French Inspired Bedroom Mantel

French Inspired Bedroom Mantel

how to decorate a mantel for the holidays



Welcome the holidays with an impressive mantel display that is French inspired.



In the master bedroom, the mantel is dressed with a lush garland of greens sprinkled with twinkling lights, and a dash of holiday charm.








I love decorating with fresh greens and garland during the Christmas season. Real greens are so festive, they bring me back to the holidays of my European childhood, instantly!



Here in California real garland dries to a crisp within a few days though, so I use faux garlands as a base. Once I tuck real snippets of eucalyptus here and there, no one can tell the garland and wreaths aren’t “fresh!”  This year, I’m excited that we are again partnering with Tree Classics, a division of Balsam Hill, for this December post.  The thick garland and wreath I chose from Tree Classics are perfect for adding real cuttings and leaves.



decorating your home for the holidays



In our French inspired bedroom, I decorated the mantel with the a Woodlands Noble Fir garland and wreath.  The garland is the perfect size for our antique mantel, I hung it with the help of two Command hooks and a little floral wire, so I didn’t have to hammer any nails in the mantel.



What makes this wreath and garland so easy to use is that they are battery powered, so you don’t need to have a cord plugged in somewhere.  I hung the wreath over the round antique mirror, then added just a few of our Southern Magnolia flowers from our Holiday Collection for an extra special touch.



pine garland for fireplace mantel




To add to the illusion of a real garland, I wove in little bits of dried eucalyptus for a natural look.



It’s so easy, just clip little sprigs of the berried eucalyptus and stick them in here and there in the garland and wreath.  The garland and wreath already come with white tipped pinecones.



how to decorate for the holidays



My mother-in-law passed away just last week, and I’m so thankful for all your kind comments and sweet emails that you sent me after seeing my Instagram post.  Thank you for all your heart felt comments, I so appreciate each and every one of them. {and YOU!}



I’m also so thankful that this area of FrenchGardenHouse was already decorated before that. There hasn’t been much time to decorate up a storm like I do some years.  The few decorations that I had already put into place seem perfect for this year.



how to decorate your home for the holidays





I love this area of our master bedroom. It’s such a cozy space, now that it’s decorated with our Flocked White Fir and the wreath and garland, it looks so festive!




The tree is “slim” so it fits in rooms that aren’t big enough for a full sized tree. I love it! This area is the perfect place to wrap a few gifts and sip a cup of tea.










I decided to replace the silver pitcher with the flowers with my little antique sheep and Christ child.  They belonged to my grandmother, and I cherish them.




Surrounded by the 18th Century Angels this little display really is the heart of Christmas.






It reminds me that Christmas isn’t about perfection. It’s not about being busy, too busy to enjoy blessings of home, hearth, family and friends.




Christmas is about that gift of grace. And a love so deep we can’t even imagine.




Christmas began in the

heart of God.

It is complete only when it

reaches the heart of man.







This is a shot of the this area at night, with the white flocked tree in the foreground.





See more of my Tree Classics white tree here >







As you get your home ready for the upcoming holiday, I hope that you ready your heart, too.


Thank you so much, Tree Classics, for partnering with us again this year.  I absolutely love both the trees we have from Tree Classics here at FrenchGardenHouse, and these garlands and wreath are the perfect addition to our bedroom.






Please visit my talented friends by clicking on their links below.



SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs


PAM at Everyday Living


MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs


and me, LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse

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18 thoughts on “French Inspired Bedroom Mantel”

  1. Lidy, Your bedroom is beautifully appointed and so cozy with your Christmas touches and blazing fire in the hearth. I love how your gold accents ‘quietly pop’ and provide a little elegant glamour with your neutral décor. “It reminds me that Christmas isn’t about perfection. It’s not about being busy, too busy to enjoy blessings of home, hearth, family and friends.” -> Perfectly stated! Thinking of you and your family after your MIL’s passing. <3

  2. Alice Genzlinger

    Christmas truly is a gift from our Heavenly Father that is not just for a season but is a gift from Him for a lifetime.
    Your bedroom is very cozy . I imagine you sitting by the fireplace with a cup of tea and a good book in hand.
    I’m sad to know your mother-in-law passed at this time of year. Give my condolence to your husband also.

  3. Hi Lidy, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother in law. I’m so sorry to hear that and it must be a very difficult time for your family! Sterkte met alles!
    Your Christmas decor is so beautiful! I love the gold touches, and that little ‘kerststalletje’! So sweet! Your chairs are so gorgeous! Also the beautiful vase you filled. Beautiful! What a great atmosphere in your bedroom. I hope you will have a warm loving and blessed Christmas! Hugs and blessings from the Netherlands!

  4. Lidy, my condolences to your family for the loss of your mother-in-law. It’s such a tender season, and losing a family member seems to open the floodgates of sweet memories past. Your bedroom decor adds a soothing touch. I love how you added the magnolia and anemone blooms, along with the eucalyptus, to the wreath and garland.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  5. Oh Lidy, if that were my bedroom, I’m afraid I’d never leave! Your fireplace and mantel look so holiday festive with that beautiful garland and twinkling wreath. I love the clever addition of white blooms and dried eucalyptus, perfect little touches! I am so sorry about your loss, I hope your memories of past Christmases will fill your hearts this season…

  6. Lidy, I would never leave this bedroom…it is so peaceful and serene. The garland and wreath look so realistic and with the stunning angels on the mantel it is perfection! Your added fresh flowers just make it all sing. Your precious family remain in my thoughts and prayers, may the beautiful memories of your MIL give you peace and comfort my friend!

    Pam xoxo

  7. And the children are singing in your beautiful bedroom!!! The wreath and garland are such a beautiful and festive addition to your exquisite French bedroom…I so love the renovations that you have made. You have inspired me to do something similar to what you have done in your bedroom, in my future one..stay tuned 🙂
    This girl is ever so happy to be joining my MMB friends today. I wish you and your family a most joyous Christmas and maybe there may be a “little Joyful one” that will arrive before Christmas! 🙂 Talk about children singing…..

  8. Lidy, as others have said, I would never want to leave this fabulous room. Your garland and wreath flanked by the gold angels is very stunning. So very sorry to hear you lost your MIL. My prayers will be with you and your family. Much love Lidy.

  9. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Beautiful post, Lidy! Your bedroom looks gorgeous with your mantel adorned with the lush garland and wreath. All of the gold accents add such a pretty touch. Merry Christmas, sweet friend!!!

  10. I am staying put… your bedroom is not only stunning but so relaxing. You have it beautifully decorated and Christmas accents make it even better.

    I am sorry to hear of your Mother in Law. Sending your family well wishes and prayers. Hugs.

  11. Jean Van

    Bonjour, Lidy,
    Just love all your prettie’s, and the color’s and the tree’s all over so sweet and warm and inviting, just lovely. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a very Happy New Year~~~~~~~~~~
    P.S. Just recieved my Christmas card’s from my friend’s in France and thought of you, they would love your home~~~~~~~
    Bonjour, Jean ~~~~~~~~

  12. Alice Genzlinger

    Lidy, the gorgeous forest arrangement arrived last night. It truly is gorgeous and so fresh. It brings back sweet memories of walks in the woods to find greens to cut for Christmas back home in North Carolina. Thank you from the bottom of my heart??

  13. Alice Genzlinger

    Lidy, the gorgeous forest arrangement arrived last night. It truly is gorgeous and so fresh. It brings back sweet memories of walks in the woods to find greens to cut for Christmas back home in North Carolina. Thank you from the bottom of my heart??

  14. Heritage Hall

    Condolences to you and Family in the loss of your MIL, particularly during Christmastide. My original comment was
    lost when my email was not accepted??? but be assured it was full of praise.

  15. Claire

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Prayers for a peaceful holiday season. On a side note, I made your salted caramel dip to take to our family Christmas gathering. Oh my goodness! Several desserts went untouched but that dip was devoured. It was delicious!

  16. Thank you so much Claire. And…I’m so happy everyone loved the salted caramel dip! It really is always a winner! Merry Christmas! Xo Lidy

  17. Denise Carlson

    Lidy, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother in law. I have been trying to get it together and have felt like I am falling short, then I sat down and read your inspired post and it put everything in to perspective -thank you! Beautiful Monday morning blooms post as always. Denise

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