Hi friends, today marks Day 3 of our Christmas Cheer Link parties! It’s been so much fun looking through the Craft Party here, and the Vignette Party at Courtney’s! Michelle is the hostess du jour, and I’m excited to see the mantels every one has created!
Next to the Christmas tree, a decorated mantel is my favorite part of holiday decor. I think I’ve got a problem with mantelscapes, since this is my third one in as many months (Halloween and Fall). Hopefully I’ll be able to come up with something once there’s no longer a theme involved! We have a see-thru fireplace, which means we have two mantels….which only fuels my addiction to decorating them! It works in my favor particularly well this time of year, since I don’t have to choose just one style.
For the Living Room, I went for natural (to go with the DIY Boxwood & Rosemary Wreaths) and bright, and accented it with our Christmas color this year…pink!
I started with a faux-garland, then added fresh magnolia leaves for a fuller look. Since my DIY Magnolia Wreath lasted well past Christmas last year, I know this mantel will stay green for awhile. I used white star lights from Ikea for more glow, and some pink garland from my Easter stash for more color.
The reindeer have pink gift tags tied around their necks, and silver bead garland loops off the antlers.
I’ve had these mini-trees for ages, but their burlap bases didn’t fit the sleek look I was going for, so I tucked them in Ikea white planters. To balance the pink accents, I painted a silver snowflake for a topper. The ornaments are tiny mirrored disco balls, and are one of the few decor items I bought this year (World Market).
The silver beads are loosely draped with pink ornaments hooked in.
This is currently my favorite spot in the house…gazing at my fresh pink mantelscape, past the DIY Sequin Trees and DIY Cinnamon Candle. There are just a few touches of pink, but it’s enough to see it’s our ‘signature color’ this year.
Next, is the Den…the cozy room where all the snuggling takes place (i.e. the TV is in there!) This mantel has a more traditional feel, and contains the ever-important stockings! I tripled a pre-lit faux garland across the top, and nestled two more mini-trees on either end. A random wreath is perched above the mirrors for a balanced look.
Our stocking holders became such a hazard (five pounds of metal crashing down on curious snoopers!), so I hung the stockings from small finishing nails. A giant snowflake ornament disguises the set-up.
Some branches were gathered together to create a swag, and tucked behind a votive holder in front of the fireplace.
I added another pink garland so the two mantels would have some commonality, and snuggled a few angel ornaments throughout.
Definitely a lot of different colors going on in this mantel, but the greenery and gold accents create some uniformity.
See the peek of Christmas tree in the mirror? She has a glorious pink glow, and I’ll share it Thursday (if I can get a decent picture of the dang thing!!??)
Do you have a favorite?
I’m excited to share these mantels in our Christmas Cheer Link Party today at Michelle’s! Come check out all the great mantels, and link yours up!