Meredith Waga Perez

Photo courtesy of Belle Fleur

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Floral designer Meredith Waga Perez, co-owner of Belle Fleur in New York City, shares her tips on creating a festive fireplace.

Do a dry run: Sketch out your vision on paper, then gather the elements and lay them out on a counter or your kitchen table. Tweak the design, streamlining or amplifying as needed, then assemble your pieces on the mantel.

Fill the void: If you don't plan on lighting a fire, extend your motif to the fireplace, since anyone sitting down will see the hearth first.