No Fireplace, No Problem: Holiday Décor For Those Without a Chimney

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It happens every year: the holiday decorating season. For my modern home in the Texas hill country there’s no real need for a fireplace. This means there’s no sign of a mantel, which is typically the hot spot for winter holiday sparkle. If you’re in the same situation and are looking for a different way to bring the traditional mantel-bound décor into your home, look no further.

Tabletop Warmth

If you have a long narrow table, like a sofa table or console table, it can be a great substitute for a mantel. Load it up with candles and greenery, like it’s shown above, or do what I do and hang your stockings from it.

Ladder to Santa

Holiday Decor For Those Without a Chimney on the Interior CollectiveImage: A Spotted Pony

For those who might want to get more creative with how you hang the stockings, the options are endless. One of the ideas that captured my imagination is the use of a rustic ladder. My only addition would be to add some garland and ornaments.

Branching Out

Holiday Decor For Those Without a Chimney on the Interior CollectiveImage: Apartment Therapy

Another terrific concept for stockings is to hang them from a branch on your wall. This is one of those DIY ideas that you can get creative with and truly make your own by adapting it to your décor. For example, you could easily substitute a branch for a brass railing instead.

What About the Wreath?

Holiday Decor For Those Without a Chimney on the Interior CollectiveImage: The Cavender Diary

Don’t think I’d forget the traditional crowning achievement of most holiday mantel décor. You can always hang a wreath on a door, but if you want to make a real statement consider this modern masterpiece made of 3,000 red crayons. Simply hang it on a bare wall to spread holiday cheer in a brand new way.

How do you bring traditional mantel-bound holiday décor into your home?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite ( and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (, Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.