Proctor: Decorating your holiday mantle

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KUSA - Christmas is no time for restraint. Whether you favor modern or traditional decor, go for broke in decorating your home. And you can do it without spending much money.

The fireplace mantle is often the focal point of a room. If you don't have a fireplace, you can decorate a coffee table, sideboard or cabinet. Select favorite objects that you want to base your design around, such as a mantle clock, candlesticks, urns or vases. Although I prefer symmetry, let your design sensibilities prevail. It's all easily re-arranged.

Use fresh evergreen branches to cover the surface and drape over the sides. Cut from your yard or buy extra branches from a Christmas tree lot. Add other natural materials such as pine cones, apples and oranges, as well as dried flowers such as baby's breath, statice, lavender or yarrow. Just poke them into the greens. Add pots of poinsettias, hydrangea, mums, ivy or paperwhites, or vases of cut flowers such as roses or lilies.

The point is to make this arrangement exuberant and over-stuffed like a Christmas stocking. Add favorite mementos, ornaments or photos of loved ones or pets. Make it personal and celebratory.

After the new year, you'll have some dried evergreen needles to clean up. Add the evergreen boughs to your compost pile or lay them over vulnerable perennials outside to protect them and help catch snow. Your holiday mantle decorations will contribute long past December.

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