A Very Merry Christmas Mantel

So this post is actually sort of exciting because it reveals a portion of the family room, den…whatever you want to call it…that I haven’t shown you yet.

This…

…sits directly across from this…

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And until recently, we didn’t even have that mirror hanging. Instead, there was this random gaping hole with cables sticking out for mounting a television. We considered mounting the flat screen for a hot second but the width of our TV doesn’t exactly jive with the wonky studs behind the wall possibly resulting in a shattered plasma. No bueno. Besides, the room is actually a tad on the narrow side and the angle of the TV would have been too high for proper viewing. Instead, we’ve decided to keep the television where it is for now and I’m currently scheming, designing, and planning a project to complete the built-ins that you see in the photo above.

Anyway, the mirror is nothing fancy. In fact, it was something my husband had bought for above the mantel (he thinks it was from HomeGoods) in our first house (his bachelor pad) way before I’d even met him. It made the move with us and I’d been intending to take it to the local consignment shop but never got around to it. So there you have it, I guess it was meant to be. It’s amazing how that one simple addition made the area look more “finished”…wish I’d done it sooner.

On that note, here’s how I gussied up the mantel for Christmas. My general inspiration was Pottery Barn Holiday. Many of their decor ideas evoke this modern yet traditional cottage sensibility and I can’t get enough of mercury glass, red berries, and my glass pine trees.

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Overall, my mantel isn’t the most creative and the extent of my crafting was purchasing some holly berries from the Michael’s floral department and sticking them in a mercury glass hurricane…but sometimes it’s not what you make, but how you use what you have and find bargains to fill in the gaps that make the difference.

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Here’s the breakdown:

The mercury glass pillars with candles and hurricane are from Target this season. (PS, look for my post tomorrow on Break It or Take It: Mercury Glass…as promised). Pottery Barn styling on a dime for sure. The twig and berry garland and red berry spray in the hurricane are from Michael’s. As for my little forest of pines; the glittery gold tree is a $7 find from HomeGoods and my glass trees were a find at Ross a few seasons ago. My reindeer and sleigh stocking holders were from Target several seasons ago and the Christmas stockings Β were an IKEA find, also several seasons ago. (PS: IKEA has awesome holiday decor for pennies.)

If you want to check out some more mantel inspiration, head over to Ten June where I’ve joined the link party to get down with some more merry mantels.

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And check out some other festive holiday mantels and ideas at these blogs below! I’ve linked up this mantel with the Finding Silver Pennies link party…lot’s of inspiration over there…

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… Holiday Vignettes party over at Southern Hospitality

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…and, Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas Link Party over at The Lettered Cottage…

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And, in case you’re feeling left out…no fireplace is necessary to mount a mantel…find yo’self some space for a wall shelf and bling it out with festive finds. You’re welcome.

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5 thoughts on “A Very Merry Christmas Mantel

    • Thanks Becca! Great to hear from you πŸ™‚ hope you’ve been well! PS I LOVE your blog and enjoy following along…PPS: so jealous you met John and Sherry from Young House Love…too cool!

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