Our Christmas Mantle

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Christmas, friends! Let's talk mantles, shall we?


I made a decision regarding Christmas decor this year. Normally, I feel that my Christmas "stuff" just starts feeling like clutter after a while, so I chose to try and make everything Christmas related blend in with the rest of the house. I threw out (or rather, boxed up) all of the red decorations (because the amount of red used year-round in our house would be...well, zero) and other items that I deemed too "frilly" and did my best to keep things natural and casual looking. Oh, and just a little bit glitzy. I had to add some glitter.

I LOVE our mantle. Like to the point that I kind of don't want to take it down after Christmas. AND we have four stockings! I just love our growing family. :)



I did my best to work with what I had. I decided to give in and buy some new faux greenery, but I tried to get a selection that looked as real as possible. I love real greenery, but I don't want to pay for it and the only way I have access to it for free is to steal from our neighbors cedar tree ( I was so tempted it's not even funny). Anyway, there are several different textures of greenery in there to give the whole thing some depth. I also used a couple of lanterns that were hidden away in a closet to add a little more to the floor as well as some twiggy trees that were on clearance at JoAnn's.

At the last second I threw in some green apples that are normally on display in bowls and vases around our house. I'm in love with light green color schemes for Christmas and I really like the idea of incorporating "year-round" items into Christmas decor.


I bought these stockings from Target last Christmas (and yes, I bought four....just planning ahead....judge me if you must). I loved the way they looked originally but decided to add a few personal touches by pulling out the good ole' hot glue gun and attaching some sparkly leaves and faux white poinsettia flowers. Love, love, love.




And you better believe these babies are stuffed with toilet paper. I like me some plump stockings!




So there you have it. Our mantle as it is for Christmas 2011. Lots more decor to come!

Holiday

27 comments:

  1. So is the 4th stocking for Louie? You're not having twins, are you? I don't think I missed that huge announcement...

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  2. Ha, no the fourth stocking IS for Louie! Def. not twins. You would have heard about that!

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  3. I love your stockings I think I will purchase them in red and I so stuffing lol!

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  4. This is beautiful and makes me wish I had a mantle to decorate! I love that you keep it simple and not too cluttered and try to incorporate your daily decorations with the Christmas ones. Stunning and not overdone! :)

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  5. This is probably my most favorite mantel that I've seen this year, so serene ! Great job.

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  6. You are so funny. I love your "plump" stockings. They are really pretty. I love the non traditional scheme. It is so cozy, homey, beautiful. I have too many themey Christmas items from over the years, my hubby would never let me start over!!! ha! I would love to though. I just love this casual, very homey, stunning look.

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  7. Very, very pretty! The color palette is so soothing and classic. Love those stockings-I bought green mini ones just like them this year!

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  8. just beautiful katy! so classic yet festive.

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  9. Those great stockings just MAKE your mantel! Very serene and simple.... ♥

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  10. So pretty! I love that you took the "natural" route and worked with what you had in your home. Those stockings are adorable! I'll be featuring your mantel as one of my favorite picks from the mantel party!

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  12. This really looks like it's from a magazine. Great job, I LOVE it! Love those stockings, too, and your additions. And the apples. Applause!

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  13. OMG I thought those pics were out of a magazine at first!! BEAUTIFUL!! I just love how everything is so simple and clean!! And those stockings are just precious!!

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  14. So lovely. Your greenery is beautiful and the apples are perfect. I adore what you did with those stockings. Beautiful.

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  15. So pretty! I wouldn't want to take it down either. I say leave it up till spring! Thanks for stopping by The Yellow Cape Cod and for the sweet comments. ~Sarah

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  16. I just wanted to let you know i love your Christmas mantel that i have added your tutorial to my blog

    http://ourlittlenestonthelake.blogspot.com/

    happy holidays

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  17. this looks like something straight out of a magazine! I can't wait until I have a mantel in my house so I can try and decorate as great as yours!

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  18. Just saw your mantle on Ten June! I adore what you've done...I agree...I don't want to take down our Christmas mantle after Christmas either!!

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  19. I love your mantel! It is simply beautiful!!! Your newest follower!!

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  20. Beautiful. I love the pic above the mantle also.

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  21. Beautiful mantel! I've been looking all over town for those stockings, but your photo has inspired me to get moving. Must have them now!

    Happy holidays!!

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  22. Love the whole thing!!
    Great job, I love the whole soothing colors vibe going!!
    And the painting over the mantle, you did not mention. How could you not??
    I must know where you got it!
    (PLEASE)

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  23. Mantle is nice...but, ph my, LOVE the painting. Is it an original? Mine sharing where you got it? dcrim4@gmail.com

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  24. I love your mantle ! Beth over at A2Z
    showcased it ;-) I love the birch trees in the picture -could you share where you purchased? and good thinking to get 4 stockings-next year will be so fun for you!

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  25. came from ten june - love your neutral yet dolled up stockings!!

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  26. Were did you get the picture above your mantal? It's beautiful!!

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