball’s Orangery or C2’s Radiate.

Camille Saum Interior
Design (301-657-9817, is based in Bethesda.


Bliss Studio wall plaque ($495, www.urbancountry

Two golden deer figures ($115, www.neimanmarcus.

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Rosette plaque in verdigris ($349, www.ballarddesigns.

Glitter reindeer ($16.95,

More holiday House Calls
See previous weeks’ makeovers of a porch, foyer and dining room at .

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