Happy Christmas, friends! Let's talk mantles, shall we?
I made a decision regarding Christmas decor this year. Normally, I feel that my Christmas "stuff" just starts feeling like clutter after a while, so I chose to try and make everything Christmas related blend in with the rest of the house. I threw out (or rather, boxed up) all of the red decorations (because the amount of red used year-round in our house would be...well, zero) and other items that I deemed too "frilly" and did my best to keep things natural and casual looking. Oh, and just a little bit glitzy. I had to add some glitter.
I LOVE our mantle. Like to the point that I kind of don't want to take it down after Christmas. AND we have four stockings! I just love our growing family. :)
I did my best to work with what I had. I decided to give in and buy some new faux greenery, but I tried to get a selection that looked as real as possible. I love real greenery, but I don't want to pay for it and the only way I have access to it for free is to steal from our neighbors cedar tree ( I was so tempted it's not even funny). Anyway, there are several different textures of greenery in there to give the whole thing some depth. I also used a couple of lanterns that were hidden away in a closet to add a little more to the floor as well as some twiggy trees that were on clearance at JoAnn's.
At the last second I threw in some green apples that are normally on display in bowls and vases around our house. I'm in love with light green color schemes for Christmas and I really like the idea of incorporating "year-round" items into Christmas decor.
I bought these stockings from Target last Christmas (and yes, I bought four....just planning ahead....judge me if you must). I loved the way they looked originally but decided to add a few personal touches by pulling out the good ole' hot glue gun and attaching some sparkly leaves and faux white poinsettia flowers. Love, love, love.
And you better believe these babies are stuffed with toilet paper. I like me some plump stockings!
So there you have it. Our mantle as it is for Christmas 2011. Lots more decor to come!