Finding Christmas Inspiration for Your Mantel and Tree in Your Own Backyard

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Finding Christmas Inspiration for Your Mantel and Tree in Your Own Backyard

Interior Designer Glenna Ficarra helps owner Carina Cristofalo select the treasures at Wonderwall. The two have been working together for years to source the most interesting, substantial, unique finds that help transform a home into a sanctuary. Sometimes these discoveries come from their own backyard.

Foraging for your Finds

“I love using live pieces in my holiday decorating,” says Glenna. “You get the seasonal smells of berries and pinecones. I go out in my neighbor’s yards to forage, with their consent. The live pieces don’t last as long, but I still prefer it.”

There’s No Place like Home

Taking some natural twine to create a homemade garland of berries and pinecones coming down a staircase makes Glenna feel cheery and bright. “I will use a red satin ribbon to make a loose and full simple bow,” she says. She uses pillar candles of various heights and widths to brighten up a fireplace mantel along with decorative stocking holders.

Christmas Spirit

“A Christmas tree is so personal,” says Glenna. “I like to have some sentimental items mixed in with vintage glass balls. I use soft lights, not the harsh white LED lights. Stand back and squint your eyes to see if the light is consistent throughout the tree.” Glenna weaves the lights in and out of tree branches in different sections from a power source at the center of the tree instead of wrapping the lights around it. “Don’t use more than four consecutive strands plugged in together or you will burn out the lights,” she cautions. Tree toppers fit the style of her clients: Glenna has used everything from angels to crystal stars to peacock feathers. She decorates presents in consistent colors using embossed gift wrap and gold or silver ribbon to keep a cohesive look.

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