Yesterday I pulled out the pre-decorated garland that I bought several years ago–an excellent investment because it makes the mantel a fast and easy project. Plop down the garland, rotate the artwork, give Mr. Moose and Mr. Deer their rightful place, add the sparkly trees that look like something Tim Burton designed and I’m good to go. I like imperfection, that’s why those sparkly trees are still around. They’re shabby chic in the truest sense of the word. Our family room mantel now looks special, but still clean and simple. Stephanie Fracasso did the still life oil painting. It’s lovely.