LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -Merry Christmas everybody! Now, when it comes to decorating this year for the holidays why not do something a little bit different with your mantle?

You don't have to do what you have done year after year, and that is put a big long stretch of garland across the whole mantel - you don't even see your wood mantel. We want to see it in this home, so what did we do? We concentrated on the two ends of the mantel and instead we took sprigs of greenery. Now this is silk and the reason we used silk is we don't have to worry about it drying out with the fire - so it's
not a fire hazard and it looks fresh all the way until January.

Then we added these wonderful silk succulents. Yes, you can use succulents even in Christmas. And of course you need a little bit of bling bling. We took our ornaments - we took orange, took bronze, silver and of course my favorite color which happens to be Apple Green - also this is kind of a rich Olive - so it's all kinds of organic tones.

Then, we added spheres of willow branches and reindeer moss. Reindeer moss you can buy at any craft store and you can buy in any color. It comes in Lime Green - it even comes in Red if you want to stick with your traditional colors.

And even on the top of this little display look at this great Owl. It's made out of pine cones and also birch branches. It goes with our whole organic look.

Now the hole in the center of our mantle - we took some more branches, painted them in white and then we aged them with a glaze, kind of a bronze glaze to blend in with everything else. Now we have a beautiful mantle that is not drowning in garland. You can do this. You are watching Today's Home and I'm Chris Olsen.

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