Shades of silver, gray, and white echo winter and ice, while black reminds us that this is the time of year when nights are longest. Snowflakes made of paper, beads, and resin dangle in the air. Although this cozy living room has no fireplace, the shelf serves as a floating mantel and focal point. Warmth (as if from a glowing fire) comes from shiny silver and white ornaments lit by a pillar candle inside a leaded glass tower. On the table, a bottle-brush tree (the type sold with Christmas village sets) sits in a sterling-silver pedestal cup. Votive candles cast a shimmering reflection. A glass dove filled with white nonpareils sits front and center as a talisman of peace for the coming year.