House & Home

Readers show off their holiday mantels on Facebook

Karli Foreman’s eclectic mantel had 52 likes.
Karli Foreman’s eclectic mantel had 52 likes. Karli Foreman

It’s official: readers of the House + Home section are an imaginative bunch.

Last month, we challenged three local designers to decorate fireplace mantels for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s for $25 or less. Then we asked readers to post photographs of their own holiday mantels (no cost limit) to the House + Home Facebook page so that others could vote for — or “like” — their favorite ones.

Twenty readers posted photographs showing mantels with themes that ran the gamut from “The 12 Days of Christmas on the Plaza” to “Dr. Seuss.” They decorated mantels using fresh garland, feathers and stockings; Santa Claus collections; nutcracker collections; highly collectible Simpich character dolls; vintage paper houses on cake stands; and glowing (cotton sheets) snow and plastic reindeers that look like elegant frosted glass.

And the winner of the readers’ choice is … Karli Foreman’s eclectic mantel, with 52 likes.

Foreman, of Smithville, describes her decor as a mix of light and natural and re-created elements.

“I’ve tried to include rustic and fun celebration imagery,” Foreman wrote on Facebook. “My ‘manger’ is an old metal basket. Its ‘light’ is from stacked glass insulators, with light shining through in a ‘manger shape.’ An old copper angel hails the news as an art deco metal cow looks on and the stars shine above.”

She also included wooden trees and branches cut from a tree in her yard, canvas blocks that spell “Noel” and her grandson’s favorite hand-carved Nativity set.

“I love the subtlety of the lights contrasted with the metal and folk-art decor and slate tile of my fireplace mantel,” Foreman wrote.

She will receive two books: “Vintage Made Modern,” by Jennifer Casa, and “DIY Wood Pallet Projects,” by Karah Bunde.

Melissa Jarratt Underwood, of Smithville, came in second, receiving 40 “likes” for her colorful and sparkly Dr. Seuss mantel.

Go to to see all the mantels.