Welcome to our Christmas House!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

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 that is how it goes, real life comes first, right? But I’m glad you popped by anyway. I’ll share what I have done so far, how about that?

You might have noticed I took down our green shutter above the fireplace mantel and put up a mirror. I REALLY wanted to warm things up during the winter (I’m a cozy house girl!), so adding in some brown (with a mirror I already had) was one of the things I did to winterize, and it helped!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Remember when I mentioned that my garland fell down? Well, instead of putting it back up, I decided to use my simple snowflake garland instead and I LOVE IT!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

All the silvery mercury glass shimmers and shines and looks so pretty.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

When our power went out during the snowstorm over Thanksgiving we realized we could turn our chairs around like this and snuggle up really close to the fireplace! It was so cozy I left the chairs like that for awhile. Now we can turn them that way again on the next cold night!Welcome to our Christmas House!

I took my wreath (that I had on the fireplace for the past year), gave it a light dusting with my faux snow spray, and added a second wreath with white berries right on top of it. New look, same wreath!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

I was missing the color red at my house this Christmas, so when I got my new DaySpring pillow, all was right in the world again.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

I so wish I had a fancy camera that could take great photos at night, but you get the idea, right? Things just GLOW at night during the holidays. I love tucking my little trees here and there to replace lamps.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Cozy furry blankets are THE BEST for holiday nights by the fire! I got this one at Pier One and I love it.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Fun family night all lined up on the sofa with our popcorn, watching Buddy the Elf!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Foot fights are always fun after the movie.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Now, on to the dining room, I added a little punch of greenery to the pitcher on the armoire, and if you look near the molding on our ceiling you can see that our paint is STILL not yet done. Yay us!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Done or not, I am in love with the color of our dining room, good-bye SWINE. Behr All in One Studio Taupe is the new color. You’re welcome. I’m just giving it to you now because I know a few of you will wonder.¬† I’ll do a dining room AFTER post someday. I will. Yes, I really will!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

I had visions of completing all of my little theme trees by this week but so far, this is the only tree we have decorated. If you missed my Humble Silver Spoon Tree, you can find it here. I plan to do more of our trees this week!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

I put together this little display out of a mercury glass candle stick with a mirror and cloche on top. A couple of ornaments under the cloche and it is all festive!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

I printed Christmas words on my painted chalkboard (which I painted over a real oil painting), all “subway style” with my white chalkboard pen! Clearly, I’m obsessed with those pens.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

It would not be MY house if we didn’t have drums in our living room. I’m just being real, we LIVE here and have a busy life that includes musical instruments. At least they are sparkly and festive for Christmas, right?

Welcome to our Christmas House!

I got these  Nativity Hurricanes from Dayspring!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

I made this felt wreath for a bedroom door. I LOVE it! It is so easy to make too! Here is the felt wreath tutorial if you missed it.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Bits of this and that.

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Jingle Bell Jar in the kitchen…

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Cutting out cookies for a party at church! We left a cookie sheet full of gingerbread men laying out on a kitchen chair, waiting its turn to be baked, and this little furry pup below grabbed one right off the tray. He is sneaky for being almost 16. But HOW can you get mad at THAT face?

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Winston loves you all and wishes you a very Merry Christmas! I’ll share more Christmas decorating as it happens! Plus I am getting ready for company, so I have a post coming up full of my tips for preparing for holiday house guests!

Happy Christmas House Touring this week!

I linked up to Kelly’s Korner & Nester and Hooked on Houses!

Welcome to our Christmas House!

Decorating a Christmas Mantel

Decorating a Christmas Mantel

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, featured in their idea books. I did a double take!

Of course, I had given them permission to use the photos and ideas when they asked last summer, but it still catches me off guard to see my OWN house on HGTV.com. Hmmm. I am now getting ideas from myself. {I’m a little crazier than I thought.}

Update: this mantel was also featured in Cottages & Bungalow Magazine!

Last year for my mantel, as you can see in the above photo (and in the HGTV idea book), I went with limey green apples and sparkly vines mixed with shiny blue and silver. I wanted my mantel to look fresh and pretty.

I used some of the same decorating principles for my Christmas mantel that I use on ordinary days. Here are some tips:

Mix things up

I love mixing up things that you might not ordinarily think of putting together (in this case, lime green apples, blue shiny Christmas balls on glass candlesticks and sparkly faux greenery in conjunction with the rustic willow wreath, shutters and black lanterns). You might mix styles, objects or themes to come up with something entirely unique for your own for your holiday mantel! You’ll never know what might work until you try it!

Add texture and contrast

For my mantel, I tried to add lots of texture and contrast (such as the shiny blue balls and sparkly greenery to contrast with the rustic twigs in the willow wreath). Texture and contrast added the warmth and timelessness that I love with a bit of sparkle and fun that feels fresh and new.

Be authentic and meaningful

To personalize our stockings, I tucked my grandma’s antique doilies around the cuffs. This detail gave our Pottery Barn white quilted stockings a little more history and a personal touch. Doilies are not expected in the mantel mix, but that just makes it more fun and authentic to me. I’ve had those doilies for years and years so it made me happy to see them on our stockings! I use them most every Christmas in different ways. Tying in meaningful objects from your past makes your style unique and personal.

Have fun being creative

This Christmas, my mantel is really different once again! I’d say it is more of a rustic woodland natural look. I’ll hopefully get photos and a post about it soon, I’m sorry to leave you hanging on last year’s mantel (you already saw a sneak peek of the garland here!).

I always have fun finding new ways to express my own style. I want to be authentic in my style, yet have it look different and interesting from year to year so I don’t get in a rut! Creativity is fun like that, let yourself try something new and unexpected this year!

What unique ideas or items are you using for your mantel this Christmas?

Related post: Tip for hanging garland and wreaths

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Decorating a Christmas Mantel

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