Christmas Mantel

Don’t you love your home decorated for Christmas?!  We spend most of our time in the kitchen and adjoining den, so we are able to enjoy the tree and mantel much of the day! 
It has taken me a few years to “fluff” it up…here is the progression starting two Christmases ago!
Christmas 2009 when I clearly knew nothing about turning off that flash:)
Christmas 2010, I doubled the garland and lights, simplified things, and added the JOY wreath inspired by Restore Interiors blog.  A long search for something red with height proved futile, but I started looking early this year!

I landed on tall cone glitter trees from Garden Ridge for under $10 a piece.  In a few years when the glitter is gone, I’ll have three great cone forms to repurpose:) !
 Click HERE to see how I made the wreath.
The extra sparkle is really pretty at night!


All the stockings are ones we’ve had since we married, then each of the kids, since they were born.  I love the sentiment behind these and hope to use these forever!
Cozy mantel at night

Merry Merry from my den to yours!
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  1. Beautiful! :)

  2. love the garland and the wreath! so pretty!

  3. This looks fantastic! I esp like the mirror decked out with the JOY word. This summer I put my flat screen TV above my mantel, thereby ruining my best decorating area – but ideas are running thru my head, I’ll just have to be a little more creative AROUND the screen :)
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Love the stockings! I can imagine sitting in front of it at night! 8)

  5. Just beautiful. Love the colors and the gaiety of it.


  6. Very Merry!

  7. Looks BEAUTIFUL!