Holley Price, of Holley Price Interiors, used greenery with gray and white feathers, ribbons and sprays to create a cool and soothing look over a bedroom fireplace.
Tim and Erika Bailey threw tradition out the window when they hired David Fleshman, of Food Among the Flowers, to decorate their home for Christmas. Flashy green parrots and glittery turquoise peacock feathers are the focus of their mantel, formal Christmas tree, staircase and front-door wreaths.
Erika attributes the bold selection to her husband.
"He has a pretty remarkable sense of style," said Erika, who claimed she had none. "We're very nontraditional."
Tim selected the combination because he wanted something unusual for the South Charleston home they'd purchased three years ago. He also thought the colors complemented a wood block print that hangs over the fireplace.
Glen Reed, director of events and operations at the Governor's Mansion, carried a theme of roses throughout all the public rooms in the mansion, but created different looks on the mantels in each room.
The formal receiving room mantel got the royal treatment with an extravagant display of roses. The dining room mantel holds a fun, festive display of red and white candies in clear glass jars with balls and a cone of red roses merely filling in the spaces.
A mantelpiece of unexpected purple and chartreuse draws the eye in the otherwise demure ballroom.
The mantels of these four houses usher in the holidays in a wide range of styles and designs that might inspire people to give the mantels in their homes a new look this season.
"I hope they'll look at their old things in a new way," said Reed.
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