If you’re like us, you’ve thrown out the last of the turkey, ditched the fall colors, and it’s time to move on. Although we can’t believe it, it’s that time again already: time for Christmas decorations!
It seems like some people love this yearly tradition of hauling the holiday paraphernalia out of the attic and filling the house with that fresh pine smell — and some people dread it for eleven months.
We’re the former, but, no matter which side of the fence you’re on, we hope these pictures provide you with a little holiday inspiration.
And, after it’s all said and done, there’s nothing better than snuggling up by newly decorated mantel (complete with fire) with a steaming cup of cocoa and admiring your handy work.
Happy Monday, and, I guess since the radio stations are pumping the Christmas music already, it’s safe to say it:
We love the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, but sometimes it’s wonderful to sit at home with a hot cup of coffee and browse the internet for the best holiday deals. And boy, do we have deals today! It’s Cyber Monday, so no need to brave the traffic and the cold. We’ll bring the sales to you, right in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!
The focal point of the room, the frame for a fabulous fire, the display place for that perfect artwork… The mantel serves so, so many purposes.
And so, from the living room to the den and everything in between, a fabulous mantel is more than just a slab of wood and should be arranged as such.
The perfect mantel vignette can become the defining focal point of the room and amplify a perfect piece of art.
Perfect for displaying treasured family antiques or a new find, and, of course, making the holiday season come to life.
Even in the most staid rooms, we adore a fabulous abstract piece for juxtaposition.
And, while we’re fans of symmetry, we think the mantel is a place where it’s good to get creative. These abstract art prints over an incredibly traditional, ornate mantel are the perfect balance of fancy and fun.
Of course, symmetry is always a good look, complete with beautiful collected treasures.
We love the pop of color from this paint, and the idea of displaying favorite treasures on a mantle is one of the best we know. Instead of a static vignette, using a mantel as a revolving door of fun finds is a great idea.
No matter the season, having something living on the mantel is always great choice.
Just a couple of simple stems in a glass jar are a clean and classic look for toning down a mantel and making it feel fresh.
A touch of the sea is one of our favorite ways to infuse a room with laid-back chic, whether it’s actually on the shore or not. This pair of corals on the mantel adds a casual touch.
Our friend Tina from The Enchanted Home has it all wrapped up when it comes to blue and white — from the living room to the porch. For timeless style, blue and white is always a winning combination.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a fabulous week!
Oh, the garland! It’s one of the best parts of Christmas, really. Not only because it looks so beautiful but also because it smells so very delicious. No matter how nice a Christmas tree candle we get, nothing smells like the real thing. (Although, well, some of them smell pretty great.)
Looking at all these beauties we can’t help but be reminded of last Christmas when our fabulous friend Laura Trevey from Bright, Bold, Beautiful came with our Lowe’s Home Improvement and gave the outside of our house a lot of Christmas love. That, of course, included lots of garland! Looking at the pictures now makes me wish that we had all these fabulous decorations again this year! But it’s somehow less work when you have a crew of seven orchestrating the whole thing…
I think my love for garland must be a genetic trait, inherited from Mom. who spends every weekend after Thanksgiving decking my childhood halls. (Take a peek at her holiday decor from years past!)
We’re generally of the “less is more” camp, but, when it comes to garland, we’re of the “more is more” mindset!
We have a driftwood tree in the corner of our living room that I am so in love with. (Maybe because it’s cute, maybe because it doesn’t shed everywhere…) Our sweet friends at Minted sent us one of these charming felt garlands last year, and it is the perfect finishing touch to that little tree, decked out completely in coastal ornaments.
Last year was the first year that we didn’t hang garland over my portrait that graces Mom and Dad’s dining room.
Mom and I are real night owls, so we’re usually decorating at like 2 am when we’re together. So we went into the dining room, to hang the garland and turned the portrait light on. When we did, the bulb blew in a big, loud burst.
As Mom attempted to change it, it broke off in the socket. I, being terribly industrious–and having a YouTube app–retrieved a potato and untwisted the broken part. I know. It was impressive.
Well, it was impressive until I stepped off the ladder, the ladder crashed into the buffet, the buffet cabinet flew open and about twenty salad plates went crashing to the ground in a spectacular mixture of sound and broken porcelain.
At that point, I would have quit. But Mom is very stubborn determined. She decided that she would persevere. So she tried to put a new bulb in the light, it nearly electrocuted her, and, as I caught her as she fell backward off the stool, the switch for the light broke into three pieces and fell. The pieces weighed practically nothing yet somehow caused a chain reaction that knocked all the candles out of the candelabra. They broke. And the entire portrait itself, which, with the frame, must way at least fifty pounds, came toppling down as well, in the final flourish.
Anyone looking through the window would have been certain we had been drinking, as funny as we found this. Had the portrait been of a dead relative and not the living me, I would have assumed the thing was haunted. Needless to say, we won’t be hanging garland on the portrait this year. But everything else? It will be covered in green for sure.