Create a Colorful Holiday Hearth
Cozy up a fireside seating area with seasonal trimmings and vintage-look accents from our Wayfair.com shop
Nothing feels warmer than a conversation corner that hugs a woodburning fireplace. With the holidays approaching, architectural designers Rick and Liz O'Leary turned their living room hearth into a cheery focal point that welcomes guests. They had already updated the existing overmantel and built-in bookcase with new molding and panel details to bring classic colonial-era charm to the 1840s farmhouse. A club chair with updated lines and a modern floral fabric anchors the space and mingles with vintage treasures to personalize the overall look. A large silverware chest doubles as a coffee table, and silver trophy cups mix with other collectibles for a one-of-a-kind shelf display. An antique buffet mirror above the mantel reflects the holiday mood—and greenery. Read on to learn how you can pull together a bright spot like this one that invites friends to sit and stay awhile.
If a buffet mirror like the antique one at left proves hard to find, try using three square ones instead. This model's distressed wood frame gives it a timeworn look.
About $50, available at Wayfair
The homeowners' vintage chest was originally designed to hold silverware. This storage trunk's lid closes flat to hold drinks and tidbits; its roomy interior has ample stowaway space.
About $600, available at Wayfair
Freshly cut greens arrayed on a mantel are a special seasonal treat. Braid your own with a foundation of magnolia leaves and cedar strung on green floral wire. For more color in the mix, incorporate globe thistle, cedar roses, dried pomegranates,