Christmas Mantle

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was when I woke up this morning and saw our Christmas tree (although only half decorated!) lit in our living room. This weekend, David and I hauled up the Christmas stuff from the basement and got started on decking our halls.

And voila! Here's our living room mantle, ready for Santa.

This year, I decided to incorporate a little nature  and a little coziness into our typical sparkle and glam decorations. I ordered the stockings from Pottery Barn a few years ago- I believe our very first Christmas together?! The monogrammed style was too cute to pass up. 

 And yes, we are those people who hang stockings for our dogs. Maggie and Tucker definitely get into the Christmas spirit.

Okay... so maybe we're also those people who dress up our dogs, too. And put this picture on our Christmas card two years ago.... :) 

My idea of adding some cozy, natural vibes to our Christmas decorations this year includes lots of textured materials: pine cones, yarn, sticks, felt, twine, etc. So as you can see, I through in some of that to mix up  with shiny ornaments and lights on our mantle this year.

The little Christmas trees were actually Dollar Store finds. Originally covered with tinsel...

I simply wrapped some yarn around each of the little guys to make him a bit cozier.

The wreath on the mantle is actually just a makeshift version until I finish the wreath that will actually grace our mantle. Until then, this one will work :) 

The string of white fluffy balls are simply different sizes of little pom poms that I strung onto fishing wire! I saw the snow-puff-like strand in a window display while we were in California and I just had to recreate them. You'll see this all around our house this year!

So there you have it! Our living room Christmas mantle. I can't wait to share our outside decorations, some Christmas vignettes and, of course, our Christmas tree! Did you guys get any decorating done this weekend?

Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
The Girl Creative
The Lettered Cottage
Polly Want A Crafter
Skip To My Lou
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Coastal Charm
Tatertots & Jello
A Little Lovely


  1. So pretty! I especially love those cones!

  2. Love your mantel. The stockings are just adorable! :)

  3. How pretty and festive! Your mantle looks great, and your pups are super cute. I have that HoHoHo sign too!

  4. It looks fantastic Michelle! We have the same stockings from pottery barn! Looking for something to hang them from!

  5. I just want to hang out there. I love what you did with the trees. Maggie and Tucker are adorable!

  6. That picture of Maggie & Tucker is amazing! For some reason I think Tucker looks like DL... is that strange?

  7. Very pretty! I have always loved the elf looking stocking {but I'm too greedy to compromise the size of the larger ones}

  8. Oh! Girlfriend it's so adorable. Love the HO HO Ho and the stockings for your puppies. We have one for ours too (:

  9. Those yarn wrapped trees are adorable- perfect colored yarn too. Your mantle is so festive! I looove seeing your pups too!

  10. Ha! We have stockings for all of our dogs plus our daughters!! And, yes they all get dressed up too (especially the 2 little ones). Your mantle looks great!!

  11. Cute! I love the pompom garland! I've been wanting to make some just like that. I love how you redid the trees too...very resourceful:) I had to crack up at the puppy pics too! Too precious:)

  12. Oh so pretty!! I love the snow garland too, what an awesome idea! The mix of nature and sparkle is perfect!

  13. Your mantel looks fabulous! Love what you did to those tinsel trees.

    Maggie and Tucker are adorable in their Santa hats. I tried to put one on my dog, but he wouldn't sit still for the photo.


  14. Your mantel is gorgeous. And I love the yarn wrapped trees! We also hang stockings for our dogs (and have the same Santa cap and beard for one of them!). :)

  15. Love it!!! I love the stockings. Those are so cute. Is it sad that I IMMEDIATELY knew they were PB?

    Adore the yarn trees! Great way to upcycle your Christmas decor.


  16. Your mantle looks lovely! I'm currently working on a wreath too!

  17. Hi Michelle! Your mantel is so chic and beautiful. I adore your yarn trees too! Your two little friends are quite adorable! Happy Holidays - visiting from CG ~ Stephanie Lynn

  18. I love the idea of wrapping the trees in yarn! They are cozy and cute! You have a beautiful home!

    Happy Holidays,

  19. Very pretty!
    I love the idea of a glass vase filled w/ ornaments and pine cones. Clean and classy.

  20. I really like your pom pom garland. So simple but still beautiful!


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