By Anna Kocharian

Published on December 15, 2017

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Photography by ANNABEL ELSTON

If we had to think of the quintessential winter scene, it would probably entail us being wrapped in the coziest blanket, perched in front of a roaring fire. Now, be it a real or an artificial fire, that part is really up to you—even if said fireplace comes in the form of a digital-based yule log. You get the point.

With this in mind, we set out to find the coziest fireplaces and best-dressed mantels. It should go without saying that considering the season, we’re looking to those with a touch of festive flair, decked to the nines with all that is merry and bright. Although it should be noted, it’s not all about the decorations—even the most modest of spots, much like this whitewashed scene found in a Tuscan villa, can emulate the effortless minimalism of a warm winter setting.

From the ultra traditional, where bright greens and luxe ribbons take the scene by storm, to the more subdued spots boasting the ever-so-slightest ode to the season, we compiled a curated list of the dreamiest fireplaces from around the web. Spoiler alert: major interior inspo ahead. 

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We’re all for taking things the non-traditional route, especially when it comes to holiday decor. So when the opportunity to make an oversized, tinsel, paper stocking presents itself, you better believe that we’re going to take it. And sure, if Santa feels compelled to leave a few extra treats in said stockings, we wouldn’t be mad about it.

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Crafting by Kara Schmidt  |  Photography by Anna Killian for The House That Lars Built

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Photography by AIMEE MAZZENGA

Leave it to Everygirl co-founder Alaina Kaczmarski to design a holiday mantel as bright and festive as this. Simplicity is at the core of the design scheme, which manages to seamlessly integrate all the traditional elements—a pine garland, wreath, string lights, and classic stockings—sans looking dated or snoozy. We think the ornate mirror atop the mantel may have something to do with it…

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Photography by DUSTIN HALLECK for Homepolish

File this one under a seriously creative take on a traditional fireplace. While the decorative scheme may err more towards the minimalist side—no one said you had to go all out—the custom-made neon sign more than makes up for the lack of festive accoutrements on top. Paired with a neat stack of birch logs, the setup seems to be one out of a Scandinavian cabin. 

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Cozy meets minimalism in this utterly dream scene, complete with two parallel stacks of fresh cut logs for the wood-burning fireplace. Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to curl up in front of a spot as perfect as this? The lack of a mantel goes unnoticed thanks to the streamlined build of the fireplace, appropriately decked with a modest wreath, which holds nothing back in the style department. 

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Calling all boho-enthusiasts! Does it get more picture-perfect than this? The creative duo over at Hey Wanderer transformed their marble mantel into the ultimate holiday scene, and we’re taking major pointers from them. From lanterns and tinsel to bottleneck trees and copper string lights, there are no shortage of inspired elements that complete this detailed setup. 

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

This one is for all those whose “fireplace” errs on the untraditional side. Set on a chic, brick platform, the wood-burning stove in this Upstate New York home emulates a rather picturesque winter scene—the whitewashed backdrop and nearby Christmas tree definitely help. A bare wreath, set high above the stove seals the deal. 

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Photography by MIKKEL VANG

When decorating a holiday-focused mantel, it’s all about the details. Think: metallic accents to lend a lustrous detail, mixing and matching fresh greens for a dynamic finish, and a statement element to draw in the eye at first glance. This effortlessly elegant setup is all about a no-fuss arrangement free of tape, wires—the works. Simply layer the mantel with a few strands of eucalyptus, filtering in spray-painted pine cones or beaded strings for an elevated detail. 

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Photography by LINDSAY SALAZAR

We don’t know what we love more: the illusion of a seemingly snow-capped Christmas tree or the beautifully decked mantel that defines just about all of our holiday decor goals. The delicate shade of blue reserved for the adjacent built-ins of the living room certainly help the surrounding elements stand out, all the while contributing to the mod aesthetic of the space. 

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We’re doling out all the creativity points for this one. For those lacking a real fireplace, consider this the next best thing: a faux fireplace, constructed out of a handful of wooden slabs, transform an ordinary blank wall into a picture-perfect focal point. It should go without saying that the bounty of fresh greens casually splayed along the faux mantel really help take things to the next level. 

Discover more ways to elevate your holidays:

Get Your Non-Traditional Christmas Decor Inspo From This Colorful Home
These Aromatic Garlands Will Fill Your Home With Holiday Cheer
Bold, Colorful Ideas for Non-Traditional Holiday Decor

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