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Christmas Mantel Scarves

Christmas Mantle Scarves

Add to the warmth and cheeriness of hung stockings and crackling hearth by displaying a Yuletide-themed mantel scarf that draws your fireplace into your festive holiday design theme. The fireplace is a traditional focal point of family gatherings and never more so than at Christmas.

The mantel scarf has long been used as a design feature to add warmth to the otherwise soften unadorned expansive stretches of fireplace shelving, as a decorative feature to accentuate the display of prized objects and to protect the wood from dings and scratches. It usually runs the length of the mantelpiece, though some mantel scarves, notably lavish Victorian ones, extended beyond the edge, draping loosely a few inches over the ends.

Traditionally the mantel scarf was of linen lace woven to the same width and length as the mantelpiece and often scalloped-fringed and finely embroidered. Velvet, silk, or cotton were also commonly used. With the modern advances in textile design, printed fabrics are now often the choice for mantel scarves. The selection of fabrics and choice of designs have created a whole new generation of choices for decorators, and never more so than for the Holidays.

The front of some mantel scarves are accentuated by intricate detailing. Beads, tassels, fringes ruffles and scallops are typical embellishments. Care of these more delicate works requires hand washing or dry cleaning. (Linen scarves must always be dry cleaned.) But most fireplace mantel scarves can be cleaned risk-free in a washing machine on delicate cycle.

Once you�ve selected a Christmas mantel scarf, you may want to garnish it with features that evoke the spirit of the season and incorporate your holiday design theme. A traditional Christmas mantel scarf from Park Designs can help accentuate your holiday d�cor without distracting attention from the overall theme you�ve created on your mantel.

How you decorate your mantelpiece is a very personal choice. But if you should decide to accentuate your fireplace with touches beyond a mantel scarf, here are a few suggestions, comprised of time-honored selections

Modest use of sprigs of pine or spruce lends a touch of seasonal greenery to your holiday d�cor, as well as a hint of the balsamic fragrance of snow-filled mountain groves. Swags of interwoven cedar, holly, magnolia leaves, winter pods and wild berries bespeak unseen forests. As a departure from greenery, bowls of potpourri, balls of moss, and pinecones can still evoke nature, but in a different hue. Sprigs of oak leaves mingled with wild berries and hedge apples, acorns and mistletoe provide a venue for discovery and conversation. Dried berries and flowers are a match for just about any color scheme, a reminder of the spring yet to come. The use of reds on the fireplace mantle complements many fireplace mantle scarves. Poinsettias, red plaid ribbons, red candles � are all of the color that expresses the joy of the season.

Whether your Christmas decorating tastes runs to the casual or formal, the colorfully expressive or the subtly subdued, make your fireplace and its mantle a part of your d�cor and an expression of your unique decorating skills.

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