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This weekend it was in the 70’s and no matter how loud I blared Christmas music, I just couldn’t get into the holiday spirit. I finally forced myself off of the couch to decorate and hoped it would help me. It is still too warm for Christmas but I am feeling more festive now with a decorated mantel!

Mantel InspirationThis picture from Pinterest was my inspiration for this year’s mantel. Red plaid and black/white is my overall inspiration for 2012 Christmas but this picture served as the starting point for the mantel.

2012 Christmas Mantel5Here is my version of the inspiration picture…if anyone can tell me how I can get the glare off of the tv, I will send you some flowers! The silver reindeer flanking the tv are from Pottery Barn way back when. It was a great day after Christmas purchase. I think they were 75% off or something ridiculous like that. I love them!

The Craigslist chair I made over usually sits on the right side of the fireplace but since that is where our tree goes, it has a temporary home on the right. (Come back next week to see our trees!) Carl loves this red blanket from Target – it really is so soft – and the black/white pillow is another clearance find from Pottery Barn many years ago. I love incorporating burlap into just about anything and love it at Christmas (check back next week to see it in our trees) so my Ballard Designs-inspired Mr. and Mrs. pillows work out perfectly here.

2012 Christmas Mantel2I got these carnations from our local grocery store for super cheap. They were fresh in this weekend so still need to open up before really getting big and beautiful. Carnations seem to get a bad rap since they are so cheap but I think make a great impact when clustered together like this! I’m also not usually a fan of red, blame it on an overdose of using it too much in our last house, but love it at Christmas.

The mercury glass votives, both the small and large ones, are from Target. I got the small ones two years ago for $1/each and the bigger ones are a find from this year and are $5/each. I’m glad mercury glass continues to stick around – I can’t get enough! The candles used in the small votives are the fake 3 for $1 from the Dollar Tree. They have the best battery-powered candles!

2012 Christmas Mantel3The garland is from a local nursery (TLC if you are local) and was only $10 for a 7 foot piece. This is a mixture of different greens so it is cheaper than others but I love the mix of different textures and types of greenery. It keeps it fresh and interesting because you don’t know what you will actually get when you lay it out!

2012 Christmas Mantel1It is always a challenge to decorate underneath our large TV but since I like simple and clean, this layout works really well. It keeps things low and classic since I can’t go too crazy with the space above or below. This area always looks better with a fire going too but there was no way I could turn it on with 70+ temps so just imagine pretty orange/red flames in the middle! Hopefully this weekend we can finally turn it on.

I’m linking up with The Lettered Cottage today. Click over to see more holiday mantel inspirations:

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Hey there and welcome back to another installment of, ‘what does your house look like at Christmas?’ Today is all about the mantel, which is the focal point of our living room and my favorite renovation we have done so far!

Keeping with the look of our Christmas dining room table, I used green, white, silver and natural elements. Can I be 100% honest with you? I LOVE IT! This is my most favorite mantelscape or mantel look or whatever you want to call it that I’ve done so far. It is full but still clean and simple and so, so pretty!

The 52″ TV above our thick and chunky mantel is my husband’s pride and joy. He loves telling the story of us winning the money to pay for this while playing roulette (always betting on Cowboy Black – Go Pokes!) in the Bahamas on our honeymoon. The only time of the year I’m allowed to put anything tall on the mantel is at Christmas and I take full advantage of it. I got these silver reindeer at Pottery Barn three years ago on clearance and they are the perfect little/large guys to flank our TV.

The silver JOY stocking holders I got in college from Hobby Lobby. It was my first-ever, grown-up Christmas purchase and I love still using them. The three stockings were a little splurge from Hobby Lobby when we bought our first house. Even though we have two dogs now, I still just use the three stockings…I think they can share one. πŸ™‚

It was so cold while I was taking these pictures, I put a fire on. It is tough business, let me tell you. Totally kidding – I flip a switch and put a lighter by the gas outlet. One of the million reasons I love this house is this fireplace. Nothing is better during this time of year than a large fire and a cuddly blanket! I am very careful about fire dangers so the pillows got moved out a little and the stockings were put to the side…not really interested in seeing those go up in flames!

To add some natural and texture to the top of the mantel, I tore strips of burlap up and tied it around the tip of the stocking holder. I can’t tie a perfect bow but I like the little extra ‘something-something’ it gives this area and helps bring up the burlap from the Mr. and Mrs. pillows on the hearth.

The little mercury votives are more of what is on our dining room table. $1/each…not too shabby! The Dollar Tree LED votives inside are my favorite candle item as well. So easy and no worries about wax dripping, etc.

The tall mercury bud vase was an after-Christmas purchase from Pottery Barn last year. I only got 2 and am kicking myself for not getting more when they were so cheap! Of course that always happens, right?

The white Nutcrackers on the mantel are a new addition this year and are so stinking cute! I saw these in the West Elm catalog for $26/each…not interested, but thanks! My mom and I were at Hobby Lobby the day after Thanksgiving and I saw a pack of six natural colored nutcrackers for $7. They were running the 50% off special so I got all six for $3.50. Now we’re talking! After using several coats of white spray paint, these bad boys are almost identical to the $26/each ones. No offense, West Elm.

When we picked up our live tree this year (I’ll show you the full tree in another post), we put it in the living room and I’m so glad we did – I love seeing the lights from the tree reflect onto the mantel! For the first time, I got real greenery to put on the mantel and love it. I got a 7′ cedar garland from my local garden center and it smells amazing! It is so full and thick, I’m glad I went with this instead of using my old, lighted garland. Here’s hoping me sprizting it with water every day helps it last and doesn’t dry out before Christmas!

Here’s one last look at this year’s mantel, my favorite so far! (I’m getting my new camera very soon…after looking at this picture, I am even more anxious to get one and start taking much better pictures. Can I get an “Amen!”)

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re enjoying the season and enjoying decorating your spaces. I’ll be stopping by soon to see your special mantels, too!

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Well, it is officially Fall, y’all and I am officially late to the party. Whoopsies! The Fall linky parties started this week but I was late to get my stuff down from the attic and shop around my house. I am so happy to say that I love my mantel and everything is officially from the attic and around my house…nothing new was purchased, yea!

This is how my mantel looks and I love it! I was trying to copy the cover of this month’s Pottery Barn magazine and incorporate the texture with white and silvers. Last year, I didn’t want to spend money on the gorgeous silver pumpkins from the stores so I spray painted $1 pumpkins from the Dollar Tree – works for me!

The glass containers and white candles were wrapped with burlap twine I got from Hobby Lobby and the other texturized candles were a clearance find at Pottery Barn last year.

The white pumpkins I got from Target several years ago and am still using, I love when that happens! The garland was a purchase from several years ago as well and is holding up quite well! It has the gorgeous colors of leaves in October, when the trees are really starting to turn and have three to four shades of color on each leaf, and cute little acorns scattered randomly throughtout the garland.

I used three elements for the mantel and love that it is full but not crazy chaotic: candles, pumpkins and a garland. It was very easy to put together and even better, will be very easy to take down and put away!

Here is one last look at this year’s fall mantel! Sorry for the light, our living room has large windows facing our backyard but by the time I come home it is already shaded so the ‘natural’ light is low. I still think it looks great and love how cozy it makes our living room feel.

I’ll show you the mantel with the side shelves soon – I have a plan for them and am working on updating them since my last Before & After post on this area!

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