It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially on my mantel! This mantel has definitely seen the most action in terms of decor here at my new house. After moving into our new place in early October, the mantel was decorated with a cozy fall theme, then for Halloween, then for Christmas part one, then for Halloween again, then for Thanksgiving and now, for Christmas part two! That's a lot of mantel action if I do say so myself.
This year, I've decided to work with a totally contrasting them: a rustic metallic Christmas. One part rustic burlap and plaid, one part shimmery gold and silver, one part traditional Christmas cranberry red. Hopefully that sounds like a recipe for success! And if not, just lie to me and tell me it looks pretty and that I'm not some crazy preggo lady ; ) So let's get to it, my 2013 Christmas mantel.
I flocked these gorgeous gold Nate Berkus for Target vases with some sweet tiny gold and silver ornaments. Nate sent me these vases (no, seriously, he did! read this!) and I'm absolutely in love with their color and texture. Perfect for the holidays and perfect for the rest of the year.
The silver reindeer and monogrammed stockings (yes, I blurred out H's name and added HDawg myself with the photo editor... I swear I wouldn't put my child's gangster rap nick name on his Christmas stocking... okay, so maybe I would, but I didn't! this time!) are both from Pottery Barn. The felt greenery garland is from the dollar bin at Target.
Instead of adding the felt flowers I originally made for this wreath, I kept it simple by tying a rustic wooden cranberry garland to the top of the wreath to anchor it in place. And by the way... excuse me, will someone please clean this mirror? #waxonwaxoff
I'm a huge fan of these precious little rosemary bushes I bought and wrapped in burlap. They smell ah-maz-ing.
David and I decided not to spend this Christmas battling daily with a 15 month old over pulling all of the ornaments off of the tree, so we decided to put the big Christmas tree in the office. Read: a room with a gate. That means we've only got a small tree in the living room, which I set up right next to the mantel. Hey, a little holiday sparkle is all I need and I'm good to go!
Burlap + plaid + cranberry + gold = a winning combination in my book.
How sweet is this Santa pillow passed down from David's family? HDawg loves it.
Ta da! It's a Christmas delight up in here, that's for sure.
Now it's time for you to share your holiday mantel this year! If you don't have a fireplace mantel, feel free to link up any kind of faux mantel you might have (otherwise known as a fantel!). That includes sideboards, ledges and that kind of thing. We don't discriminate when it comes to mantel/fantel decorating. This link party will stay open through Christmas so you can link up your awesome posts whenever you complete them. And don't forget that the party is also live over on Carmel's blog!
I plan to feature some of my favorite mantels next week in a special edition of Tuesdays at Ten June (mantel style... whaaaaat!) so link up your best and brightest!
Grab a button and link on up! Happy mantel linking, friends.