Today I am joining Layla at The Lettered Cottage for her Holiday Home Linky Party. We are hosting Christmas at our house so I want to make sure that my spaces reflect comfort and warmth. This year my new found love with touches of blue continues. I decided to keep my mantel decorations fairly simple.
In an effort to spend as little money as possible, I chose to use a few more artificial elements this year. I chose a lighted garland because, although our Christmas tree is in an adjoining room, you can’t see it well from the family room seating. And I wanted to bring the soft glow of twinkle lights into this room as well.
The mirror remained from my fall display, and as you call tell, it is yet to be hung. I keep thinking I will have time to paint one of these days. For now, it remains leaning which means I need to be careful as I work around it. I chose to make a very simple wreath this year, using materials I had on hand. I will show you the tutorial later this week.
I used a soft satin fabric and I love the way it reflects the light. A few ornaments and faux berries make it complete. It is the perfect statement of simple elegance to hang above the mantel.
The beautiful reindeer on the right side was a splurge purchase from HomeGoods in the fall. He is so regal and handsome, I couldn’t pass him up. He is perched next to a favorite silver vase I got last year at Target. I added a few faux branches to the real thing for a little pop of color. A simple glass container filled with a variety of ornaments completes this side of the mantel. Using shiny ornaments in a variety of glass containers is a simple and inexpensive way to add a little holiday flair to your home. For me, they also remind me of my mom, who first shared this idea with me when I was young.
More ornaments and a few white candles in elegant holders make up the left side of my mantel. Candlelight adds such a warm and welcoming ambiance to a home. I love getting cozy by the fire with candlelight and a good movie or book.
Pine cones add a natural element. I love bringing nature indoors whenever I can. A few more ornaments here and there complete this Christmas mantel.
This year I was inspired to add a little blue to my favorite browns, silver, gold, and whites. Is there a new or favorite color that has inspired you this season? Come join me at Layla’s party and share your holiday mantel.