Before & After Mantel: Covering the TV Niche Above the Fireplace

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  I have had quite a few questions about how I covered up that giant black hole above the fireplace known to builders as the place to put a TV. In case you are wondering why we don't just put our TV there, here are the reasons. One, the … ** Read more **

Welcome to our Christmas House!

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Hey friends! Welcome! Come on in! I'm inviting you in to see my Christmas decor, even though I am not really done with my holiday decorating yet. Even though I'm keeping it very simple this year, I just haven't finished up our trees or entry yet. But … ** Read more **

Decorating a Christmas Mantel

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Sometimes I have to laugh about the whole "blogging" life -- I was looking through HGTV.com for ideas yesterday and in four different places I unexpectedly happened upon pictures of various rooms in my own house from the past few Christmases, … ** Read more **

Fall Mantels: I Like ‘em Simple

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I like simple and subtle transitions between seasons. September is early fall to me. I like to see the warm fall light pouring in on my books and apples on the mantel.  That was my mantel last September. While I love simple, my style … ** Read more **

Behold! My Christmas Mantel

So last week I mentioned the other projects I decided I needed to do in the midst of holiday preparations. You know, all the things you've been putting off or didn't even notice before they suddenly seem urgent. One of them was repainting my former … ** Read more **

Ideas for Holiday Mantels & Stockings

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Country Living Pottery Barn Country Living Do you all have cute Christmas stockings? I really want to get or make new ones. We've had the same ones since our early years as a family of four. Our son, family member number five, never did have … ** Read more **